In the news dead zone between Christmas and New Years, it’s stuff like this that keeps us going.
In what might be the most random slightly automotive-related thing to ever pop up in our inboxes, a pair of chairs from U.S. President Barack Obama’s campaign motorcade are up for auction. The two chairs were personally used by the President during the 2008 presidential campaign and are expected to be sold for upwards of $6,000. The two chairs are embroidered with Obama’s campaign logo, are pillow cushioned, and set on circular wooden swivel bases.
“Obama’s world essentially revolved around these two chairs,” says a letter from Premiere Transportation, the company that rented the motorcade vehicles to the Obama Campaign. “They were situated in the middle of the bus, side-by-side, along the right-hand wall. Barack Obama always sat in the chair that was closer to the back. The second chair — was usually filled by a top advisor, campaign surrogate, Senator Joe Biden, or Michelle Obama on the few occasions when she travelled on the bus with us.”
The letter goes on to say that President Obama conducted major campaign business from these chairs, and even took naps in them from time to time.
The auction will be conducted by Boston-based RR Auctions. They began on Dec. 16 and will wrap up on Jan. 11, 2017.