Claim: President removed red, white, and blue decor from the Oval Office and installed a 'Muslim prayer curtain' in the White House.
Example: [Collected via e-mail, August 2010]
For a long time, I have noticed that the decor at the White House has changed since BHO moved in. The Oval Office is now stripped of the traditional red, white, and blue, and replaced with middle eastern wallpaper, drapes, and decor. The hallway that he walks out of to talk to the press now has middle eastern chairs, drapes, etc. And the thing that has bothered me the most is the bright yellow drape behind him every time he speaks from the white house. It's a Muslim prayer curtain with Arabic symbols on it and has been there from the beginning.
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 WILLIAM JEFFERSON BLYTHE CLINTON 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?
Origin:The Oval Office in the White House is a feature of that historic building which most incoming U.S. presidents feel free to modify to suit their styles and tastes, choosing their own sets of drapery and rugs, furniture, artwork, and various other objects to display. But whoever authored the opening paragraph above about President Obama's allegedly having changed the Oval Office's decor from a "traditional red, white, and blue" color scheme to a "Middle Eastern" style apparently hadn't actually viewed any pictures of that room in recent years, as the decor scheme President Obama inherited from his predecessor, George W. Bush, bore no signs of red, white or blue furnishings:
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:
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 U.S. flag backdrops may be missed or skipped, or flags may be present but simply not visible in the camera angles used by photographers, so it's not hard to turn up photographs of the other recent Presidents referenced above addressing the press with no U.S. flags visible anywhere:
The Oval Office has been stripped of the traditional red, white and blue during his care. Instead, it has been replaced with Middle Eastern style wallpaper, drapes and décor.
The change is noticeable as he walks down the hallways to talk to the press and every time he is filmed speaking from the White House. The American flag has been replaced with a bright yellow drape. For whatever reason, Obama is separating himself from the American identity.
However, it was just as untrue in 2016 as it was when the rumor previously appeared in 2010.
Last updated: 15 August 2016
Originally published: 08 June 2010