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Did Obama Install a “Muslim Prayer Curtain” in the White House?

Did Obama Install a “Muslim Prayer Curtain” in the White House?

Did President Obama remove flags in the White House and replace them with a “Muslim Prayer Curtain”?

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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 for years 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 is that President Obama 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.

Gold Curtains

As evidenced in the images below, gold curtains have hung in the East Room of the White House since at least the 1960’s. The following photos show gold curtains from the Johnson and Ford administrations.



2003 Refurbishment

Although the drapes currently hanging in the East Room of the White House look identical to those historic images above, they are not the same ones installed by Jackie Kennedy back in the early 1960’s. A 2003 makeover saw the installation of new curtains in the East Room. White House curator William Allman told the Washington Post that the same fabric which was originally ordered by Jackie Kennedy was used in the refurbished East Room.


Below is a short video summarizing our analysis of the image and claims associated with it.

Google Trends

The Google Trends chart below shows nothing on the search phrase “Muslim Prayer Curtain” prior to late 2013, and several searches since then.

Bottom Line

The rumor that President Obama installed a “Muslim Prayer Curtain” in the White House is false. Gold curtains have hung in the East Room of the White House for decades.

Updated December 11, 2015
Originally published November 2013 

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  • Kadok

    So lets see, you have established the fact that it is not a Muslim prayer curtain. But do you think that the amnesty program that he is pushing for all individuals in this country illegally is the right thing to do? Or how can anyone justify spending $8,000,000 on a 17 day vacation? (president or not) Or the 1st lady texting during the national anthem, more than a few times. Or maybe the affordable care act, (why do you think Obama care passed with all those democratic votes) you know if you do not have insurance the fines will increase substantially this year right? Or the fact that he has a hard time admitting the ISLAMIC radicals killed those people in California, Oregon, Tennessee and there are more. I’m sure that every president has done something that is not 100% ethical in mine or your eyes, in the heat of the moment you have to make un popular decisions, personally I could care less if he is black, white or purple for that matter. I really do not care if he is Muslim or Christian, but I do care when I see people disrespecting this country our flag (there is a min fine for desecrating our flag it should be enforced) or the people who defend us so we have the right to say or type what ever we want. I am sorry to say Obama has not shown that leadership. I know I am about to be criticized for what I have typed here, but look up some of the figures, look at increased wealth, increased spending, executive orders signed into law, the affordable care act, 2nd amendment rights.

  • nerevar59

    You’re intellectually inferior to Rush Limbaugh, so you hate him.

  • God

    I understand not liking Obama’s policies but it’s damn childish to keep making things up about the man. I’ve seen photoshopped images of Obama putting his hand down his daughter’s pants. They will make anything up to make him look like an evil person.

  • Observing U

    The same reason it wasn’t behind Gerald Ford and Lyndon B Johnson.

  • Matt N. Jenn

    Because there is no flag in that room. Is there a law that states he has to have a flag behind him all the time?

  • Hopper

    Why is there no flag behind? Because there just isn’t! Do think somebody is behind him 24/7 carrying a flag at all times?

    • bob

      The flag was cropped out.

  • Tim Harvey

    I agree that repeating Rush Limbaugh’s vulgar metaphors is certainly inappropriate. It was inappropriate when Rush said it and it’s inappropriate here as well. But when Jim Bob says that he and other conservatives don’t like Obama’s policies, why did you change it to politics? The two are not the same. That being said, I don’t like Obama’s policies or his politics. He has made it crystal clear through both his policies and his pronouncements that he intends to redistribute wealth in this country. That means he will take from the “haves” and give to the h”have nots.” I disagree with this at a fundamental level. Taking money from people who work and giving it to people who do not is stealing, even though you do it through the IRS. Does that mean that I am disrespecting him or the office of the president? No! When Obama circumvents the Constitution and enacts immigration legislation that Congress refused to pass, am I allowed to criticize his actions? Absolutely! Does that mean that I am disrespecting him or the office of the president? No! In actuality, I believe that it is Obama that is trying to tear this country apart, not Jim Bob.

  • T. Hummel

    If you look, the gold curtains are when he speaks in the East Room (where banquets and other events occur). The photos of the others are from TV news at other locations and/or in the White House Press Room where the flag have and do flank the speaker (whoever it is). I’m sure you you Google Presidential press conferences, you will see lots of photos of Obama with flags (including as the false article state “the long hallway” he walks down for some evening press announcements).

  • Anthony Coggins

    Thank you for your PROOF of this false claim. Too many people are grasping at straws to discredit President Obama. This is as false as claiming President Bush was behind 9/11 to manipulate the people to want to attack the Middle East. These types of things do nothing but destroy us. Thank you for your diligence.

  • Mary Ivankovich

    Thank you for clarifying this issue for me, I have a less than intelligent family member who is posting this now on her FB page, it shocked me, and I figured it was totally false, but it helps to know for sure. TY

    • waffles

      We’re glad to help, and grateful that you stopped by!

      • waffles

        The flag is also missing behind Johnson and Ford in the same room.

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