President Obama’s Oval Office Chair
The President of the United States is a very powerful person. And a lot of perks come with the job. As Bill Clinton said: “You never stop at a red light, ever, every time you walk into a room they play a song, and your airplane is so cool that they make movies about it.” And you get to work in the most powerful office in the world, full of history.
The swivel chair that President Barak Obama sits on behind the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office is the Concorde Presidential Office Chair manufactured by Global Group. The Concorde Presidential chair was also used by Obama’s predecesor George W. Bush, and follows an array of very comfortable luxury ergonomic chairs in the Oval Office.
The Concorde Presidential chair is available to purchase from Global Group’s distributors in the USA, Canada and the UK. Chellgrove was the first to introduce the chair into the UK in 2008, encouraging Global Group to make the chair generally available over here.
Replica’s of the Resolute Desk are available from The History Company of Ithaca, New York. (Wikipedia confirms that The History Company produced the replica Resolute Desks for the William J Clinton Presidential Center and Park and the George and Barbara Bush Center.) A Canadian company called The Presidents Desk also claims to make replicas.
Photos of the Concorde Presidential Chair in the Oval Office
President Obama meets with White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel in the Oval Office at the White House on his first day at his new office. Image credit: Chicago Tribune (White House photo by Pete Souza / January 21 2009).
President Barak Obama talks on the phone in the Oval Office of the White House on his first complete day as President. Image credit: Chicago Tribune (White House photo by Pete Souza / January 21 2009).
U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden (L) and retired military officers stand behind and watch U.S. President Barak Obama (2nd-L) sign executive orders to close down the detention center at Guantanamo Bay Cuba in the Oval Office at the White House. Obama had promised to close the prison camp throughout his presidential campaign. Image credit: Chicago Tribune (Getty Images by Mark Wilson / January 22 2009).
Eric Draper, a White House photographer, took this photo from behind President George W. Bush and then president-elect Barak Obama to show the Resolute Desk. The Resolute Desk was a present from Queen Victoria to President Rutherford B. Hayes in 1880. It has been used by every President since Hayes except LBJ, Nixon and Gerald Ford. The full length of the Oval Office, including George W. Bush’s Concorde Presidential Chair behind the Resolute Desk, can be clearly seen in this picture. Image credit: Swamp Politics and Getty Images.
George W. Bush and his Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice, in front of the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office at the White House.
President George W. Bush in front of the Concorde Presidential Chair in the Oval Office at the White House.
President George W. Bush in front of the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office at the White House, 28 February, 2007.
President Bill Clinton’s Oval Office. (Photo of replica at the William J Clinton Presidential Center and Park.)
President Bill Clinton in the Oval Office at the White House.
Doug Band and President Bill Clinton in the Oval Office at the White House.
President Ronald Reagan’s Oval Office. (Photo of replica taken in 2006.)
President Ronald Reagan’s chair behind the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office at the White House.
An aide removes President Richard Nixon’s chair from the Oval Office after the president resigned. Picture taken August 9, 1974. Image credit: Corbis.
President Ford in President Kennedy’s famous Gunlocke ergonomic chair.
President Ford in the Gunlocke chair again.
President Ford in the Gunlocke chair.
John Kennedy Jnr peering through the knee hole panel of the Resolute Desk while his daddy worked. The central panel, carved with the presidential seal, was added to the Resolute Desk by President FDR to conceal his leg braces from view. This picture of John Jnr playing at President John F Kennedy’s feet brought the Resolute table to the attention of the masses.
John Kennedy Jnr playing at his father’s feet as John F Kennedy sits in the Gunlocke Chair in front of the Resolute desk in the Oval Office at the White House. Apparently, John Jnr so liked the hidding place in his father’s desk that he had to be removed occasionally by an aide before business could be done. Image credit: CBS PHOTO ESSAY Presidential Progeny.
John Kennedy Jnr playing at the feet of his father in the Oval Office at the White House.
Executive Priviledge: As President-elect Kennedy planned to move into the White House in 1961, engineers worked with his personal physician, Dr. Janet Travell. She had treated Kennedy for chronic back pain, and insisted that his working chair have the maximum comfort and support. The result was the Gunlocke Chair. At the time, it was considered to be the most stylish and comfortable chair of its kind in the world. The exclusive Gunlocke Oval Office Chair has served 9 American Presidents in the inner sanctum of the White House.
Fit for a President. This remarkable chair is still produced one at a time at the ancestral Gunlocke workshop, according to the exact historic specifications of JFK’s chair.
The Gunlocke Chair. Shown here in Brown leather and Burgundy leather.
Before the Gunlocke. Here’s President FDR in his Oval Office chair.
President Calvin Coolidge’s Oval Office chair.
President Abraham Lincoln poses in his chair here with his son Tad. Image credits: Presidential Progeny Photo Essay from CBS.
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