Barack Obama's stylish Oval Office makeover Nearly two years after moving into the White House Barack Obama has taken advantage of the summer holidays to give the iconic Oval Office a stylish refurbishment. It seems the US president has opted for comfort over tradition, with the new sofas in a softer material, complete with small striped cushions.

The former focal point of the room - the carpet designed by the previous First Lady, Laura Bush - has also been replaced by a rug featuring quotes described as being "of meaning" to the president. The White House press secretary was keen to stress that the redecoration was not funded by taxpayers' money, and that the budget set aside for the job was no more than that spent by previous presidents.

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