Did President Obama remove flags in the White House and replace them with a "Muslim Prayer Curtain"?
The claim is false.
Let’s take a look at the claim which has circulated heavily online since late 2013:
For a long time, I have noticed that the decor at the White House has changed since BHO moved in. The Oval Office is now stripped of the traditional red, white, and blue, and replaced with middle eastern wallpaper, drapes, and decor. The hallway that he walks out of to talk to the press now has middle eastern chairs, drapes, etc. And the thing that has bothered me the most is the bright yellow drape behind him every time he speaks from the white house. It has Arabic symbols on it and has been there from the beginning.
What is missing at Barack Hussein Obama’s press conference?
No it is not the teleprompters. See the other president’s pics for a clue.
These photos (typically shared as a single graphic such as the collage above) have circulated since 2010 and include photos of Presidents Reagan through George W. Bush standing in front of American flags, while President Obama stands in front of gold curtains.
The implication in the shared photo above is that President Obama has quietly ditched the American Flag to stand in front of an alleged Muslim symbol, referred to at times as a “Muslim Prayer Curtain” or an “Islamic Prayer Curtain.” It appears that this image first circulated during the 2012 election, as early versions prompted readers to vote against Barack Obama.
As evidenced in the images below, the gold curtains shown above have hung in the East Room of the White House since at least the 1960’s. The following photos show the same curtains from the Johnson and Ford administrations.
The Google Trends chart below shows nothing on the search phrase “Muslim Prayer Curtain” prior to late 2013.
The rumor that President Obama installed a “Muslim Prayer Curtain” in the White House is false. These gold curtains have hung in the East Room of the White House for decades.
Updated October 8, 2014
Originally published November 2013