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Types of Remodels and Flooring Used by Different Presidents Over the Years

Oval Office Floor - From Cork to Linoleum to Walnut & White Oak

"Since its original construction in 1934 under Franklin Roosevelt, there have been four floors in the Oval Office. The original floor was made of cork. However, Dwight Eisenhower was an avid golfer and destroyed the floor with his golf spikes. Lyndon Johnson had the cork floor covered in the mid-1960s with wood-grain linoleum. In 1982, fed up with the linoleum floor, Ronald Reagan had the flooring completely replaced (by the same contractors who had put the floor into his ranch in California) with walnut and quartered white oak. In August of 2005, the floor was replaced again under George W Bush in the same pattern as the Reagan floor." White House Museum, (n.d.). Oval Office History. Retrieved from the White House Museum

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Donald Trump - 45th U.S. President

Born: June 14, 1946 (age 71), New York City, NY
Party: Republican Party
QuoteSometimes by losing a battle you find a new way to win the war.

Trump Oval Office: 2017, Carolyn Kaster, Associated Press

Barack Obama - 44th U.S. President

Born: August 4, 1961 (age 56), Honolulu, HI
Presidential term: January 20, 2009 – January 20, 2017
Party: Democratic Party
QuoteChange will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.

Obama Oval Office - 2010, Doug Mills, The New York Times

George W. Bush - 43rd U.S. President

Born: July 6, 1946 (age 71), New Haven, CT
Presidential term: January 20, 2001 – January 20, 2009
Party: Republican Party
QuoteWe will not tire, we will not falter, and we will not fail.

Bush Oval Office - 2006, White House Historical Association

Bill Clinton - 42nd U.S. President

Born: August 19, 1946 (age 71), Hope, AR
Presidential term: January 20, 1993 – January 20, 2001
Party: Democratic Party
QuoteThere is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured by what is right with America.

Clinton Oval Office - 1996, White House Historical Association

George H. W. Bush - 41st U.S. President

Born: June 12, 1924 (age 93), Milton, MA
Presidential term: January 20, 1989 – January 20, 1993
Party: Republican Party
QuoteRead my lips: We must act on what we know. I take as my guide the hope of a saint: In crucial things, unity; in important things, diversity; in all things, generosity.

Bush Oval Office - 1992, Bush Library

Ronald Reagan - 40th U.S. President

Born: February 6, 1911, Tampico, IL
Died: June 5, 2004, Bel-Air, Los Angeles, CA
Presidential term: January 20, 1981 – January 20, 1989
Party: Republican Party
QuoteWe can't help everyone, but everyone can help someone.

Reagan Oval Office - 1989, Reagan Library

Jimmy Carter - 39th U.S. President

Born: October 1, 1924 (age 93)
Presidential term: January 20, 1977 – January 20, 1981
Party: Democratic Party
QuoteWe become not a melting pot but a beautiful mosaic. Different people, different beliefs, different yearnings, different hopes, different dreams.

Carter Oval Office - 1977, Carter Library

Lyndon B. Johnson - 36th U.S. President

Born: August 27, 1908, Stonewall, TX
Died: January 22, 1973, Texas
Presidential term: November 22, 1963 – January 20, 1969
Party: Democratic Party
QuoteYesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or lose.

Johnson Oval Office - 1966, Daniel Stout

John F. Kennedy - 35th U.S. President

Born: May 29, 1917, Brookline, MA
Assassinated: November 22, 1963, Dallas, TX
Presidential term: January 20, 1961 – November 22, 1963
Party: Democratic Party
QuoteAnd so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you -- ask what you can do for your country.

Kennedy Oval Office - 1963, Kennedy Library

Dwight D. Eisenhower - 34th U.S. President

Born: October 14, 1890, Denison, TX
Died: March 28, 1969, Washington, D.C.
Presidential term: January 20, 1953 – January 20, 1961
Party: Republican Party
QuotePlans are nothing; planning is everything.

Eisenhower Oval Office - 1956, Eisenhower Library

Harry S. Truman - 33rd U.S. President

Born: May 8, 1884, Lamar, MO
Died: December 26, 1972, Kansas City, MO
Presidential term: April 12, 1945 – January 20, 1953
Party: Democratic Party
QuoteIt is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.

Truman Oval Office - 1947, Truman Library

Franklin D. Roosevelt - 32nd U.S. President

Born: January 30, 1882, Hyde Park, NY
Died: April 12, 1945, Warm Springs, GA
Presidential term: March 4, 1933 – April 12, 1945
Party: Democratic Party
QuoteThe only thing we have to fear is fear itself.

Roosevelt Oval Office - 1935, Roosevelt Library

William Howard Taft - 27th U.S. President

Born: September 15, 1857, Cincinnati, OH
Died: March 8, 1930, Washington, D.C.
Presidential term: March 4, 1909 – March 4, 1913
Party: Republican Party
QuoteDon't write so that you can be understood, write so that you can't be misunderstood.

Taft Oval Office - 1909, White House Historical Association


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