President Obama and the Islamic Prayer Curtain - Internet/Facebook Rumour

14 Nov 2013 - Article No: 1789. Filed under: General | Internet/Facebook Rumour

Rumours are circulating the Internet that President Barack Obama has removed the American flag or red/white/blue décor from the Oval Office, or other locations inside the Whitehouse. Later versions of the rumour assert that Obama as erected an "Islamic Prayer Curtain".

The rumours are, as you would expect, totally baseless and actually date back a number of years shortly after he took office in 2009.

The Oval Office…

Earlier versions of this rumour claim that Obama redecorated the Whitehouse Oval office from its "traditional red white and blue motif" into that of an Middle Eastern design. However this rumour is easily shown to be false simply by looking at earlier photos of the Oval Office taken from previous administrations.

These photos below from Google search show Bush Jr. and Bush Snr. in the Oval Office where the drapes are golden and in the case of Bush Snr. a bluish-grey. There is no indication of a red-blue-white tradition of design in the Oval Office, even when you dig further into history.

Rumours that Obama has removed the American flag that is often seen behind the Resolute desk in the Oval Office can also be easily proven to be false. For example the image below.

The East Room

The photo at the top of this article showing President Obama in front of a gold curtain, was actually taken in the East Room of the Whitehouse, not the Oval Office as some versions of the rumour claim.

The East Room, as you can see from the photo below of President Bush signing the United States-India Nuclear Cooperation Approval and Nonproliferation Enhancement Act in 2008, has been adorned in golden drapes well before President Obama took office.

Assertions that the golden drapes are a “Islamic Prayer Curtain” are absurd, since as far as we can tell, no such thing even exists.

These rumours are merely puerile, timewasting nonsense. A simple Google image search will reveal thousands upon thousands of photos of Obama in front of the American flag, both in the Oval Office and during trips away. Circulating this nonsense, no matter what side of the fence you stand regarding politics, just makes you look silly, gullible and naïve.

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