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Mr. President, Please Get Your Feet Off the Desk!

by Keith Koffler on March 11, 2011, 10:22 am

It must be a sign of the tone deafness of this White House that they keep releasing photos – White House photographer-taken photos – of President Obama with his feet on the Oval Office furniture.

Here’s a photo montage of the president not minding his manners.

Obama with his feet up on the desk

If you’re wondering, yes, the desk you see him with his dirty shoes on is the historic Resolute Desk, made from the timbers of the British Frigate HMS Resolute and given as a gift to the United States by Queen Victoria in 1856.

It’s been used by many presidents, including Franklin D. Roosevelt and every chief executive since Jimmy Carter.

But it is perhaps best known for this:

Yup, the very same desk cherished by so many for its depiction with the two doomed John F. Kennedys.

Mr. President, get your feet off this desk.

Thanks to Granny Jan, who blogs at Granny Jan and Jihad Kitty, for putting together the montage.

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Star March 11, 2011 at 10:49 am

While you are at it, quit all tacky behavior–showing off your pecs, hanging out with sports figures like a teenage fan, making disdainful remarks about Americans when you think no one is recording it (oops), stuffing your face with gourmet food, slyly inserting “race” into random issues, you know the things I mean, Mr President.

Anonna March 11, 2011 at 11:08 am

Obama puts his feet on the desk because he does not respect American history (and has shown numerous times how he feels about our British allies). His need to be cool also drives his studied casualness. All the respect shown America’s institutions by Americans is just not cool enough for this radical baby, who won’t salute the flag in public ceremonies and puts his feet on historic furniture in private moments.

I wonder what this family will steal when the leave the White House. I’m sure something will be taken to be denigrated among friends in their private life — perhaps the Resolute Desk itself.

Granny Jan March 11, 2011 at 11:22 am

Thanks, Keith. I have no logical explanation for these photos which seem to come at some regularity. #6 was in the February Flickr release. My guess is they think it makes him look cool.

srdem65 March 11, 2011 at 11:27 am

I agree.

Star March 11, 2011 at 11:46 am

More like cold.

MichelleIndependent March 11, 2011 at 12:08 pm

Barry looks like an uncouth jerk.

Star March 12, 2011 at 11:30 am


Tom March 11, 2011 at 1:54 pm

Obama knows what these photos convey, how they affect both Americans and Arabs. Obama’s handlers know as well ….. and its probably an affectation for Obama that he gets a slight thrill out of it – pissing off conservatives, Jews, Christians and establishment folk while glad handing Islam. His support for Islamic is so clear and so calculated that most people think, “obviously, he doesn’t beleive that, does he?”

Granny Jan March 11, 2011 at 2:17 pm

If you look at the photos of his legs held high on the desk, it looks uncomfortable and unatural.The same goes when he rests his middle or two fingers on his cheek. You have to be double-jointed.

I don’t know if he is playing a little joke on us but it would fit in with his thinking that he’s the smartest guy in the room. He would enjoy trying to pull one over on us. Why the photographer takes these photos is another story?

Tom March 11, 2011 at 6:35 pm

Presidents are prepped, words are focus-grouped and carefully chosen, photos are staged. It’s obvious these fools know whats up. Obama could burn a Bible on the steps of the White House and pass it off as a weenie roast and the liberal MSM, and most of America would beleive him.

One of my neighbors called Obama the anti-Christ. I told her, no, he’s not that, he’s simply a man who is handled by other men as a prop. Nothing more. Obama spent 20 years under a hateful, bigoted, racist, anti-Semitic, thug-Preacher … but later said he was not awake at the time.

This THING is our President.

He is a politically transmitted disease.

Old Timer March 11, 2011 at 1:59 pm

President Jefferson did not sit down. He had a stand up desk.

CalConservGirl March 11, 2011 at 2:10 pm

Granny Jan rocks! Obama probably has contempt for the desk due to it’s British source. Surprised he didn’t send it back with the bust of Churchill. He hates Britain – and white people for that matter.

DV March 11, 2011 at 2:13 pm

It makes me wonder about the demographic these pictures are being aimed at. Has the American ideal really strayed this far away from her ideals of hard work and respect?

Keith Koffler March 12, 2011 at 3:16 pm

Very far.

MaryOhSoContrary March 11, 2011 at 2:30 pm

Barry…keeping it real. No need to take care of the place (the furniture, the desk). Its ‘public housing’ right?

