Vox has a preview of a book that’s coming out next week, The Fight of His Life, authored by Chris Whipple, which Vox says gives a “mostly positive” behind-the-scenes look at the first two years of the Biden White House. There are tidbits about Biden not trusting the Secret Service (smart!) and believing they defamed his dog Major, etc., which isn’t new. But I hadn’t heard this before:
The distrust of Trump was so profound that Biden tried to remove reminders of the former president’s presence from the White House whenever possible. According to Whipple’s account, this included an effort to remove the Resolute desk, which Biden believed was tainted by Trump’s use of it, from the Oval Office and replace it with the desk used by Franklin Delano Roosevelt. This fell through, and Roosevelt’s desk remained in Hyde Park, New York.
That’s not “distrust” — it’s disgust, and it’s completely understandable. Joe Biden isn’t the only American who wants to expunge all traces of the grotesque and embarrassing Trumps from our national history. As for removing Trump cooties from the Resolute desk, Old English furniture cleaner isn’t enough, but if the restoration team used a toothbrush and toothpaste (not the gel kind) to scrub the carving and details thoroughly and washed down the flat surfaces with hot water and soap, it should be okay to use.