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Before the White House, Obamas Moving to Washington

Blair House, the official state guest house for the president of the United States, in Washington. (J. Scott Applewhite/Associated Press)

Updated 11:36 a.m. 12/31/09
By Anne E. Kornblut
It's official: the Obama family is moving to Washington this weekend.

With their Hawaiian vacation drawing to a close and the start of school looming next week, a transition official confirmed that the Obamas will make their personal transition to the nation's capital over the weekend. They are planning to stay at the Hay-Adams hotel until Jan. 15, when they will be allowed to move into Blair House, the official presidential guest residence near the White House.

President-elect Barack Obama will be working on an economic recovery plan, the transition official said, and will be here for the start of school.

He and his wife, Michelle, and their daughters, Sasha and Malia, will be in Hawaii until New Year's Day, before making a final stop in Chicago en route to their new home.

Posted at 6:53 PM ET on Dec 30, 2008  | Category:  Washington Life
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My posts (including this one) were not fake. If you were not around back when I had to point out which posts were fake, then my question does not apply to you. Anyone else?

Posted by: JakeD | January 1, 2009 10:24 AM


I do kinda miss the fake "JakeD" posts. Will any of you admit to doing that?

Posted by: JakeD | December 31, 2008 3:51 PM | Report abuse "

Sure. Which ones were they? I thought they were all fake. NOBODY could be that dumb and claim to be proud of it!

Posted by: thrh | December 31, 2008 9:33 PM

Obama's publicly released birth certificate clearly states that the "CITY, TOWN OR LOCATION OF BIRTH" is "HONOLULU." Anyone who claims otherwise either hasn't bothered to read the document or is lying. Or both.

Happy new year, everyone {except JakeD - it isn't shaping up to be a good year for him - too many of his illusions are about to be shattered)!

Posted by: tjshire | December 31, 2008 7:15 PM


Not "everyone else" (Alan Keyes still has a lawsuit pending on the issue ; )


What you are missing is that the law at the time allowed out of State births to be registered in Hawaii and Obama's mother was a minor at the time, preventing his "natural born" status. There are other grounds cited in the Keyes lawsuit, even if he was born in Hawaii, but I would be satisfied at that point.

Posted by: JakeD | December 31, 2008 5:16 PM

If you're a person that's getting wound up over his birth certificate, know that everyone else thinks you're a fruitcake.

Posted by: timscanlon | December 31, 2008 5:02 PM

I'm still wondering what the issue with Barack Obama's birth certificate is....

He was born to an American mother, so he had US citizenship at the time of his birth, which makes him "natural born". That qualifies him to become president.

Is there something I'm missing?

Posted by: jcovey | December 31, 2008 4:55 PM

I do kinda miss the fake "JakeD" posts. Will any of you admit to doing that?

Posted by: JakeD | December 31, 2008 3:51 PM


Is it within your comprehension of "reality" that Obama's paternal grandmother stated he was born in what is now Kenya?

Posted by: JakeD | December 31, 2008 3:42 PM

Well, I wondered how JakeD would take it when Barack won. It seems that we need to get him some professional help to bring him into reality. Just from reading his comments a residential program may be most effective at this point because the total denial of reality lends to the seriousness of his condition.

Posted by: ddraper81 | December 31, 2008 3:31 PM


I do "except" it -- seems like I am the only one here actually concerned about the Constitutional Qualifications -- I think that Alan Keyes "excepts" it too ; )

Posted by: JakeD | December 31, 2008 2:59 PM

HAPPY NEW YEAR to everyone!

I love reading how some of you feel happy about the Obama family finally moving to DC and the Obama presidency starting.

Those of you who are so unhappy, except it and try to be happy. No president could be worse than George Bush and believe, Obama will be 100 times better!

Live, love, laugh in 2009

Posted by: shejoy | December 31, 2008 2:54 PM


I hope that Alan Keyes files a separate lawsuit against every appointment, nomination, treaty, piece of legislation, and executive order that Obama purports to sign.

Posted by: JakeD | December 31, 2008 2:51 PM

After reading the snarkiness in the many comments against Obama in this thread, I can only second the words of Wm. Shakespeare:
"Lord, what fools these mortals be!"

Posted by: luise1 | December 31, 2008 2:45 PM

The comment below mine, or close to it, reads "Obama will never be my President." From some perk in Seattle.

At least Obama didn't have to rig an election, pay off some state representative, and/or use lies and the radical wing of the Republican party to win.

Congrats President Obama, I hope you lead this nation to the next great chapter of our history!

Posted by: dataport34 | December 31, 2008 2:43 PM


pResident Obama will never be my President.

Posted by: JakeD | December 31, 2008 2:35 PM

It's good to have a real President in DC.

Just wish he could start on the job before January 20th, though.

The End of an Error.

Posted by: WillSeattle | December 31, 2008 2:29 PM

That, and the fact that he could have easily addressed the substantive question and resolved all reasonable doubt by requesting the release of his LONG FORM birth certificate (instead, he has fought every lawsuit on procedural "lack of standing" arguments).

Posted by: JakeD | December 31, 2008 2:27 PM

JakeD - and There is no question to 200,000,000+ Americans that Obama was born in the United States of America. What do you base your doubt on, some hearsay statement by his 90 year old Kenyan grandmother?

Posted by: macneilb | December 31, 2008 2:17 PM

pResident-elects = pResidents-elect

Posted by: JakeD | December 31, 2008 2:15 PM


No, because there was no question that they were born in the USA.

Posted by: JakeD | December 31, 2008 2:14 PM


January 15 is not "until he's forced to" -- you are aware that SOME pResident-elects never stayed at Blair House prior to their Inaugurations -- 12:00 noon on January 20 would be when Bush is forced to ; )

Posted by: JakeD | December 31, 2008 2:13 PM

JakeD - Why should President Elect Obama produce his long form birth certificate? Did You Demand that Presidents Bush and Clinton also produce theirs? I think not.

Posted by: macneilb | December 31, 2008 2:10 PM

BUSH - A JACK (umm) Rabbit? till the end. All the Bull Puckey about a gracious transition; but he's kept Obama's people out of the Pentagon (for the first time in history during a transition) and won't let the first family stay at Blair house until he's forced to because he says his bunk buddy wants to stay there.

Posted by: oneStarMan | December 31, 2008 2:07 PM

Obama will NOT be the 44th POTUS if he is not a "natural born" citizen. That's not "calling names" but simply a legal fact. Why won't he release his LONG FORM birth certificate?

Posted by: JakeD | December 31, 2008 1:57 PM

Obama will be the 44th president, hence the 44.

Posted by: mindys2000


OK, thanks. It would be more clear, though, if they called the column "44th President" or "Obama" instead of 44.

Posted by: Bitter_Bill | December 31, 2008 1:44 PM

I am not moving anywhere. If your side got away with referring to Bush as "pResident" in 2000, then so can I.

Posted by: JakeD | December 31, 2008 1:16 PM

The sore losers are still posting. Sad!

January 20 cannot come too soon. It is time to move the Bushes and their "friends" out of Washington. Like the governor of Illinois, George Bush seems to have no lack of nerve and ego.

For those who do not see Obama as their President, perhaps they will opt to flee to other lands - perhaps the budding democracy of Iraq. :)

For me, I could not envision a presidency headed by a man who ran one of the most negative and dishonest campaigns in American history.

Revisit the crowds who attended Obama's many campaign events. Overlay these events with the single event in Berlin, Germany. For once, I am again proud to be an American. I suffered a really low day when the Abu Gureb abuse hit the light of day.

I am proud that Virginia has gone blue: both senators and 6 out of 11 Representatives.

Happy New Year to all -- even to those who continue to believe the lies about Obama. There is a special place in Hell for people who spread lies.

Posted by: EarlC | December 31, 2008 1:10 PM


Obama won't be your President? To what country are you emigrating? Bon voyage.

Posted by: valuddite | December 31, 2008 1:04 PM

I know the birth certificate issue is getting old, but I have not seen anyone point out that Obama is a natural-born US citizen regardless where he was born because his mother was a US citizen and he would be a citizen by virtue of that fact. He would NOT have to go through a naturalization process to become a citizen. Similarly, McCain was born in the Canal Zone, which was land rented by the US from Panama, but not actually part of the US. But his mother and father were US citizens, so McCain is a natural-born citizen.


Posted by: BondRock | December 31, 2008 1:01 PM


pResident Obama will never be my President.

Posted by: JakeD | December 31, 2008 12:56 PM


I stand by that prediction.


Don't worry about the Obamaniacs. They don't care, even if he is not a "natural born" citizen. One of them even argued that the mere fact enough people voted for him supersedes the U.S. Constitution ; )

Posted by: JakeD | December 31, 2008 12:54 PM


Interesting development ... has changed the birth certificate they are displaying ... This one appears 'complete' ... interesting development ... just in time of the inauguration ... Like I said, he's getting a pass on this ... Like he did on everything else during the campaign.