Photos number three and seven are particularly ‘destructive looking’ as the trim looks to be in jeopardy of heel (literally and figuratively) damage.

Seriously…think of your own offices/cubes. Would you ever prop your feet and shoes up on the mass produced steel and particle board? Yet this putz disrespects historically signficant antiques!

srdem65 March 11, 2011 at 2:57 pm

You are so right! I didn’t consider that the desk that MrO is marring with his shoes is actually an historic American antique.

In all fairness, I remember that PrezNixon also propped his feet on that desk. Could it be a Presidential custom?
Whatever, it doesn’t matter; no one should be allowed to deface anything in the WH.

Granny Jan March 11, 2011 at 3:18 pm

I know there is one photo of Pres Bush with his feet on the desk and that was wrong. There were several more photos I didn’t include of BO with his feet on furniture so it’s a pattern with him. Maybe it’s as simple as a lack of manners and we are looking for deeper meanings that aren’t really there.

Lisa September 5, 2013 at 2:28 am

“…deeper meaning that aren’t really there.” BINGO. Is this what Republicans have come to? We have REAL ISSUES that belong under the microscope -not this!! Stop making us a laughing stock by trying to magnify such an insignificant gesture and blogging it. Good Lord!

DeniseVB March 12, 2011 at 11:08 am

Then there was PrezClinton and what was going on “under” that desk….lol.

Keith Koffler March 12, 2011 at 7:53 pm

Well, yes, that was a little worse.

Tom Ferrara March 11, 2011 at 3:54 pm

The man has no idea what the desk the office or the PRESIDENCY mean.

He is truly CLUELESS!

GOD help us, our America needs to survive this fiasco. He lied, deceived and misled the american people into electing him and now we are living with the results.

I’m ready for IMPEACHMENT!!!!!!!

George March 29, 2012 at 9:31 am

Alright Tom, consider yourself impeached.

Judy September 15, 2013 at 7:16 pm

Wow, George put his feet up on the same desk!! Down right disrespectful don’t you agree

Anonna March 11, 2011 at 6:49 pm

I have just reread “Obamanation” and the extent of BO’s ties to islam is very scary. Even Rezko, whose name sounds Italian, is an immigrant from a muslim country.

BO thinks that he’s the one to welcome the muslims into the ring of power and that they will respect him and be guided by him. They are doubtless laughing in their sleeves.

George March 29, 2012 at 9:33 am

Have some more kool aid with your meds. It’s clueless, ignorant people like you that need to hop on the spaceship to salvation next time it comes around.

vettgrl March 11, 2011 at 8:48 pm

At first I was upset when I saw him sitting in the Oval Office without his jacket on and a Poland Spring water bottle on the desk. But now THIS????
He shows a lack of class every chance he gets.

George March 29, 2012 at 9:28 am

Being the right wing ditz you apparently are , let me explain : Poland Spring is water from MAINE!

Lisa September 5, 2013 at 2:24 am

GRANNY….don’t forget to add photos of George W’s feet on the desk and Gerald Ford’s as well. He wasn’t the only one.

Jeff March 11, 2011 at 9:49 pm

What you expect from a narcissistic fool. He has accomplished zero,and is always either absent,or putting together a committee to solve the problem..” Oh,I talked with Britain and France and Germany…” Yeah,begged em to solve it for ya huh.
McCain should jump in the race for 12 and use I told you so as his slogan.
Only reason he won cause he had the black vote and dumb ass college kids with no knowledge of the worlds affairs.Now IF were lucky ,he wont over-destroy this country..Its gonna take the next guys whole 1st term to straighten this out

George March 29, 2012 at 9:36 am

But when Bush Jr. alienated every ally except Great Britain during the 2nd war with Iraq, it was OK?

news junkie March 12, 2011 at 12:19 am

He was raised by wolves, no manners.

Star March 12, 2011 at 11:39 am

Hawaiian wolves.

John H March 12, 2011 at 4:50 pm

I’ve been doing a slow burn everytime I see him doing that. Your a guest there damn you, act like a guest.

Marc March 12, 2011 at 10:11 pm

Do you really think Obama is the only president to put his feet on the desk? Google search. You’re all so close minded that you’re worried about someone putting their feet on a desk? Yeesh.

