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Michelle Obama, Daughters Head to District

By Philip Rucker
CHICAGO -- Michelle Obama and her daughters, Malia and Sasha, departed for Washington this afternoon, a day before President-elect Barack Obama was scheduled to move to the nation's capital from the family's home town.

The future first lady and her daughters will arrive in Washington tonight to get settled before the girls begin classes Monday at Sidwell Friends School, according to an aide to Obama who spoke on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss Michelle Obama's schedule. The Obamas are planning to stay at Washington's historic Hay-Adams Hotel for two weeks before the inauguration.

Journalists spotted the three leaving the family's Hyde Park home about 2:27 p.m. Central time in a motorcade en route to a Chicago airport.

Michelle Obama's Saturday departure came as a surprise, as aides to Obama did not announce that she would fly to Washington separately. Since she and her girls are traveling without the president-elect, the pool of journalists assigned to follow his movements is not accompanying them on the trip.

By Post Editor  |  January 3, 2009; 4:41 PM ET
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Interesting about Dianne721: If you Google that screen name, will easily find a video of "Dianne721", a girl who looks about 13-14 years old and Filipino or Hawaiian, who attends a school where the girls all wear orange T-shirts.

Too bad that the Washington Post doesn't moderate its comments, to eliminate hateful, tasteless, and/or repetitive ("fake birth certificate") posts.

I'm posting this to share the info re this reprobate, and then I'm stopping reading WaPo comments forever.

Posted by: spbphil | January 8, 2009 2:03 PM | Report abuse

Marilyn80, careful not to choke on those sour grapes you've been chewing...

Posted by: SGall23241 | January 5, 2009 6:27 PM | Report abuse

Why does a hospital have to necessarily have any contact with newspaper(s)?

Posted by: JakeD | January 5, 2009 5:35 PM | Report abuse

Bubbette asks "Was it to much to ask Obama to pay the $10.00 while he was in Hawaii and produce a certified copy of his birth certificate?"

Uh.. he DID produce one of those last year --that's the one with photos from different angles on Fact Check.org. But some people think that must be fake because it was not an old typewriter font (uh, yeah that is how they do it, they print up a new one with the essential info of birthplace, date, parents names....) Or another theory was it was a fake because it said "African" instead of "Negro" for his dad's race (uh, they put what the parents filled in)

And I'm SO sure Obama's Mama plotted with a hospital in 1961 to get them to release a fake birth announcement to two different Honolulu newspapers ...she went to that trouble of course knowing in advance that her biracial baby named Barack Hussein Obama II was likely to be the president...never mind that people who looked like him couldn't even VOTE in a lot of places in the US at that time.

And if there was anything to him not being a natural born citizen, the Clintons would have dug it up and got it public last spring.

Still, i think he should go ahead and just release a certified photocopy of the original. Have the director of records AGAIN make a statement. But I don't blame him if he feels fed up and like no matter what he did, there will still be people insisting it is fake and he is really a citizen of Kenya or Indonesia or Neptune or something.

Posted by: ArianedeR | January 5, 2009 12:17 PM | Report abuse

The hilarious thing is that anyone with a mouth on them like this Diannne thinks she is capable of being an arbiter of good breeding. Diannes experience of breeding is probably the equivalent of a puppy mill.



Posted by: ArianedeR | January 5, 2009 12:04 PM | Report abuse

Oh My the Imperial Presidency and Kingdom
of King Barack Hussein Obama is already raising its ugly head here,since their two
Royal Little Princesses Obama Brats are too
damn good and so royal that common old public schools are too far below them to
attend.

Posted by: Amy2009 | January 5, 2009 8:29 AM | Report abuse

bradcpa:

You are also wrong about MoveOn.org. They wanted to "move on" instead of CLINTON being impeached (luckily, for democracy, he was impeached). MoveOn.org never supported GWB. Perhaps you've already forgotten their Nazi and General Betray Us ads? I hope you do better as a CPA for your tax clients.

Posted by: JakeD | January 5, 2009 7:32 AM | Report abuse

So,what's wrong with this picture here? When Loser Elect 44 Barack Hussein Obama just named his basketball pal and current head of the Chicago Public School System for his Sec Of Education and then Obama sends his own two spoiled brats to a ritzy costly Private School on us,is only typical
of the total hypocrit Obama and his arrogance at work right before our eyes.

