Oval Office Decor Changes in the Last 50+ Years

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In honor of Joe Biden’s first day in the Oval Office, T&C takes a look back at how the presidential office has changed over time.

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April 12, 1945

The Oval Office desk belonging to President Franklin D. Roosevelt is shown on the day of his death.

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1961

President John F. Kennedy smiles as he speaks on the phone in the Oval Office.

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October 15, 1963

John F. Kennedy Jr. plays under the Resolute Desk.

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November 30, 1963​

Lyndon B. Johnson sits at the Oval Office desk, posing for one of his first official photographs following the death of his predecessor, John F. Kennedy.

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September 19, 1969​

President Richard Nixon used a rug designed by his wife that featured the presidential seal in gold on a flag blue background.

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August 1974

President Gerald Ford, who stepped into the presidency after Richard Nixon’s resignation on August 9, 1974, sits in the Oval Office.

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January 20, 1989

President Ronald Reagan takes one last look back at the Oval Office as he leaves for the inauguration of President George H.W. Bush.

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January 22, 1990

President George H.W. Bush switched to a steel blue and cream color palette.

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1997

President Bill Clinton takes a call in the Oval Office.

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May 17, 2005

President George W. Bush meets with former South African President Nelson Mandela.

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September 1, 2005

President George W. Bush’s desk is shown in an empty Oval Office.

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November 10, 2008

President George W. Bush meets with President-elect Barack Obama.

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January 7, 2009

Former President George H.W. Bush, President-elect Barack Obama, President George W. Bush, and former Presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter pose together in the Oval Office.

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August 31, 2010

New furniture is shown on the date of President Obama’s second Oval Office address of his presidency.

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May 1, 2011

President Obama edits his remarks prior to making a televised statement announcing that the United States had killed terrorist Osama Bin Laden.

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January 27, 2017

British Prime Minister Theresa May and U.S. President Donald Trump meet beside a bust of former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill in the Oval Office.

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January 20, 2021

Joe Biden signs a series of executive orders at the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office just hours after his inauguration on January 20, 2021.

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