President-elect Donald Trump will be doing things differently than President Barack Obama and his wife, First Lady Michelle Obama, when he moves into the White House. While Barack and Michelle both had very specific requests when they moved in, rump says he’ll be focusing on “working” and is “not going to be decorating.”
White House staff will have just six hours to move Barack out and Trump in.
According to the Daily Mail, nearly 100 staffers will be frantically trying to make the 132-room White House ready for the Trumps on Jan. 20, as Trump is sworn into office during his inauguration. The staff will start moving the Obamas’ belongings onto moving trucks at 10:30 a.m., while simultaneously moving the Trump family’s belongings inside.
“It’s more like organized chaos,” Chief White House usher Stephen Rochon said. “We have one truck at the South Lawn that belongs to the outgoing president and first family facing south, and the incoming truck facing north toward the White House is on the east side of the south grounds.”
Some rooms in the White House will also need redecorating. Incoming presidents have the option of redecorating the second and third floors, which are the private floors of the White House. If the president wishes to redecorate the other floors — including the first floor where the Oval Office is located — he must receive permission from the Committee for the Preservation of the White House.
That doesn’t mean the president can’t make adjustments, however. According to CNN, Barack requested a special rain shower head for his bathroom. The president can add things like shower heads or paintings or curtains that meet his tastes.
As far as Trump’s requests, some are concerned he will go too far and redecorate the private floors in the same gaudy style as his Trump Towers. However, the president-elect has said that he has no plans to redecorate. “It’s a very special place,” Trump said. “I’m going to be working. I’m not going to be decorating.”
Sources: Daily Mail, CNN / Photo credit: Matt H. Wade/Wikimedia Commons