Biden’s Returned Portraits of Clinton and Bush to Their Rightful Display After Bitter Trump Removed Them
A pair of portraits of former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush are once again being displayed prominently at the White House after having been removed by former President Donald Trump, CNN and Business Insider report.
A White House official told CNN that the portraits are now hanging in the Grand Foyer of the White House, signifying a return to the tradition of displaying recent former presidential portraits in easily seen locations. And since the Grand Foyer is used for official occasions, including state dinners and formal welcoming ceremonies, so the portraits will undoubtedly be viewed by scores of people.
The Trump administrations removed the Clinton and Bush portraits last July, retiring them to the Old Family Dining Room, a little-used part of the White House that wasn’t included in tours of the White House prior to the pandemic. Portraits of Theodore Roosevelt and William McKinley were installed in their place inside the Grand Foyer.
It’s fitting that the Biden administration is doing some redecorating to rid the place of any reminders of the previous occupant. Biden has redesigned the Oval Office, replacing a portrait of the infamously racist Andrew Jackson with a portrait of Franklin Delano Roosevelt and has also included a number of photographs of prominent progressives. The photos include Rosa Parks, Robert F. Kennedy, and Martin Luther King Jr.
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He also removed that ridiculous button Trump used to summon Diet Coke on a silver platter.
The fact that Biden has restored the portraits of Clinton and Bush is definitely fitting since Trump stubbornly refused to hold an unveiling ceremony for the portrait of former President Barack Obama, effectively breaking a 40-year tradition. Trump has always been jealous of the respect Obama has received so of course, he would pull something like this. He’s a three-year-old trapped inside a body that’s 74.
Obama unveiled Bush’s official portrait in 2012 but was understandably not interested in attending such an event with Trump. And unfortunately, Obama’s official portrait still hasn’t been unveiled.
Hopefully, Biden will correct that soon.