Biden has been in the White House for less than 24 hours and he’s already redecorating. Mere hours after being sworn into office and Biden had a portrait of Andrew Jackson replaced with a picture of Benjamin Franklin. President Trump had Jackson’s portrait placed in the Oval Office during his term, Trump identified with Jackson’s populist platform. Trump also visited Jackson’s home in Nashville, The Hermitage, and laid a wreath at his tomb, and honored his legacy with a speech.
andrew jackson has been replaced with ben franklin pic.twitter.com/nJaVzgnAqe
— Tim Dickinson (@7im) January 20, 2021
The Daily Wire reports:
Historians often give Jackson a cool-eyed view despite his accomplishments because of his role in the Trail of Tears and the forcible removal of Native Americans from their land.
Jackson even played a role in the unrest that afflicted Washington, D.C., and other cities in the wake of George Floyd’s death last summer. Rioters attempted to topple a statue of Jackson in Lafayette Park, just across from the White House.
Rioters in Washington, D.C., tried to tear down a statue of former President Andrew Jackson near the White House on Monday while others set up a new “autonomous zone” nearby.
Among other additions Biden made to the Oval Office decor include busts of Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy; portraits of Alexander Hamilton as well as former Presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and Franklin D. Roosevelt; and, behind the Resolute Desk, a bust of Cesar Chavez features prominently among pictures of his family.
A quick redesign of the Oval Office for President Biden:
– Busts of MLK and RFK flank a fireplace in the office.
– Large portrait of FDR
– Paintings of Jefferson and Hamilton
– Clinton’s draps and blue rug @AnnieLinskey with the details:https://t.co/ipK3g5OtDZ pic.twitter.com/1NzNhFHWyE
— Matt Viser (@mviser) January 20, 2021
It’s clear that President Biden is attempting to scrub the White House of any mark from the Trump presidency