A Brief History Of: The Oval Office


1 Flags The U.S. and presidential flags hang for all Presidents

2 Table Personal items; Clinton had a toy model of his campaign bus

3 Desk Traditionally, the 1880 Resolute desk

4 Rug Each President's is unique; Bush's, below, looks like a sun

5 Flooring Originally made of cork, later linoleum, now wood

It's possibly the most recognizable workspace in the world, but the office that President-elect Barack Obama, its next occupant, visited on Nov. 10 hasn't always been the enduring symbol of the U.S. presidency. Before the 1930s, the Oval Office was in a different part of...

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