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BigRedChief
03-30-2009, 10:22 PM
http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2009/03/30/obamas-to-use-own-cash-to-redecorate-white-hosue/#comments

CNN) The Obamas are using their own money to redecorate the White House residence and Oval Office, the White House confirms, forgoing the $100,000 in federal funds that is traditionally allotted to new presidents for such renovation projects.

The first couple who made well over $2 million in 2008, largely from book revenues is also turning down money from the White House Historical Association, the organization that financed a $74,000 set of china for the Bushes.

New presidents have traditionally undertaken extensive redecoration efforts to their personal quarters reflect their own tastes, with a new Oval Office rug tradition ringing in as the priciest item. Former President George W. Bush spent over $60,000 on a new cream carpet designed by Laura Bush in 2000 to replace the deep blue rug that covered the space during the Clinton administration. Obama aides have said the president likes the Bush rug, and does not plan to replace it.

The decision to forgo federal funds, first reported by New York Magazine (http://nymag.com/news/intelligencer/55679/), is the president's latest belt-tightening move amid the sagging economy and widespread outrage over corporate excesses. Late last month, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs announced the administration had put an order on hold for a fleet of new helicopters that will cost at least $11 billion.

But it remains unclear just how much money the couple plan to spend on redecorations. In January, the Obamas tapped high-profile interior designer Michael Smith to spearhead the project. In accepting the position, Smith said affordability would be one of the "guiding principles."

"The family's casual style, their interest in bringing 20th Century American artists to the forefront and utilizing affordable brands and products will serve as our guiding principles as we make the residence feel like their home," he said.

Direckshun
03-30-2009, 11:33 PM
I am absolutely certain that Donger won't care.

Jenson71
03-30-2009, 11:41 PM
That's a good idea.

BigRedChief
03-31-2009, 08:09 AM
I am absolutely certain that Donger won't care.
Something like....so? He's still a commie.

KC Dan
03-31-2009, 09:13 AM
Next season on MTV - "Pimp My White House" :)

BigRedChief
04-02-2009, 06:27 AM
Next season on MTV - "Pimp My White House" :)
We could use it as fundrasier to pay off the debt?

BucEyedPea
04-02-2009, 06:59 AM
I'd be more willing to pay for this with my taxes than corrupt bankers and mercantilists or the artificially stimulate the economy. Why aren't they using their own cash to bail themselves out.

Calcountry
04-02-2009, 04:31 PM
This just in, Obama promises to buy his own air freshener so that his shit won't stink.

wild1
04-02-2009, 06:45 PM
They have the money to spare, he signed that big book deal already to avoid his own tax increases

Iowanian
04-02-2009, 06:45 PM
Just for Street Cred, I heard they were going to cover all of the furniture in plastic.

SNR
04-02-2009, 08:36 PM
IT AINT NO BLACK HOUSE, THEY CALL IT THE WHAAAAHT HOUSE FER A REASON!!!11

bango
04-06-2009, 08:46 PM
Can anyone explain to me why BEP hates the U.S. so much?

redsurfer11
04-07-2009, 04:30 AM
And put da Disco Ball over dere.

Claynus
04-07-2009, 05:28 AM
How the FUCK to you spend SIXTY FUCKING GRAND on a FUCKING CARPET?

StcChief
04-07-2009, 08:55 PM
How the FUCK to you spend SIXTY FUCKING GRAND on a FUCKING CARPET?he's helpin' out a brotha's company. :)
and Purple shag is hard to find.

BigRedChief
04-07-2009, 10:21 PM
he's helpin' out a brotha's company. :)
and Purple shag is hard to find.
UHH Laura Bush designed the rug and George Bush paid for it with tax money.

LaChapelle
04-07-2009, 11:01 PM
Put it on plastic and let Citibank pay for it. Like half of America has done.

Guru
04-07-2009, 11:13 PM
Big whoop. Why report it?

SBK
04-07-2009, 11:31 PM
It's cool if he wants to do it himself, maybe he could handle charity donations the same way.

wild1
04-08-2009, 06:56 AM
It's amusing. This $100,000 supposedly proves how careful he is with America's money.

Meanwhile, his drunken sailor-like spending will double the national debt to more than $15,000,000,000,000