Posted by: JohnSmith7 | December 31, 2008 12:48 PM


Nice to see you're still around. As you requested, I 'marked your words'. Just curious to know if you still stand by your words. In case you've forgotten, here they are:

Obama will not be sworn in as President on January 20, 2009 -- mark my words.
Posted by: JakeD | December 27, 2007 01:32 PM
On the flip side, ignoring Florida, Michigan and the super delegates, Barack HUSSEIN Obama has to win 85% in all the States to secure the 2,025 needed for the nomination. As I've said, he will NOT be sworn in as President on January 20, 2009.
Posted by: JakeD | March 4, 2008 11:29 AM
Nonetheless, Barack Hussein Obama will not be sworn in as President on January 20, 2009.
Posted by: JakeD | June 22, 2008 9:16 AM


Posted by: valuddite | December 31, 2008 12:43 PM

Dan4 get your facts straight. That certificate does NOT say he was born in Honolulu. It simply shows a birth that was registered sometime after birth. Birth could have occurred anywhere. Incidentally, is run by the Anneberg Foundation, one of Obama's earliest and most substantial supporters.

Posted by: JohnSmith7 | December 31, 2008 12:41 PM

For the last time, JohnSmith7, his official birth certificate, which he HAS released (to, DOES show WHERE he was born--HONOLULU. The idea that Hawaii would state this on its official birth certificate if he were really born somewhere else is pure fantasy on your part. Can you give us a link to a website with even ONE example of someone who was born outside Hawaii yet has a birth certificate that shows that the birthplace is somewhere in Hawaii? Didn't think so. Go put your aluminum foil hat back on so you'll stop making up stuff like that.

Posted by: Dan4 | December 31, 2008 12:18 PM

Ok enough of the silly birth certificate conspiracy. If there was a credible question as to whether or not President-elect Obama was born in the U.S., I am quite sure the Republican party, the McCain campaign, FOX news and/or some other conservative media outlet or institution would have brought the issue to light. This issue, if it were legitimate, would not simply reside in the confines of small paranoid minds of hateful, spiteful and bitter small people.

Posted by: blacdc202 | December 31, 2008 12:17 PM

Johnsmith7 is absolutely right. The average person in America is not only stupid but also gullible to accept the official version of 9/11 as well as the reasons for the financial meltdown. Some even believe Bush did a great job in protecting us. He did the most damage to our nation and the world. Let's give 'that one' a chance to reverse some of the damage done by Dubya.

Posted by: SaminLA | December 31, 2008 12:13 PM

If George had class, he woulda offered to put up Michelle and the girls as his & Laura's personal guests in the White House! That wouldn't present any conflict with the "one prez at a time" principle. Michelle could stay in the Lincoln bedroom, and the girls could stay in the Bush girls' rooms. I agree that Barack couldn't stay there, since he and his assistants need to work somewhere away from Bush and his staff, but he could stay in his old apartment or at the Hay Adams or somewhere. Due to his Senate career, the girls must be used to him being away for a couple of weeks.

Posted by: Dan4 | December 31, 2008 12:11 PM

What's up with JohnSmith7? He sounds somewhat bitter.

Posted by: JohnY1928 | December 31, 2008 12:04 PM

He's currently getting a pass by the press and fellow Dems on the birth certificate 'problem', but as Valkyrie shows, there comes a time in every incompetent's rule when those giving him a pass find it against their own best interests ... to continue giving the pass ...

Posted by: JohnSmith7 | December 31, 2008 12:01 PM

The birth certificate issue could prove to be a very troublesome issue since if it is later revealed that he does not qualify to hold the presidency, all acts he will have signed and all people he'll have appointed (as well as the acts/etc. they'll have signed/issued) will be considered null and void. IF he is really qualified (in this sense), why not just provide the orginal birth certificate? (the one showing WHERE he was born ... and not just the one showing that his birth later got registered in Hawaii ... which is the one being shown ... and proving nothing.)

Posted by: JohnSmith7 | December 31, 2008 11:56 AM

To claim he needs to be in Washington 2 weeks early so that his girls can attend school here is either (1) a flagrant patronizing of our citizenry in assuming that the average person is stupid enough to believe that an incoming president will put this concern over the concerns of running a nation and preparing for such; or (2) a really scarry indication that this guy doesn't have a clue what to do now that he's managed to take the highest office in the land!

Posted by: JohnSmith7 | December 31, 2008 11:51 AM

It is amazing some sore losers are still talking about a birth certificate. Wake up, smell the coffee. Obama is the 44th President, whether or not you like it!

Posted by: SaminLA | December 31, 2008 11:48 AM


I believe the Protocol Office stated other events and guests were already booked. As someone noted, The One was offered quarters on a nearby military base instead.

Posted by: JakeD | December 31, 2008 11:29 AM


Don't worry about the Obamaniacs.

Posted by: JakeD | December 31, 2008 11:24 AM

I have read all the comments about the Obama's not staying in Blair question is.....what reasons were given??
I do think it's unusual if not shameful.

Posted by: jeanlovegrove | December 31, 2008 11:22 AM

You "have had" the Constitution? I was referring to the requirement therein that a President be a "natural born" citizen.

