Posted Wed, September 1, 2010 6:27pm EDT

Bonnie Says: Oh No! The Downhome Obama Oval Office Makeunder Is A Disaster — You Agree?

Posted Wed, September 1, 2010 6:27pm EDT

Don’t you think the President’s office looks like a family room now? Who put throw pillows on the presidential couches and turned the coffee table into a giant TV tray?

BFFs, I’m appalled by the Oval Office makeunder, are you? Don’t you feel like the President of the United States needs to sit in a room that has a certain regality to it? The Oval Office couches shouldn’t look like they’re ready for White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel and White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs to sprawl out on with clickers, ready to watch the football game!

And what’s with those Crate and Barrel-esque lamps? I can’t believe that characterless lamps that look like they cost $49.99 have replaced the elegant gold and porcelain fixtures of before.

I understand that Barack — I’m calling him by his first name because he appears to want us to think he’s our neighbor — has used the concept of the “President is just like us,” to relate to us regular folks. but de-formulizing the oval office is taking it too far!

We don’t want the President to seat great leaders on casual corduroy couches and brown leather wing back chairs. Huh? Does the Pres want to walk around in slippers and get all cosy in there? We don’t want him to be cosy. We want him to be a dignified leader with sophisticated tastes.

Barack — what have you done with the blue striped chairs that picked up the blue of the Presidential seal on the rug? I say, makeunder, be banished! Pull out the old furniture. Better for it to be threadbare and tasteful, than brand new and bonkers!

Where’s Glenn Beck when you need him? Glenn— forget your irresponsible race-baiting and do something useful! March on the White House and protest the embarrassing Oval Office makeunder!

— Bonnie Fuller

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Jennifer

Posted at 10:25 AM on September 7, 2010  

Don’t you have more important things to worry about? Like, whether or not Lady Gaga waxes or shaves her bikini line? Or what the shorts are made of that celebrities are wearing RIGHT NOW!? Oh, wait, you are keeping up with the important stuff….

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Sugar

Posted at 10:52 PM on September 6, 2010  

Apparently the quote attributed to Martin Luther King on the rug in the Oval Office was actually from a well-known abolistionist who died in 1860. Too funny and rather pathetic for such a high office to make such an amateur mistake in accuracy. These people are pretty sloppy with details.

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vbnvbn

Posted at 9:31 AM on September 5, 2010  

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fjgjgh

Posted at 9:28 AM on September 5, 2010  

Hot… S-e-a-r-c-h ” TODS 7123S Gray” on go-ogle to Get High qu-alit-y luxu-ry ba-gs, you will find that’s your love.As l v ,etc.F-ree wa-llet.Click the first message

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C

Posted at 12:03 AM on September 5, 2010  

Definitely inappropriate for this space, though would work fine for a family room. Nothing wrong with being comfortable, but it’s still possible to do so in a formal way. I can’t imagine sitting on, uh sinking into, those sofas while wearing business attire. Maybe he does is work relaxed on the sofa, “Hey kids, feel free to jump on the other one. The next prez will probably replace these anyway.”
Maybe we should just have a reality show/competition in which famous designers compete for the best redesign – as voted by America. Audiences throughout the nation will tune in to see who wins, and the network can sell premium ad space. Between the cost to text-vote and the commercials, maybe we could raise money to offset the country’s debt a bit. Just a thought….

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Alexis

Posted at 3:43 PM on September 3, 2010  

For years Obama has been tightly associated with Wright and the next year he is a Muslim; we constantly check his birth certificate, constantly fuss about the number of vacations, etc., etc., etc., and now we debate the way the office is decorated. Junk like this make us look like America The Ignorant. Take a history class and stop listening to Fox News!

P.S. The office is reflective of the times, you idiots!

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cvguy

Posted at 6:41 PM on September 2, 2010  

My question is; why when the country is over 14,000,000,000,000.00 in debt and climbing, when there is real unemployment of around 15%, not the 9.5 the Feds want you to believe, and the USA has an economy growing at less than 1.5% is ANYONE in the Federal Government spending ANYTHING?!?!?! We can’t repay our debt to China and we have money to remodel the friggin Oval Office?!

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tlpayne

Posted at 7:49 PM on September 2, 2010  

“(CNN) – The Obamas are using their own money to redecorate the White House residence and Oval Office, the White House confirms, forgoing the $100,000 in federal funds that is traditionally allotted to new presidents for such renovation projects.”

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Goya

Posted at 11:49 PM on September 2, 2010  

Government money wasn’t used for the redecoration and the rug was made and presented as a gift by the mill.

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Goya

Posted at 11:51 PM on September 2, 2010  

What does this have to do with Hollywood Life?

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hulda

Posted at 11:21 AM on September 3, 2010  

Sorry to burst your bubble, but the Obama’s paid for this out of their own money. Go back to Fox News and get your story straight.

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andie

Posted at 5:04 PM on September 2, 2010  

Hate it – looks like a cheap Pottery Barn knock-off.

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hulda

Posted at 11:23 AM on September 3, 2010  

Obviously the Obama’s have more taste than you or Bonnie.

