It's possibly the most recognizable workspace in the world, but the office that President-elect Barack Obama, visited Nov. 10 hasn't always been the enduring symbol of the U.S. presidency. Before the 1930s, the Oval Office was in a different part of the White House. And before that, it wasn't even oval.
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|The Resolute Desk in B. Harrsion's WH Office|
Image via WikipediaPresidents have since left their mark on the office (except Jimmy Carter, who kept Gerald Ford's décor). L.B.J. installed a bank of televisions. On the Resolute desk, used by 21 of the past 24 Presidents, Harry Truman placed his THE BUCK STOPS HERE SIGN (the reverse read I'M FROM MISSOURI). And while its darker hours saw Richard Nixon's secret taping sessions and, in adjoining rooms, JFK's and Bill Clinton's trysts, the Oval Office is where the President comes to draw the nation together.
Source: Time Magazine (11-13-08)