(8) Mon Sep 15 2008 17:34: Sumana was talking about the proportions in Bill Clinton's presidential portrait. I went and checked out the portrait, and started wondering what are those circular things in the background of the portrait. I thought they might be Boy Scout merit badges, but Clinton was never a Boy Scout. Are they the seals of various government departments? A collection of handpainted state quarters? The Internet is no help. Any ideas?
They're clearly Pogs.
I have some pictures that my brother took of the replica Oval Office at the Clinton Library in Little Rock. I'll check if they have enough detail to make out what is in the background. You can also see them (but not enough detail) in this lousy picture: http://www.j-archive.com/media/2007-03-30_J_02.jpg
Posted by Sumana at Mon Sep 15 2008 17:58
Hmmm, the portrait you link to is not the one in the Smithsonian/National Portrait Gallery. The one I saw was odd.
Could they be the "display of metallions from military bases he visited while in office" mentioned at http://media.www.theloquitur.com/media/storage/paper226/news/2004/12/03/Features/Library.Museum.Tout.Clintons.Achievements.Address.Scandal-819673.shtml ?
The artist says they are a "gift of military medallions" so Eric gets the winhttp://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=1956982
I am looking at my brother's photos now, but they are taken from far enough away from the medallions that you get a better look at them in the painting than in the photos.
They are commemorative Babybel cheeses.
Are they the state seals??http://www.theus50.com/seals-state.php