The Presidency: The $50 Million Face-Lift

The $50 Million Face-Lift

George Bush's White House will be a little gray when he gets there. The thick paint has been dissolved and washed away, and bare sandstone walls are visible for the first time since 1817. But that will be a minor inconvenience for the new occupant of the grandest working home in the U.S. "It has never been in better shape," says Chief Usher Gary Walters, whose staff of 93 chases the dust tracked in by a million and a half tourists a year. The thought is echoed by curator Rex Scouten, who presides over the 38,000 pieces of art, furniture and...

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