Star March 13, 2011 at 11:52 am

Oh, no, we have MANY other issues….

Rupert_Pupkin March 17, 2011 at 12:49 pm

Impeach Baruch Obama!

George March 29, 2012 at 9:37 am

Impeach idiots who don’t know how to spell.

in194149 April 23, 2011 at 10:20 am

obama is a worst version of george w bush

austin specht January 13, 2012 at 12:12 am

You people are absolutely ridiculous! There are photos of Bush, Ford and many others with their feet up in the White House. While I am a registered republican, I am ashamed to be a part of a group of such nit picking idiots. There are plenty of real issues to slam Obama with, so why focus on the trivial? Grow up people! If this is what we have become, I for one don’t want any part of it.

RabidNinjaWombat March 11, 2012 at 11:55 am

Yea Mr President Get, your feet off the desk!

Oh wait.. that’s Not Obama, those appear to be Ford, and Bush!

President Obama is neither the first , nor the last one I’m sure who will have his feet up on this desk. This desk is not some kind of holy relic, Its a Desk… and you work from it. I don’t know about you, But when Ive worked 12-14 hour days i sometimes enjoy propping my feet up for a bit.

George March 29, 2012 at 9:25 am
Donald March 31, 2012 at 11:49 am

He is the elected President of the United States! I say, it’s his business!

DeeDee April 13, 2012 at 11:04 am

Come on, Mr. President, why do you feel it necessary to prop your feet up on the White House furniture? I’m sure your mother taught you better than that!!

Sara June 10, 2012 at 9:50 am

As you can see on this website (…Presidents Obama was not the only one to place his feet on the Resolute Desk…Although I am sure this isn’t your REAL reason for being upset with our president…

CoachT July 13, 2012 at 11:04 am

obama has NO RESPECT for the White House, America or Americans. What will it take for the morons out there that worship him because of his skin color and NOT what he has DONE or DID before he was president. This man has disrespected The office of the White House since he got in and along with his wife feel they are on 4yrs of FREE MONEY. With how he acts and looks in these pictures it just brings out the GETTO in him, Hey all you idiots out there,, I wonder how you would feel if 1# It was a white president doing ALL of the crap he has done and 2# If it were a Republican. Just remember dummys that ONE day the other party will be in charge,, SO tell me do you still want THEM to control and GET away with the Crap obama has. I don’t care what color, party or man or women they are. This man is a DISGRACE to America,,, Open your eyes and use your brain for once !

jsaon July 27, 2012 at 4:56 pm

thats bull crap listin to your self you sound racist.i would like you to post somthing on bush putting his white feet on the dest.

SueG July 20, 2012 at 7:48 am

You are pathetic! I believe that your depth of venom is equalled only by the level of your own lack of intelligence. Try googling “Presidents who put their feet on the Resolute desk, and you will find that many have, including George W. Bush, Gerald Ford, and even Richard Nixon rested his weary dogs on the Wilson desk when it was in the White House. I believe the only true problem you have with Barak Obama is that he is (whoa, hold on to your seats guys) a BLACK President. Why don’t you flush your bigotry down the toilet like you do so many other things.

pdq August 9, 2012 at 3:31 pm

Why do you libs always bring up color in political discussions? Your racism and ignorance are showing. Firstly, Obama is only half negro. Secondly, his policies and lack of them plus all the lies emanating from his mouth, plus his constant bashing of others (didn’t his mama teach him not to do that?) (that is, when his mama was around which was not very often), plus his not taking responsibility for his mistakes which were numerous, plus his laziness (which he has admitted to), plus his refusal to do things to help the economy in the private sector…Oh, I could go on and on.

Mike Kirby August 5, 2012 at 12:26 am

Um… Pictures of George W Bush and Gerald Ford with their feet up on that same desk:

kathy weber August 5, 2012 at 5:54 pm

So what kinds of harsh things did you have to say for the other presidents who did the EXACT same thing? Huh? What? I can’t hear you.Your stupidity is showing.

kathy weber August 5, 2012 at 5:59 pm

“I am veteran White House reporter Keith Koffler. White House Dossier is dedicated to preserving freedom by holding the White House to account.” Funny, how you don’t think holding yourself or any other stupid asses accountable – as long as they/you are keeping that hate for Obama going. You as a “news reporter” are laughable – and all the toads here that were so quick to agree and jump on your bandwagon of bigotry are sorry use of oxygen.

