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Why do you think this is covered right now?

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First of the FEMA death camps.

or this:

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Those silly Obama girls were just making a fort.
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Flea bomb.
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I was going to say afternoon prayer but The West Wing doesn't face Mecca
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Flea bomb.

Maybe Bed Bugs.
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That might not be too far off... I know someone in a condo complex in one of the suburbs of DC and they are having a huge bed bug problem right now. I can't imagine they are the only place around there that is...
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Secret meeting.
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Marketing for a new TARP program?
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Marketing for a new TARP program?
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Marketing for a new TARP program?
You win.
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Every circus needs a tent!!
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http://www.suntimes.com/news/politic...ouse23.article

Anyone who has gone through home renovations can sympathize with what President Obama and his family are about to endure.

Starting this weekend, jackhammers and backhoes will be at work as the White House undergoes the biggest renovation project at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in more than five decades.

The heating, cooling, electrical and fire-alarm systems will be replaced during the four-year, <b>$376 million project</b> [good thing we don't have any fiscal problems at this time, otherwise people might start to question if this is a good idea ] in the East and West Wings.

"This is the biggest upgrade since the complete renovation of the executive mansion in the Truman era," Bob Peck of the General Services Administration told Bloomberg News.

Tourists walking along on Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House should be forewarned: If you want a snapshot of the North Portico, the lawn is going to be torn up. And those TV journalists who do their stand-ups at the edges of the North Lawn? Sorry, you'll have to move.

A few weeks after his inauguration, Obama told NBC the "best deal of this whole thing is it turns out I've got this nice home office."

Obama and his family will get to stay in the White House during the renovations, unlike Harry Truman, who moved into the Blair House when the building's main structure was completely rebuilt during his term.

At least the Obamas won't be disrupted at the crack of dawn: Peck said construction work will occur only from 7:30 a.m. to 6:15 p.m.

The West Wing, built in 1902, houses the Oval Office, the vice president's office, the Cabinet Room, the Situation Room and various offices for top presidential aides. The East Wing, added in 1942, is occupied mostly by the first lady and her staff, the White House military office and the Secret Service, and includes a movie theater.

The price tag is more than 100 times the total cost of building the White House in the 1790s, Bloomberg reports.

Congress approved funding for the project in 2008 after some of the systems in the White House were deemed to be approaching the end of their "reliable productivity."

The GSA said the project would take four years.

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After the renovation picture

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At least the Obamas won't be disrupted at the crack of dawn: Peck said construction work will occur only from 7:30 a.m. to 6:15 p.m.
That may not be the crack of dawn, but it's way earlier than Obama gets into the office so it's still likely to bother him during his "off time".
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Can we, as taxpayers, see an itemized breakdown of the construction costs? Would something like that be public record especially since we're paying for it? $376 million RENOVATION?!?!?! Christ, it's not even the whole building--only the East and West wings.

We all know the government wastes money and overspends like crazy but this absolutely boggles my mind. How could it possibly cost that much? I've paid for numerous construction projects in my life and I've always gotten a nice itemized list of where my money went. Such and such for drywall. Such and such for masonry. Such and such for woodwork. Etc. I would love to see the detail of this project.
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first pic of newly renovated west wing:

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I bet it's the new NAMBLA headquarters! Or at minimum a watermelon seed spitting arena.
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Maybe they're just drying out the sheets from Kevin Smith's visit.
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Damn, you'd think you could tear it down and build it from scratch for that kind of money.
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I am willing to bet a $1.00 here today, that this project comes in at almost double the cost when complete.
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At least the Obamas won't be disrupted at the crack of dawn: Peck said construction work will occur only from 7:30 a.m. to 6:15 p.m.
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From December 31 through January 10, sunrise in Washington DC is at 7:27 am.

http://www.timeanddate.com/worldcloc...&afl=-11&day=1
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Can we, as taxpayers, see an itemized breakdown of the construction costs? Would something like that be public record especially since we're paying for it? $376 million RENOVATION?!?!?! Christ, it's not even the whole building--only the East and West wings.

We all know the government wastes money and overspends like crazy but this absolutely boggles my mind. How could it possibly cost that much? I've paid for numerous construction projects in my life and I've always gotten a nice itemized list of where my money went. Such and such for drywall. Such and such for masonry. Such and such for woodwork. Etc. I would love to see the detail of this project.
I would guess for security reasons the list will not be provided.
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I would guess for security reasons the list will not be provided.
I don't need to know how much the super secret security systems cost. Say just the security system costs $300 million. Even $350 million. I don't know jack about that kind of stuff, so it could very well cost that much and if it does, then so be it. Obviously our president needs to be safe and if it costs $350 million to do that then whatever.

I'd just like to know where they spent the other $26 million on just a renovation project on part of the house. How much did the tile work cost? How much did the carpet cost?
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From December 31 through January 10, sunrise in Washington DC is at 7:27 am.

http://www.timeanddate.com/worldcloc...&afl=-11&day=1
Even hat doesn't matter. Obama gets to work between 8:30 and 9:00 so he'll still be bothered when he's on personal time.

“I’m a night owl. My usual day [is]: I work out in the morning; I get to the office around 8:30 a.m. to 9 a.m.; work till about 6:30 p.m.; have dinner with the family, hang out with the kids and put them to bed about 8:30 p.m. And then I’ll probably read briefing papers or do paperwork or write stuff until about 11:30 p.m. and then I usually have about a half hour to read before I go to bed . . . about midnight, 12:30 a.m. — sometimes a little later.”

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