Obama and the foot-on-desk controversy

President Barack Obama talks with Chief of Staff Denis McDonough and Miguel Rodriguez, Director of Legislative Affairs, in the Oval Office, Feb. 25, 2013.
(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
President Barack Obama meets with National Security Advisor Tom Donilon, Chief of Staff Jack Lew, and Deputy National Security Advisor Denis McDonough in the Oval Office, Nov. 14, 2012.
President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden shake hands in the Oval Office following a phone call with House Speaker John Boehner securing a bipartisan deal to reduce the nation's deficit and avoid default, Sunday, July 31, 2011.
President Barack Obama is briefed by Richard Reed, Special Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Senior Director for Resilience Policy, in the Oval Office, April 26, 2011, before a phone call with Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe to discuss tornado damage in that state.
President Barack Obama talks on the phone with Speaker of the House John Boehner, in the Oval Office, Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013. Vice President Joe Biden listens at right.
President Ford takes a call after delivering his Address on the Economy to a Joint Session of Congress.
President George W. Bush speaks with the President of Spain, Jose Maria Aznar, from the Oval Office October 15, 2001 in Washington DC.

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama is ruffling some feathers after photos surfaced of him using the famous Resolute desk as a footstool.

But, as it turns out, he’s not the first president to use the desk as a footstool.

See photos of other presidents in the Oval Office in the photo gallery.

Last weekend, the White House posted a picture of Obama resting his foot on the desk while speaking on the phone. Some conservatives responded with outage, calling it disrespectful.

“Does seeing President Obama’s foot on the Oval Office desk make your blood boil?” asked the Tea Party in a tweet.

The Washington Times then posted a gallery highlighting 10 images of Obama propping his feet up on the desk, which was a present from Queen Victoria in 1880.

CNN took to the streets to ask average citizens what they think of the behavior. Watch that video here.

So what do you think? Is Obama putting his foot on the desk a sign of disrespect? Or are some people just overreacting?

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