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. ANDY

    No. Not yours ! Should have made a reservation early .

    December 12, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  2. Old White Woman

    Dear Dumb White Guy,

    The Bush Doctrine is about pre-emptive/preventive self-defense in foreign affairs, not domestic affairs.

    You'll be OK. Just breathe.

    Old White Woman

    December 12, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  3. sihtam

    Bertha: I demand that you power down and step away from the computer IMMEDIATELY!!! I'm sure it is a violation of some law somewhere to have someone of your intelligence commenting to this post!!!!

    December 12, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  4. ralph

    I think that the people commenting about how Obama is being screwed out the use of the Blair House before January 15th would be better off to get their facts straight. He does not rate the use of Blair House before January 15th. End of discussion.
    You people may also be better served thinking about how Obama and/or some of his cronies are going to be implicated in the latest Chicago democratric scandal. Obama will probably skate but his buddy Raum Emanuel will likely take a hard fall.
    And its not even Inauguration Day yet.

    December 12, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  5. FreeNLovIt

    Oh Lord, this is blown out of proportion. Look, it is Bush's until Jan 20th. And on top of that, the ObamaBOTS arent that poor, so let's just let go of this subject. I think if I was PREZ i want to cherish every moment until the last day.

    December 12, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  6. Get over it

    There sure are a lot of ignorant Bush bashers on here that didn't read the article.

    December 12, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  7. Dutch and Amazed

    To all those negative, republican folks who are posting against Barack Obama, send him to the netherlands please, and we send the US Geert Wilders, and prime minister Balkenende too!

    December 12, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  8. A longtime Democrat

    There must be some lobbyists or Democratic Party Hacks that they could stay with.

    Nobody will put up Mr President Elect for a couple of days?

    Is it because he will stink their house up with his smoking?

    December 12, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  9. Arlene

    Okay folks, it IS available starting 5 days before the inauguration: Jan. 15. Until then it's available for the current President. Okay for Obama to ask, but Bush is not obligated to let him move in early. I'm a Democrat but please, let Bush have what he is entitled to until the end of his term.

    December 12, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  10. Chisom

    The Obama family will still move into the Blair House before White House, Its just that it would not be earlier than normal...My question is that WHY IS THIS NEWS???

    December 12, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  11. mb

    It will be okay, really. I am sure the Obama's will find a way to make it work and the girls will start in school on time.
    Just make the Bush administration look tacky, but what do you expect?

    Patience is the key here. The world is waiting for January 20,2009 at high noon.

    December 12, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  12. Malcom

    Denied! Sit down and shut up.

    December 12, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  13. Stephanie

    I'm curious as to who is paying for the "parties and gatherings" hosted by members of the administration that is making the house unavailable. Are the taxpayers paying for this?? Companies are laying off people by the thousands and companies that aren't are canceling all non-essentials – such as, holiday parties. I would think our government would do the same. And, if by chance, these are "farewell" parties for the administration, they have a lot of nerve. Are they throwing themselves a party for all the "great" work they've done!! Seriously! If so, it should be on their dime, not ours.

    December 12, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  14. arc, Lugano CH

    Jo December 12th, 2008 3:38 pm ET
    Leave the poor man alone and let him leave with what little dignity the American public has left him with!
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    An estimated Three Quarters of Million Iraqi civilians have died in the undeclared illegal occupation of their country.

    GWB is a War Criminal.

    December 12, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  15. Bob

    What does this idiot think he is God or King ??? Cant wait until they I M P E A C H him.

    December 12, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  16. ralph

    Michael of Houston,you are a bit confused. The worst failure of a US president moved out of the White House nearly 8 years ago. A convicted liar, lied under oath, rightfully impeached and should have been jailed. Oh yeah, and his pardons were dispicable. He gave all democrats and indeed the USA a major black eye.
    I am hopeful that Obama can do much better than criminal Carter, I mean Clinto . Its hard sometimes to tell the difference.

    December 12, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  17. God-like

    Worshipping anyman, or the creation, is called idolatry. Obama himself is a Christian, worshipping the Creator God, rather than any created beings. Who is perfect, any human beings, Washington, Lincoln, Reagan, Clinton, Carter, Bush, Cheney, McCain, Palin, Obama, Biden, Blagojevich, Alexander the Great, Confucius or Buddha, throughout the history of mankind??

    December 12, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  18. Spider

    How many times have the words arrogant and elitist been used to describe Barack Obama during this election cycle?

    The biggest examples of arrogance and elitism, however, are his supporters.

    Comments on these blogs have suggested that he should be given special privileges that no other President has ever had.

    He should be allowed to break from tradition and have Blair House early, or he should even be allowed to take over the Presidency early. He should be given line item veto.

    Some commenters have even suggested that this man is a gift directly from God.

    The man's supporter's attitudes are what generate the claims of elitism and arrogance.

    Or, maybe, it's because most of his supporters have never been involved in the politics of America before?

    December 12, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  19. bill

    Everyone start doing your daily exercises and knee bends to get in shape for the Messiah when he takes office. You will be doing a lot of bowing to the Great One after January 20th.

    December 12, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  20. AV Dave

    Will the next story be, "Obama told by White House staffers that he can't use restroom?" Then the rest of the story says that somebody else was already in the bathroom and they were directed to another bathroom. I can only guess where folks would go with THAT one.

    December 12, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  21. Keona

    I understand that this isn't really a big issue. The Blair house was already booked, and I'm hoping that if there were any way to accomodate the Obama's a few days earlier so that the girls could start school on time, that those efforts would have already been made.
    But to those people sugguesting that Obama and his family live at a hotel before moving to the Blair house, you have to think about what secret service would say about this. Their job is to protect the family, and it would be really hard to do that at a hotel where hundreds or thousands of other people are staying. If this were the only option available to them, then I'm sure secret service would work with these conditions. But moving in early to the Blair house would have been the ideal living arrangement for security purposes. Not to mention the fact that if they were to stay in a hotel, the girls would have to move from home, to the hotel, to the blair house, and then to the White House, which is really inconvenient for both the family and secret service.

    December 12, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  22. Carla4Obama

    That is something else The President of the United States of America can not get a room?????? Something is not right about this and people always wonder why we use "race" as a factor this would be one of those times! It really pisses me off!

    December 12, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  23. BBidaho

    Cheney became President by lobotomizing GW

    December 12, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  24. might as well slap them in the face

    good bye Bush, what a nightmare your presidency has been

    December 12, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  25. POTUS

    This is just a typical attempt by CNN to put a negative spin on a very simple and straight forward news story. The headline starts the spin by creating a gravitational pull towards a possible bias. the rest of the article merely twists the already off center headline to make it sound as if some injustice has been done to the Obama family.

    December 12, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
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