The photo in the email was not
taken in the Oval Office, where the President conducts his daily
business but in the East Room of the White House.
This above photo was taken
in the East Room during the Deep Water Horizon Oils Spill briefing that President
Obama held in May 2010 before a large group of members of the press. There
have been a few changes to the Presidential Oval Office but various photos
taken over the years indicate that the
decor has not really
changed that much since Obama was sworn into office. The curtains behind
the Resolute Desk have been a regular fixture in the room throughout several administrations.
Sometime after this eRumor went viral on the Internet, the Oval Office
did get a makeover while the First Family were vacationing in Martha's
Vineyard, according to an
2010 Associated Press article but it wasn't in
a Middle Eastern motif.
The Oval Office Makeover
Included in the
makeover to the Executive Office were new striped wallpaper,
sofas, reupholstered chairs, new lamps and a coffee table. Also, a
new rug made of recycled wool with woven quotes around its borders
by famous Americans that were personally picked by President Obama.
A glimpse of the new look was seen on August 31, 2010 when the President
addressed the nation on television regarding the end of our military
intervention in Iraq.
Official White House Photo showing off
the Oval Office wallpaper
Old Photos of the Oval
President Obama meets with Secretary of
State Hillary Clinton in Oval Office
President George W. Bush meets with
President Elect Barack Obama in the Oval Office
Photos above show that there has been
change to the Oval Office during the Obama, Bush and Clinton Administration.
The East Room Drapes
The East Room is the
largest room in the Executive Mansion and has gone through several
redecorations and restorations. The most famous renovation
was back in the 1960's when
Jacqueline Kennedy commissioned Stéphane Boudin for
her White House restoration project. Boutin oversaw the design of new
drapery for the room. A spokesperson for the White House told
TruthorFiction.com that those golden drapes were replaced in 2003 during
the Bush administration. The pattern of the drapes is not Arabic
symbols but angles, doves and olive branches.
Left Photo: President Obama and England's
Prime Minister David Cameron in a press conference in the East Room
Photo Right is a magnified view showing the patterns on the curtains.
President George W. Bush in the East Room.