Hey Barack Hussein Obama and Michelle Obama
whats the matter here? So are your two spoiled little elitist brats too good to go
to a Washington Public School or what?

Posted by: Marilyn80 | January 5, 2009 7:10 AM | Report abuse

Based on his own GRANDMOTHER's statement that he was born in what is now Kenya, and the refusal to release it, I believe it is a reasonable doubt.

Posted by: JakeD | January 4, 2009 8:38 PM | Report abuse

Because your doubt isn't reasonable, Jake. It's irrational. You were obsessed with middle names throughout the election and have moved into tinfoil hat territory.

BB

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | January 4, 2009 4:49 PM | Report abuse

bradcpa:

The SHORT FORM birth certificate you refer to does not contain the information needed to determine which hospital / doctor signature. Why won't he simply release the LONG FORM birth certificate to resolve all reasonable doubt? Look, I admit there will still be crazy racists who won't even believe that, but at least I would stop posting.

Posted by: JakeD | January 4, 2009 9:48 AM | Report abuse

Jake D - You want so bad to believe that you cannot see reality. The real certificate has been handled by journalist. Get a life. Better yet do something. Where do you think "Move-On" got it's name? It was quit crying about the stolen election in 2000 and move-on to change things. You crazy conservatives are still in denial. Of course if I supported your positions I would be in denial too.

Posted by: bradcpa | January 4, 2009 9:41 AM | Report abuse

Kbear1:

Hawaiian law at the time permitted out-of-State births to be registered back in Honolulu, so the newspaper announcement is no big deal. There are conflicting accounts as to where Obama was born. Why won't he simply release his LONG FORM birth certificate to resolve all reasonable doubt?

Posted by: JakeD | January 4, 2009 9:34 AM | Report abuse

How great to get all the Obama News!

First Lady and Daughters left Chicago for Washington Saturday.Journalists spotted the three leaving the family's Hyde Park home about 2:27 p.m. Central time in a motorcade en route to a Chicago airport.


Malia and Sasha begin classes Monday at Sidwell Friends Private School in DC area.

President Elect Obama arrives in Washington Sunday.

The Obamas will stay at the Historic Hay Adams hotel near the White House until January 15 and move into the White House January 20!
All compliments of the President-elect's travelling press corps!

If I was the President-Elect I would fire his travelling press corps NOW for alerting the international public of he and his family's every move!

Why isn't Obama's Security Core doing their job? If they were this over abundance of information wouldn't be posted here! The public needs to know this information why? Can anyone say JFK and Bobby?

Posted by: CanadianView1 | January 4, 2009 12:24 AM | Report abuse

Maryann - So, why did you bother clicking through to the story and comments? After all, there is plenty of other news on the rest of the web site.

BB

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | January 3, 2009 11:55 PM | Report abuse

Hosts the 13th Annual Playing For the King and Play Obama Meet King-

Date- Monday, January 19, 2009

In an effort to promote peace in our neighborhoods, and to honor the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Paul “Earthquake” Moore has organized a youth basketball game, community clean up and a historical reenactment march starting at 66th and Woodland Avenue. We will walk woodland to New Fellowship Baptist Church.

The clean up Monday will be held in the area surrounding the New Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church, 70th Street and Woodland Avenue in Southwest Philadelphia. Volunteers should meet at 10 a.m. in front of the church. The game starts later in the day at 1 p.m. at the Urban Neighborhood Renewal Service Gymnasium, located behind the church.

Philadelphia Fire Commissioner Lloyd Ayers, Philadelphia personalities and others in hosting the basketball game on the Rev. Dr. King’s birthday. Just as King was considered a drum major for peace, Moore said he hopes the game will unify young people in his Philadelphia community and encourage peace that will spread across Philadelphia and beyond its borders.

“This basketball game promotes peace by bringing together the communities,” said Moore, the well-known Philadelphia activist. “It is my desire to keep alive the ideals and dream of Dr. King and break down racial barriers that divide people not only in Philadelphia and throughout our country.”

