PEOPLE reveals what the Obamas get for free, what they pay for and what the food is like in their new home

By People Staff
Updated January 22, 2009 03:45 PM

What will life really be like for the Obamas in their new house? PEOPLE went looking for answers – and found them, as is revealed in the latest cover story, on sale Friday.

For starters, the actual shade of the White House is “Whisper White,” from Sherwin-Williams.

Other factoids:
• Except for Uncle Sam-funded official dinners, all meal, drink and dry cleaning bills go to the First Family, to be taken out of the president’s $400,000 annual salary.

• Take-out food can be delivered, in addition to what’s available from the fully stocked White House kitchen.

• Yes, there are locks and keys but the president doesn’t unlock them. The Secret Service does.

To find out more, including what becomes of the old sheets and towels and how many people packed up the Bushes and unpacked the Obamas, pick up this week’s PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday