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Oval Office rug gets history wrong
Washington post ^ | September 4, 2010 | Jamie Stiehm

Posted on 09/04/2010 7:08:56 AM PDT by COUNTrecount

A mistake has been made in the Oval Office makeover that goes beyond the beige.

President Obama's new presidential rug seemed beyond reproach, with quotations from Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy and the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. woven along its curved edge.

"The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice." According media reports, this quote keeping Obama company on his wheat-colored carpet is from King.

Except it's not a King quote. The words belong to a long-gone Bostonian champion of social progress. His roots in the republic ran so deep that his grandfather commanded the Minutemen at the Battle of Lexington.

For the record, Theodore Parker is your man, President Obama. Unless you're fascinated by antebellum American reformers, you may not know of the lyrically gifted Parker, an abolitionist, Unitarian minister and Transcendentalist thinker who foresaw the end of slavery, though he did not live to see emancipation. He died at age 49 in 1860, on the eve of the Civil War

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The Wall Street Journal has outlined some of the chic decorative changes at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue:

Handmade striped wallpaper manufactured in Amagansett, N.Y., with trim painted in American-made Benjamin Moore. Obama’s decorating team reupholstered in caramel-colored leather the two mahogany arm-chairs that Bush had placed in front of the fireplace. Obama still uses the famous Resolute Desk favored by some of his predecessors, but got a new leather desk chair and a new (American) walnut coffee table. Both were made in New York State, as were two blue ceramic table lamps.

The new couches were custom-made in New York, but the fabric – light brown cotton with red, white and blue threads running through it – came from Pennsylvania. Maybe it’s coincidence, but New York has 31 electoral votes. Pennsylvania has 21.

1 posted on 09/04/2010 7:08:57 AM PDT by COUNTrecount
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To: COUNTrecount
WOW they kept the picture of George Washington? I would have though a portrait of Karl Marx would have been put up.

But on another note, who goes with beige? He sure isn't reaching out to the gay community with this decorating.

2 posted on 09/04/2010 7:11:45 AM PDT by Dengar01 (Go Blackhawks!!! and Go White Sox!!!)
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To: COUNTrecount

History, another topic to add to economics, the Constitution, military strategy, international relations, climate science, and every other topic that Obama has stumbled across. Why would anyone expect Obama to get something right now?


3 posted on 09/04/2010 7:12:04 AM PDT by Pollster1 (Natural born citizen of the USA, with the birth certificate to prove it)
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To: COUNTrecount

Too much beige and the wall stripes are too distracting.


4 posted on 09/04/2010 7:12:22 AM PDT by fso301
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To: COUNTrecount

Anyone know what the taxpayer bill might have been for all this? Just curious...


5 posted on 09/04/2010 7:13:06 AM PDT by zwerni (this isn't gonna be good for business)
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To: COUNTrecount

Couches. We call em sofa’s in the business heh.


6 posted on 09/04/2010 7:13:17 AM PDT by Mmogamer (I refudiate the lamestream media, leftists and their prevaricutions.)
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To: COUNTrecount

Anyone know what the taxpayer bill might have been for all this? Just curious...


7 posted on 09/04/2010 7:14:07 AM PDT by zwerni (this isn't gonna be good for business)
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To: zwerni

Reportedly zero, cuz honestly, just like prior presidents’ changes, the alterations are funded by private donations and foundations.


8 posted on 09/04/2010 7:15:42 AM PDT by Blueflag (Res ipsa loquitur)
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To: COUNTrecount

This decor, accompanied by the sound of Obama’s carefully crafted cadence, will guarantee that vistors will be bored into somnolence.


9 posted on 09/04/2010 7:16:15 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic (Southeast Wisconsin, Zone 4 to 5)
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To: COUNTrecount

I like beige rugs. I also like white walls in the living room and a mild yellow for the kitchen. I like bisque kitchen appliances. Seriously. Nothing wrong with the color scheme. Now getting a quote wrong is just bad fact checking . . . but that isn’t surprising since the Obama administration is in rebellion against facts and real world limits. We have a toddler administration.


10 posted on 09/04/2010 7:17:09 AM PDT by November 2010
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To: zwerni

Not taxpayer mone, so I’ve heard.


11 posted on 09/04/2010 7:18:48 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012 (Proud Infidel)
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To: COUNTrecount

Once a plagiarist always a plagiarist.


12 posted on 09/04/2010 7:19:33 AM PDT by ladyjane
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To: Dengar01
It's been said that each President has the portrait or picture of their favorite President in the oval office. Obama’s pick would be a picture of himself.
13 posted on 09/04/2010 7:20:02 AM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult
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To: COUNTrecount

When you can swivel your head in any direction and see brown, you probably should pull it out.


