Obama footing the bill for private residence make-over

The Obama's have decided that in this time where people are having a hard time holding on to their homes, let alone renovate them that they will be absorbing the cost of the renovations rather than accepting money from the public purse. As well they will not be using any money from the White House Historical Association, a privately funded foundation who recently paid $74,000 for a set of china that Laura Bush ordered before leaving the White House.

Now mind you a family with a reported income of over $4 million probably won't have too hard of a time paying the bills. That is as long as they don't let Hollywood decorator Michael S. Smith; who Michelle Obama has hired to to do the renovation, go too overboard.

[picture courtesy of Apartment Therapy / hat tip to New York Magazine]