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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-01-12 06:40 AM
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So, it's Christmas again at the White House.
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Edited on Sat Dec-01-12 07:37 AM by No Elephants
A 65 foot tree arrives by horse drawn cart, met by the First Lady and the First Kids.

(Not fir nuttin', but I wish the White House, Rockefeller Center, et al. would use artificial trees, at least for their outdoor displays, where fragrance is not a big issue.)

But that is only the tip of the iceberg. Inside the WH are another 18 or so trees. And I don't know how many are in the Vice President's residence.

And, every year, professional interior decorators come from all over the house, donating their time to decorate the two buildings. (Who pays for their airfare and hotels, though?)

There is a 300 lb replica of the White House in gingerbread. (Is anyone actually going to eat it, I wonder?)

And as TV reporters inform us of things like this, they gush "Isn't that cool?"

Did Czar Nicholas turn over in his grave because the Russian peasantry revolted over the lifestyle he had at their expense, instead of gushing over how cool it was?

Someone was talking about the Lincoln movie, which I have not seen yet. He mentioned something that had happened while Abe was picking up wood, noting that no modern President would ever need to pick up anything, thanks to the Imperial Presidency.

We are "treated" to small glimpses of it at Christmas time, but it is not a once a year thing.

Of course, he Imperial Presidency, in terms of living in luxury, is relatively new to our baby Empire.

When Truman moved into the White House, it was quite dilapidated, even by his poor Missourian standards. Though it underwent repairs during his adminstration, it was in bad shape (again? still? when the Kennedys moved in.

Seems as though there should be some happy medium between collapsing floors and hordes of professional decorators from all over the country hanging tinsel.

We talk about the President's salary, which is a mere $400K a year, plus health insurance, plus security and a pension for life, etc. However, the fringe benefits make that look like pocket change, from the White House household staff AND WH political staff, to Air Force One to the Beast to entertainment by all the top people in the country, if not the world.
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