Did Obama WH use the wrong seal for Oval Office rug?

posted at 9:00 am on September 6, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

Last week, we noted that the White House didn’t do very good research on one of the quotes woven into the new Oval Office rug, attributing it to Martin Luther King, Jr, instead of Theodore Parker. Even the Washington Post noticed that one. However, some Hot Air readers have asserted that the Presidential seal on the new carpet looks a lot more like the Vice-Presidential seal.  But is that really true?  Take a look at the new Oval Office rug:

Next, check out the VP seal:

And the actual seal of the President:

At first blush, the new Oval Office rug seems to be a marriage of the two, at least in terms of the emblem.  The VP seal doesn’t have the stars circling the eagle, so it’s not really the VP seal in the Oval Office.  However, it has the wrong color for the stars, which are supposed to be white, according to the Executive Order issued by President Dwight Eisenhower (#10860) that governs the Presidential Seal:

Executive Order 10860
Coat of arms, seal, and flag of the President of the United States

By virtue of the authority vested in me as President of the United States, it is hereby ordered as follows:

Section 1. The Coat of Arms of the President of the United States shall be of the following design:
SHIELD: Paleways of thirteen pieces argent and gules, a chief azure; upon the breast of an American eagle displayed holding in his dexter talon an olive branch and in his sinister a bundle of thirteen arrows all proper, and in his beak a white scroll inscribed “E PLURIBUS UNUM” sable.
CREST: Behind and above the eagle a radiating glory or, on which appears an arc of thirteen cloud puffs proper, and a constellation of thirteen mullets argent.
The whole surrounded by white stars arranged in the form of an annulet with one point of each star outward on the imaginary radiating center lines, the number of stars conforming to the number of stars in the union of the Flag of the United States as established by chapter 1 of title 4 of the United States Code.

Sec. 2. The Seal of the President of the United States shall consist of the Coat of Arms encircled by the words “Seal of the President of the United States.”

Sec. 3. The Color and Flag of the President of the United States shall consist of a dark line blue rectangular background of sizes and proportions to conform to military and naval custom, on which shall appear the Coat of Arms of the President in proper colors. The proportions of the elements of the Coat of Arms shall be in direct relation to the hoist, and the fly shall vary according to the customs of the military and naval services.

Sec. 4. The Coat of Arms, Seal, and Color and Flag shall be as described herein and as set forth in the illustrations and specifications which accompany this order and which are hereby made a part thereof. These designs shall be used to represent the President of the United States exclusively.

Sec. 5. This order shall become effective on July 4, 1960, and Executive Order No. 10823 of May 26, 1959, shall be superseded as of that date.

Note that EO 10860 does not specify a navy blue background for the center image, but the stars are supposed to be white, not silver, argent, or gray, either. White stars would get lost on a white background.  Traditionally, the field has been navy blue, not white, while the white field has been traditionally reserved for the Vice Presidential seal.  The clouds are also the wrong color, although that’s somewhat less explicit in EO 10860.  It’s also missing the text, “Seal of the President of the United States.”

Now, with that being said, let’s look at a few previous editions of the Oval Office rug.  First, the George W. Bush era:

The field is blue, but not the navy usually associated with the seal, although the stars are white.  However, this seal is also missing its text.  Bush replaced this version of it from the Clinton era:

This is much more traditional but again doesn’t have the text.  And then we have this version from George H. W. Bush:

And for good measure, Ronald Reagan is pictured here with the carpet he chose for the Oval Office:

Any complaints with Barack Obama’s Oval Office rug could also be applied to versions used by Reagan and Bush 41. They both used a creme field, gold stars instead of white, and no text, either (although that’s hard to make out in the Reagan picture).  And that’s just fine, because the carpet isn’t supposed to be an exact replica of the seal.  Basically, the Oval Office reflects the artistic taste of its occupant, which is one of the perks of becoming President.  That applies to the carpet and the depiction of the Presidential Seal within it; some Presidents didn’t bother weaving the seal into the carpet at all, either.

So no, Obama and his team didn’t use the wrong seal for the carpet, or get the seal wrong at all in any official sense.  Some may not like the non-traditional representation of the seal in the new carpet, but it’s at least slightly more traditional than Bush 41 — and if tradition is what people like, then Bill Clinton’s Oval Office rug would be the hands-down winner.


