By Wed­nes­day, the na­tion will have a newly-elected leader whom on Jan. 20 will take the oath of of­fice to lead the na­tion from the White House. The re­cently re­mod­eled Nixon Pres­i­den­tial Li­brary & Mu­seum of­fers an ex­act replica of the Oval Of­fice.

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - LIVING - By JEFF GOERTZEN and KURT SNIBBE


Richard M. Nixon oc­cu­pied the Oval Of­fice from Jan. 20, 1969, when he was sworn in, un­til Aug. 9, 1974, when he re­signed. Newly elected pres­i­dents dec­o­rate the of­fice to suit their per­sonal tastes, choos­ing fur­ni­ture and draperies and de­sign­ing their own oval-shaped car­pets.

1 The car­pet was de­signed by first lady Pat Nixon, who chose Cal­i­for­nia blue and gold.

2 The pres­i­den­tial seal was 2 dis­played on the car­pet for the first time.

3 Vis­i­tors can sit at a replica of Nixon’s desk, open the draw­ers and pick up the phone and lis­ten to sev­eral con­ver­sa­tions.

4 Art­work is se­lected from the White House’s own col­lec­tion or bor­rowed from mu­se­ums. Nixon’s Oval Of­fice dis­played the pho­to­graph “Earthrise,” taken by Apollo 11.

5 A paint­ing of Ge­orge Washington, which was hung by the north­east door, was one of three paint­ings of Washington that Nixon ro­tated.

6 Flags of the mil­i­tary branches

7 Pres­i­den­tial flag

8 U.S. flag

9 East door opens to the Rose Gar­den.

10 West door leads to a pri­vate study and din­ing room.

11 North­west door opens onto the main cor­ri­dor of the West Wing.

12 North­west door opens to the of­fice of the pres­i­dent’s sec­re­tary.

13 Fire­place

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