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President Obama and Israeli PM Netanyahu hold bilateral talks at White House

President Obama and Israeli PM Netanyahu hold bilateral talks at White House

WASHINGTON, Oct. 1 (UPI) --U.S. President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met in the Oval Office of the White House on Wednesday.
JC Finley
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in NYC: This is India's century

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in NYC: This is India's century

NEW YORK, Sept. 29 (UPI) --Narendra Modi addressed over 18,000 live spectators and remote viewers around the world Sunday, sharing his vision for twenty-first century India and the world.
Matt Bradwell
No weapons aid in new $53 million assistance package to Ukraine

No weapons aid in new $53 million assistance package to Ukraine

WASHINGTON, Sept. 18 (UPI) --Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko got the bad news in person: the White House will refuse to include weapons in its aid package to the embattled nation.
Gabrielle Levy
Kid bored by president face-plants into Oval Office couch

Kid bored by president face-plants into Oval Office couch

WASHINGTON, Sept. 9 (UPI) --A White House photographer snapped a picture of a bored young boy face-planting into an Oval Office couch while his parents talk to President Obama.
JC Sevcik
Frank Underwood wished Bill Clinton a happy birthday

Frank Underwood wished Bill Clinton a happy birthday

WASHINGTON, Aug. 15 (UPI) --Former President Bill Clinton received a birthday greeting from fictional President Frank Underwood in a "House of Cards"-inspired video released Friday.
Aileen Graef
Hillary Clinton skewers Obama's 'Don't do stupid stuff' foreign policy

Hillary Clinton skewers Obama's 'Don't do stupid stuff' foreign policy

WASHINGTON, Aug. 11 (UPI) --Hillary Clinton did not mince words about President Obama's foreign policy slogan, "Don't do stupid stuff," saying it is not an "organizing principle."
Aileen Graef
Hugh Jackman bounces into the Tony Awards show, teases Neil Patrick Harris

Hugh Jackman bounces into the Tony Awards show, teases Neil Patrick Harris

NEW YORK, June 8 (UPI) --Australian entertainer Hugh Jackman has kicked off his fourth outing as emcee of the Tony Awards ceremony in New York City Sunday night.
Karen Butler
Jay Carney departs as White House press secretary

Jay Carney departs as White House press secretary

WASHINGTON, May 30 (UPI) --President Obama announced that Jay Carney is leaving the White House after serving as press secretary for the past three years
Gabrielle Levy
Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Joe Biden team up for vice-presidential hijinks in WHCD video

Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Joe Biden team up for vice-presidential hijinks in WHCD video

WASHINGTON, May 4 (UPI) -- "Veep's" Julia Louis-Dreyfus and real-life Vice President Joe Biden star in a video for the White House Correspondents Dinner.
Kate Stanton
Jeb Bush: 'I'm thinking about running for president' in 2016

Jeb Bush: 'I'm thinking about running for president' in 2016

NEW YORK, April 23 (UPI) -- Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush announced Wednesday, during a closed-door fundraiser for New York Catholic, that he was considering a campaign for the oval office.
JC Sevcik
Sheryl Sandberg: 'I'd love to see Hillary Clinton be president'

Sheryl Sandberg: 'I'd love to see Hillary Clinton be president'

NEW YORK, April 9 (UPI) -- Sheryl Sandberg is the COO of Facebook and author "Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead" which encourages women to be confident in the professional world.
Aileen Graef
President Obama's schedule for Friday, March 21

President Obama's schedule for Friday, March 21

WASHINGTON, March 21 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama meets with chief executive officers of Internet companies at the White House, the daily schedule indicates.
Abbas meets Obama at White House ahead of peace talks deadline

Abbas meets Obama at White House ahead of peace talks deadline

WASHINGTON, March 17 (UPI) -- President Obama met with Mahmoud Abbas at the White House Monday with the monumental task of finding a way to a Palestinian-Israeli peace deal before them.
President Obama's schedule for Friday, March 14

President Obama's schedule for Friday, March 14

WASHINGTON, March 14 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama meets with his Irish counterpart Friday and will attend a St. Patrick's Day lunch at the Capitol, the official schedule indicates.
Obama, Biden to celebrate St. Patrick's Day with Irish prime minister

Obama, Biden to celebrate St. Patrick's Day with Irish prime minister

March 13 (UPI) -- Irish Prime Minister (Taoiseach) Enda Kenny will join President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden for St. Patrick's Day observances in Washington.
JC Finley
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The desk of U.S. President Barack Obama sits on top of a new rug in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington on August 31, 2010. President Obama tonight will give the second Oval Office address of his presidency, speaking on the transition of the U.S. role in Iraq after the last combat troops left the country, leaving 50,000 "advise and assist" troops. UPI/Brendan Smialowski/Pool
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The Oval Office is the official office of the President of the United States. Created in 1909 as part of an overall expansion of the West Wing of the White House during the administration of William Howard Taft, the office was inspired by the elliptical Blue Room. The room features three large south-facing windows behind the president's desk and a fireplace at the north end of the room.

The Oval Office has four doors: the east door opens to the Rose Garden; the west door leads to a private smaller study and dining room; the northwest door opens onto the main corridor of the West Wing; and the northeast door opens to the office of the president's secretary.

Though architect James Hoban's original design for the White House included two oval rooms, the idea of an oval office did not come about until 1909. A conception of Theodore Roosevelt, brought out by his wife's idea that the shared space between bedrooms and offices of the White House should be separate. Further, Roosevelt chose the site at least for reasons to demolish a set of greenhouses that were constructed by President Buchanan. . An oval interior space is a Baroque concept that was adapted by Neoclassicism. Oval rooms became popular in eighteenth century neoclassical architecture, and it is considered likely that Hoban was influenced by the elliptical chamber at Castle Coole in County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland. That room has identical dimensions, and includes the two recessed niches found in Hoban's original design for the Blue Room. The "elliptic salon"—in the form of the Blue Room and Yellow Oval Room—was the outstanding feature of James Hoban's original plan of the White House. At the temporary "President's House" in Philadelphia, George Washington had two rooms each modified with an apsidal bowed end, which were used for hosting the formal receptions called levees. As his guests formed a circle around him, Washington could stand in the center with everyone an equal distance from the president. The apsidal end of a room was a traditional site of honor, for a host, a potentate, or the magistrate in a basilica.

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It uses material from the Wikipedia article "Oval Office."
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