What Obama's Remodel Really Needed
NYT scribe isn't so hot on the president's office makeover
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 1, 2010 2:28 PM CDT
President Obama, photographed from the Rose Garden, delivers a primetime address marking the end of combat mission in Iraq from the Oval Office, Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2010.   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
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(Newser) – Well, Obama's got himself a fancy new "redecorated man cave" (aka Oval Office) in the middle of the recession, gripes Maureen Dowd, in the latest "tone-deaf" move out of the communication-handicapped White House. "It might have been wise, given America’s slough of despond, to hark back to a time when presidents just took their office pretty much as they found it," she writes in the New York Times. But since he did the makeover, she's got a few suggestions for his quote-emblazoned carpet:

  • For the administration: "What we've got here is a failure to communicate." Cool Hand Luke
  • For John Boehner: “You’re not too smart, are you? I like that in a man.” Body Heat
  • For Obama himself: "It's the economy, stupid!" James Carville
  • Speaking of the economy: "We're going to need a bigger boat." Jaws
  • And when Obama reaches across the aisle: "Post-partisanship doesn’t work with Mitch McConnell.”