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Hmm. Very interesting and I retract my criticisms from yesterday. I will add that the new rug, sans the controversial quote, is very nice and the seal looks impressive.

+2 Ed.

ted c on September 6, 2010 at 9:05 AM

Ed and AP, appreciate all of your hard work but it really has been a week or two of very slow news huh!

Vince on September 6, 2010 at 9:07 AM

I’m just surprised he didn’t replace it with a hammer and sickle. He might later though …

darwin on September 6, 2010 at 9:08 AM

I don’t care what you say I know that secretly Obama is a Vice President.

Rocks on September 6, 2010 at 9:09 AM

The Audacity of the DOTUS

PappyD61 on September 6, 2010 at 9:09 AM

I agree that the seal looks impressive. I would also argue that the rug, eve with the messed up quote, is more impressive than the occupant of the office.

myrenovations on September 6, 2010 at 9:09 AM

Alright. This just sucks. I think I like the one from Billy-Jeff’s office best. The navy-blue looks bolder. That’s funny on a number of levels. The lighter color wouldn’t show stains.

Squiggy on September 6, 2010 at 9:11 AM

As long as the FDOTUS (First Dog…) doesn’t crap on the carpet I don’t care what the seal looks like. Of course, we still have the problem of the pile of dog sh*t that sits behind the Resolute desk.

Extrafishy on September 6, 2010 at 9:12 AM

Where do the old rugs go, after they’ve been replaced? That’s an awfully expensive thing to be replacing every few years, just for aesthetic reasons.

Anna on September 6, 2010 at 9:12 AM

The audacity of taupe.

parteagirl on September 6, 2010 at 9:12 AM

No, no they didn’t. You’re forgetting that this the smarterestness White House evah.

Even if it was an error, you would be a big dirty racist for pointing it out.

mudskipper on September 6, 2010 at 9:13 AM

Where do the old rugs go, after they’ve been replaced? That’s an awfully expensive thing to be replacing every few years, just for aesthetic reasons.

Anna on September 6, 2010 at 9:12 AM

It gets sent to the Presidential Library of the former president.

Rocks on September 6, 2010 at 9:13 AM

The focus remains the same…Things the Obama Regime walks all over.

Inanemergencydial on September 6, 2010 at 9:14 AM

I wonder what Sarah’s will look like.

Couldn’t resist.

B Man on September 6, 2010 at 9:14 AM

I agree that the seal looks impressive. I would also argue that the rug, eve with the messed up quote, is more impressive than the occupant of the office.

myrenovations on September 6, 2010 at 9:09 AM

I will second that.

I’m surprised it’s not green/gold shag with a hide-a-bed tucked in the desk.

Oh – wait – that was Cleetus…

Timothy S. Carlson on September 6, 2010 at 9:18 AM

I wonder what Sarah’s will look like.

B Man on September 6, 2010 at 9:14 AM

hmmm… How do you put a seal on a bear?

faraway on September 6, 2010 at 9:18 AM

It gets sent to the Presidential Library of the former president.

Rocks on September 6, 2010 at 9:13 AM

Ah. Makes sense – although there’s got to be a better picture then of Reagan’s.

I actually like the new design, it’s a far sight better than Bush Sr.’s and Clinton’s, in my humble opinion. Clinton’s is very bold and harsh-looking, and Bush Sr.’s is plain and a little ugly. To each their own, though. : )

Anna on September 6, 2010 at 9:19 AM

The national motto “E pluribus unum” ought to give one pause when considering filing lawsuits against states, dividing along racial/class lines, and stirring groups up against one another…

you’d think that one would pause to consider what those words mean. Alas, if you fail to do that for the quote around the edge, why do it for the words in the center? my 2c

ted c on September 6, 2010 at 9:19 AM

I wonder what Sarah’s will look like.

Couldn’t resist.

B Man on September 6, 2010 at 9:14 AM

Shag, even on the walls – swag lamps – and moose heads.
And a gun rack behind the desk.

Couldn’t resist.

Timothy S. Carlson on September 6, 2010 at 9:21 AM

This seal fails if it has anything less than 57 stars.

eforhan on September 6, 2010 at 9:22 AM

I wonder what Sarah’s will look like.

Couldn’t resist.

B Man on September 6, 2010 at 9:14 AM

Grizzly Bear rug with her predecessor’s head in his mouth!
ROFL!

