December 30th, 2008
07:03 PM ET
13 years ago

Obama family to move to DC this weekend, say aides

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="The Obamas are moving early in part so daughters Malia and Sasha, above, can start school on time."](CNN) - The Obama family is planning to move to Washington this weekend, say two transition officials. “They will stay at a Washington hotel through the 15th and then they will move into the Blair House,” said the first official.

President-elect Barack Obama and wife Michelle are coming to DC early in part to be there for the beginning of school for daughters Malia and Sasha, but will not specify which day that will be.

The officials also note that the President-elect will be in Washington to “continue work on an economic recovery plan.” Democratic officials have previously said they’re expecting the Obama team to get the economic recovery plan to the Hill the first week of January.

soundoff (141 Responses)
  1. Obama 2012

    To "Bradley Jenkins" I wonder what neigborhood you are infesting!!!

    December 30, 2008 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  2. Illinois teacher

    Actually, it was ungracious of the Obama's to expect to move into Blair House early, no matter what the reason. The date has always been the 15th. Some of you think Obama and his family are so special that everyone else should just accommodate THEM.

    The Bush's have shown incredible hospitality during the transition.
    One last thing: what will you Obamabots do when he is criticized and mocked for decisions like YOU trashed Bush? Turn around is fair play...or is it?

    December 30, 2008 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  3. Texas Trail Kitty

    God speed to the Obama family. We're glad to have you. And to all of you who aren't so happy about it, GET OVER IT. He is the next President of this great country. If this bothers you, get the heck out and go live in some other country, okay? We don't need you.

    December 30, 2008 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  4. Proud American

    On the serious side, It's my hope and prayer that all Americans regardless of party have a safe and Happy New Year. I hope we can come together as a country and unite as one. We have alot to look forward to in the coming year.

    December 30, 2008 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  5. Christian

    The Obama sheep sound like Jonestown members. You have no clue if hes good for this country or not. I dont either. He hasnt done anything and you people worship him like he was Jim Jones.

    December 30, 2008 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  6. elvera

    To all of you who continue to spew hate and lies against our President-elect Barack Obama, shut up and sit quietly in your caves, jail cells, mental institutions, etc. You belong to the McCain/Palin gang, stay there and do not crawl out! You must not participate in any intelligent discussions because you have no brains, decency or any common sense.

    December 30, 2008 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  7. mike

    This is a little absurd honestly. The location the Obamas were asking to stay in is inside the secret service envelope in the district which makes it among the very few places they really can stay.

    Certainly the Bush Administration can afford to host its last few parties somewhere that is mildly less convenient

    December 30, 2008 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  8. mama

    Bradley Jenkins, is that your way of telling us that you're moving to DC..?

    December 30, 2008 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  9. Just a few...

    more days before Mr Obama and his administration begin the real work. They have already been working hard, which is amazing to me ~ never saw such a thing from our leaders. I pray for the Obama family (lot of wacky, angry people out there) and the new administration, as well as all leaders (yes, even Republicans) of our country. I hope that ALL of them will find a way to lead this country out of the current "messes" we are in and do it with trust and good will. Okay, so I can is a new year...I am ready to start over and give everyone a fresh start, even the Obama haters who hang out on the "Ticker." 🙂

    THANK YOU Mr Obama for taking on these huge challenges.

    I wish the Obama Family and everyone else a wonderful and prosperous New Year.

    December 30, 2008 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  10. From the decider to messiah. Oh what a feeling when you're dancing on the ceiling

    Welcome Mr. President.

    December 30, 2008 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  11. Melissa

    And hopefully now his little girls will be allowed to go to school and live their lives in privacy. Mr. Obama and his wife may be public figures, but their children should be off-limits and should be allowed to have a childhood.

    December 30, 2008 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  12. Linda

    The Obama's should get Blair House when all President elects gets it.-and I understand that will be the 15th of January. I wonder what all of you "worshipers" of Obama are going to say when he can't "part the waters" that you seem to think that he can. He CANNOT be all things, to everyone, even though that is what he promised during his campaign.

    December 30, 2008 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  13. crazy

    Hey Danny, shut up you looser. You are stupid if you wanted Mccain and dummy Palin.

    December 30, 2008 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  14. dmjakers

    OBAMA did say that a President must be able to do more than one thing at a time (remember back when McCain tried to back out of the debate?).
    But this is ridiculous! He's running the transition, hiring a cabinet, White House staffers and an entire government, MOVING, and all this while on vacation!
    For most mere mortals, moving would be more than enough to totally stress someone out, but Superman is planning to move THREE times in THREE weeks. To DC, then to Blair House, then to the White House.
    Throw in Blagojevich, Cuba, Putin-Medvedev, Bin Laden, Iran, Gaza-Israel, and a power failure in Hawaii, and I have to wonder how he keeps his hair from falling out.

    December 30, 2008 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  15. Denise

    Those girls are darling. I hope their adjustment goes well

    December 30, 2008 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  16. KofTX

    All the best President-Elect Obama!

    December 30, 2008 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  17. jack

    He's the president elect. He has a secret service retinue that checks out ever location he goes to, and does the same for every member of his family. He can't book a room in a hotel like everyone else.

    Get real. This was beyond petty.

    December 30, 2008 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  18. roger in ga

    GOD speed to you Mr President Elect and to your family too. I am saddened that President went on vacation in September and let your plate pile high with problems. Take your time and do the best you can. I know the task before you are not easy so i will give you the time you need to resolve them. Let me know if you will need another 4 years and we will arrange that for you.

    December 30, 2008 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  19. Why Not

    To No Hillary = No Obama: Get Over It Already.
    No Obama = No Hillary – or haven't you read the news lately?

    Hillary is there to do the job of Sec. of State – the President Elect already looks like the work horse and he isn't even in office yet. It's time to come on board with the Democrat who won the nomination and the election. It's a sorry state of affairs if you think Barack Obama is not educated – please explain how you came to that conclusion.

    December 30, 2008 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  20. Proud American

    Has anyone thought about moving the Bush's to Blair house and the Obama's into the White House now. Let's face it, Bush has nothing to offer and is just wasting precious time. Move Now

    December 30, 2008 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  21. a little off the Blair house subject...

    Jail Bush, Cheney, Rove, Rumsfeld, Gonzalos, Powell, Rice, Ashcroft and the rest of his cabinet... Blago as well, he is equally as trustworthy

    December 30, 2008 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  22. Proud American

    Please be nice to Danny, he can't help it. The poor guy is retarded.

    December 30, 2008 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  23. Proud American

    Speechwriter what are you a Idiot?

    December 30, 2008 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  24. Gebeaux

    I am a huge fan and excited, but this is not a big deal. This was actually in the media on Dec 12. This is an old story. Tradition has the President Elect moving in to the Blair House on January 15 and that is when it will happen. Plans are already in place for other events. jan 20 will be here soon!

    December 30, 2008 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  25. clifford

    Proud American: On the "serious side"?? So,you don't really believe Obama is the messiah??

    December 30, 2008 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
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