January 1st, 2009
05:25 PM ET
6 years ago

Obamas checking into hotel steeped in D.C. history

The Obama family will check into the historic Hay-Adams hotel in Washington this weekend.
The Obama family will check into the historic Hay-Adams hotel in Washington this weekend.

(CNN) - The hotel that will be home to President-elect Barack Obama and his family for the next couple of weeks offers one of Washington's best views of their future home, the White House, and a past linked with political movers and shakers.

The Obamas will be moving into the Hay-Adams hotel this weekend, aides say. They're doing this in part so that the family's daughters, Sasha and Malia, can begin school when classes reconvene after winter break.

They had hoped to move into nearby Blair House, which president-elects traditionally occupy five days before moving into the White House, early. But the Bush administration said the house, which is used as a guest house for visiting dignitaries, already had events scheduled there and guests who could not be displaced.

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  1. Sam

    Oh Way is this being revealed. Shame on the Media.....

    January 1, 2009 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  2. Proud American

    This laughable, I see no reason why they can't move into the White House now. It's not like the Idiot who lives there now need it. What is he doing? NOTHING I would drive the U-haul truck and move the Idiot myself.

    January 1, 2009 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |

    It is better to be across the street from the White House rather than next door to it.

    It has not been fumigated yet.

    January 1, 2009 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  4. carol

    I wish the Obama family a very Happy New Year and hope they enjoy their stay in this hotel......so looking foward to having them as our new First Family.

    January 1, 2009 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  5. Meka

    It's understandable that the Blair House, "Booked-Up" for months . . . A lot of "Thanking" is in order!

    January 1, 2009 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  6. Patty Pal

    Need help?

    January 1, 2009 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  7. Donna

    I really don't understand comments like the one above and I am a big Obama fan. I know George Bush made decisions that have cost much and may never have really been fit for the office, but calling him an idiot is just mean. I am not chastising the previous poster only saying we can do better than that.

    January 1, 2009 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  8. Sylvia

    I think the Bush Administration is being mean-spirited. The Blair house is supposed to be used by the President so if he and his family are not using it, who is more important than the President-elect and his family? As a taxpayer I would like to know.

    January 1, 2009 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  9. can't move in yet

    Bush hasn't pardoned Manson

    January 1, 2009 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  10. Joyce

    I would be interested in knowing who the guests are that prevent the Obamas from moving into Blair House. Are they really important or country cousins of some political figure?

    January 1, 2009 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  11. Irving, TX - Loves President Obama

    I am sure the Obama's just want to make sure their kids are ready for the new school. Remember this is temporary....

    January 1, 2009 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  12. long islander

    i think they should have displaced the guest I think Bush is being very rude good riddens to him

    January 1, 2009 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  13. Armet

    This actually upsets me. How many of the last President Elects have stayed in the Blair House. Didn't the Bush Administration know that the election was this year? Why didn't they find other accomodations for dignitaries to accomodate our incoming President? This is a slap in the face. I can not wait to this administration to get out of D.C. We are so over him.

    January 1, 2009 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  14. Cigaal4biden

    If we allow Bush to stay, he may demand to stay power after jan 20. The way Blair want before they kick him out.

    January 1, 2009 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  15. Sherrol in Canada

    The guests at Blair House must be mighty important....Yeah, right!

    January 1, 2009 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  16. John

    "But the Bush administration said the house, which is used as a guest house for visiting dignitaries, already had events scheduled there and guests who could not be displaced."

    Who on earth could have possibly anticipated that there'd be a president-elect who needed the house on these dates? Yet another example of how Bush has been tortured by events that he couldn't possibly predict ;-)

    January 1, 2009 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  17. once upon a horse

    19 days and counting

    January 1, 2009 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  18. Proud American

    BUSH BEGONE AND NOW 75% OF AMERICA AGREES, FINALLY! Well Said, I couldn't have said it better myself. Happy New Year!!!

    January 1, 2009 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  19. Sherrol in Canada

    This comment pertains to another topic in the Ticker, but I missed the window to post..........'Celebs give bis bucks to Obama inauguration'

    What's the big deal folks? These guys can afford it and they do have the right to do what they want with THEIR money. It may seem alot to many, but to someone that make the kind of money they do, it's simply pocket change.

    You need to put things into perspective – the more we earn is the more we spend, and then some. I bet $50, 000 to these folks is like $50 to someone making $50,000 a year.

    As per Chris Rock – "don't hate the player, hate the game".

    Happy New Year!!!

    January 1, 2009 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  20. Yours Truly

    You do not understand that it takes time to move out all those comic books.

    January 1, 2009 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  21. mlw

    Leave the idiot alone. At least he gave me some good laughs with his dancing. That's about all i will miss him for.

    January 1, 2009 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  22. Carole

    Bush Senior is in the residence that a President Elect normally stays in prior to inaugaration.

    Makes me wonder if President Obama were in office now and Dubya wanted that residence would they make his dadda move out? You BETCHA, wink wink.

    January 1, 2009 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  23. John G

    Ok great. Barack Obama is living in a hotel.

    Hey CNN don't forget to let us know what the Obama's order from room service and how much time Barack spends in the hotel gym everyday-it's news it really is.

    January 1, 2009 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  24. ED. Adjapong

    They should consider this a vacation before moving into the big house. Let the Bush's finish their last enjoyment.

    January 1, 2009 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  25. Bombino

    I think George Bush needs to get out earlier than the scheduled Jan 20th. He si now a distraction. He spend his 8 years thanks to the American people. Let's see what history has for the bushes. Thanks.

    January 1, 2009 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
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