Bella August 5, 2012 at 6:47 pm

Well, i feel that he can put his feet on whatever he wants to put it on. If your going to take the time out to point out President Barack Obama’s feet on the desk. Make sure you point out past presidents that did it also.

pdq August 9, 2012 at 3:20 pm

Gosh, I didn’t know he spent that much time in the White House. He must be resting from his campaigning, both overseas and all over the country. Let’s get him out of there in November and he can scuff up his own furniture any time he likes.

pdq August 9, 2012 at 3:35 pm

Why do you libs always bring up color in political discussions? Your racism and ignorance are showing. Firstly, Obama is only half negro. Secondly, his policies and lack of them plus all the lies emanating from his mouth, plus his constant bashing of others (didn’t his mama teach him not to do that?) (that is, when his mama was around which was not very often), plus his not taking responsibility for his mistakes which were numerous, plus his laziness (which he has admitted to), plus his refusal to do things to help the economy in the private sector…Oh, I could go on and on. Sorry that sentence was so long I neglected to make my point: Those are only some of the reasons why folks don’t want him in the Oval Office anymore. Has nothing to do with the color of his skin, doofus.


mynameis September 10, 2012 at 8:39 am

Negro? Who still says that? Oh wait, bigots do.

Harry Beaton October 3, 2012 at 7:13 am

You can’t buy class~~

Joan February 21, 2013 at 10:14 pm

It’s totally disgraceful. Why doesn’t somebody say something to this moron with his dirty shoed feet on this antique furniture? Also, on the show Scandal, the president puts his filthy shoes on the furniture as well. It is the most disrespectful thing I have ever seen. How dare they do this,and again, why doesn’t somebody say something?????? Please, somebody who can get through to the president & the TV show director, say something !!!!

Mike March 19, 2013 at 8:34 pm

Are you seriously suggesting that President Obama needs to “account” for what he does with the furniture in the Oval Office? He’s the president. It’s his desk. I guess he can put his feet up on it if he wants to, huh?

Besides, see the photo of the great George W. Bush doing the same thing, here: .

I will expect you to take issue with this as well. I’ll check back.

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Fastone September 3, 2013 at 1:12 pm

WOW, What a roomfull of clueless haters….there are pictures of other Presidents in exact same posture with feet on desk, including George W. Bush and Gerald Ford….you nutjobs really think this is something to complain and whine about and use to degrade the President for? Oh…my bad, those other guys were white, so not same thing right?

Ashley September 3, 2013 at 2:16 pm

Well make you are just as offended by former President Bush, President Ford for putting their feet on the desks. Images below.

tammy September 3, 2013 at 7:05 pm

be fair…show the other presidents (Bush) who also put their feet on the desk. Your one-side really shows your hatred for Obama

Aron s. September 4, 2013 at 3:00 am

You’re all idiots for whining about this non-issue. Republican presidents have put their feet on the desk too. So what? It’s a desk not some religious artifact. It’s his room and he can work the way he wants to. If you’re so upset about his demeanor why not recall the way Nixon tarnished the office? He planned FELONIES and taped the conversations in that office. And what about George W. Bush and his cronies planning the greatest lie in the past 50 years in that office? Where’s the hate for him? You people make me sick.

Greg September 4, 2013 at 4:23 pm

You are an idiot and this post simply proves that. Other presidents have had their feet on this desk and posed for pictures that were published. You are simply attempting to give those that already hate this president something to get their rabid non-sensical comments out. Next time why don’t you and your dumb followers do some homework before spreadign this type of drivel.

james fay September 4, 2013 at 8:42 pm

George bush did the same thing–what did you say about that–at least joe biden has not shot anyone in the face—-you hypocrites

james fay September 4, 2013 at 8:45 pm

i’ll bet you don’t post my comment–you are a spin doctor–afraid of the truth

The Swede September 5, 2013 at 11:38 am

Jeez, that looks really bad. It looks like when a teen put his feet on the seat just to provoke fellow passengers. :O

Sherry January 31, 2014 at 3:20 am

Funny how you fail to show the photos or comment on the fact that there are other photos of other Presidents doing the exact same thing. Why is it ok for Gerald Ford and George Bush to put their feet up??? But when President Obama does it he’s disrespecting the office? June 14, 2014 at 9:41 am

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