September 13th, 2010
04:11 PM ET
11 years ago

It's just old carpet

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.

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soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. DSJ

    Where are the comments about how Obama is being frugal with their carpet budget? Hmm?

    September 13, 2010 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  2. geecee

    Sure, create more hate and discontent towards Obama. As if he would allow cutting up a $68,000 rug to use it for scraps!! You guys just love controversy, especially where Obama is involved. Just more fodder for the farm, right CNN?

    September 13, 2010 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  3. marcia

    It will be nice to have some one with taste in the White House after
    these people are gone!!!
    The White House needs a redo in more ways than one!

    September 13, 2010 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  4. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Bush used nothing old because he didn't care about the economy.

    September 13, 2010 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  5. Augsbee

    Seriously, I can understand uncultured, uneducated people doing something like this and thinking it to be funny but not people working in the White House.

    September 13, 2010 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  6. Marie MD

    That "old rug" should have been a toy for BO when he was a puppy. Better yet he could have used it as his potty training rug.

    September 13, 2010 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |