Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Six vacations, a fancy Oval Office makeover and the president’s team says they can’t understand why regular Americans say Mr. Obama is out of touch with middle class America?
The freshly redecorated Oval Office includes new and reupholstered furniture, new paint and wallpaper, and has a more modern look that tends toward neutral hues of brown and taupe, rather than the gold and yellow tones favored by former President George W. Bush.
According to the White House a spokesperson, the cost of makeover was not done at taxpayer expense. The costs were covered by the White House Historical Association, a non-profit group, through a contribution from the committee that paid for Mr. Obama’s inaugural bash.
Still, the White House refuses to say how much the redesign cost, except to say that it was ‘’in line with’’ what Mr. Obama’s two most recent predecessors spent. But the makeover contradicts previous statements made by the president when he arrived for work in January last year when he said he thought the office was fine and saw no need to redecorate.