Washington (CNN) - The lights and platforms have to sit on something during events inside the White House and, just like at home, carpet remnants come in handy. The Obama Administration is using some old stuff from the Bush administration.
But they're not cutting THAT old rug– the one from the Old Office. That one, according to White House assistant press secretary Josh Earnest, is intact and in the hands of the White House curator. Earnest was reacting to an aside in an emailed pool report Monday from Roll Call newspaper's Jen Bendery, which pointed out the re-use of old Bush-era carpet, just making sure no one got the wrong impression.
"The carpet scraps used for events in the White House residence are the remnants of carpet projects in the residence. As you would expect, President Bush's Oval Office rug is intact and is the responsibility of the curator," Earnest conveyed to Bendery who re-filed her pool report with the addendum.
Every President gets to design his own Oval Office rug for his office in the West Wing and that rug eventually makes its way to the President's library after his presidency.