January 3rd, 2009
04:18 PM ET
14 years ago

Details emerge on Obama's move to DC

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/POLITICS/01/01/obamas.hotel.dc/art.hay.adams.three.gi.jpg caption="The Obama's are staying at the Hay-Adams hotel for two weeks."](CNN) - President-elect Barack Obama will head to Washington, DC Sunday afternoon, a transition aide tells CNN.

According to the aide, Obama will depart Chicago for the nation's capital around 5 p.m. ET.

The Obama family is moving to Washington early in part so daughters Sasha and Malia can begin school when classes reconvene after winter break.

The Obamas are set to stay at the Hay-Adams, a hotel directly across from the White House.

Earlier: Obamas checking in to hotel steeped in D.C. history

They had hoped to move earlier into nearby Blair House, which presidents-elect traditionally occupy five days before moving into the White House. 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.

The Obamas will move into Blair House on January 15.

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama
soundoff (42 Responses)
  1. Cheryl Tx

    Cnn –is it neccessary for you guys to report PE Obama every Move (Where) (When) and Time

    January 3, 2009 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  2. Ted

    Here’s why no Blair House —


    When counting the electoral votes, either Congress finds by 1/8/09 that Obama, not being an Article II “natural born citizen”, fails to qualify as President whereupon Biden becomes the full fledged President under 3 USC 19 (free to pick his own VP such as Hillary) or thereafter defers to the Supreme Court to enjoin Obama’s inauguration with Biden becoming only Acting President under the 20th Amendment until a new President is duly determined.

    The preferable choice, at least for the Democrats, should seem obvious.

    January 3, 2009 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  3. Kaye -Jacksonville FL

    So why is it that the White House can't accommodate the Blair House guests elsewhere and allow the Obama's to move in this week? Geez. ot may make sense to some folks, but to me it seems ludicrous. The Obama's need to get their daughters started in their new school – a perfectly logical reason for the early move to DC. George and Laura can't accommodate that? My guess is it has more to do with Dick and Lynn Cheney – the evil duo!

    January 3, 2009 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  4. susie

    Why should Obama get Blair house earlier than any other president-elect?

    January 3, 2009 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  5. Anna Merkens

    Uh oh, Too bad for DC and the nation. I wonder if his buddies in HAMAS has been calling his private cell phone, asking for his intervention...

    January 3, 2009 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  6. Sherrol in Canada

    Welcome to the big show Pres-elect and Mrs Obama, hope it won't be too much of a bumpy ride.

    January 3, 2009 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  7. William A. Schaedler from St. Louis

    Be sure and let us know when he blows his nose and sneezes. It is so important to all. You are becoming a joke in the news business.

    January 3, 2009 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  8. Cheryl Tx

    CNN_ Is it necessary for you guy to report PE Obama every move ...DATE TIME and WHERE

    January 3, 2009 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  9. Charlie in Maine

    Welcome to the Capital City sir. I feel better already.

    Historical note: not that long ago the only black man in that place would be shining shoes or bussing tables.

    They say "nothing ever changes" I say "Bunk"

    January 3, 2009 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  10. tim

    Obama never had a job, never responsible for a payroll, never
    did anything of any importance by himself, never in military–who
    is going to run the Country? I can't see this guy deciding what day
    it is by himself. Big talk . You guys are all in lal la land believing
    this guy will really make any decisions. Total pawn.

    January 3, 2009 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  11. Fay Tx

    The Obama's are staying at the Hay-Adams hotel for two weeks..... is it necessary for you guys to report the Date Time and location

    January 3, 2009 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  12. Janice

    Hey little susie, he only wanted to move into the Blair House so his 2 girls could start school on Jan 5th. Are these guests that important to be occupying the house. i guess Bush needed to get in one more frat party before he leaves.

    January 3, 2009 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  13. Ravi in MO

    Ted, just let it go. Barack was born in the US, and he has already proven it. In just over two weeks, you are going to be calling him Mr. President.

    January 3, 2009 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  14. Chicago Red

    TO- Anna Merkens January 3rd, 2009 8:38 pm ET
    Uh oh, Too bad for DC and the nation. I wonder if his buddies in HAMAS has been calling his private cell phone, asking for his intervention**** I wonder* WHY* you breathe

    January 3, 2009 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  15. Name

    Well, Bush just put another bullet hole through his political legacy! Denying the next President of the U.S. to stay at the Blair House! It just goes to show, Bush is truly an idiot!

    January 3, 2009 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  16. Linda B., Ga

    It's a real shame that the Obama's can't have to Blair House earlier and whoever is staying there be moved to a Hotel. This means those little girls will have to move 3 times, in a short period of time. You would think somebody would think about that.

    There's a comment above about Barack Obama not being a "natural born citizen", ummmmmm he was born in Hawaii "after" it became a state, in "OUR" United States of America. And he won by over 3 million votes, so get over it and get on with trying to make OUR Country a better place.

    Have a Great Day ALL 🙂

    January 3, 2009 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  17. Independent FL voter

    @Ted, 8:25 pm

    You are an idiot. Barack Obama is an American. Hillary is not going to be named president in his place. Get over it.

    January 3, 2009 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
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