Jenfidel on September 6, 2010 at 9:22 AM

Where will Sarah display all the RINO heads?

faraway on September 6, 2010 at 9:23 AM

I’m really surprised he didn’t have the arrows in the eagles talons replaced with arugula.

darwin on September 6, 2010 at 9:23 AM

I’m surprised Obama didn’t put a bike helmet on the eagle

faraway on September 6, 2010 at 9:24 AM

Timothy S. Carlson on September 6, 2010 at 9:21 AM

Good thing the Smithsonian doesn’t mind that 0bama borrowed their collection of furniture from the set of “The Jeffersons” TV show to furnish the Oval.

Couldn’t resist, PDS sufferer.

Jenfidel on September 6, 2010 at 9:24 AM

From a legal standpoint though it is interesting that the president can change the seal by executive order like Ike did. Procedurally that isn’t really right. The Seal is legally what makes things official, not just the signature. You would think it should take a law to change such things and not just a unilateral decision.

Rocks on September 6, 2010 at 9:25 AM

Where will Sarah display all the RINO heads?

faraway on September 6, 2010 at 9:23 AM

The Briefing Room.

Rocks on September 6, 2010 at 9:26 AM

With all the criminal things the Alinsky Gang is perpetrating at our collective expense….these petty things are what the media will chastise him for.

Beto Ochoa on September 6, 2010 at 9:27 AM

Where will Sarah display all the RINO heads?

faraway on September 6, 2010 at 9:23 AM

The Briefing Room.

Rocks on September 6, 2010 at 9:26 AM

Haven’t we suffered enough?
Who wants to look at the head of Lisa Murkowski?!

Jenfidel on September 6, 2010 at 9:28 AM

The Seal is legally what makes things official, not just the signature. You would think it should take a law to change such things and not just a unilateral decision.

Rocks on September 6, 2010 at 9:25 AM

Yeah..but an executive order has the force of law and is essentially the legal power of the president to enact such stuff outside the purview of Congress. They’re pretty powerful because they can change the colors on things and also close prisons n’ such….er, wait?..

ted c on September 6, 2010 at 9:30 AM

Lots of pics of the various Oval Office Rugs here.

It looks like Nixon was the first to even have the seal on the rug. Kennedy, Johnson, Ford and Carter didn’t have it.

Rocks on September 6, 2010 at 9:34 AM

Does it really surprise anyone………from an unAmrican family?

lilium on September 6, 2010 at 9:36 AM

Look, Obama is a frappin traitor to America and every breech of protocol should be criticized! NO ONE can question Reagan, Bush sr or Bush jrs sense of patriotism. So they get a pass.

F**K OBAMA!

csdeven on September 6, 2010 at 9:36 AM

myrenovations on September 6, 2010 at 9:09 AM

A few scatter rugs from Wal Mart would impress me more than the occupant of the office.

behiker on September 6, 2010 at 9:36 AM

hmmm… How do you put a seal on a bear?

faraway on September 6, 2010 at 9:18 AM

Verry carefully and be sure to use a saddle.

darwin-t on September 6, 2010 at 9:37 AM

Alright. This just sucks. I think I like the one from Billy-Jeff’s office best. The navy-blue looks bolder. That’s funny on a number of levels. The lighter color wouldn’t show stains.

Squiggy on September 6, 2010 at 9:11 AM

I also like the bright, bold colors of it better than the washed out ones.

Count to 10 on September 6, 2010 at 9:39 AM

Alright. This just sucks. I think I like the one from Billy-Jeff’s office best. The navy-blue looks bolder. That’s funny on a number of levels. The lighter color wouldn’t show stains.

Squiggy on September 6, 2010 at 9:11 AM

I also like the bright, bold colors of it better than the washed out ones.

Count to 10 on September 6, 2010 at 9:39 AM

Yeah but it’s not as good for photos. The president usually wears a dark suit and he would just blend in with the background. The Oval Office is just for photo ops and meetings to impress people. They have a private office where they actually work.

Rocks on September 6, 2010 at 9:43 AM

I still think it looks terrible. I would call the color palette he chose “cat vomit medley” and the striped wall paper makes my eyes hurt. The coffee table looks like it came from IKEA, and the couches look like they cam from the dumpster behind the Holiday Inn.

bitsy on September 6, 2010 at 9:43 AM

Yeah, but the eagle’s head doesn’t look like an eagle. It looks like a chicken.

