Musings of a Renaissance Man.

All posts in Geopolitics

Astronaut

Categories: Astronomy, Exploration, Geopolitics, Solar System, Space
Comments Off
3D Astronaut by Bryan Brandenburg
An astronaut is a person who travels into space, or who makes a career of doing so. In the United States, people who travel above an altitude of 80 kilometres (50 miles) are designated as astronauts. Read more

Human Migration Map Relative to Last Ice Age - Rise of Human Civilization
Humans originated in Africa about 200,000 years ago, but now they inhabit every continent, with a total population of over 7 billion as of 2013. Read more

3D Money Where Does It Go by Bryan Brandenburg
"Money. Where does it go?" by Bryan Brandenburg (3D Mixed Media) Read more

Peoples Republic of China by Bryan Brandenburg
The People's Republic of China (PRC), commonly known as China is a country in East Asia and Central Asia. It is the most populated country in the world. Read more

The Oval Office

Categories: Geopolitics
Comments Off
Oval Office by Bryan Brandenburg

The Oval Office

The Oval Office is the president’s formal workspace, where they confer with heads of state, diplomats, their staff, and other dignitaries; where they often addresse the American public and the world on television or radio; and where they deals with the issues of the day.

Built in 1909

The first Oval Office was built in 1909 in the center of the south side of the West Wing; in 1934 it was moved to its current location on the southeast corner, overlooking the Rose Garden. Each president has decorated the Oval Office to suit his tastes. Among the features that remain constant are the white marble mantel from the original 1909 Oval Office, the presidential seal in the ceiling, and the two flags behind the president’s desk–the U.S. flag and the President’s flag.

Resolute Desk

Since Jimmy Carter, the Resolute desk has been used by all Presidents including Barack Obama. It was made from the timbers of H.M.S. Resolute, an abandoned British ship discovered by an American vessel and returned to the Queen of England as a token of friendship and goodwill. When the ship was retired, Queen Victoria commissioned the desk and presented to President Rutherford B. Hayes in 1880.

The desk has twice been modified from the original 1880 version. President Franklin D. Roosevelt requested that the kneehole be fitted with a panel carved with the Presidential coat-of-arms, but he did not live to see it installed in 1945. President Ronald Reagan requested it be raised on a 2″ base to accommodate his 6’2″ frame.

Every president since Hayes, except Presidents Johnson, Nixon and Ford, has used the Resolute desk. The desk was made famous by a photograph of President John F. Kennedy at work while his son, John Jr., peeked out from behind the kneehole panel.

President Barack Obama is the 44th President of the United States and the 18th President to occupy the Oval Office.


Gulf War Syndrome
In November of 2008, the Committee on Gulf War Veterans' Illnesses presented a 450 page report to Secretary of Veterans Affairs James Peake. Read more