I promise that this will be my last post about Trump today. Little did I know when I chose today’s One-Word Challenge, “ostentatious,” that I would be spending much of the day ranting about that unfit, incompetent moron who occupies the White House. But, as they say, if the shoe fits….
To be ostentatious means to be characterized by a vulgar or pretentious display designed to impress or attract notice. Donald Trump is the epitome of ostentatious.
Before he was elected president, Trump’s luxurious primary residence in New York City spanned the three top floors of Manhattan’s Trump Tower. The penthouse is decorated with marble, diamonds, murals painted on the ceilings, crystal chandeliers, and basically anything that can be made out of or plated with 24-karat gold. The baroque décor was inspired by Louis XIV.
Now that he’s president, he’s enjoying the most ostentatious lifestyle of any president in U.S. history. Even the richest presidents of the past, including John F. Kennedy and Franklin D. Roosevelt, had a sense of limits in showing off their wealth.
But not Donald Trump. He loves to display his gilded lifestyle and his (alleged) vast fortune. In true Donald Trump fashion, he racked up a $1.75 million bill for renovating the White House, which he once called “a dump,” to suit his opulent tastes.
The General Services Administration (GSA) showed that the president’s office spent that amount on furniture, rugs, wallpaper and other furnishings in his quest to renovate the 55,000-square-foot mansion and surrounding buildings. He even purchased a custom conference table made for President Richard Nixon in 1969.
I just don’t know.