14 posted on 09/04/2010 7:20:56 AM PDT by MARTIAL MONK (I'm waiting for the POP!)
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To: Dengar01
If someone tells Obama that George Washington was a slaveholder, probably he'll have his portrait removed. Washington was the only President who never lived in the White House.

When they first reported on the redecoration, and mentioned the quotations, at first I assumed that they would all be quotations from Obama's own speeches.

15 posted on 09/04/2010 7:21:33 AM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: afraidfortherepublic
Plus the beige decor will hide the ice cream drips.


16 posted on 09/04/2010 7:21:41 AM PDT by COUNTrecount (Barry...above his poi grade.)
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To: COUNTrecount
It's ironic that Abraham Lincoln's quote "government of the people, by the people, and for the people", would be woven into the rug of the Oval Office. Barack Obama has no interest in what 'the people' think. He wants to force his agenda on us, whether we like it, or not, because he and his elite cohorts think THEY know what's best for us.

It's also interesting that Lincoln's quote is shown in the article to actually have been uttered 13 years prior to Gettysburg, by Rev. Theodore Parker, the same man who made the 'arc of the moral universe' statement, later made famous by Dr. King.

17 posted on 09/04/2010 7:21:45 AM PDT by SuziQ
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To: COUNTrecount

Does the Cheesy Chic Prez ever get anything right?

No.


18 posted on 09/04/2010 7:23:00 AM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: COUNTrecount

What a dope!

“The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” According media reports, this quote keeping Obama company on his wheat-colored carpet is from King.

No, it’s NOT a quote from Martin Luther King.

It’s from Theodore Parker!

“Yet somehow a mistake was made and magnified in our culture to the point that a New England antebellum abolitionist’s words have been enshrined in the Oval Office while attributed to a major 20th-century figure. That is a shame, because the slain civil rights leader and Nobel Peace Prize laureate was so eloquent in his own right. Obama, who is known for his rhetorical skills, is likely to feel the slight to King — and Parker. “

Obama ignores this quote:

“Funny that in 1850, Parker wrote,

“A democracy — that is a government of all the people, by all the people, for all the people.” “

Obama is such an IDIOT!


19 posted on 09/04/2010 7:23:09 AM PDT by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God).)
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To: fso301
"Too much beige and the wall stripes are too distracting."

IMHO, "striped wallpaper" suits Obama perfectly...


20 posted on 09/04/2010 7:24:00 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Dengar01
But on another note, who goes with beige?

Real estate agents advise using neutral colors like beige when you're preparing the residence for occupancy by a new but unknown occupant. :-)

21 posted on 09/04/2010 7:24:00 AM PDT by jiggyboy (Ten per cent of poll respondents are either lying or insane)
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To: COUNTrecount

I think it’s important that he have an office with a relaxing atmosphere for those occasional days when he’s not on vacation.


22 posted on 09/04/2010 7:24:45 AM PDT by Stosh
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To: COUNTrecount

23 posted on 09/04/2010 7:25:29 AM PDT by KeyLargo
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To: COUNTrecount

New Sofa’s eh? Now he is the Sofa King Re Tod Ed President.


24 posted on 09/04/2010 7:25:57 AM PDT by 70th Division (I love my country but fear my government!)
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To: Dengar01

I’m sure Marx is on the flip side -
they just put George out for show...


25 posted on 09/04/2010 7:26:25 AM PDT by matginzac
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To: COUNTrecount

26 posted on 09/04/2010 7:27:41 AM PDT by TornadoAlley3 (Obama is everything Oklahoma is not.)
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To: COUNTrecount

We need some rug reparations

The rug is full of quotes from dead white men
It is not diversified, there is no hope or change.....

It is not an equal opportunity rug....
I am outraged.../s


27 posted on 09/04/2010 7:27:50 AM PDT by libertarian27 (Ingsoc: Department of Life, Department of Liberty, Department of Happiness)
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To: COUNTrecount

The coffee table is hideous. Looks like something from the scratch and dent section of Big Lots.


28 posted on 09/04/2010 7:28:13 AM PDT by McLynnan
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To: jiggyboy

LOL! You, sir, have a wicked sense of humor. Don’t ever change.


29 posted on 09/04/2010 7:29:13 AM PDT by magslinger (DISCLAIMER: No liberals were harmed in the making of this post. I'm sorry and will try harder.)
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To: zwerni

Each incoming POTUS has $100K allocated for redecorating. I think it’s covered by the (private) White House Historical Society.

My only problem with this makeover is that the end result looks like someone’s basement rec room. Dull. Drab. Boooooooooring.


30 posted on 09/04/2010 7:29:28 AM PDT by EDINVA
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To: COUNTrecount
Is "From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs" woven in there?
31 posted on 09/04/2010 7:29:31 AM PDT by Gritty (There's no other way to say it... (Obama is) an enemy within - Matt Barber)
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To: COUNTrecount

Does Obama have any reference to HIS “57 states” anywhere?


