How Joe and Jill Biden Have Redecorated the White House

The Bidens are home. Joe and Jill Biden have now officially moved into the White House and America's newest first couple have already made some changes to Trump-era decor.

While the inauguration was taking place yesterday, White House staff moved the new family into the landmark.

Although big changes likely won't be made for some time, it is customary for new first families to add their own touches to the House.

President Joe Biden sat down in the White House to sign his first executive orders on Wednesday and there were already some notable changes in the Oval Office.

Cesar Chavez Bust

A bust of Cesar Chavez, the late American civil rights and farm labor leader, was placed on the credenza behind the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office.

The bronze sculpture by artist Paul A. Suarez was requested for the Oval Office by the president's transition team and was shipped to the White House by the Cesar Chavez Foundation.

"Placing a bust of my father in the Oval Office symbolizes the hopeful new day that is dawning for our nation," Paul F. Chavez, Chavez's middle son and president of the Cesar Chavez Foundation, said.

"That isn't just because it honors my dad, but more importantly because it represents faith and empowerment for an entire people on whose behalf he fought and sacrificed," he added.

Busts of Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, and Robert Kennedy have also been placed on the mantel.

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President Joe Biden prepares to sign a series of executive orders at the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office just hours after his inauguration on January 20, 2021 in Washington, D.C. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Benjamin Franklin Portrait

The Bidens selected a portrait of founding father Benjamin Franklin to be hung in the office to replace the controversial one of Andrew Jackson selected by Trump.

The Washington Post reports that the portrait of Franklin is to symbolize Biden's reverence for science.

Removing Jackson's portrait is also significant as he was seen as a populist figure—president from 1829 to 1837—who owned enslaved people and signed the Indian Removal Act, which led to the deaths of thousands.

Other changes to the artwork include a portrait of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and paired paintings of Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton.

Personal Touches

An array of framed family photos, as well as photos from throughout the Biden campaign, have also been placed

Different rugs, curtains and wallpaper have also been added to the Oval Office for the new presidency.

A teacup and saucer were also photographed beside Biden as he signed executive orders yesterday—a sight not seen on the Resolute Desk in some time as Trump is famously a heavy Diet Coke drinker.

The Oval Office modifications come as new first lady Dr. Biden has been urged by many people to reverse the changes Melania Trump made to the White House's Rose Garden during her time there.

The newly designed Rose Garden was unveiled by Melania Trump on August 22 last year. The renovations included digging up trees, replacing bright floral beds with white and pastel roses, and laying down paved walkways.

The redesign caused outrage on Twitter at the time, with legions of people sharing before and after photos and accusing Melania of removing flowers and trees planted by previous first ladies.