SlaveDog on September 6, 2010 at 9:43 AM

Out of all of the things going into and coming out of the Oval Office…arguably the most important office in the world…the carpet design ranks pretty low. The only thing that bothers me about it is that the stars aren’t white, which violates an executive order.

Other than that, let’s be happy the seal wasn’t replaced by that “O” Obama logo.

JetBoy on September 6, 2010 at 9:44 AM

As much as I can enjoy the quote snafu, it seems a tad picky to harp on the guy’s rug. We’re not talking about the official sealof office – it’s a rug. People walk on it, most likely the dog Bo will crap on it.

katiejane on September 6, 2010 at 9:46 AM

I think the key point is the authority of the Seal; Executive Order 10860. As President he can issue an EO and change it to whatever he wants, including a Crescent Moon.

barnone on September 6, 2010 at 9:47 AM

To be fair, the office decor is more tasteful than Michelle’s wardrobe.

bitsy on September 6, 2010 at 9:47 AM

Sorry, still can’t get past the coffee table.

Cindy Munford on September 6, 2010 at 9:48 AM

bitsy on September 6, 2010 at 9:47 AM

Damning with faint praise.

Cindy Munford on September 6, 2010 at 9:49 AM

hmmm… How do you put a seal on a bear?

faraway on September 6, 2010 at 9:18 AM

You start with a Polar Bear, then dye its white fur into whatever color pattern you want.

Kafir on September 6, 2010 at 9:49 AM

Here’s another view of the oval office make-over. I think it was provided by ABC…

cannonball on September 6, 2010 at 9:50 AM

This seal fails if it has anything less than 57 stars.

eforhan on September 6, 2010 at 9:22 AM

Organization of the Islamic Conference has 57 member states,
but that is just a coincidence……..He is a main stream Christian…….so is Jim Wallace, Van Jones, Wright, Dunne,
Holdren, Sunstein……somebody’s nose is really growing.

lilium on September 6, 2010 at 9:50 AM

bitsy on September 6, 2010 at 9:47 AM
Damning with faint praise.

Cindy Munford on September 6, 2010 at 9:49 AM

;D

100% intentional

bitsy on September 6, 2010 at 9:52 AM

Darwin already beat me to it. I am surprised that the Oval Office Stars and Stripes has not been replaced with a hammer and sickle on the Red Flag. He’s already omitted using flags once during one of his hundreds of post election campaign speeches. Also surprised he hasn’t had his visage plastered all over the country Big Brother style, so the first thing you look at on your telescreen when you wake up is Dear Leader….

adamsmith on September 6, 2010 at 9:54 AM

They just got the wrong man in the office.

tarpon on September 6, 2010 at 9:55 AM

hmmm… How do you put a seal on a bear?

faraway on September 6, 2010 at 9:18 AM

Very carefully…

JetBoy on September 6, 2010 at 9:56 AM

hmmm… How do you put a seal on a bear?

faraway on September 6, 2010 at 9:18 AM
Very carefully…

JetBoy on September 6, 2010 at 9:56 AM

It’s actually quite simple once you saddle the bear.

darwin-t on September 6, 2010 at 9:57 AM

cannonball on September 6, 2010 at 9:50 AM

That was just awful.

Cindy Munford on September 6, 2010 at 9:58 AM

I actually like the new carpet as well as Bush 43. Clinton’s is too traditional for my taste and Bush 41…uhh no thanks. Can’t get a good enough look at Reagan’s.

Also, wouldn’t the text around the seal on a carpet just look tacky?

modnar on September 6, 2010 at 9:58 AM

I’m surprised each star isn’t accompanied by a crescent moon.

Disturb the Universe on September 6, 2010 at 9:58 AM

BTW….I was reading in David Limbaugh’s new book, “Crimes Against Liberty” that Ed Schultz, yes that knee pad wearing lunatic with his own show on MSLSD, said the entire West Wing was literally one photo upon another of the One, the Messiah, the Black Jesus, Dear Leader…you know who I mean. For Sgt. Schultz to say that about his overlord is really something…..

adamsmith on September 6, 2010 at 9:59 AM

I think the key point is the authority of the Seal; Executive Order 10860. As President he can issue an EO and change it to whatever he wants, including a Crescent Moon.

barnone on September 6, 2010 at 9:47 AM

But that’s exactly what is wrong with being able to change the seal by an executive order. Nothing the president signs is official until it’s embossed with his seal. How is anyone else supposed to know it’s correct if the President has changed it since the last time they saw it?

