It is difficult to think of a more iconic American artist than Norman Rockwell — the man who captured the very essence of Americana in his work. So if you are the White House and you have to give four panels of Rockwell watercolors and black-and-white sketches that feature the White House back to the family that owns them, how do you possibly fill the empty spaces?
Why, with “jumbo” photos of President Joe Biden, of course.
And that is exactly what has happened, according to a recent report from Politico.
Part of the “So You Want to See the President” series, the four panels have been displayed in the White House since 1978. Entitled “Gentleman of the Press,” “Beauty and Publicity Man,” “The Press Get a News Flash” and “A Hero is Interviewed,” they depict, among other Americans, Senators and top military officers waiting to see the President. They were inspired by Rockwell’s own time in 1943 spent waiting in the White House Reception Room.
During George W. Bush’s administration, they were moved from the lower press hallway to a hallway outside the Roosevelt Room.
Once featured in the Saturday Evening Post, the prints are now gone completely from the White House walls, after the owner’s request to have them returned was granted last year.
And in place of the treasured prints, according to a source “familiar with the matter,” are several “jumbo” shots of Biden.
It isn’t the first bit of art-shuffling Biden’s administration has done in D.C.
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) July 1, 2021
As BizPac Review reported in June of 2021, 67 House Republicans voted with the Dems to remove all Confederate statues from the U.S. Capitol because, naturally, of racism.
Among those in support of erasing American history was GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy, who bizarrely defended the move because all the canceled statues were of Democrats.
“The bill we’re voting on today we’ve voted on before, and I supported it. And I support it now,” he said at the time. “But let me state a simple fact: All of the statues being removed by this bill are statues of Democrats.”
“What’s interesting,” he continued, “is the statues that need to be removed were sent to the Capitol by states that were majority-controlled by Democrats sent to a House that had a majority controlled by Democrats accepting of these states.”
In contrast, the one Rockwell that is now left to grace the White House walls was donated by a Democrat to a Democratic president.
“Working on the Statue of Liberty,” a painting, was donated by Steven Spielberg in 1994. Former President Bill Clinton kept it hanging in the Oval Office during his administration.
On Twitter, the mocking of Biden has been brutal.
“The article states, ‘A person familiar with the matter told Politico that several pictures of President Biden have replaced the Rockwell paintings,'” wrote one user. “Was this done to remind Joe who he is? Or to remind the staff who should really be in charge.”
“Got to make room to hang up Hunter’s paintings,” replied another. “They ran out of room on the refrigerator.”
“Good,” stated a third. “This will ensure they are preserved. I wouldn’t trust the a** clowns in the WH with the safekeeping of anything of value at this point.”
The article states, “A person familiar with the matter told Politico that several pictures of President Biden have replaced the Rockwell paintings.” Was this done to remind Joe who he is? Or to remind the staff who should really be in charge.
— rudy sawoscinski (@pompises) July 7, 2022
Got to make room to hang up Hunter’s paintings. They ran out of room on the refrigerator.
— J Ward 🇺🇸 (@JLWgonzales) July 7, 2022
Good. This will ensure they are preserved. I wouldn’t trust the ass clowns in the WH with the safekeeping of anything of value at this point.
— SoCal4Now (@So_Cal_4_Now) July 7, 2022
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