Washington Post

A look inside Biden's Oval Office

A preview of the redesigned Oval Office awaiting President Joe Biden at the White House in Washington, D.C. Foto: Washington Post photo by Bill O'Leary

WASHINGTON - President Joe Biden has filled the Oval Office with images of American leaders and icons, focusing the room around a massive portrait of Franklin D. Roosevelt that hangs across from the Resolute Desk. It is a clear nod to a president who helped the country through significant crises, a challenge Biden now also faces.

The Oval Office is synonymous with the power and majesty of the American presidency. All incoming presidents change the decor of the largely symbolic room to offer a sense of their personality and the type of presidency they hope to have. Biden's is notable for the sheer number of portraits and busts of well-known American historical figures...

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