Extreme Makeover: White House Edition

Extreme Makeover: White House Edition

At yesterdays’s White House press briefing, the first question was from a reporter asking if President Obama’s “redecorating” metaphor applied to the White House. Robert Gibbs handled the question well:

Q    A couple budget questions.  I was interested in the language the President used this morning when he talked about the budget.  He said, “There are times when you can afford to redecorate your house, and there are times when you need to focus on rebuilding its foundation.”  Quickly, is there any — should there be any pause taken in those words?  The Obamas have hired a decorator to redecorate the White House.  Do you think that’s appropriate?

MR. GIBBS:  Well, let’s understand that each administration is afforded an appropriation from Congress to ensure that the family that moves in, the needs of that family can be met.

Q    Do they have to?

MR. GIBBS:  Well, I don’t remember the last occupant of the White House having a seven-year-old, and I don’t remember the last occupant having a 10-year-old.  So I would say yes.

It was a nice attempt at a “Gotcha!” These days, there’s no amount of money low enough to sound good in that situation. However, Gibbs countered well with the children.

I’ll be interested to see if the right presses this line of attack, now that the Obama children are involved. My guess is it would be a bad move, especially considering the latest attempt (by the mayor of a tiny town with no party affiliation) to “redecorate” the White House.

Now, if the President starts installing, like, a jacuzzi in every room, that might be a different story. Unless, of course, he also puts one in the briefing room. That’s change we can believe in.

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