In Photos: Moon Rock to Busts, Joe Biden Makes Symbolic Changes to Oval Office in White House

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 Joe Biden moved into the White House after being sworn in as the President of the United States on January 20. Biden has also made a series of symbolic changes to the Oval Office, which is the centre of power in the White House. From a moon rock to removing Winston Churchill’s bust, here’s how Biden redecorated the Oval Office.  Photo: AP
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Joe Biden moved into the White House after being sworn in as the President of the United States on January 20. Biden has also made a series of symbolic changes to the Oval Office, which is the centre of power in the White House. From a moon rock to removing Winston Churchill’s bust, here’s how Biden redecorated the Oval Office. Photo: AP

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 Former president Donald Trump had had a portrait of controversial president Andrew Jackson placed in the Oval Office. Jackson had signed the extremely controversial Indian Removal Act of 1830, which according to reports, devastated the Native American population. Biden has now removed the portrait. Photo: AP
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Former president Donald Trump had had a portrait of controversial president Andrew Jackson placed in the Oval Office. Jackson had signed the extremely controversial Indian Removal Act of 1830, which according to reports, devastated the Native American population. Biden has now removed the portrait. Photo: AP

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 Joe Biden wants his office to represent diverse and multicultural America and hence he has added busts and portraits of  Latino civil rights activist Cesar Chavez, Martin Luther King Jr and other prominent figures like Eleanor Roosevelt, Rosa Parks and many more. Photo: AP
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Joe Biden wants his office to represent diverse and multicultural America and hence he has added busts and portraits of Latino civil rights activist Cesar Chavez, Martin Luther King Jr and other prominent figures like Eleanor Roosevelt, Rosa Parks and many more. Photo: AP

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 Busts of civil rights leader Rosa Parks and President Abraham Lincoln decorate the Oval Office as decorated for newly-inaugurated President Joe Biden at the White House in Washington, U.S. January 21, 2021. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst<br />
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Busts of civil rights leader Rosa Parks and President Abraham Lincoln decorate the Oval Office as decorated for newly-inaugurated President Joe Biden at the White House in Washington, U.S. January 21, 2021. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

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 The bust of Martin Luther King in the Oval Office. Photo: AP
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The bust of Martin Luther King in the Oval Office. Photo: AP

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 Donald Trump had also placed a bust of British leader Winston Churchill in the Oval Office. Biden, however, had it removed. This could be seen as a symbolic move, according to the daily The National. Biden has Irish roots. In the past, he has spoken about how the elderly people in his family remembered the cruelty of the Black and Tans – who were constables recruited into the Royal Irish Constabulary (RIC) during the Irish War of Independence – and it was Churchill who ordered them into Ireland. Churchill’s bust has now been replaced by that of Cesar Chavez. Photo: AP
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Donald Trump had also placed a bust of British leader Winston Churchill in the Oval Office. Biden, however, had it removed. This could be seen as a symbolic move, according to the daily The National. Biden has Irish roots. In the past, he has spoken about how the elderly people in his family remembered the cruelty of the Black and Tans – who were constables recruited into the Royal Irish Constabulary (RIC) during the Irish War of Independence – and it was Churchill who ordered them into Ireland. Churchill’s bust has now been replaced by that of Cesar Chavez. Photo: AP

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 Joe Biden’s office also holds another interesting item – a moon rock. NASA has loaned a Moon rock for display in the Oval Office of the White House at the request of the Joe Biden administration. The Moonrock now sits in the Oval Office in symbolic recognition of earlier generations' ambitions and accomplishments, and support for America's current Moon to Mars exploration approach. The
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Joe Biden’s office also holds another interesting item – a moon rock. NASA has loaned a Moon rock for display in the Oval Office of the White House at the request of the Joe Biden administration. The Moonrock now sits in the Oval Office in symbolic recognition of earlier generations' ambitions and accomplishments, and support for America's current Moon to Mars exploration approach. The "Lunar Sample 76015,143" is from the Lunar Sample Laboratory Facility at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, the US space agency said. pollo 17 astronaut Ronald Evans and moonwalkers Harrison Schmitt and Eugene Cernan, the last humans to set foot on the Moon, chipped this sample from a large boulder at the base of the North Massif in the Taurus-Littrow Valley, 3km from the Lunar Module, according to the inscription on the display case. Photo: AP

  • First Published: January 26, 2021, 11:25 am

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