Every US President is offered the chance to redecorate the oval office in his or her own fashion. Time will show us what the new president will choose, but there has been one consistent piece of furniture for most of the presidential terms over the past 100 years. A lone coffee table that sits between the twin couches in front of the President's desk.
These tables have been witness to countless world changing meetings and supported the drinks, papers and even feet of the most powerful people in history. Let's look at the different versions of this small, but important furnishing.
Interestingly President Reagan seems to have used the same table as President Carter and President Ford.
President Carter was the only one that turned the couches to cross the room creating two separate talking areas.
President Nixon appears to have removed the coffee table altogether. At least in the pictures we could find.
However there is an oval office coffee table in the movie where Nixon meets Elvis
President Johnson opted for the round marble top table.
President Kennedy's table choice appears to be a take on the tree slice table. It also seems that this was the first coffee table in the oval office as previous images show a more sparse oval office.
President Eisenhower's had the "hot seat".
Unsurprisingly it seems that you would stand in President Truman's office.
There aren't many decor shots prior to this time but I am sure there will many in the future.