I’ve fallen for a White House wall.

I love the official White House flickr account. I don’t care that  some of the photos look staged. It’s so interesting to see how people honestly live in that building. This photo popped up after Michelle Obama’s DNC speech and it is just precious. They all look so proud.

Yet somehow, in a moment where the focus is on politics & family, I’m the girl staring at that wall.

Sept. 4, 2012. “President Barack Obama and his daughters, Malia, left, and Sasha, watch on television as First Lady Michelle Obama begins her speech at the Democratic National Convention, in the Treaty Room of the White House, Tuesday night.”

It’s no surprise that I’d enjoy the color palette & range of texture. This incarnation of the Treaty Room feels like a very upscale version of my house. They did a wonderful job of blending the traditional pieces like the Treaty Table  & the mirror over the mantel in to a contemporary & relaxed look.

I did a search through the White House Flickr for all of the Treaty Room pictures to get more angles on the room. Did you know the first family really hangs out there?  It looks surprisingly comfortable.

July 17, 2011. “President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, and their daughters Sasha and Malia watch the World Cup soccer game between the U.S. and Japan, from the Treaty Room office in the residence of the White House, Sunday.”

That huge painting above the sofa is such a modern piece & a great contrast to the ornate grandfather clock.  Plus I really love that it’s a “Dark Horse”. Visual jokes & nods crack me up.

March 16, 2011 “The President meets with national security aides John Brennan, foreground, and Denis McDonough after talking on the phone with Prime Minister Naoto Kan of Japan a few days after the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan. The call was made near midnight from the Treaty Room office in the White House Residence. Most nights after dinner and time with his family, the President retreats to this office where he catches up on paperwork and reads his briefing material for the next day.”

There’s a lot of history to see & read on how the room has changed over the years. The White House Museum is a great place to start. If you do start scrolling through, take a look at the enormous globe that was in the room from about 1880 to early the 1900s. Did they store that somewhere? Can you see it in person? Is it strange that I want to spend some time with a 200 year old globe that has belonged to the White House? I hope not.

All photos here are Official White House Photos by Pete Souza. Follow The White House on Flickr for more of Mr. Souza’s photos.


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