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The Obamafication of the White House

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How will the Obamas make the most famous residence in the United States their own? What are the perks and what are they allowed to change? Check out our guide to the Obamification of the White House:

The Obamas

  • The White House has 132 rooms, 35 bathrooms, 6 levels, 28 fireplaces, 8 staircases, 3 elevators and has housed every president since 1800.
  • Everything including the soap is picked to reflect the Obama family's personality.
  • There is a 90-person staff that cater to the comfort and personal tastes of the first family.
  • A Transition Team is in place who will help change the mansion over from the Bushes to the Obamas.
  • The Obamas have a say over the interior design of the private quarters -- the second and third floors. Claire Whitcomb, a White House historian, told the Daily News, "Really the White House we have today is a credit to Mrs. Kennedy ... The place was pretty much a dump when they moved in ... She's the one who started the restoration." She explained how because Jackie had young kids, she made it a family home.
  • The food is picked by the Obamas' personal tastes. Obama has said he loves chili -- perhaps that will become a staple like huevos rancheros with black beans, a classic Mexican dish the Bushes often requested as their after-church meal on Sundays. There are five full-time chefs who can serve dinner to as many as 140 guests.
  • There is a tennis court, jogging track, swimming pool, movie theatre and a bowling lane. Although Obama said if he made it to the White House, "We're taking out the bowling alley ... we're putting in a basketball court."

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2 comments so far | Post a comment now
jimmymacdonald November 13, 2008, 7:52 PM

raise a little he-double hockeysticks

just a thought... November 13, 2008, 8:00 PM

the new b-ball court should be built outside…

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