President Joe Biden has made some changes to the decor of the Oval Office since taking office — and no one who watched him stand by passively as National Guard troops slept in unheated parking garages should be surprised.
The Washington Examiner reported Thursday that Biden had removed the military flags set up by former President Donald Trump from the Oval Office and added busts of famous Americans like civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. and “socialist activist” Cesar Chavez.
In addition to the flags, Biden also reportedly removed a portrait of Andrew Jackson, who was the first president to be elected from the Democratic Party, from the Oval.
Jackson became the focus of criticism from the left over the summer because of his actions toward Native Americans while president, the Examiner noted.
Biden replaced the Jackson portrait with one depicting Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and also added a bust of Roosevelt’s wife, Eleanor, reports said. He also reportedly added a bust of Rosa Parks and one of Robert Kennedy.
A new day
With these changes, “Biden is…nodding to segments of the Democratic Party’s base via [these] historic references,” said journalist Annie Linskey, according to the Examiner.
A tweet shared by the outlet showed stark differences between Trump’s and Biden’s workplaces:
Biden Oval Office vs. Trump Oval Office pic.twitter.com/4plAURP1Y4
— Hunter Schwarz (@hunterschwarz) January 20, 2021
Biden the puppet
Of course, it remains unclear if it was really Biden behind the changes. After all, there’s been little to no mention of these supposed leftist icons in his speeches or campaign materials.
To many, the moves may merely serve as further evidence that Biden isn’t really the one pulling the strings. Former President Donald Trump said as much while campaigning in August near Biden’s hometown, calling his then-opponent “a puppet of the radical left movement that seeks to destroy the American way of life,” according to The New York Times.
Now, Biden has begun to do just that with a host of executive orders that some argue threaten to cripple the U.S. economy and lessen Americans’ constitutional freedoms dramatically.
With Democrats also controlling both houses of Congress, it’s looking like the next two years will lead the country further left than it has ever been, even though Biden was chosen by Democrats as their candidate precisely because he promised not to do so.