32 posted on 09/04/2010 7:29:31 AM PDT by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God).)
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To: jiggyboy

The Audacity of Taupe.

Wish I could take credit for the above. It was the header for an article about the Oval Office in the NYTimes the other day.


33 posted on 09/04/2010 7:30:01 AM PDT by ladyjane
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To: afraidfortherepublic
vistors will be bored into somnolence I agree. Wow. There is so much beige in this room, that it looks like the inside of an upholstered car. Evidently, it is as I suspected. The Obama's have no taste nor do their hired decorators. Although to be fair to the hired help, the decision to devise this dull den may simply have been Mrs. Obama's, and the resulting yawn an example of following orders.
34 posted on 09/04/2010 7:30:53 AM PDT by sueuprising
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To: 70th Division

One of the words on a Chicago police test question was ‘sofa’. The whole test was thrown out years ago by the feds for being ‘unfair’ to minority blacks by using ‘white’ language. The test had to be dumbed down and the list of those passing was the first test was thrown out.


35 posted on 09/04/2010 7:31:29 AM PDT by KeyLargo
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To: Dengar01
"But on another note, who goes with beige?"

Anyone nostalgic about malaise, Belgian endives and gas lines! Welcome back, Carter!

Obama brings The Jeffersons’ living room set out of the Smithsonian and installs it in the Oval Office


36 posted on 09/04/2010 7:32:16 AM PDT by Sooth2222 ("Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of congress. But I repeat myself." M.Twain)
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To: COUNTrecount

“Oval Office RUG gets History Wrong.”

Yeah, blame it on the rug!

The occupant of the office and chooser of the rug always gets history wrong!


37 posted on 09/04/2010 7:32:21 AM PDT by Albertafriend
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To: COUNTrecount
Ya know, Obama could embrace his Colonial roots and say this was intentional. And I don't mean the Kenyan side.
38 posted on 09/04/2010 7:32:24 AM PDT by NonValueAdded ("Obama suffers from decision-deficit disorder." Oliver North 6/25/10)
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To: COUNTrecount
it looks like a suite in a cheap motel...
39 posted on 09/04/2010 7:34:01 AM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Dengar01

It looks straight out of 1978...which is likely what he was going for.

If he was like my parents, he would have also put plastic over the couch.


40 posted on 09/04/2010 7:36:29 AM PDT by VanDeKoik (Iran doesnt have a 2nd admendment. Ya see how that turned out?)
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To: fso301

LEATHER chairs?

There goes the PETA vote.


41 posted on 09/04/2010 7:37:01 AM PDT by COUNTrecount (Barry...above his poi grade.)
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To: TornadoAlley3

Beige is fitting - let’s hope that it’s a sign that this administration is moving into the Autumn of its presidency. It certainly doesn’t evoke an image of “America the Beautiful”.


42 posted on 09/04/2010 7:37:02 AM PDT by yorkie01
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To: Mmogamer

Depends on your age I think. I remember when they were divans, then couches, now sofas.
I called my 88 yr old aunt the other day to tell her I would be visiting. She said “well I guess I can pull out the divan”. lol I am sure it is one of those hideous things that the back folds down on. rofl


43 posted on 09/04/2010 7:38:01 AM PDT by sheana
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To: COUNTrecount; null and void

Obama lies like a rug.


44 posted on 09/04/2010 7:38:13 AM PDT by Ezekiel (The Obama-nation began with the Inauguration of Desolation.)
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To: Chode

No, it doesn’t. Any motel that cheap doesn’t have suites.


45 posted on 09/04/2010 7:39:01 AM PDT by magslinger (DISCLAIMER: No liberals were harmed in the making of this post. I'm sorry and will try harder.)
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To: sheana

You forgot davenport.


46 posted on 09/04/2010 7:40:43 AM PDT by magslinger (DISCLAIMER: No liberals were harmed in the making of this post. I'm sorry and will try harder.)
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To: COUNTrecount

Did you notice the wrinkles on the sofa skirts? That’s a sure sign of poor (or cheap) workmanship. Probably cost a fortune though...wonder if kickbacks were involved.


47 posted on 09/04/2010 7:41:01 AM PDT by ryderann
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To: nmh

48 posted on 09/04/2010 7:42:28 AM PDT by COUNTrecount (Barry...above his poi grade.)
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To: COUNTrecount

I find these colors muddy and depressing. Also, they should have asked Michelle’s advice and left the sofa’s arms uncovered to show how well buffed they were.


49 posted on 09/04/2010 7:43:04 AM PDT by kitkat (OBAMA hates us. Well, maybe a LOT of Kenyans do.)
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To: November 2010

where on earth do you get bisque appliances? I can only find white, my preference stainless steel, RED for petes sake, BLACK ick,, but nothing calming like almond........


50 posted on 09/04/2010 7:43:29 AM PDT by yldstrk (My heros have always been cowboys)
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