…Does this mean they can do whatever they want???
It certainly is admirable that they aren’t going to use tax-payer dollars allotted for new Presidents to make renovations. There are also numerous historical societies that make donations to buy things to furnish the house. For instance, $74,000 was donated for Laura Bush to buy china. I am sure that money must come with some stipulations, but can the Obamas redecorate any way they see fit? I mean, if they’re using their own money who is going to stop them?
I can just imagine all the gawdy crafts and ugly wallpaper there would be if my Stepmother were in Michelle’s position. I would totally put up some dirty Robert Mapplethorpe prints. I think that the Obama’s should make everything sleek and modern. At the very least they should do something a little bit different and subversive. As the very first non-white residents, and the first with urban roots in ages, they need to leave their mark….
Perhaps a fresh coat of black paint?