Shock, outrage and mocking criticism is building among conservatives — and those of other political stripes who put the White House and its possessions on a historical pedestal – over a photograph showing President Obama in an informal pose, with his foot on his Oval Office desk.
The desk hails back from 1880, a gift from Britain’s Queen Victoria. And even its construction is special: It was built with wood from the sunken Arctic Rescue Ship, the HMS Resolute. But to Mr. Obama, it’s a good place to rest his feet, as The Daily Mail reported.
He’s been snapped in a variety of feet-up poses – to the angst of many.
Mr. Obama’s not the only president to recline in such fashion atop the desk. Former President George W. Bush, in fact, was known to have relaxed and stretched with his feet across the desk, too, The Daily Mail reported.
Beckett Adams, a writer for Glenn Beck’s conservative news site The Blaze, mocked one photo of Mr. Obama with feet on desk with this caption: “And then I was like, ‘Pew! Pew! Pew!’ and I got bin Laden.”
Lou Dobbs, a conservative host for Fox News, referred in a tweet to the photographs making the media waves, and touching down on Matt Drudge’s website: “Check out Drudge Report pic of the President with his foot on the desk. The White House released it mistakenly thinking it’s a cool image.”