Early move to Washington for Obama’s wife, daughters

January 3, 2009

1CHICAGO – Barack Obama moves to Washington on Sunday — 16 days before he is sworn in as the 44th president of the United States.

But his wife Michelle and daughters Sasha and Malia will beat him to their new home city.

The three are traveling on Saturday to settle in at the luxury Hay Adams Hotel until moving into Blair House, the guest residence across Pennsylvania from the White House, on Jan. 15. They take up residence in the White House on Jan. 20, the day Obama is sworn is as president.

The early move will allow them to get settled without the glare of the media spotlight that will be on Obama as he travels to Washington on Sunday, aides said.

Malia, 10, and Sasha, 7, start classes at their new school — Sidwell Friends — on Monday morning. The Obamas, who are fiercely protective of their children and who have limited their media exposure, have said they would try to give their daughters as normal as a childhood as possible even while they are living at the White House.

 – Photo credit: Reuters/Hugh Gentry (The Obamas board plane Jan. 1)

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Here’s why no Blair House —


When counting the electoral votes, either Congress finds by 1/8/09 that Obama, not being an Article II “natural born citizen”, fails to qualify as President whereupon Biden becomes the full fledged President under 3 USC 19 (free to pick his own VP such as Hillary) or thereafter defers to the Supreme Court to enjoin Obama’s inauguration with Biden becoming only Acting President under the 20th Amendment until a new President is duly determined.

The preferable choice, at least for the Democrats, should seem obvious.

Posted by Ted | Report as abusive


The Electoral College did not elect Obama all by themselves, the people of America did. It’s called the Popular Vote and was also won (by a wide margin) by Obama.

I hope you come to terms with this brave, new, open-minded world the rest of us are living in.

Posted by Kat | Report as abusive

Popular vote totals:


Bush 62,028,285 Kerry 59,028,109


Obama 66,882,230 McCain 58,343,671

The totals show the country is not clearly with Obama and the change he brings. Electorally it was a landslide, but the popular vote shows he doesn’t not have the an overwhelming mandate for the type of change he brings. He was never forced to define what that change was. We are about to find out though.

Posted by TC | Report as abusive

TC – Your figure aren’t backing up, they show that Obama got over 4million votes more then Bush and the gap in popular votes is well over 8 million, compared to the 3 million between Bush and Kerry. Stark figures especcially when you factor in the fact that compared to the 2000 race, Bush clearly won that one.
Using your figures I’d say that if not a landslide, a clear win.
Ted – Obama was born on American soil in Hawaii to an American citisen. How is he not a natural born citisen himself.

Posted by IB | Report as abusive

It appears that election results vary depending on the source.
Here’s what I found.
2008 Obama 69,456,897 McCain 59,934,814
2004 Bush 62,040,610 Kerry 59,028,444
2000 Bush 50,456,002 Gore 50,999,897
I think it’s time for the electoral college to go and the election should be decided by the popular vote. Then you righties wouldn’t have to worry about Obama because Al Gore would have won in 2000 and we would looking at a totally different political landscape.
IB, where do you get the fact that Bush “clearly won” in 2000? He lost the popular vote and if recounts had been allowed to continue he would have lost the electoral vote as well. Instead Bush was appointed President by the Supreme Court.

Posted by Eric H | Report as abusive

Ted, do really think that someone can rise through the ranks of either party, become a Senator, get nominated for president and win the election without being vetted enough to know wether he/she is a US citizen? Really now, why don’t you just go back to the “pallin’ around with terrorist” line? Or the socialist red herring that the right was using during the election? I’ll include the definition of red herring for you, clearly I was talking about the second one listed.

red herring
1 a dried smoked herring, which is turned red by the smoke.
2 something, esp. a clue, that is or is intended to be misleading or distracting

The election is over, Obama won, get used to it.

Posted by Eric H | Report as abusive

Unfortunately, if TED hasn’t gotten over the election by now (a whole 2 months later), I doubt well wishes by you guys would do it. Some people are just willing to ignore facts and hold on to what they want to believe.

BTW, has any one of you actually read the legal suit that was thrown out about challenging Obama’s citizenrship? The idiot suit actually names wikipedia.org as a reference! Yes, there are reasons why the citizenship out, and it had nothing to do with conspiracy, it was due to the suit being a stupid suit.

Posted by Mitch T | Report as abusive

Everyone had their say. You voted, I voted. It’s over. He’s the next president of the United States and you aren’t going to change that by clinging to a technicality that has no merit.

Doesn’t matter if he won by one vote or eight million. He still won. He’s my next president, and whether you agree with his changes or not, he’s YOUR next president.

Posted by Mack Michaels | Report as abusive