I looked on the net if there was any official portrait format for the Presidential portrait in the W.H. Found lots of portraits online, and they are varied, so I assume it is somewhat up to the President what he would like.
Clinton's was unveiled today and it shows him in the Oval Office with a flag behind him. I'm thinking there are lots of other Presidential "backdrops" he could have chosen that wouldn't instantly bring back mind what went on in that office!
Bill Clinton and John Kerry competing for ink and air time.
Clinton put his book promotion tour on hold for the Reagan funeral and
now needs to make up time.
Kerry put his campaign on ice and needs to make up time.
And it seems Clinton is getting more attention than Kerry for other reasons.
It has been reported that Clinton was upset that he was not invited to speak
during the Reagan funeral. It has also been reported that Nancy was firm in
her decision that Clinton not speak, in that she felt Clinton had "stained" the
Oval Office, an Office that both she and Ronald "revered".