Rocks on September 6, 2010 at 10:00 AM

Thanks for posting this Ed.
Sometimes the reactions happen before all the facts come in. The Boy Scout Jamboree and Memorial Day examples come to mind.

Bradky on September 6, 2010 at 10:01 AM

Right seal. Wrong person in the office.

Felonious Monk on September 6, 2010 at 10:03 AM

They didn’t refinish the Resolute Desk did they? I know, it’s probably just the lighting that makes it look different. And surely the Smartness Administration wouldn’t do something that stupid – they would be very disappointed when they take it in for appraisal before their big 2012 yard sale.

forest on September 6, 2010 at 10:13 AM

Felonious, you took the words right out of my mouth.

elifino on September 6, 2010 at 10:16 AM

Does the rug point toward Mecca? Just want to know if he will use it as a prayer rug while he’s a “committed Christion” practicing his faith. What is a “committed Christian” anyway? Shouldn’t it be a “devout Christian”. I would think that Al-Queda and the “Tollybon” would be “committed” in their aims….

adamsmith on September 6, 2010 at 10:18 AM

RASMUSSEN: Generic Congressional Ballot: Republicans Lead by 12: GOP 48% Dems 36%… Developing…


DEMAGEDDON!

Rocks on September 6, 2010 at 10:22 AM

Bradky on September 6, 2010 at 10:01 AM

How are you giving him a pass on the 100th anniversary of the Boy Scouts?

Cindy Munford on September 6, 2010 at 10:22 AM

However, it has the wrong color for the stars, which are supposed to be white

RACIST!

Shy Guy on September 6, 2010 at 10:24 AM

It was good to see Reagan behind that desk again. :)

ThePrez on September 6, 2010 at 10:26 AM

Our family went to the Clinton Library in Arkansas; I do like the Seal; the red around the edge gives it a bit of a gayish look (sorry IMHO) but I got pics of my kids laying on the floor saluting to the camera. That is, because they have this same design on areas external to Clinton’s Oval Office replica.

Of all of them, I like Clinton’s better; if I was POTUS, I’d just put the official seal, no quotes, just stars. If I wanted all the branches of the military represented, then their mottos would be there instead of the stars-dunno if I am making myself clear. :-S

Now my question is (because I asked Mr. PPF and he is clueless on this stuff-rugs are not an important issue)is, if it’s improper to walk ON the US Presidential Seal, and that’s why the official seal is not placed. Would that be disrespectful, and that’s why we are looking at alternates?

I think the current office design is just too neutral. As for Sarah, you bet Papa Palin’s polar bear rug will be there to make a statement.

ProudPalinFan on September 6, 2010 at 10:35 AM

How are you giving him a pass on the 100th anniversary of the Boy Scouts?

Cindy Munford on September 6, 2010 at 10:22 AM

Are you giving the organizers a pass for letting the scouts boo his pretaped message?
He flubbed it on his schedule. giving him a pass no but seeing the organizers not addressing the scouts booing the president should bother most reasonable people imo.

Bradky on September 6, 2010 at 10:35 AM

ProudPalinFan on September 6, 2010 at 10:35 AM

Is there any thread that you don’t make some pitch for Palin in?

Bradky on September 6, 2010 at 10:36 AM

Ok, I stand corrected. I googled images before posting and saw a VP seal w/blue stars, but didn’t check out the site. I should’ve checked out an official site, but I figured if the White House got it wrong, why bother?

cartooner on September 6, 2010 at 10:37 AM

I am not a big fan of the Seal of the U.S. on the carpet unless they have a no-walk zone around it. jmo

I did like the Bush carpet with the rays and I wonder since he wore a suit and tie in the Oval Office if he also told those that entered that they could walk on the rays but not the Seal.

journeyintothewhirlwind on September 6, 2010 at 10:38 AM

Here’s another view of the oval office make-over. I think it was provided by ABC…

cannonball on September 6, 2010 at 9:50 AM

Awesome.

bitsy on September 6, 2010 at 10:40 AM

hmmm… How do you put a seal on a bear?

faraway on September 6, 2010 at 9:18 AM
Very carefully…

JetBoy on September 6, 2010 at 9:56 AM

It’s actually quite simple once you saddle the bear.

darwin-t on September 6, 2010 at 9:57 AM

Then you club the seal

faraway on September 6, 2010 at 10:45 AM

No it isn’t improper to walk on it. It’s why they leave the words “Seal of the….” off, to show it isn’t official. It’s just to impress people and looks great in pictures.

