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

Obamas checking into hotel steeped in D.C. history

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/POLITICS/01/01/obamas.hotel.dc/art.hay.adams.one.gi.jpg caption="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. Jacky

    To William A. Schaedler from St. Louis ..." the eventual destruction of the United States as you know it."

    You mean Obama is going to destroy Bush's work - this horrific economy, being despised around the world, his disbelief in SCIENCE?
    Ok... bring it on. Maybe we'll go back to those horrible Clinton days when everyone was employed, rich, and making money. Yeah, that would be just horrible.

    January 1, 2009 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  2. Canaman

    I wonder why some people on this comment board are still so bitter about their incoming President Obama. He is planning on staying at the hotel so that his kids would go to school, NOT the Blair House. Comments like: "'Oh, he should wait his turn", "Pres Bush can do anything he wants to the Blair House", etc are rationally unnecessary. Obama doesn't attempt to jump his turn NOR fight to stay at the Blair House. Although, he asked the present White House whether the place could be available and it wasn't. Rationally thinking people are not making any big deal out of that negotiation.

    If the "baseless hate" that is apparent on this board is so common in America, then the country is in a big trouble. Some fellows are incredibly shallow, and it's sad.


    January 1, 2009 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  3. obama

    Republicans, you have lost – just accept it and move on

    January 1, 2009 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  4. Jarolalo

    Why is Obama's moving anywhere prior to January 15 a topic or an issue? He can go wherever he wants to, I think. The Blair House will be available at the traditional time, and its availability is no reflection whatsoever on George W. Bush. I hope the Obamas understand this, and I believe they do. Where they go now is much ado about nothing and not a national concern. They can work out their family situation.

    Complainers from the military are a far greater issue because anyone in the military has volunteered to be there, a choice with excellent benefits. The United States has no draft.

    January 1, 2009 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  5. PJP in OK

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

    Well, bub, I think is is less than 75% and even if it isn't, there is 25% of us that is still here and we don't plan on going anywhere!!! We will keep ours eyes and ears open! I pray Obama does good but that is what it is going to take, prayer for him.

    January 1, 2009 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  6. Proud American

    GuyInVA Your a bigger Idiot than the one who's currently in the White House. Bush is totally useless and standing in the way of progress. Put your helmet on and go to bed. Idiot.

    January 1, 2009 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  7. Proud American

    Can't Bush get social security for the remaining 3 weeks of his admin. He shouldn't have any problems qualifying being retarded an all. Or, he could use sick leave, the brain cells in his head have dried up.

    January 1, 2009 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  8. bushisuseless


    I feel your pain and of the other military families American soldiers in reality have a thankless job . They are only good when they are strong but when they get maimed and seriously hurt in this godforsaken useless war in Iraq. They rendered them useless by this administration they got poor treatment in a rat infested hospital and
    most of this war veterans ended up homeless. I'm wondering since they can't fill up the quota of new recruits. and they can't imposed the draft. They might have deliberately sabotage the economy. So people who lost their job and those who can't find any job at all, and those newly high school graduates who can't get to college have no recourse but to enlist. So this poor people can protect the rich republican their friends interest and their wasteful lifestyle.
    As for the Blair house 'What foreign dignitaries. For all we know They might be moving Bush 's cradle, pampers children book, bongs, and Laura's Dominatrix outfit in that house. They can't send it to their new house yet because they are still using it. If I were the first Family I wouldn't move to that house yet until they get completely sterilized and completely exorcised.

    January 1, 2009 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
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