Posted by: JakeD | December 31, 2008 11:17 AM

As a matter of fact, I have had the Constitution. Which begs the question--what does that have to do with knowing that Obama will be the 44th President?

Posted by: mindys2000 | December 31, 2008 10:56 AM

By the way, I am familiar with Obama's apartment in DC (if he still has it). It is a one-bedroom apartment in the Stanton Park neighborhood on Capitol Hill (I am not giving the exact location). It is not big enough for a family.

Posted by: Bitter_Bill | December 31, 2008 10:41 AM


Have you read the U.S. Constitution?

Posted by: JakeD | December 31, 2008 10:37 AM

Good grief Bitter_Bill, has the US educational system failed you that much! Obama will be the 44th president, hence the 44.

Posted by: mindys2000 | December 31, 2008 10:17 AM

My reaction when I read the previous comments: Good Grief!! Usual protocol is for the President-elect and family to stay at Blair House only the night before the inauguration. And besides, according to another media source, the Bush administration offered housing on a nearby military base so it is not as if the family is "homeless", particularly since Obama still has his apartment in DC. Please, everyone, a little civility is in order, don't you think? Enough with the name calling on both sides.

Posted by: sarah_metzger2 | December 31, 2008 10:09 AM

What does the 44 refer to?

Posted by: Bitter_Bill | December 31, 2008 10:02 AM

Add another outrage to the long list of actions by the Bush administration. I hope that we are able to find out who or what was so important at Blair House that the the President-elect and his family are forced to stay in a hotel. Absolutely shocking and embarrassing (once again - for the last time, we hope).

Posted by: neaton1 | December 31, 2008 9:28 AM

Is the Franklin Shelter downtown still accepting the homeless?

Posted by: JohnSmith7 | December 31, 2008 8:30 AM

DupontJay and dotellen:

So, the previously scheduled Blair House events and guests should just be canceled for The One? Why even wait until January 20th for the Inauguration then? Bush should simply move out of the White House this weekend and let Obama take over. Can Rick Warren still say a prayer if The One did that?

Thanks for the laughs at least ; )

Posted by: JakeD | December 31, 2008 7:27 AM

LOL! How about before he is allowed into Blair House, he releases the LONG FORM birth certificate to prove he is a "natural born" citizen? He is still in Hawaii, right? Why won't he do this before taking office?

Posted by: JakeD | December 31, 2008 7:01 AM

Bush should be taking a pounding in the press for denying Obama's request to stay at Blair house.

It's not only a lack of professional courtesy from one president to his successor, it also makes it harder for the Secret Service to protect the President-elect and his family. As a country, we'd be far better off with the Obamas in the secure, easy-to-defend Blair House, than in some publicly accessible hotel.

But since when has Bush worried about what's good for the country?

Posted by: DupontJay | December 31, 2008 6:08 AM

Bush is doing as much harm as he can before he leaves for Crawford. Denying the Obamas two weeks in Blair House is just his style. What a spiteful, nasty man. Is this a Christian thing to do? No, but then professing to be a Christian has always been just a ploy to get votes for Bush and many Republican politicians.

Posted by: dotellen | December 31, 2008 4:41 AM

to georgejones5:
seriously? How much has the Bush Admin spent so far on the new "homeland security" and the Iraq war, the Afghani war... the bailouts to coroporate elites (which isn't very repub. is it? Where's the market forces) if you want to talk about spending looking in your parties mirror!

Posted by: marcperrault | December 31, 2008 2:01 AM

The stench of corruption hangs low over the Obama transition as Richardson and Clinton and Emmanuel are pulled into the vortex. Soon trillions of federal dollars will be splooged into the nimble old hands of these appointed kleptocrats.

Posted by: georgejones5 | December 31, 2008 12:43 AM

I want to say that I'm surprised the Bush administration couldn't have enough largesse to give up Blair House a wee bit earlier than the traditional January 15.

But you know? I'm not. Noblesse oblige and the Bush Administration are mutually exclusive.

Posted by: Chasmosaur1 | December 31, 2008 12:04 AM

Anyone else slightly embarrassed that our country can't find a nice place for our future first family to stay for a few weeks? How many people own several houses and condos in the area for them to stay at?

Posted by: abh1 | December 30, 2008 10:56 PM

You can stay at my house Mr and Mrs Obama! Come live in a mostly anonymous blue-collar neighborhood, right near public transit. Or, I'm sure my parents would be more than happy to host you as well. They have 3 extra bedrooms at their place since we kids have moved out and they love to have houseguests! (note: if you read this Mr. Obama, the offer is for real)

Posted by: CraigBettenhausen | December 30, 2008 8:13 PM

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