A short program will be held prior to the game. The contest is free and the community is encouraged and welcome to attend this historical reenactment march at 5 p.m.

For more information, call Paul “Earthquake” Moore at 215-386-2696 or email him at earth_quake1@hotmail.com.

Posted by: earth_quake1 | January 3, 2009 11:50 PM | Report abuse

I couldn't care less about the Obamas two daughters. That is their parents' job.

I don't even see why this junk is considered newsworthy. Couldn't the Washington Post have actually how real news to report? It is as bad as the NY Times.

Obama is typical tax and spend lib.

Posted by: Maryann261 | January 3, 2009 11:36 PM | Report abuse

Driveby - did you pay attention to the tax returns? Obama's a best selling author. He's got the scratch to pay for a rental.

BB

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | January 3, 2009 9:33 PM | Report abuse

For those who don't remember, Dianne72 posted many rants during election season and vanished in early November. I'm guessing the WaPo kicked her off the system, so s/he's back with a new nom de plume.

You can expect several progressions. There will be variations on the posts, including variations on stereotypically AA names, references to breeding, crude references to racial characteristics. Expect references to African art and how ugly it is.

Still waiting to see what JakeD's and Dianne's potential offspring would look like.

BB

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | January 3, 2009 9:20 PM | Report abuse

She's baaaaack. Dianne- we've missed your undisguised bigotry for the last two month. There's only so many Zouk and JakeD one can read before one pines for the pure, undisguised article. Let's hope your author upgraded the server. By the end, Wall-E had more personality.

Good to see you "back in the house".

BB

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | January 3, 2009 9:16 PM | Report abuse

Thank god Michelle Shaniqua Obama doesn't have the authority to touch the first floor rooms in the White House. Know what I know, she would turn the Bloom Room into the Purple and glitter room. The woman really lacks style and grace.

Posted by: Diannne721 | January 3, 2009 9:10 PM | Report abuse

"

Here we go... Michelle Shaniqua Obama's arrival to DC will usher in a new era of ghetto style and manners. It's unfortunate that her affirmative action education did not teach her poise and manner. She lacks good breeding to possess those qualities.

Posted by: Diannne721"
------
Here we go again. Listen, Dianne, you are obviously very ignorant. Michelle Obama is very intelligent, highly educated with great degrees, and she has good manners and good style - are you, and do you?

Some people seem to have real difficulties connecting a dark face with a good brain. I suppose it will take a training period, but sooner or later it will sink in.

Posted by: asoders22 | January 3, 2009 9:05 PM | Report abuse

Dianne721 you need to grow up and stop being a spoiled little brat. You know that is not her middle name and if it was so what! Stick to the issues and not making fun of people's middle name. And their daughters do not deserve your hatred and anger...GROW UP!

Posted by: moni6626 | January 3, 2009 8:18 PM | Report abuse

Diannne721 is ridiculous. Why don't you use your "poise and manner" to preview what you write and check your grammar mistakes? I'm guessing Michelle Obama could do better given her education, which of course had nothing to do with affirmative action (are you bitter?). Maybe you lack "good breeding to possess those qualities," whatever "good breeding" means.

Posted by: jacksonas | January 3, 2009 7:57 PM | Report abuse

I wonder if Michelle Shaniqua Obama will exploit little Maliawan and Sashawan for the sake of publicity. I can see it now, they will be on every cover of Ebony, People, and even on the box of Stay Soft Fro to further her agenda.

Posted by: Diannne721 | January 3, 2009 7:52 PM | Report abuse

Bigots, racists, sour grape sucking fools.

I laugh at your hatred for the president elect OBAMA. Your opinions are insignificant. It dont matter when it comes to the pure hate you folks are spewing.

I know how easy it is to hate like this while sitting in front of your computers. Cowards. Oh well. Just step aside and watch history come Jan. 20th. And there ain't nothing you folks can do about it.

Posted by: llewis40 | January 3, 2009 7:51 PM | Report abuse

Here we go... Michelle Shaniqua Obama's arrival to DC will usher in a new era of ghetto style and manners. It's unfortunate that her affirmative action education did not teach her poise and manner. She lacks good breeding to possess those qualities.

