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"Ehud Barak Interview.” FoxNews, (Axelrod, David, Campaign 2012, as cited in “Democratic Voter,” IV, October 20, 2011, 1).
Facts, plain & simple, verifiable and undeniable. Enough irrational Internet rumor-mongering and myth-spreading about the President
of The United States of America, from both extremes of the current political divide.
The Obameter: Tracking Obama's Campaign Promises
False: "President Obama Wasted Tax Payer Dollars to Re-decorate the White House"
New presidents are allotted $100,000 to overhaul the White House residence and the Oval Office. When President and Michelle Obama hired Hollywood decorator Michael S. Smith to renovate the White House and Oval Office, they decided not to use taxpayer money and paid for all the decorating themselves.
Home Decorating With the Obamas:
Obamas to use own cash to redecorate White House: www.politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2009/03/30/obamas-to-use-own-cash-to-redecorate-white-hosue/
Also Snopes.com certified as false that President Obama changed the decor in the Oval Office from a red, white, and blue color scheme to a "Middle Eastern" one.
"Rotten to Decor": http://www.snopes.com/politics/obama/photos/ovaloffice.asp
Article cites modest changes to oval office, all done at no taxpayer expense. It was a face-lift, complete with a new rug, fresh wallpaper and paint, and new furniture, paid for by the White House Endowment Trust, which received a donation from Obama's Presidential Inaugural Committee. Efforts were made to ensure that the additions were American made. The total cost was said to be "comparable" to what former Presidents George W. Bush and Clinton had spent.
Phillips, Michael M.
"Oval Office Gets Obama Makeover,"Wall Street Journal, August
With the economy still in the dumps today, the White House eagerly reminded reporters that the non-profit White House Historical Association paid for the redecorating through a contribution from the Presidential Inaugural Committee. Both Bush and President Bill Clinton ordered a “comparable level of redesign,” the White House said, with Obama’s redecorating costs “in line with the amount spent” by his immediate predecessors.
ABC News & Mediamatters.org rebut allegations that Oval Office cosmetic facelift was extreme some sort of shocking waste of tax dollars, recalling that the Bush administration upgrades including an expensive sunburst carpet designed by then-First Lady Laura Bush.
Jennings, Alicia. "The Oval Office gets a whole new
look," MSNBC, August 31, 2010.
Reports that President Obama turned down the allotted $100,00 budget to overhaul the Oval Office and White House residence. The First Couple used their personal money to overhaul the private living quarters when they moved in. The modest redesign of the Oval Office was described as being "in line with the amount spent by Presidents Clinton and George W. Bush on the redesigns of their Oval Office," and was paid for with funds from the Presidential Inaugural Committee, donated to the White House Historical Association.
President Obama Has Redecorated the Oval Office Middle Eastern Style-Fiction!
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