White House Oval Office Seal
5'7" x 4'2"
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The Oval Office is the U.S president's official work-space. Presidents review potential policy and security briefings, consult with their advisers, meet with foreign diplomats, sign legislation, greet guests, and address the American public on television and radio. The Oval Office is traditionally redecorated to reflect each president's personal tastes and attitudes. Most U.S presidents choose to change the Oval Office rug. Though each version of the Oval Office rug features the presidential seal at the center, presidents are free to redesign the colors and other elements embedded in the rug's design.
The design of the rug's presidential seal was changed by Harry Truman in the wake of World War II. The main element of the seal is a bald eagle which represents the United States. The eagle holds an olive branch in one talon and a group of arrows in the other. Before Truman's administration, the eagle faced the military might of the arrows. Looking toward a peaceful future, Truman redesigned the seal so that the eagle now glances toward the olive branches.
Most presidents have commissioned a new rug and drapes, but two presidents chose not to change the decor: Eisenhower and Carter. Kennedy's new decor was being installed the day he was assassinated. Former president George W. Bush loved telling visitors about the rug in the Oval Office, which he had First Lady Laura design. President Obama has had the rug redesigned and toned down a bit. The rays of sunshine have been scrubbed from the rug and the bald eagle at the center of the presidential seal is noticeably thinner from, presumably, his recession-driven austerity.