So it's not surprising that a recent photo of US President Donald Trump spawned several reactions on social media.
The photo, in a White House handout, shows Trump sitting at the Oval Office's Resolute Desk, the surface of which is mostly clear, aside from a phone. Trump is leaning forward in his chair, apparently listening to a phone call, while wearing a white "Make America Great Again" hat.
Some Twitter users speculated about whether the president was getting much done at all, pointing to his stiff posture and empty desk.
Honor Sachs, a history professor at Western Carolina University who wrote "Home Rule: Households, Manhood, and National Expansion on the Eighteenth-Century Kentucky Frontier," compared Trump's workspace with that of previous presidents, including Barack Obama's tidy workspace and Teddy Roosevelt's paper-strewn desk.
Business Insider also found some photos of past president's desks — photos that, of course, aren't definitive portrayals of their typical workspaces. It's relatively easy to move objects around and clear things when it comes time to sign a bill or pose for a photo op.
But it's clear that Trump's White House workplace setup lacks one element that past presidents have prominently featured: family photographs.
Here's a look at some of the desks of previous US presidents.