Rocks on September 6, 2010 at 10:58 AM

Are you giving the organizers a pass for letting the scouts boo his pretaped message?
He flubbed it on his schedule. giving him a pass no but seeing the organizers not addressing the scouts booing the president should bother most reasonable people imo.

Bradky on September 6, 2010 at 10:35 AM

So the president apparently has the most incompetent staff ever. How the hell does he “flub” it on his schedule? Especially on the 100th year anniversary?

He blew it off intentionally, and thought he could get by with some lame video message.

The Boy Scouts were right to show their disdain for a president … their president … who is so intentionally callous.

darwin on September 6, 2010 at 10:58 AM

He flubbed it on his schedule. giving him a pass no but seeing the organizers not addressing the scouts booing the president should bother most reasonable people imo.

Bradky on September 6, 2010 at 10:35 AM

The Precedent, who is (always) the Honorary Chairman of the Boy Scouts, should have cleared everything off his schedule to be at the 100th Jamboree, but noooooooo! Obama had to go on “The View!”
Think how disappointed all those fine young boy were!
Disgraceful.
And you think they should apologize to him.
Even worse.

Jenfidel on September 6, 2010 at 11:03 AM

Is there any thread that you don’t make some pitch for Palin in?

Bradky on September 6, 2010 at 10:36 AM

Is there any pro-Palin post that you don’t attack?

Jenfidel on September 6, 2010 at 11:05 AM

Memorial Day examples come to mind.

Bradky on September 6, 2010 at 10:01 AM

You mean when Moochelle wore another inappropriate outfit and they both walked around Arlington Cemetery smirking?

Jenfidel on September 6, 2010 at 11:07 AM

Is there any thread that you don’t make some pitch for Palin in?

Bradky on September 6, 2010 at 10:36 AM

Heh…I didn’t start it. Fellow commenters can write I don’t do that all the time; but on the same token, don’t go to my blog.

ProudPalinFan on September 6, 2010 at 11:14 AM

Bradky on September 6, 2010 at 10:35 AM

Sorry, their schedule was probably set before he even entired office and it’s a lot easier for one person to rearrange their schedule than it is for a Jamboree. He would have made time it they were giving money to the Democrat party. As for the booing, they are kids, what The Won’t excuse?

Cindy Munford on September 6, 2010 at 11:25 AM

I wonder what Sarah’s will look like.

Couldn’t resist.

B Man on September 6, 2010 at 9:14 AM

I think the old aphorism about “measuring for drapes” might now also be applied to “designing the rug”.

JohnGalt23 on September 6, 2010 at 11:26 AM

Doncha know he had to have a lighter color to go with those oversized yellow shower curtains he has hanging over the windows.

There is no accounting for bad taste.:)

concernedsenior on September 6, 2010 at 11:46 AM

Kinda, sorta, maybe doesn’t cut POTUS muster.

CREST: Behind and above the eagle a radiating glory or, on which appears an arc of thirteen cloud puffs proper, and a constellation of thirteen mullets argent.
The whole surrounded by white stars arranged in the form of an annulet

Eisenhower, Executive Order 10860

WHITE STARS!

/Obama hates White./

Who would be surprised should Obama issue his own executive order to mutate “his” coat of arms and seal into his own fashion?

maverick muse on September 6, 2010 at 11:53 AM

Some may not like the non-traditional representation of the seal in the new carpet, but it’s at least slightly more traditional than Bush 41 — and if tradition is what people like, then Bill Clinton’s Oval Office rug would be the hands-down winner.

This is the POINT though of this whole discussion. TRADITION is what this leftwing lunatic is trying to destroy in our government and society in general, nevermind the seal. We should be sticking to tradition and the president should not be trying to alter long standing traditions, including the colors and design of the presidential seal regardless if it was Bush, or Obama.

tx2654 on September 6, 2010 at 11:54 AM

I wonder what Sarah’s will look like.

