Wednesday, February 4, 2009

The Thermostat Setting In The Oval Office - After Obama

Obama Getting Heat for Turning Up the Oval Office Thermostat

Now fear not, my Progressive-Fundamentalist friends. I scanned the article from Fox News for more direct sources to cooberate this story and there were no direct references to them. This would be, for example, a memo to the White House maintenance staff to keep the thermostat stet to 72 degrees.

I thought that it was important to at least document this story so that we can keep an eye on our President. It will be interesting to see if he morphs into Jimmy Carter as some expect.

President Obama lectured voters during the campaign about the need to make sacrifices for the environment. But now it's warm and toasty in the White House -- so much so that aides have likened it to a tropical hot house -- and Obama is under fire for turning up the heat.

Obama made climate change a staple of his stump speech last year, calling on Americans to lower their energy use and set a model for the rest of the world in combating climate change.

During a campaign event in Oregon in May, Obama said we have to "lead by example." "We can't drive our SUVs and eat as much as we want and keep our homes on 72 degrees at all times," he said.

"That's not leadership. That's not going to happen."

But for the first few weeks of his presidency, that's precisely what has happened in the White House.

On the first day of his presidency, Obama allowed staffers to venture into the Oval Office without wearing coat and tie, which had been obligatory under President Bush. Fashion observers called it a new age of business casual at the White House.

Obama's aides had a simpler explanation. Though he's spent more than 20 years in Chicago, the president was born in Hawaii. And so he "likes it warm" in the Oval Office, said Chief of Staff David Axelrod. "You could grow orchids in there," he told the New York Times.

But while it's perpetual summer in the Oval Office, the rest of the country has been trudging through a tough winter. Ice storms have cut power to millions in the Midwest and South.

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