From the Washington Post today. Symbolism over substance defines this President.
Evidently, he is obsessed by the rug in the oval office.
“He loves his rug,” said Nicolle Wallace, the White House communications director. “I’ve heard him describe it countless times.”
Nothing says power like the Oval Office. The paintings of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. The bust of Dwight D. Eisenhower. The desk used by both Roosevelts. And then there’s the rug. Don’t forget the rug. President Bush never does. For whatever reason, Bush seems fixated on his rug. Virtually all visitors to the Oval Office find him regaling them about how it was chosen and what it represents. Turns out, he always says, the first decision any president makes is what carpet he wants in his office. As a take-charge leader, he then explains, he of course made a command decision — he delegated the decision to Laura Bush, who chose a yellow sunbeam design.
George Bush, The Sun King, ruling by divine right.