Examples: [Collected via e-mail, August 2010]
What is missing at Barack Hussein Obama's press conference?
No it is not the teleprompters. See the other president's pics for a clue.
BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA (aka BARRY SOETORO)
GEORGE WALKER BUSH
GEORGE HERBERT WALKER BUSH
RONALD WILSON REAGAN
That's right...no American flags!!!
And I don't believe it was just an accident! It is intentional. So I ask, why is it intentional? He told you he would change America, didn't he?
Origins: The Oval Office in the White House is a feature of that historic building which most incoming
The Oval Office of
In fact, the only U.S. presidential office in the last several decades that sported something close to a "traditional red, white, and blue" color scheme was President Bill Clinton's, which featured a blue rug with red-and-white striped couches:
Other historical photographs displayed on the White House Museum web site, which show the Oval Office as it appeared during the tenures of
The images displayed in the Example block above were later reworked into one graphic which suggested that President Obama had removed U.S. flags from the White House and installed a gold-colored "Muslim prayer curtain" in their place:
There is no such thing as a "Muslim prayer curtain," and the patterned drapes shown behind President Obama bear no "Arabic symbols" or other markings of significance. They're simply gold silk lampas curtains that have adorned a wall in the East Room of the White House (a site commonly used for presidential press conferences) through several presidential administrations since the early 1960s:
The first photograph displayed above is taken from a press conference held by President Obama in the East Room of the White House on
Although it is typical practice that U.S. flags are present as a backdrop whenever the President of the United States speaks to the press or engages in other types of public appearances, such displays are not always present. Due to other factors (e.g., an event's nature, or its being impromptu, its being held at an unusual location) an opportunity to set up
And, of course, the "flag as backdrop" press conference is a relatively recent artifact of round-the-clock cable television news coverage. In the days before all press conferences were routinely televised, Presidents typically held such conferences in much more informal settings, as President Lyndon Johnson is shown doing below:
Last updated: 28 January 2015