Tuesday, September 3, 2013

"Get your foot off of that desk, you gormless undergrad."

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So once said my favorite professor to a fellow student in the university library, as I was reminded when I saw this photo of the current occupant of the White House placing his sole on that fantastic and historical piece of craftsmanship.  That desk, a gift of Queen Victoria, has been around so long that it has a name, "Resolute".  Its fascinating history may be found by following the link.  It has been there through the terms of Presidents Kennedy, Carter, Reagan, Bush, Clinton, Bush, and Obama*, and will, if treated correctly, be there through many, many more administrations.

*It was removed after Kennedy's assassination then eventually returned to the Oval Office by Carter.