Obamas Funding White House Renovations Themselves?
If nothing else it’s a welcome example of personal wealth responsibility and not wasting tax payer’s money on seemingly frivolous things.
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 â€œOld World classicism with very contemporary settingsâ€). But the First Couple isnâ€™t spending that money. They â€œare not using public funds or accepting donations of goods for redecorating their private quarters,â€ 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.