[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/01/22/art.obamaswalk0122.gi.jpg caption="A senior aide to the president credited the family routine set up by the first lady for easing the Obamas' transition into White House life."]
WASHINGTON (CNN) – The Obamas are settling into the new home just fine, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said Thursday.
The new president “enjoys – to use a phrase - living above the company store,” said Gibbs. Yesterday, between two events, Obama went upstairs to have dinner with the first lady and the couple’s two daughters. “That obviously means a lot to him as a father,” said Gibbs.
The Obamas’ ability to adjust to all of the changes in their lives, including three moves in the past few weeks, “is a monumental testament to Michelle,” Gibbs told reporters.
“The girls have always had a very strong routine that’s kept them away from all of this,” Gibbs said as he gestured toward the White House press corps that was overcrowding the briefing room.
“They’re very much the same four people that I met five years ago when I went to work for him,” said Gibbs.
But the adjustment to life in the White House has not been completely flawless; the 44th president has had to learn his way around the historic residence.
“It’s a pretty big house,” Gibbs also said Thursday. “At the end of the first night, he had to ask somebody where he was supposed to go next.”