A photo of senior White House adviser Kellyanne Conway sitting on a couch in the Oval Office, while taking photos of President Trump as he met with leaders of historically black universities and colleges, spurred outrage and debate on social media.
Leading the pack was Buzzfeed’s Deputy news director Jon Passantino, who said “Conservatives were pissed Obama put his feet on Oval Office desk. Watch their reaction tonight.”
Shoes on the couch in the Oval Office pic.twitter.com/h2MXUocEar
— Jon Passantino (@passantino) February 28, 2017
Motherboard reporter Sarah Emerson said the Conway couch photo made her want “to go to therapy.”
Heat Street co-founder Louise Mensch said Conway was classless.
— Louise Mensch (@LouiseMensch) February 28, 2017
Meanwhile some liberal journalists, including Mother Jones editor Ben Dreyfuss, argued that far worse things had been done on White House furniture.
WashPo’s Chris Cillizza concurred:
— Chris Cillizza (@CillizzaCNN) February 28, 2017
“This is all par for the Internet outrage/partisan police,” Cillizza wrote.
Soon, social media was being inundated with several photos of President Barack Obama sitting on and placing his feet on the Resolute Desk.
— Jock Doubleday (@jockdoubleday) February 28, 2017
— pete602 (@petefrt) February 28, 2017
Decorum in the oval? Pres Bush always wore his jkt in the office Obama rolled up his sleeves and put his feet on the antique desk. pic.twitter.com/SeeEZZhTiP
— Waukesha GOP (@WaukeshaGOP) February 28, 2017
Lost in all the Conway faux fuss was President Trump’s important and historic meeting with leaders of historically black universities and college.
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