December 12th, 2008
02:10 PM ET
5 years ago

Early Blair House check-in for Obamas unavailable

The Obamas had been hoping for an early Blair House check-in.
The Obamas had been hoping for an early Blair House check-in.

CHICAGO (CNN) – President-elect Barack Obama will not be moving his family across the street from the White House early, despite his request to do so. Blair House, which incoming presidents traditionally occupy 5 days before inauguration day on January 15, is apparently booked in the early part of January.

An Obama transition spokesperson says the family initially "explored the idea" of moving into Blair House early so that daughters Sasha and Malia could start school on schedule. But the family was told there were previously-scheduled events and guests that could not be displaced.

"The Blair House, the President's guest house for visiting dignitaries, is available to President-elect Obama and his family starting January 15, as is historically the case," said Sally McDonough, spokeswoman for First Lady Laura Bush.

"As for any conversation, I don't comment on specific conversations about transition details."

The Obama transition spokesperson emphasized the White House has been "extremely accommodating" to the Obama family, adding that the entire process has been "smooth and friendly."


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soundoff (1,230 Responses)
  1. Liberal Fin Los Angeles, CA

    By the way, this is not news worthy.

    December 12, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  2. Confused in SLC

    Wow – slow day, CNN? If you don't have anything to report, maybe you shouldn't report anything at all...

    December 12, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  3. Wes

    The Obama's have millions of dollars – they can probably afford a hotel up until the 15th.

    December 12, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  4. HOOAAH

    The media is HOT on the trail of any appearance of conflict between the incoming and outgoing administrations... simply ground-breaking coverage.... expect pulitzers soon

    December 12, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  5. Chi Town

    Now my Christmas is ruined... oh those poor, poor people.
    Is there a place I can make a donation to help these homeless courageous folks... oh the misery of it all... I just can't go on!

    December 12, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  6. Michigan Independent

    Jo You need to read the article again too...it states that the Obama's were looking into moving sooner so their daughters could start school at the end of the holiday break....not freebies...

    December 12, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  7. Hope for the future

    Good grief, what's the big deal? It never hurts to ask. He asked, they said no. End of story.

    December 12, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  8. denise

    I have just recieved word that WND has a commercial about OB on his birth certificate. I would like to ask you to please run it so that the american people can see and judge for themselfs. Not running it seems would be un american thing to do, when it comes to our constitution there should be no boundary to big or to small to tackle.

    December 12, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  9. Greg Pottstown, Pa.

    Articles that are about have 7 -30 posts. This article about crap that don't mater to anyone, 143 posts. This tells me that a large group of Obama supporters are running for the hills.
    PS. Read the article before you post or you look like a moron.

    December 12, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  10. Denise from Baltimore

    It always amazes me how the media makes something out of nothing. I'm sure the Obamas do not have a problem with their request being turned down. I'm also sure that they are exploring other options. Nothing here folks...so keep moving!

    December 12, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  11. arc, Interlaken CH

    Okay. I'm not a grandfather, but Duran Duran was cool when I could really move on the dance floor (laughter is prohibited).

    But in the posts people keep calling each other 'haters'....

    What is a 'hater'????

    December 12, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  12. Gemini8

    Doesn't Obama have a place in the DC area from his senatorial days?

    Not a big deal folks, move on!

    December 12, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  13. kate

    dumb white guy!! .. thanks!!

    December 12, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  14. James

    Obama can stay at the IL Governers house vacated by his good pal Blago, I am sure that Rahm Emanuel (who happens to be the former Campaign Finance Manger for Blago) can work "something out" Remeber in Chicago "ya dont get somethin for nothin!"

    December 12, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  15. average

    Why should he be allowed to have the house at our expense a month early. Jan 15 is when it is offered and that is that

    December 12, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  16. Mikey

    OMG, Who is anyone to tell the Obama's that they CAN NOT move in there when they want to. Bless their hearts.

    It's ppl like you, Ernie, that really make me sick. Rules are rules. Your just like General Patton's Dog that lashes out on some ppl. Seems to me that other guests were scheduled there before Obama. He isn't the Prez. yet. So he's got to wait until the 15th to get into the Blair house.

    December 12, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  17. petena

    Well if theBlair House is not available, maybe Bush has a couple of rooms to spare and let the Obamas be their guests until the official "move -in" date. Now wouldn't that be hysterical.

    December 12, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  18. Denise Bolin

    Can't wait for you to get started Obama!!

    December 12, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  19. Anna

    My gosh Jo, (second from the top). Where have you lived for the past 8 years. "Leave the poor man alone and let him leave with what little dignity the American public has left him with!"????????? There is no dignity in the White House these days. Your fearless leader and all his cronies saw to that. The man should pack his bags and steal away under the dark of night. Too bad the moon is full these days.

    December 12, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  20. shawn

    Jo,

    You were going along well until you started with the ignorant comments. Now if YOU read the article, they requested the house so their children could start school on time (if you have any kids, I'm sure you could identify with the request). The house was taken...no big deal. So I don't know where you get the "handout" statement from. If you don't ask you don't get. So I'm asking you to "get a life".

    December 12, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  21. Ivan Sanchez

    If it's traditional for elected presidents to reside at the blair's House and it booked now.....Something is very wrong. It's neither a Bush move or perhaps the color doesn't blend in with the house!!!!!

    December 12, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  22. c

    There should be no "thought" to moving onto the White House grounds until Obama is actually president. Everyone else has to make adjustments re their children and employment - no exceptions.

    December 12, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  23. denise

    CNN i believe your ratings are down and will stay down until you stop being biased on what you report. OB is not my president and never will be. You can say whatever you want about President Bush, however he has kept Americans safe from another 9/11. This so called OB has done nothing good for this country no body knows his real agenda and Biden already said they are going to test this guy, well they know and everybody else knows, when we get attacked agian OB will do nothing. You got that people the great OB will do nothing. so the american people who die in the next go around will die in vain, congradualtions to a whole lot of stupid people in this country who think ob is going to give them something, and that something is a big deficit and a whole lot more taxes to come.

    December 12, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  24. Dan, TX

    Democrats and republicans can finally agree, there is no controversy here. No one was upset in the least. Obama is not inconvenienced, he just asked if it was available before the 15th and it's not. Who would be upset by that? No one. Bush has been very good in the transition and Bush and Obama have done a great job of working together. I see Democrat and Republican LOVE for each other in the air.

    We understand the philosophy of the two parties, and the reason there are the two parties is that both have philosophical pluses and minuses. If we only had republicans – we'd be in a mess like this. If we only had democrats we'd be in a different mess. We need compromise and common sense. That is why Obama is going to be so good. He's not about democrat or republican, he's about solving problems. Right now the problems need more democratic oriented solutions. BUSINESS needs democratic party solutions. Not republican laissez-faire.

    December 12, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  25. GuyInVA

    Jim Hall, all of the Bush haters need to realize that he is not prohibited from resigning the presidency any time he desires. However, President-elect Obama cannot take office until noon on January 20. If Bush resigns, you get President Cheney. If he decides to go too, it's President Pelosi. No matter how far to the left one may be, that cannot possibly be considered a good idea. I will admit that this statement comes from someone somewhere to the right of Ronald Reagan. All that being said, why is this a story? Tradition apparently says Blair House is available on January 15. Nothing arrogant or presumptuous about Obama asking for early occupancy. Demanding it? Yes. But the article doesn't say that. To quote Linda Richmond, "No big whoop."

    December 12, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
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