Feet On The Resolute Desk?
I might have just blogged right into the middle of a firestorm.
Minutes after posting the entry about Kevin Pieterson in the CONCORDE Presidential Chair (and the Resolute Desk), I found that there has been a lot of Internet chatter about President Obama resting his feet on the Resolute Desk while talking on the phone to Isreal’s Benjamin Netanyahu.
The Isreali’s apparently find the picture showing the soles of President Obama’s shoes offensive. And some Americans think resting his feet on the Resolute Desk is disrespectful (to the Oval Office or to the Resolute Desk).
Obama is not the first USA President one to rest his feet on the desk in the Oval Office, as a Media Matters blog-entry shows with pictures. The post shows first a picture of George W. Bush, then of President Ford, with their feet on the Oval Office Desk although President Ford did not have the Resolute Desk.
It’s a June 2009 news story, but the debate is still going on.