Leather Chairs From Obama’s 2008 Campaign Bus Up for Auction

December 30, 2016

By roxanne jo mitchell (Flickr) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

By roxanne jo mitchell (Flickr) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

In a recent survey, roughly 72% of respondents said that the design of their furniture reflects their personality, and 67% agreed that “a lot can be said about a person from the furniture s/he owns.” So, if you’re a politics junkie and a die-hard Democrat, what wouldn’t you give to own a pair of leather cushioned armchairs previously used by Barack Obama?

Two black leather armchairs from Obama’s 2008 campaign bus will be sold to the highest bidder off of the website RR Auction, a Boston-based auction house that sells everything from Olympic memorabilia to fine artifacts belonging to world leaders and historical figures.

As of Friday, 13 bids have been placed, with the highest bid at $2,312.

8181774_20160307_0447113According to the description on RR Auction, “Both pillow-cushioned chairs are set on circular wooden swivel bases, stand approximately 40” tall, and recline to a maximum length of 44”. An adjustable reclining knob can be found below the right arms, and the headrest of each bears an embroidered Obama campaign logo with ‘Obama ’08’ in blue thread, and ‘President’ in white.”

The chairs come with two provenance letters — one from the president of Premiere Transportation and the other from Glenn Childress, the lead bus driver of the Obama campaign — to confirm the validity of the items.

Childress wrote, “Obama’s world essentially revolved around these two chairs. They were situated in the middle of the bus, side-by-side, along the right-hand wall. Barack Obama always sat in the chair that was closer to the back. The second chair … was usually filled by a top advisor, campaign surrogate, Senator Joe Biden, or Michelle Obama on the few occasions when she traveled on the bus with us.”

The lucky bidder to win these historic seats will want to take good care of them so that they last for decades — if not centuries — to come. Using things like shoe trees and leather polish works to increase the lifespan of leather shoes 10 times, and while that may not work for a pair of chairs, there are proper ways to maintain fine leather furniture. See this guide for specific instructions.

These two seats are truly a piece of American history. They are the two chairs that literally carried the first Black president to the White House.

“Today, if I sat down in the chairs and closed my eyes,” said Childress, “I could still see Barack sitting in his chair … as we cruised through this beautiful country on the way to the presidency.”

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