Hillary Clinton and the Furniture in the White House


 

Hillary Clinton and the Furniture in the White House
 


20 February 2008 at 12:38:29 PM
salon

Somebody told me today that she wasn't going to vote for Clinton because she had contempt for what Clinton did about White House furniture. I vaguely remembered some big brouhahah but had to look it up. From the NYTimes in 2001

Former President Bill Clinton and Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton received authorization to take certain household furnishings to their new homes as gifts but will return any items that are found to be White House property, a spokesman said today. 

In the latest criticism over their departure from the White House, the Clintons faced questions today about taking $28,000 worth of furnishings, which two donors were quoted as saying had been intended to become part of the permanent White House collection, not gifts to the Clintons.

The disclosure, reported in today's Washington Post, came three days after the Clintons said they would pay $86,000 to cover the value of gifts they received last year in an effort to avoid the appearance of impropriety. The couple had originally sought to leave with $190,000 in gifts.

Officials said that at least $28,000 worth of furnishings, donated in 1993 as part of the White House restoration project, had been registered by the National Park Service as gifts to the permanent collection of the White House and not the Clintons.

A statement issued tonight by James E. Kennedy for Mr. Clinton's office said that all the chairs, tables, rugs and other furnishings taken for their homes in Washington and Chappaqua, N.Y., had been registered as personal gifts by the White House gift office.

So I guess this is where all the Clinton Stealing the Furniture jokes come from.


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1 - Michael Wueschinski   8 Mar 2016 @ 8:59:08 PM 

You better go back and look at figures and the Clintons did get fined and had to bring this Countries furniture back. Being broke isn't a excuse to steal like some of the liberal media says. I am writing fast but they stole shit out of the WHITE HOUSE. Period..



2 - salon   11 Mar 2016 @ 9:56:32 AM 

@Michael Wueschinki- To be clear, I'm a Democrat, but I didn't vote for Hilary Clinton but Barack Obama in the 2008 election. In this election, I still am not going to vote for Hillary Clinton but voted for Bernie Sanders. Should Bernie Sanders not get the nomination, I will not vote for HIllary Clinton instead. 


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