On Sunday, a photo of President Obama with his foot on the Oval Office desk was released, and the reaction was not what the White House expected. They thought he looked “cool” standing there on the phone with his foot on the Oval Office desk, making a “gun” gesture with his right hand. Oh isn’t that just so cool, Mr. President, aren’t you just the dude, the man, aren’t you just all that! http://www.bizpacreview.com/2013/09/02/caption-this-wh-thought-this-disgraceful-photo-was-cool-82609
Here is a man who gets his knickers in a twist if he is not shown the respect due the Office he holds, a man who show’s his anger and displeasure at the slightest little tease or heckle. And yet, he does not show the office in which he holds the same respect, dignity, or honor which he is demanding from the rest of us. Never mind that for the most part, respect is earned. We all know that the office of the President is to be respected. Let me say that again; the “Office of the President,” is to be respected. You can respect the Office and NOT respect the individual occupying the office, which happens to be the case for this writer.
How many times growing up were you told by your parents, “get your feet off the table!” You sat down to watch some television, and you put your feet on the coffee table, and mom or dad shouted for the umpteenth time, “Get your feet off the table!” It was disrespectful. My mother would say, “Were you raised in a barn!” That was my mother’s way of letting you know she did not condone what you were doing, or how you were behaving. She likened putting your feet on the table to being raised in a barn, being raised without manners, without couth, without dignity, honor or class.
To some it may seem petty to become angered by a seemingly silly gesture. However I would argue that if the President of the United States, the highest office in the land, and perhaps in the world, does not show the slightest respect for the office he is holding, how on earth does he expect anyone else to show the office any respect?
What message is he sending to our youth? That this behavior is acceptable, that it’s just a desk for crying out loud, no big deal, right!?
No, it’s not “JUST,” a desk. It is referred to as “The Resolute desk;” a nineteenth-century partners desk, which was often chosen by presidents of the United States for use in the White House, Oval Office as the Oval Office Desk.
The Resolute desk was a gift from Queen Victoria to President Rutherford B. Hayes, in 1880 and was built from the timbers of the British Arctic Exploration ship Resolute.
During his presidency, Franklin Roosevelt had a small door built for the gap to prevent people from seeing his wheelchair. Many presidents have used the desk in different locations throughout the White House since President Hayes, but it was Jackie Kennedy who first brought the desk into the Oval Office in 1961 for her husband, President John f. Kennedy to use. The Resolute desk has only been removed from the White House once and that was after the assassination of President Kennedy in 1963, when President Johnson allowed the desk to go on a traveling exhibition with the Kennedy Presidential Library.
After the exhibition, it was on display at the Smithsonian Institution until President Jimmy Carter brought the desk back to the Oval Office, where it was used by Presidents Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and is currently in use by President Barack Obama. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Resolute_desk
This desk comes with a rich history, one in which our current President seems to have little or NO respect for whatsoever. We all remember fondly the picture of President John F. Kennedy sat at the desk and his son John Jr. crouched underneath.
This is just one more of many outwardly signs from this man, on just how little respect he has for this country, and her rich heritage and frankly the vast majority of American’s are well are truly over it. We have sat back and watched this man chip away at our Constitution, disregard the Rule of Law, bypass Congress at every opportunity, disrespect and disregard his “Oath of his Office,” disrespect and degrade our greatest allies, make a mockery of the office of the Presidency and now this!
By: A.K. Robson