WH Moves Official Portraits of Bush, Clinton To Seldom Used Room

WH Moves Official Portraits of Bush, Clinton To Seldom Used Room

In a triumphant act of trolling, portraits of the two former Presidents won't be admired any time soon.


Some artwork becomes outdated quickly. 

Some remain classics for centuries. 

According to CNN, someone in the White House feels portraits of former Presidents Bill Clinton & George W. Bush fall into the former category:

The official portraits of former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush were removed from the Grand Foyer of the White House within the last week, aides told CNN, and replaced by those of two Republican presidents who served more than a century ago.

White House tradition calls for portraits of the most recent American presidents to be given the most prominent placement, in the entrance of the executive mansion, visible to guests during official events.
                                                                                                                                             That was the case through at least July 8, when President Donald Trump welcomed Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador. The two stood in the Cross Hall of the White House and made remarks, with the portraits of Clinton and Bush essentially looking on as they had been throughout Trump's first term.
                                                                                                                                                    But in the days after after that, the Clinton and Bush portraits were moved into the Old Family Dining Room, a small, rarely used room that is not seen by most visitors.

That places the paintings well outside of Trump's vantage point in the White House. In their previous location, the pictures would have been seen daily as Trump descends the staircase from his third floor private residence or when he hosts events on the state floor of the White House. Now, they hang in a space used mainly for storing unused tablecloths and furniture.
The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment."

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The Washington Examiner reports on the portraits' new location:

The portraits were pulled out of the Grand Foyer of the White House, where Trump often passes through, within the last week, according to CNN. They were moved into the Old Family Dining Room, a small, rarely used room, which visitors do not normally see.

In a break from the tradition in which the portraits of recent presidents are displayed more prominently, those honoring William McKinley and Theodore Roosevelt, Republican presidents who served more than 100 years ago, have replaced those of Clinton and Bush.

It has also been tradition for a president's portrait to be unveiled during their successor's tenure, but it appears unlikely that former President Barack Obama's portrait will be released during Trump's first term. Obama's vice president, Joe Biden, is now running for the presidency.

"You've got a president who's talking about putting the previous one in legal jeopardy, to put it nicely. We have not seen a situation like that in history. It takes antipathy of a new president for a predecessor to a new level," presidential historian Michael Beschloss told NBC News about the situation with Obama's portrait unveiling."

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I can't say I blame whoever moved the portraits. 

I wouldn't want to look at the faces of two cabal members that have been trying to overthrow my administration for 4 years either. 

In light of recent history, what good did either men do America, anyway. 

Besides, I think I found some good replacements.


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