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The Obamas Are Moving in to Washington This Weekend!

After a trip to Hawaii for his late grandmother's memorial, President-elect Obama and his family are moving to Washington this weekend ahead of schedule. The inauguration isn't until Jan. 20, but Malia and Sasha begin classes at the Sidwell Friends School on Monday and Obama reportedly wants to start working.

Obama's transition team hoped the family would be able to move into Blair House, the government guest house across the street from the White House, but the Bush administration claimed it's booked until Jan. 15. The Obamas reportedly found space at the fancy Hay-Adams hotel, and will stay there until they are able to move into their new abode.


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For a closer look at the Obamas temporary home (it sure is snazzy!),

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Source and photos courtesy of Hay-Adams

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Frank-y-Ava Frank-y-Ava 7 years
Um CG I read the news actually. They asked a favor and Bush said no. Ok then move on.
stephley stephley 7 years
Blair House is not a party facility: it is the official government guest house - there are no international leaders visiting Washington, nor have there been - Bush has been in Crawford, not in DC to deal with anyone. They've booked it for parties and can't accomodate the incoming President of the U.S. - that's nonsense and if Clinton had tried that on Bush, the Republicans would have declared war.
stephley stephley 7 years
Blair House is not a party facility: it is the official government guest house - there are no international leaders visiting Washington, nor have there been - Bush has been in Crawford, not in DC to deal with anyone.They've booked it for parties and can't accomodate the incoming President of the U.S. - that's nonsense and if Clinton had tried that on Bush, the Republicans would have declared war.
kastarte2 kastarte2 7 years
Doesn't sound like either party was unreasonable to me. :shrug:
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 7 years
kastarte, it was already booked at the time, and Obama was early on his request. Its not a horrible thing to ask, but alot of people were up in arms about it, saying that Bush was just being unreasonable.
kastarte2 kastarte2 7 years
They only asked so the girls could start school on time. How is that such a horrible thing since it is the place that president elects usually stay before Inauguration Day?
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 7 years
Franky Ava, he asked to move into the Blair house early, but there were already guests there so Bush said No. read the news. "The Obamas were told that Blair House, where incoming presidents usually stay in the five days before Inauguration Day, is booked in early January, a spokesperson to the Obama transition said. “We explored the idea so that the girls could start school on schedule,’ the spokesperson said. “But, there were previously scheduled events and guests that couldn’t be displaced.”- Wonkette.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 7 years
Franky Ava, he asked to move into the Blair house early, but there were already guests there so Bush said No. read the news. "The Obamas were told that Blair House, where incoming presidents usually stay in the five days before Inauguration Day, is booked in early January, a spokesperson to the Obama transition said. “We explored the idea so that the girls could start school on schedule,’ the spokesperson said. “But, there were previously scheduled events and guests that couldn’t be displaced.”- Wonkette.
Frank-y-Ava Frank-y-Ava 7 years
And wtf CG, why would Obama ask the Bushes to leave early?
Frank-y-Ava Frank-y-Ava 7 years
OMG Hainan why does ur hate 4 run so deep? A lot of politicians use that hotel when they are in Washington and the Obamas had to consider security.
stephley stephley 7 years
They didn't ask Bush to leave early, though obviously since Bush has been in Crawford so long it could have worked for all of us... The Obamas asked if they could move to Blair House early - it is a government facility that a President elect stays in just before the inauguration. Any President-elect has security concerns Hain, Obama has had more threats than most so keeping him secure requires that he stay in a place that can handle a Presidential security detail. Most Motel 6's don't do that.
stephley stephley 7 years
They didn't ask Bush to leave early, though obviously since Bush has been in Crawford so long it could have worked for all of us...The Obamas asked if they could move to Blair House early - it is a government facility that a President elect stays in just before the inauguration. Any President-elect has security concerns Hain, Obama has had more threats than most so keeping him secure requires that he stay in a place that can handle a Presidential security detail. Most Motel 6's don't do that.
StolzeMama StolzeMama 7 years
CG me too!
StolzeMama StolzeMama 7 years
CG me too!
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 7 years
well he wanted the Bushes to leave early, because they had to leave chicago for the girls to start school, i am at least glad that didnt happen!
StolzeMama StolzeMama 7 years
"It only has one bedroom so it is likely the Obamas have rented more than one suite for the next two weeks."
StolzeMama StolzeMama 7 years
I stand corrected "The Hay Adams penthouse presidential suite usually goes for between $2,500 and $5,000 per night according to CBS News. "
StolzeMama StolzeMama 7 years
And how much does that hotel cost a night? I mean if Obama is saying he is for the plight of the low income, shouldn't he give some of that money to them instead of staying in one of the most expensive hotels in DC? I mean it cost $3200/day
StolzeMama StolzeMama 7 years
And how much does that hotel cost a night? I mean if Obama is saying he is for the plight of the low income, shouldn't he give some of that money to them instead of staying in one of the most expensive hotels in DC? I mean it cost $3200/day
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 7 years
always look on the bright side of life (whistles) ...unless it has to do with something I disagree with.....
stephley stephley 7 years
We'll be disappointed once in a while - but it won't be anything like the utter despair and disgust that many of us have felt the past eight years.
StolzeMama StolzeMama 7 years
"and a new president, whomever it may be, is always pretty exciting, IMO. So, yeah, maybe an exclamation point is necessary for the event." He's not president yet, he just moved to a hotel. What is exciting about that? Should we put an exclamation at the end of "Obama's carivan just pulled over at the Wendy's to use the restroom!!!" And I don't think the exclamation would be there regardless of who is president. Anything Obama related gets this site all in a tizzy. It totally cracks me up. I could understand an exclamation point at the end of "Obama is officially sworn in!" yeah, but come on now.
StolzeMama StolzeMama 7 years
"and a new president, whomever it may be, is always pretty exciting, IMO. So, yeah, maybe an exclamation point is necessary for the event." He's not president yet, he just moved to a hotel. What is exciting about that? Should we put an exclamation at the end of "Obama's carivan just pulled over at the Wendy's to use the restroom!!!" And I don't think the exclamation would be there regardless of who is president. Anything Obama related gets this site all in a tizzy. It totally cracks me up. I could understand an exclamation point at the end of "Obama is officially sworn in!" yeah, but come on now.
organicsugr organicsugr 7 years
You're going to be disappointed.
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 7 years
I agree em, I think the exclamation point would be there regardless of who had been elected.
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