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Taft was a very large man, that's why the desk is in the middle of the room.Going on vacation is the best time to have one of the rooms in your house redecorated! Putting those words in that order is your key to enraging Americans everywhere, because Americans can not afford “redecoration” or “homes” or “rooms.” But elitist Barack Obama decided that his little trip to Gaysachusetts Island was the perfect time to have the Oval Office redone. If he had chosen to fall in line with Tea Party aesthetics, he’d have redecorated in line with Founding Father William Howard Taft’s principles, illustrated in the picture. But instead he decided to spit in America’s face and decorate in neutral hues. Neutral hues! Monsters!

Since White House photog Pete Souza and his public domain pictures are also on vacation, you will have to click through to see sexxxy redecoration pix, or just enjoy the word-images spun by the New York Times:

The look, which includes new and reupholstered furniture and new paint and wallpaper, is more modern and tends toward neutral hues of brown and taupe, rather than the gold and yellow tones favored by his predecessor, George W. Bush.

Mr. Bush’s yellow brocade couches have been replaced with two custom-made sofas of brown cotton that resembles velvet. They face a boxy table, fashioned from American walnut and mica, that features a fruit bowl – not flowers – as its centerpiece. There is a lone navy blue pillow on one of the couches, which pulls in the blue from some new, modern table lamps.

The makeover was not done at taxpayer expense; the White House said the costs were covered by the White House Historical Association, a nonprofit group, through a contribution from the committee that paid for Mr. Obama’s inauguration.

Yes, we’ve gone from gold and yellow to brown and taupe! That certainly is a completely boring and non-radical change of aesthetic direction, Mr. President. Hmm, what do the sane, rational commentors on the Politico, the Internet’s premiere Lincoln-Douglas debating society, have to say on this point?

  • “They redecorated like Michelle wears clothes, cheap looking an inappropriate.”
  • “I would of expected a leopard skin couch, African themed paintings. Also, the chairs aren’t covered in clear plastic.”
  • “Well Barry, is the unemployment and the national troubles, the gloom and doom in line w. what they were when W or Bubba were redecorating their offices???????????? This question should shut Baghdad Gibbs up faster than a Star Wars Comic Book…LOL”
  • “Did they finally get new carpeting? The old stuff Bill & Monica stained?”
  • “But when most people dont have the enuff dough to feed their families, dont ya think this kinda WH makeover (at Tax Payer expense all cuz the DIVA Moochelle ordered it) is in the least Extreme and also a Hard Wrong?”
  • “What is up with those couches? They look like something you’d find at a curb / in a college house. I bet in autumn they’ll also bring in bags of leaves to throw around, based on the color.”

Oops, that last comment was actually from Wonkette afternoon editor Jack Stuef, who really cares about couches, apparently. [NYT/Politico]

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Josh was born and raised in Buffalo, New York, leaving him with a love of chicken wings and a tendency to say “pop”. He taught ancient Greek and Roman history to undergraduates before fleeing from academia in terror; worked for a failed San Francisco dot-com that neglected to supply him with stock options or an Aeron chair; lived in Berlin, where he mostly ate Indian and Ethiopian food; finished in third place on his sole Jeopardy! appearance (the correct answer was “Golda Meir”); and was named 2007 Blogger of the Year by The Week, for obvious reasons. Josh is the creator/editor of COMICS CURMUDGEON (which you should read) and does geeky editing and writing about geeky things such as "the Java programming industry for JavaWorld." He lives in Baltimore with his wife Amber and his cat Hoagie.

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