Obamas Funding White House Renovations Themselves?

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Barack, Good Decisions, Money

If nothing else it’s a welcome example of personal wealth responsibility and not wasting tax payer’s money on seemingly frivolous things.

From NY Mag:

New presidents are allotted $100,000 to overhaul the White House residence and the Oval Office, and the Obamas hired Hollywood decorator Michael S. Smith (known, per his site, for mixing “Old World classicism with very contemporary settings”). But the First Couple isn’t spending that money. They “are not using public funds or accepting donations of goods for redecorating their private quarters,” says Camille Johnston, director of communications for the First Lady.

Nor is the couple, who reported $4.2 million in household income in 2007 tax returns, using money from the White House Historical Association, a privately funded foundation that paid for a $74,000 set of china shortly before Laura Bush left town.

No doubt this gesture will go unnoticed, but at least you know about it. :-)


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