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The Announcement

Posted at 3:03 PM on September 2, 2010  

After looking at how the oval office has been decorated over the decades, none of them looked very “regal”, so I’m not sure why you think Obama’s office should, especially given that we are in a Great Recession. Besides, doesn’t “regality” insinuate some kind of royal appearance? He is not a King, he is a President picked by the people from the people. In case you don’t remember we revolted against a monarchy. The only “regal” thing in the office should be, and probably always will be, Queen Victoria’s desk she gave as a gift.
Personally, I think the best design was under Clinton where the designers weren’t afraid of color, but then critics called that design too “loud”. Bush Jr.’s design was significantly scaled down when it came to color, using the same palette that Obama’s designers seem to have went with. It seems Obama replaced Bush’s furniture with more comfortable chairs and sofas that may not look stupendous, but nevertheless reflect the idea that the Oval Office, at least under Obama, will be a calm environment where officials can discuss ideas freely in a relaxed setting; as opposed to an Oval Office that would probably appear too intimidating to visitors, already intimidated enough as it is being in the White House, had they gone with a more “regal” design.
Besides, had the Obama Administration gone with more expensive furnishings, you know we would never hear the end of that.

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CherylE

Posted at 6:26 PM on September 2, 2010  

So true!

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hulda

Posted at 11:24 AM on September 3, 2010  

Good Point.

 
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galey

Posted at 12:24 PM on September 2, 2010  

It’s reflective of Obama…..disoriented…disjointed….unbecoming of a Presidential Office….his policies suck and so does he.

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Tammy

Posted at 8:55 PM on September 2, 2010  

as do you, darling.

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jab

Posted at 12:07 PM on September 2, 2010  

I thought the same thing when i saw the pix – ew – that coffee table is hideous. The whole thing looks like they pulled furniture from other rooms and tried to use it together without success.

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CherylE

Posted at 11:42 AM on September 2, 2010  

Its sad that people have to find such small things to criticize President Obama. So what if you don’t like the couches and pillows! Is that that important to you? Let’s applaud him for being “human” and trying to relate more to the general public BONNIE…try to think of something he did recently that positive, like stop the war!

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andie

Posted at 5:02 PM on September 2, 2010  

Uh, “stop the war”? This isn’t a political site, but we are still very much in a war.

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CherylE

Posted at 6:24 PM on September 2, 2010  

Yes, we know this isn’t a political site, so let me rephrase this…the war is in the process of ending.

 
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tlpayne

Posted at 7:34 AM on September 2, 2010  

Each president gets to make it their own, & that’s just what the Obamas did. Don’t knock it – you dont have to work there.

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warmblonde

Posted at 4:00 AM on September 2, 2010  

Looks like with the new redo, the Prez and his family and staff will be able to pull up chairs, put their feet up on the coffee table, grab a remote and channel in to the Maury Show.

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Jen

Posted at 12:22 AM on September 2, 2010  

It looks so much better

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KitKat

Posted at 11:06 PM on September 1, 2010  

you are all crazy and have absolutely no interior design/decorating savvy. The writer of this article is right on in her analysis. The sofas WERE formal and that is THE POINT. The coffee table was more historical looking and now it looks like something you’d get from Pier One Imports to put your t.v. on. Seriously, it is just plain tacky. The overall room looks way too casual now for the PRESIDENTIAL OFFICE. Tacky tacky tacky.

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Candice

Posted at 11:09 PM on September 1, 2010  

Dittos! It looks like a totally different room and anyone who can’t see that is either blind or just doesn’t have an eye for that sort of thing. The room looked presidential before and now it looks like…not even a living room but a family room where you watch football. Uh…sorry guys but Obama has plenty of other rooms to watch football in and to be “casual” in, he doesn’t need the oval office for that.

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mary

Posted at 2:26 PM on September 2, 2010  

The previous sofa’s were NOT formal! Speaking from a professional decorator! The previous sofa’s should be on a porch in Grandma’s house in Kentucky… that room was so outdated it screamed for a makeover… I love the changes, in fact I would have added more changes..The room is classy now… You know it is such a shame, that us caucasian people, or some of us, (Not All) look for whatever reason to attack a black president. You try to cleverly hide your racism, (yes racism) it is not a cliche word from the left wingers because I am a right winger.. you try to hide your hidden racism by making up juvenile reasons to criticize the President for even his LACK OF OLD LADY DECORATING SKILLS… The room is beautiful and I designed many rooms all over the united states.

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TASHA

Posted at 10:30 PM on September 1, 2010  

goodddddddddd job i like it!!

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nmbkiht

Posted at 10:05 PM on September 1, 2010  

{MY”DIS”CO”UNT”BAG} ” se-l-ls lv ha-nd ba-gs,c-ha ne1,g-u c-c i,come on

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Stormyboo

Posted at 8:16 PM on September 1, 2010  

It looks more relaxed not all stuffy and uncomfortable good job

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Candice

Posted at 11:14 PM on September 1, 2010  

“stuffy” — hey moron, it aint your living room it’s the freakin oval office, it is a formal room among many other gazillion rooms for varying purposes in the mansion.

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MsLinda

Posted at 7:54 PM on September 1, 2010  

I like it better. The old one looked like granma’s living room that hasn’t been redone in decades.

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msfaye

Posted at 7:36 PM on September 1, 2010  

there is very little change from the room before the ashtray is the same the drapes are the same the little dresser on the wall close to the desk is the same and there are throw pillows on the couch in bushes picture. i truly think if obama came to everybody in america and personally gave them a check and told them to pay a bill off on him and the taxpapers don’t have to pay a dime you’d still find something to complain about. HATERS.

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Candice

Posted at 11:11 PM on September 1, 2010  

“little change” — yep, you’re blind. Sometimes little change make a huge difference, just so ya know.

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Candice

Posted at 11:12 PM on September 1, 2010  

“little change” — yep, you’re blind. Sometimes little change make a huge difference, just so ya know (esp when it comes to design). Oh, you had to pull “hate” card because some people have better taste than you? Come on, don’t be silly.

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