Six days 'til the inauguration and counting ... here's what's happening.
While Washington insiders are busy scalping tickets to the Inauguration for $500 a pop, the President-Elect is footing the bill to ship his belongings from Chicago to D.C. But don't expect the Obamas to show up in a U-Haul. They'll be having tea with the Bushes on Inauguration Day morning while the Secret Service and White House residence staff embark on the Great Furniture Swap of 2009.
And then there are the drapes to think about. Thankfully there are people for that -- and they don't need to survive a Senate confirmation hearing to pick paint swatches. Barack and Michelle tapped Los Angeles interior decorator Michael Smith to be their man. "I would love to redecorate the White House -- I am sick of the paint color!" Smith told Domino Magazine last April. His client list includes Steven Spielberg, Rupert Murdoch, Cindy Crawford and Richard Gere. And now it includes No Drama Obama, too.
It seems like the Obamas have always been hot. The New Yorker dug up an old picture and interview of the Obamas from back in the day. Barack talks about hanging out in bed with Michelle and she muses about the possibility of a life in politics. "There is a strong possibility that Barack will pursue a political career, although it's unclear. There is a little tension with that. I'm very wary of politics," she said at the time.
Now that it's clear that her husband is pursuing a career in politics, all that's left to think about is lunch. So what, exactly, will the Obamas eat on Inauguration Day? Barack might be known for his penchant for health food, but for his big day he's going to take a nod from Abe Lincoln and pick a menu to celebrate his favorite president. There will be seafood stew in puff pastry, pheasant and duck with sweet potatoes and apple cinnamon sponge cake for dessert.
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