Hotel will be Obamas’ first home in Washington

December 31, 2008

KAILUA, Hawaii – U.S. President-elect Barack Obama and his family will trade their plush Chicago home for a Washington hotel this weekend when they formally move to the capital.USA-OBAMA/
The Obamas are still vacationing on the Hawaiian island of Oahu but are due to return to Chicago on Thursday in preparation for the relocation to Washington. Obama’s daughters Malia, 10, and Sasha, 7, are set to start classes at Sidwell Friends school on Monday.
“They will stay at a Washington hotel through the 15th and then they will move into the Blair House,” a transition aide said, referring to the guest residence across Pennsylvania Avenue from the White House.
The Obamas had asked to move into Blair House two weeks before the traditional date of Jan. 15 because of their daughters’ Jan. 5 start at their new school, but the White House said this was not possible because of previously scheduled events.
Obama will formally move into the White House on Jan. 20, the day he is sworn in as the 44th president of the United States.
The transition aide said Obama would continue to work on his economic recovery plan to rescue the United States from deep recession in the days leading up to his inauguration.

Photo credit: Reuters/Hugh Gentry  U.S. President-elect Barack Obama with daughters Malia and Sasha in Hawaii, Dec. 30, 2008

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Why doesn’t President Bush just let him move directly into the White House early? Bush checked out a long time ago and isn’t doing a damned thing anyway in the wake of two wars and an economy in the tank. The sooner Bush leaves and Obama takes charge, the better for the country.

Posted by ron | Report as abusive

I dont like Bush, I don’t have any judgment on Obama becasue he hasn’t done anything except chant hope, change, and hope. After he is in office something different is gonna happen alright.

How can an individual have any trust or faith in government when the governemnt has no faith in itself?

But it seems that Obama is in cahoots with himself so perhaps a little faith can be restored, even if innefective, it will maybe make something better… maybe.

FFUSA (Freedom Fighters USA)

Posted by P!NG | Report as abusive

I was born in Washington DC, lived in Northern Va, 7 miles away all my life and think some of the antiquated policies of the incoming President need to be revamped.

The truth is the White House is small, and the Blair House used for “official visitors and friends of the sitting President is small also.

There is NO other place to put people aside from hotels. And that needs to be changed.

How would you like to start your job and move into a new House all on the same day. In this case we are not talking starting with Walmart or IBM, we are talking the leader of our land.

There should be some new rules on where an incoming President can reside if need be for 30 days prior to assuming the job and moving in the same 10 hours.

Congress will take 100 years to do this, but it needs to be done. Also January is usually our coldest month.

Does it make sense to have the new President, his family, friends, important lawmakers and citizens OUTSIDE in that weather a good part of the day.

This long winded swearing in ceremony could easily take place inside, and shown on TV

Our sainted lawmakers will not address it, they don’t get any perks, bribes, free trips, or bartering credits for passing a bill that is like this.

However, there definitely needs to be a complete overhaul of the whole “inaugeration” week and its actitivies and where we house the incoming President.

Too much time and money is wasted on the whole thing and this is ONE year we need to tighten the purse strings.

Obama should be put up at Blair House, I cannot imagine Bush needing any further “official” use of it.

Posted by Elizaabeth | Report as abusive

I agree that Bush should make space or allow the use of the Blair house so that Obama can start preparing for the task of leading this great nation of ours. Who ever had plan to use the Blair House needs to make other arrangements for the President-Elect. I am not going to point the pettiness of Republicans, but we need to think of rebuilding our nation and stop the partisan nonsense.

There is a lot of work to be done and the sooner that the House is in order the better.

Posted by Alfonso | Report as abusive

It is a long tradition and traditions count in this country. There is an orderly transition taking place and Obama is no different than any other incoming president before him.

It has nothing to do with politics or republicans or democrats. That is not the issue. If Bush had done this eight years ago, it would have been blamed on the republicans again, because everything is blamed on the republicans.

Leave the tradition alone, it does no one any harm.

I wish everyone would stop making exceptions to the rule for Obama. It is as though he is the first president to preside over this country.

Awefully big shoes to fill, I hope you are happy four years from now.

Posted by TC | Report as abusive

TC, everything blamed on Republicans? Come on now. Yes a lot of blame has fallen on Bush but guess what, he’s the guy in charge. The amazing thing is how he has been able to dodge the blame like it was a flying shoe. I will give you one point on the Blair house thing however. Blair house is booked because nobody anticipated that Obama would want to move to DC early and you are right that exceptions should not be made for Obama. As far as big shoes to fill, you set yourself up so easily for a shoe joke that out of mercy I’m not going to make one. However I would like to see a list of Bush’s accomplishments that you think constitutes the “big shoes” that Obama must fill and yes I dare say we will be even happier in four years than we are right now.

Posted by Eric H | Report as abusive