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Obamas Paying For White House Renovations — Right Move?

Typically presidents receive $100,000 of taxpayer money to renovate their new, old digs. But this year isn't a typical year, and the Obamas have decided to pay for White House renovations out of their own pockets.

Since the Obamas will pay the bill themselves, the cost of the decorations won't be made public. In January, the first family chose Los Angeles-based designer Michael Smith to lead the private quarter decorations.

Even though we're not footing the bill, I hope the Obamas share photos of their newly designed digs for all of us to enjoy!

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babaloo babaloo 7 years
Um, who cares. Seems like this blog could cover more relevant material than Obama pandering to the populace on not paying for White House room renovations.
Jillness Jillness 7 years
"I dunno, seems a bit insincere." :rotfl: I don't see how anyone could take this as a bad thing...unless they were really trying to find something to knock the Obamas for. It just seems like such a stretch!
Jillness Jillness 7 years
"I dunno, seems a bit insincere.":rotfl:I don't see how anyone could take this as a bad thing...unless they were really trying to find something to knock the Obamas for. It just seems like such a stretch!
lilegwene lilegwene 7 years
Jeez Michelle Obama looks evil in that pic!
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 7 years
"No, it they feel uncomfortable using the traditional funds then they shouldn't do it." Ha. They did exactly what those Executives should have done (not take the bonus). Would have made for a great news day though if they had. Oh well. I can't wait to see what they're going to have done.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 7 years
"No, it they feel uncomfortable using the traditional funds then they shouldn't do it." Ha. They did exactly what those Executives should have done (not take the bonus). Would have made for a great news day though if they had. Oh well. I can't wait to see what they're going to have done.
kurniakasih kurniakasih 7 years
A lip couch in the president's office, now that's a sight to behold :D
kurniakasih kurniakasih 7 years
A lip couch in the president's office, now that's a sight to behold :D
em1282 em1282 7 years
Eh, it's their personal space. It's not like they're going to buy a huge couch shaped like a pair of lips or a platform shoe and set it out on the front lawn or something. ...although I totally want a lips couch. For serious. For my own private living quarters, of course.
em1282 em1282 7 years
Eh, it's their personal space. It's not like they're going to buy a huge couch shaped like a pair of lips or a platform shoe and set it out on the front lawn or something....although I totally want a lips couch. For serious. For my own private living quarters, of course.
greenapples1987 greenapples1987 7 years
renovations..i would think all they need is prolly a make over for the girls rooms b/c i'm sure they don't like the plain boring rooms that they have..maybe add some color to the walls, new bedding, and a few other things. and maybe a do over for the master suit for brack and mechiell. what else do they need to change?? i feel that if they want to pay for it out of their own pockets it's okay. and yes, if they do not get another term (fingers crossed that they DO!!) then i would be taking it all back home with me..after all it is theirs stuff.
caryatid caryatid 7 years
i'm glad they are paying for it, but isn't the white house the "people's house"? i hope they leave some behind so that the obama presidency has a very real place in the white house... i'm giggling over catepillargirl's hope that it will be tasteful next to the crucified jesus wearing a frankie says relax shirt.
caryatid caryatid 7 years
i'm glad they are paying for it, but isn't the white house the "people's house"? i hope they leave some behind so that the obama presidency has a very real place in the white house...i'm giggling over catepillargirl's hope that it will be tasteful next to the crucified jesus wearing a frankie says relax shirt.
notinthemood notinthemood 7 years
This is totally irrelevant to real politics. But as for me, I don't really think they'll have to pay that much for the redecorating. I'm sure there will be artists everywhere lining up to donate furnishings, art and services. Maybe they're trying to encourage consumer spending?
liliblu liliblu 7 years
Jim Webb is discussing the issues of prison abuse and reform, GM has 60 days to prove they can be viable, and Republicans are trying to deny Minnesota a senate seat. But this is more important? Why?
amybdk amybdk 7 years
Why are people so worried about if they keep the furniture traditional especially since they are paying for it and none of us have to live there. :notworthy: Thank you!
amybdk amybdk 7 years
<i>Why are people so worried about if they keep the furniture traditional especially since they are paying for it and none of us have to live there.</i>:notworthy:Thank you!
bastylefilegirl bastylefilegirl 7 years
The only non-private area they are renovating is the Oval Office which is a tradition the desk he picked stays of course the the rug will and drapes will probably change. However they are paying for it which is untraditional.
starangel82 starangel82 7 years
Oh well, private living quarters, then go ahead. I thought we were talking about other areas like where they meet heads of state or something. I can't really blame them for wanting to change the living quarters. I don't really think I'd want to spend 4 years staring at wallpaper someone else picked out.
Kimpossible Kimpossible 7 years
ah well private living quarters is fine then - have a blast, do what you want with it!
bastylefilegirl bastylefilegirl 7 years
Yeah it's just their private living quarters therefore it makes sense that they pay for it even though others in the past haven't, and that they can do something as untasteful, gaudy, ridiculous as they want because we shouldn't be seeing i.e. Private Living Quarters. This is one thing that I think the President is allowed to keep private.
Modus-Vivendi Modus-Vivendi 7 years
I'm excited to see it. I like looking at White House stuff, furniture, flowers, etc.
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 7 years
Yay. In my opinion, they made the right choice. With the economy in its current state, to use tax payer's money to redecorate their living space would be a slap in the face to the hard workers across the country. Their space, their money.
piper23 piper23 7 years
Aren't we just talking about their own private living quarters?
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 7 years
I have no problem as long as its tasteful.
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