Obama Criticized For Living In Lavish Mansion While Most Americans Struggle To Make Ends Meet
132-Room Estate Includes Personal Chef, 24-Hour Security Detail
WASHINGTON—Over the past three years, as the sluggish economy has forced many Americans to tighten their belts, President Obama has reportedly enjoyed a lavish personal lifestyle, residing with his family in a 132-room house staffed by a 24-hour security detail, five full-time chefs, and a live-in maid service.
In recent weeks, many of the president’s critics have seized upon the issue, arguing that anyone who sleeps in a sprawling six-level neoclassical mansion covering 18 acres of Washington, D.C.’s most valuable real estate is clearly out of touch with the lives of ordinary citizens.
“What message does it send to the American people when their president is living in a ritzy palatial estate at the same time they’re struggling to keep their heads above water?” political strategist Robert T. Carlson said Wednesday, noting that Obama’s gated home features a lush rose garden, a private balcony, an ostentatious room seemingly devoted to the color blue, a solarium, “fancy portraits” of John F. Kennedy and George Washington, and a movie theater. “So much for all that ‘shared sacrifice’ he keeps talking about.”
“And just look at those gaudy columned porticoes,” Carlson continued. “It must have cost a fortune to build that place.”
Other commentators have noted that while Americans lucky enough to have jobs often spend hours in traffic commuting to work each day, Obama simply “walks on over to another wing of his huge mansion,” where he keeps an opulently furnished home office replete with a large wooden desk, a fireplace, three giant windows, and a passage leading to his own private study and dining area.
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