We didn’t know this, but what rug will grace the White House’s Oval Office is the first decision a new POTUS must make. And the Washington Post reports that George W Bush is obsessed with this fact and that he got to select it and it’s usually the first thing he wants to talk about when he has a visitor in his office. Turns out his decision was to have Laura make the decision, and she decided on a yellow sunbeam design. Bush explained it all to ABC news anchor Elizabeth Vargas when she stopped by last week to talk about the chief’s recent trip to Asia.
“You know an interesting story about the rug?” he asked. “Laura designed the rug.
“She did?” Vargas said.
“Yeah, she did. Presidents are able to pick their own rugs or design their own rugs. The interesting thing about this rug and why I like it in here is ’cause I told Laura one thing. I said, ‘Look, I can’t pick the colors and all that. But make it say ‘optimistic person.’ ”