Couldn’t resist.

B Man on September 6, 2010 at 9:14 AM
I think the old aphorism about “measuring for drapes” might now also be applied to “designing the rug”.

JohnGalt23 on September 6, 2010 at 11:26 AM

At least Sarah is busy laying the groundwork to ensure that somebody new moves in there in 2012. All the other big name (R) prospective inhabitants give me the impression that they just want to dust off the measurements from 2008 without doing much to earn the right to lead the eviction.

You can knock Sarah all you want (and many of you will) but most of your boys are a lot less impressive than she is.

If your real reason for dissin’ Sarah is the knowledge that misinformed Americans would never unite behind her–wasn’t that the reason America elected our current Ass-in-Chief? Do we conservatives really want to go down the same “Unity is more important to us than competence–or love of country–or even freedom” road that the MSM led us down in 2008?

rwenger43 on September 6, 2010 at 11:58 AM

Any complaints with Barack Obama’s Oval Office rug could also be applied to versions used by Reagan and Bush 41.

yeah, but they were white non-Muslim presidents, so we’ll give ‘em a pass, right?

Grow Fins on September 6, 2010 at 12:05 PM

those oversized yellow shower curtains he has hanging over the windows.

which Bush picked out!

Grow Fins on September 6, 2010 at 12:06 PM

Grow Fins on September 6, 2010 at 12:06 PM

You are right, they are the same drapes from W’s office. Actually the drapes look really close to WJC’s also except for some blue trim at bottom and on valance.

Cindy Munford on September 6, 2010 at 12:13 PM

Bush Sr.’s looks like crap. They should just stick to the specification, all of them.

echosyst on September 6, 2010 at 12:16 PM

yeah, but they were white non-Muslim presidents, so we’ll give ‘em a pass, right?

Grow Fins on September 6, 2010 at 12:05 PM

No, they were men who had real respect for The Office of the President and didn’t try to put fake quotes of non-Presidents on their Oval Office rug…just because they were also black.

Jenfidel on September 6, 2010 at 12:21 PM

The Seal is legally what makes things official, not just the signature. You would think it should take a law to change such things and not just a unilateral decision.

Rocks on September 6, 2010 at 9:25 AM

The Seal is not what makes things official — unless you are talking about AF1 or Marine1 or the presidential limo. When laws are sent to the President, Article 1, Section 7 of our Constitution describes the process the President must use to indicate either his approval or disapproval of legislation. The process described in the Constitution does not indicate any use of a seal, but does indicate that the President’s signature is required when he explicitly approves a law.

unclesmrgol on September 6, 2010 at 12:45 PM

if tradition is what people like, then Bill Clinton’s Oval Office rug would be the hands-down pants-on-the-ground winner.

Fixed

Christien on September 6, 2010 at 12:51 PM

They made just one mistake – Obama’s must say “E pluribus I-num”

Schadenfreude on September 6, 2010 at 1:05 PM

Of all those I like W’s best. :)

And like many here have already said, there are so many other things to get stoked about regarding the O administration, a rug in the Oval Office is near the bottom of the pile.

Bob's Kid on September 6, 2010 at 1:11 PM

He flubbed it on his schedule. giving him a pass no but seeing the organizers not addressing the scouts booing the president should bother most reasonable people imo.

Bradky on September 6, 2010 at 10:35 AM

Why? Not even a king/emperor could demand respect. Only dictators could try and the U.S. is far from being one. Not even Chavez can demand such.

The presidency should be considered for respect. This guy, View/vs. such a significant event, not so much.

Schadenfreude on September 6, 2010 at 1:13 PM

yeah, but they were white non-Muslim presidents, so we’ll give ‘em a pass, right?

Grow Fins on September 6, 2010 at 12:05 PM

Fools are indignant, again, and again, and again…

Ugly has no color, nor religion.

Schadenfreude on September 6, 2010 at 1:15 PM

Also surprised he hasn’t had his visage plastered all over the country Big Brother style, so the first thing you look at on your telescreen when you wake up is Dear Leader….

adamsmith on September 6, 2010 at 9:54 AM

Actually, taking the time zone difference into account, he is on my tv practically every day when I get up. Stinks actually.

HawaiiLwyr on September 6, 2010 at 1:40 PM

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