18 Pics Showing The Differences Between Trump’s And Biden’s Oval Office Decor


How you decorate your office and all the things that you put up in it say a lot about you as a person. After all, it’s the side that you want to show the world. But even the things that we display because we think they’re ‘neat’ always carry a certain subtext about how we think unconsciously.


Now, after Joe Biden has been sworn in as the 46th president of the United States of America, people are comparing how the Oval Office in the White House looks as opposed to when Donald Trump led the country. The differences, like you could have expected, are like night and day. And they’re sending very different messages about the kind of America that Biden wants to build.


Where Trump had military flags, a portrait of President Andrew Jackson, and a bust of British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, Biden opted for portraits of Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Alexander Hamilton. Biden also put up busts of Eleanor Roosevelt, Rosa Parks, and Cesar Chavez.


Joe Biden redecorated the Oval Office and it’s full of changes, small and large, from when Donald Trump was in office



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Trump used to display his ‘Challenge Coin’ collection on the credenza



U.S. President Donald Trump waits on the line as he calls Prime Minister of Ireland Leo Varadkar to congratulate him for his victory, at the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, U.S., June 27, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria



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Meanwhile, Biden put up photos of his family members and a bust of Cesar Chavez



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Trump’s leather chair is now gone…



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…and instead, Biden chose the Dark Academia chair which goes very well with the Resolute Desk



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Trump had busts of Abraham Lincoln and Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (the latter he kept from Obama’s time in the office)



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Facing Biden, as he sits at his desk, are portraits of former presidents and Founding Fathers



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Trump had military flags put up, as well as a portrait of Andrew Jackson, who has recently been criticized for his role in slavery and the treatment of Native Americans 



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Meanwhile, Biden removed the military flags and opted for a portrait of Benjamin Franklin, indicating his support for science



The Oval Office of the White House is newly redecorated for the first day of President Joe Biden’s administration, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)



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Here are some other changes that people spotted



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Trump tried to portray himself as a strong leader with his focus on military details, meanwhile, Biden is indicating that he is fighting for a more open, inclusive America.


Nothing surprising if you listened to his inauguration speech where he talked about creating a “more perfect Union” by being everyone’s president and encouraged Americans to be more civil to each other.


But before we get ahead of ourselves too much, it’s important to remember one thing. While presidents absolutely do choose what goes up in the Oval Office and they pick out decorations to suit their personal tastes and inspirations, they also most likely have qualified advisers who can give them a gentle nudge about the messages and symbolism they’re sending with each and every choice.


So, even though we can catch deep glimpses into how each president thinks and what they value by looking at their work environment, it’s useful to remember from time to time, that it can be a gently curated image. The ideal they want to be and want others to see them as, instead of the people they might be at this very moment.


This is how some social media users reacted when they say the changes that Biden made








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