See the private side of The White House
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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Why is The White House decorated differently for different presidents?
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  • deer-
    11/11/2016 - 10:15 a.m.

    This was interesting and funny. I loved how we heard about the white house secrets.

  • horse-
    11/11/2016 - 10:15 a.m.

    Can Obama still go to the White House even when Trump takes over.

  • bird-
    11/11/2016 - 10:19 a.m.

    The White house must be really big. I wish I could see what it looks like its probably amazing and you get to live in it for four years.

  • cat-
    11/11/2016 - 10:19 a.m.

    The bedrooms in the White House are probably really big so that they have enough room to walk around in. But why would they have a lot of bedrooms if they have a small family like Barack Obama's family because they have two daughters a wife and the president.

  • ewe-
    11/11/2016 - 10:30 a.m.

    I don't think he should show people the floors of the white house I don't think it is safe for people to look at ALL the floors of the white house.

  • jacklynt-ste
    11/11/2016 - 01:18 p.m.

    President Obama said that the White house is the house for the people. Now, people are able to look through the rooms at the white house. I think that it is really cool and the oval office looks awesome.

  • nathanm14-ste
    11/11/2016 - 01:29 p.m.

    I feel like the private quarters aren't always this clean. I know that he is the president and all, but seriously. Everything looks so perfect, you can't tell me that Obama doesn't have some old socks on his floor, or an old banana peel sitting somewhere. It just looks too perfect.

  • jerardom-pel
    11/14/2016 - 09:54 a.m.

    The White house is decorated different for different presidents because each presidents has it own style and a different point of view they would like to see the white house.

  • anibelm-pel
    11/14/2016 - 10:00 a.m.

    They had different ways of wanting things. They liked having the house decorated where they can feel at home.

  • jakobm-pel
    11/14/2016 - 10:05 a.m.

    To accommodate to they way they feel so that they feel at home and in a comforting place.

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