Biden stamps own mark on new-look Oval Office – and there’s no sign of Britain’s most famous PM

US President Joe Biden has stamped his own mark on the Oval Office with furnishings reflecting his own tastes and politics.

Mr Biden revealed the new decor – which includes portraits and sculptures of American leaders and icons – as he invited reporters into his new office to watch him sign a series of executive orders hours after he took office.

Notable changes – some stark, some subtle – include a bust of Cesar Chavez, the Latino-American labour leader and civil rights activist, nestled among an array of framed family photographs on a desk behind the new president.

However, a bust of former British prime minister Winston Churchill, which Donald Trump returned to the iconic room within hours of being sworn in, is reportedly no longer on display.

Joe Biden's new-look Oval Office. Pic: AP
Image:Joe Biden’s new-look Oval Office. Pic: AP

Downing Street has declined to criticise Mr Biden for removing the bust, despite Boris Johnson‘s prior criticism of Barack Obama for having it removed while he was in office.

“The Oval Office is the president’s private office and it’s up to the president to decorate it as he wishes,” said the prime minister’s official spokesman, reiterating Mr Johnson’s assertion that he was excited to work with Mr Biden.

They added: “We’re in no doubt of the importance that President Biden places on the UK and US relationship, and the prime minister looks forward to having a close relationship with him.”

Analysis: Biden wastes no time in undoing Trump’s work

Donald Trump returned the bust of Winston Church to the Oval Office during his presidency
Image:Donald Trump returned the bust of Winston Church to the Oval Office
Donald Trump. Pic: AP
Image:Mr Trump’s personal touches in the office also included a collection of military challenge coins. Pic: AP

But besides the apparent removal of Mr Churchill’s bust, what else has changed?

Pictures from the iconic room show sculptures of civil rights leaders Martin Luther King Jr and Rosa Parks, former Senator Robert F Kennedy, and former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt.

Furnishings include a bust of civil rights leader Rosa Parks. Pic: AP
Image:Furnishings include busts of civil rights leaders Rosa Parks and Rev. Martin Luther King Jr (below). Pics: AP
There is a bust of civil rights leader Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Pic: AP

A portrait of President Franklin D Roosevelt hangs in front of the Resolute Desk – one office feature that remains and which was built from oak used in the British Arctic exploration ship HMS Resolute.

Paintings of presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln, and former Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton, have been placed near one another.

Benjamin Franklin, one of the founding fathers of the United States, also peers down at Mr Biden from a portrait on a nearby wall.

The Oval Office of the White House is newly redecorated. Pic: AP
Image:Paintings of former presidents and leaders fill the president’s formal working space. Pic: AP
On the the table is a bust of former President Harry Truman and to the right is a rock from the moon on a shelf. Pic: AP
Image:On the the table is a bust of former President Harry Truman and above it a portrait of Benjamin Franklin. Pic: AP

A dark blue rug replaces a lighter coloured one installed by his predecessor, and darker gold curtains have been installed, according to reports.

The chair in which Mr Biden has already been pictured at work is a dark brown leather chair, replacing the reddish brown one Mr Trump used.

Gone also is a painting of President Andrew Jackson that Mr Trump had hung in the office.

The new decor includes a rock from the moon. Pic: AP
Image:The new decor includes the display of a rock from the moon. Pic: AP
The president has a table filled with family photos. Pic: AP
Image:The president has filled a table behind his desk with family photos, plus a bust of Cesar Chavez. Pic: AP

The Oval Office has undergone numerous rounds of renovations, and each new occupant can decorate the formal, working space as they wish.

The Oval Office of the White House is newly redecorated. Pic: AP
Image:Every new president can choose to furnish the Oval Office as they wish. Pic: AP

Until the start of the 20th century, the president worked from the second floor of the house, where they lived with their family.

In 1902, Teddy Roosevelt created what would later become the famous West Wing, which houses the Oval Office.

Mark Gibson

Graduates in Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois 1990. Move to Los Angeles California in 2004. Specialized in Internet journalism.

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