The Five Quotes on the New Oval Office Rug


During his summer vacation, Barack Obama had an guesstimated $20,000 makeover done to the Oval Office in the White House (all paid for by donations).

The attention-getter so far? A new rug with the following quotes on it:

  • "The Only Thing We Have to Fear is Fear Itself," President Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • "The Arc of the Moral Universe is Long, But it Bends Towards Justice," Martin Luther King Jr.
  • "Government of the People, By the People, For the People," President Abraham Lincoln
  • "No Problem of Human Destiny is Beyond Human Beings," President John F. Kennedy
  • "The Welfare of Each of Us is Dependent Fundamentally Upon the Welfare of All of Us," President Theodore Roosevelt

Two FDR quotes Two quotes from Roosevelts but still no space for my personal favorite, in which he FDR dismissed Italian Americans as "a bunch of opera singers"?

Or room for this one, as dug up by the NYT's Maureen Dowd?:

"There are times where you can afford to redecorate your house, and there are times where you need to focus on rebuilding the foundation."—Barack Obama, February 2009

What, pray tell, readers, would your choice quotes be?