See the private side of The White House This image provided by Architectural Digest shows The Treaty Room in the White House in Washington in August 2016. The Treaty Room is filled with memorabilia including one of President Barack Obama's two Grammy Awards, family photos, and a personalized football. It’s also where Obama often retreats late at night. He uses the room’s namesake table, which has been in the White House since 1869, as a desk. (Michael Mundy/Architectural Digest via AP)
See the private side of The White House
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President Barack Obama likes to say the White House is the "people's house." Now, the people are getting a look at the rooms where he lives.
 
Architectural Digest has published exclusive photos. The photos give the public its first glimpse of private areas on the second floor of the White House. Obama, his wife, Michelle, daughters Malia and Sasha and family dogs Bo and Sunny have called them home for nearly eight years.
 
Los Angeles-based interior designer Michael Smith decorated the rooms. He also decorated the Oval Office. A mutual friend in Chicago introduced him to the Obamas after the 2008 election.
 
The first lady said Smith managed to reflect her family's tastes. At the same time, he respected the history of the White House.
 
"Above all, it has truly felt like a home for our family," she told the magazine.
 
Photos show the Yellow Oval Room; the Treaty Room, where Obama retreats late at night to read briefing material for the next day; a sitting room; a dining room; and the master bedroom. The rooms are adorned with a variety of modern and contemporary art. The art was borrowed from major art institutions, such as the National Gallery of Art and Smithsonian museums.
 
Architectural Digest has also published photos of the private living quarters of Presidents John F. Kennedy, Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush.
 
Amy Astley, the editor in chief, said the Obamas' personal style, and the history and diversity of the nation, are reflected in their art and decor choices. The Architectural Digest issue with photos of the Obama living quarters was scheduled to appear on newsstands on Nov. 8, Election Day.
 
Decorated in beige hues, the master bedroom has an antique canopy bed. It is decked out with fine Italian linen. Identical, footed tables stand at either side of the bed, one bearing family photos and one stacked with books. Matching, upholstered chairs and a sofa form a sitting area.
 
Smith called the bedroom the Obamas' "sanctuary."
 
"You really want to make sure that the president of the United States gets a good night's sleep," he told the magazine.
 
That's something Obama apparently gets.
 
"I have a phone right by my bedside and every morning somebody calls and says, 'Mr. President, it's your 7 a.m. wake-up call,'" Obama said during a recent appearance on ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live!"

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COMMENTS (114)
  • ellyb-orv
    11/10/2016 - 10:58 a.m.

    I think its cool you can see a picture from inside the white house. you also know a little more about the Obama family.

  • richardk-orv
    11/10/2016 - 02:36 p.m.

    because each president has a different taste of the decorations and some wants stuff and the stuff they don't want is there.

  • mouse-
    11/11/2016 - 10:10 a.m.

    This was a very intresting article and I would love to see more of these types of articles

  • eel-
    11/11/2016 - 10:11 a.m.

    It would be awesome to see the White House in person. It was nice of Obama to let Trump have a tour of it.

  • wolf-
    11/11/2016 - 10:11 a.m.

    i think its pretty cool what the president does and where he lives.
    Also it would be pretty cool to see it in person.

  • bear-
    11/11/2016 - 10:13 a.m.

    So cool how Obama gets a wake up call.

  • lion-
    11/11/2016 - 10:13 a.m.

    I think it is smart that the decorator for the white house matched the family taste and the white houses culture in the decoration.

  • panda-
    11/11/2016 - 10:13 a.m.

    How cool that Obama designed that room

  • swan-
    11/11/2016 - 10:14 a.m.

    I agree that the president should get a good nights sleep and it sounds like the Oval Room is very comfortable.

  • lamb-
    11/11/2016 - 10:15 a.m.

    The President can borrow paintings from Museums?!

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