Posted by: Diannne721 | January 3, 2009 7:48 PM | Report abuse

Thank you Kbear1! An intelligent, rational response to these crazy theories.

Posted by: laSerenissima2003 | January 3, 2009 7:26 PM | Report abuse

Enough already with the birth certificate conspiracy theories! His birth announcement was printed in the August 13, 1961 edition of the Honolulu Advertiser. Get over it.

Posted by: Kbear1 | January 3, 2009 7:15 PM | Report abuse

DriveByPoster, I know you won't believe me, but Obama's vacation was paid by private donations, NOT by us taxpayers. If you do a little research and not allow that partisan conservative mindset get in the way, you'd see that, but then, like I wrote, you still wouldn't believe it.

Posted by: SGall23241 | January 3, 2009 6:56 PM | Report abuse

Many of us are still waiting to see legitimate evidence that Obama is qualified under the Constitution to hold the office he is on the eve of taking the oath for. To this date no evidence has been produced to demonstrate Obama is a "natural born citizen". There are more conferences scheduled with the Supreme Court, 20 or more lawsuits filed around he country and Obama and the Democratic National Committee continue to stonewall this issue. Was it to much to ask Obama to pay the $10.00 while he was in Hawaii and produce a certified copy of his birth certificate?

Posted by: Bubbette1
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Why is it so many of you anti-Obamacans seen to not get that the (more conservative than in 2000 when they ruled for Bush over Gore, which you apparently had no problem with) Supreme Court ruled that this "natural-born" situation wasn't worth ruling on because it was too frivolous? Do any of you think that if there was something to it, they'd pursue it? What would keep them from doing so? Absolutely nothing. They simply saw that there was nothing there. Enough with the rumors. Obama's legit. McCain lost. Obama won. Get. Over. It. None of your arguments aren't going to change a thing, even though you all have that right to complain (this being a free country and all). I've been over Bush "winning" in 2000. It's time to move on. Sheesh...

Posted by: SGall23241 | January 3, 2009 6:51 PM | Report abuse

And a happy new year to all of you right-wing lunatics as well.

As to the "theory" by one poster that Michelle Obama didn't merit a 6-figure salary, why don't you earn a Princeton degree and a law degree from Harvard, followed work for years at a top law firm, and see how that goes for you in the job market? Hint: pretty darn well.

In financial terms, she's sacrificed for this campaign as she could clearly be pulling down the big bucks on her own, even in this economic climate.

Posted by: fairfaxvoter | January 3, 2009 6:44 PM | Report abuse

Considering Jesse Jackson's comments about his wife, Michelle is next. How exactly did she get that $300,000 fluff PR job with that Chicago hospital district?

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

Posted by: georgejones5 | January 3, 2009 6:39 PM | Report abuse

Many of us are still waiting to see legitimate evidence that Obama is qualified under the Constitution to hold the office he is on the eve of taking the oath for. To this date no evidence has been produced to demonstrate Obama is a "natural born citizen". There are more conferences scheduled with the Supreme Court, 20 or more lawsuits filed around he country and Obama and the Democratic National Committee continue to stonewall this issue. Was it to much to ask Obama to pay the $10.00 while he was in Hawaii and produce a certified copy of his birth certificate?

Posted by: Bubbette1 | January 3, 2009 6:20 PM | Report abuse

The Obamas would have preferred to spend the next four years camping out, and home schooling their kids, in DriveByPoster's basement rec room, but somehow they never got the invitation.

Posted by: HughBriss | January 3, 2009 6:08 PM | Report abuse


this administration will be NO DIFFERENT than bush's administration.

obama spends his vacation in a rented 9 MILLION DOLLAR home in hawaii.. god knows who paid for it.

and now michelle and her two daughters to go washington.

barack and michelle will live in the luxury of the whitehouse with a wall of secret service between them and reality... and the two children will be attending sidwell and friends.. one of the most elite k-12s in the country...

the entire family is off limits to the american people.. they will be just like bush was. totally detached from the world.

and all this, while us little peon american taxpayers get to "volunteer" our money so that obama can bail out even more of corporate america.

Posted by: DriveByPoster | January 3, 2009 5:58 PM | Report abuse

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