The Biden White House is living luxuriously on the taxpayers dime, as records obtained by the Washington Free Beacon show that the top budgetary office overpaid for a bland beige area rug.
The Biden administration reportedly bought an unbelievably hideous/boring rug for almost $3,000 of your tax money. Apparently, the White House doesn’t care how much of the taxpayers’ money they spend, and they don’t even bother to shop around before purchasing something. Plus, they have really bad taste in rugs.
The Washington Free Beacon reports:
The Office of Management and Budget spent $2,735 in October for the order and delivery of the 12′ by 9′ rug, the government documents show. The custom Bora Bora rug in the chosen color of “Starfish” was sold to the agency for $1,972, with additional costs attributed to freight, delivery, and padding.
A Washington Free Beacon investigation found that the White House budget office likely got ripped off, and could have purchased an identical rug for far less than what it paid. The Bora Bora rug is manufactured by Fabrica and cut into custom sizes by retailers. New York-based carpet retailer Kanter’s Carpet & Design Center told the Free Beacon it charges just $1,600 to custom-build a 12′ by 9′ Bora Bora rug, a price the company said includes binding, pads, and local delivery.
Other carpet sales companies contacted by the Free Beacon placed the price of the Bora Bora carpet between $10 to $13 per square foot. This would equate to roughly $1,000 to $1,400 for the 12′ by 9′ size.
The Office of Management and Budget did not respond to a request for comment on the price of the beige rug. Price Modern, the furniture company that sold the rug to the agency, confirmed the sale to the Free Beacon but did not specify how the price was determined.
This Bora Bora rug is supposedly priced as a ‘top of the line’ product in the rug industry.
It is measured as a 12′ by 9′ rug, according to the floor guide website Carpet Captain, and it usually costs somewhere between $100 to $1,000. Even at high-end furniture stores like West Elm, the most expensive 12′ by 9′ rug available sells for $1,725, which is hundreds of dollars less than the Biden White House paid for the Bora Bora rug.
This purchase is just the latest exorbitant furniture purchase by the Biden administration.
The Washington Free Beacon reported in January of 2022 that the Office of the Director of National Intelligence spent $12,134 on just four office chairs.
In October of 2021, the Washington Free Beacon reported that Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack bought a boring pair of drapes for his office for $2,000.
It also appears that Joe Biden is following the lead of the Obama administration, as the State Department under Obama spent approximately $52,000 on curtains for the Manhattan residence of the ambassador to the United Nations.