The Oval Office Gets a Makeover

President Obama returned from vacation to a redecorated Oval Office. But the redo isn't as exciting as we hoped. Yes, the office did undergo a change (namely, the color scheme is now taupe and brown, rather than yellow), but the results are disappointingly similar to the rather bland décor that has been the norm in this room for years.

New items include taupe striped wallpaper, a walnut coffee table and a light brown cotton sofa, all made in the state of New York. (The White House does earn points for sourcing America manufacturers.) Two armchairs, which were upholstered in a blue striped fabric during President George W. Bush's era, were redone in caramel-colored leather. The focal point of the room is an oval (natch) rug, donated by a carpet manufacturer from Grand Rapids, Mich., with five historical quotes (selected by President Obama) woven around the border. Wondering what words of wisdom greet Obama each morning? Here they are:

"The only thing we have to fear is fear itself." -- President Franklin D. Roosevelt


"The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice." -- Martin Luther King, Jr.


"Government of the people, by the people, for the people." -- President Abraham Lincoln


"No problem of human destiny is beyond human beings." -- President John F. Kennedy


"The welfare of each of us is dependent fundamentally upon the welfare of all of us." -- President Theodore Roosevelt

Is change always good? In this instance, I'm not sure. The decor seems to be pretty dull, especially considering how stylish the Obamas are. I think Michelle Obama should have taken the lead on this room!

For more pictures about the redecoration, visit NBC Washington.

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