White House Tells Obamas, Sorry We’re Booked

December 13, 2008

(ChattahBox) — While co-operation between the president and president-elect seems to have been exemplary as the transition of power occurs, there is one request by the Obamas that the Bush’s have had to turn down. The family of President-elect Barack Obama wants to move into Blair House in early January so that his daughters can start school on Jan. 5, but the White House has turned then down.

The Obamas were told that Blair House (across the street from the White House), where incoming presidents traditionally stay in the five days before Inauguration Day, is booked in early January, a spokesperson to the Obama transition team said. They were told previously scheduled events and guests that couldn’t be displaced.”

A State Department official said he didn’t know of any foreign dignitaries staying at Blair House in early January, nor does Mr. Bush have family or friends from Texas staying at Blair House during the period which the Obamas requested. But Blair House, the official said, has been booked for “receptions and gatherings” by members of the outgoing Bush administration. Thus making it unsuitable for full-time occupancy by the Obamas yet.”

Sally McDonough, spokeswoman for First Lady Laura Bush, is refusing to disclose who was staying at Blair House. “It’s not a public schedule. It’s not a question of outranking the Obamas. There’s nothing more to say other than that it’s not available and won’t be available until January 15. She added that “you’re trying to make a story out of something that’s not a story.”

The Obama family is considering other housing options to prevent the girls from missing the start of school.


7 Responses to “White House Tells Obamas, Sorry We’re Booked”

  1. Strawberry Macaw on December 13th, 2008 8:05 pm

    Why the apostrophe in “Obamas”? You have it in the headline and the first and second paragraphs, but in the third paragraph you finally figure out that it doesn’t belong. You’re not looking very professional.

  2. zzbudsman on December 13th, 2008 8:53 pm

    Maybe the president-elect’s friend, Warren Buffet, could buy the building for the lackluster political “new comer’. Let’s hope that we are fed without the double-speak of most political figures. Inside the beltway is indeed another world to ponder. Not unlike the dealings of southside Chicago.

  3. coolguy on December 13th, 2008 9:50 pm

    Sounds like an early example of Obama needing to get his Shxx together.

    If he and his posse can’t even figure out how to go about finding a place to stay for a few weeks, then we’re in more trouble than anyone envisioned.


  4. andrew on December 13th, 2008 11:12 pm

    hahahahahaha!!! it’s like my christmas… drama drama. poor little bush doesn’t want it to look like obama is the president too early!!

  5. aaron k on December 13th, 2008 11:36 pm

    Um, there was a response yesterday from the Obama””””””””’s. why isn’t this in the article?

    super professional

  6. Donna H. on December 14th, 2008 1:04 am

    zzbudsman, I guess your “pondering” powers haven’t gone very far when all you can come up with is innuendo and guilt by association. If one’s work involves associating with hundreds if not thousands of people, inevitably some of them are going to have some unsavory things in their past. But despite the many who have been searching, no one has found indications of anything unethical or illegal in Obama’s transactions with those he’s crossed paths with in the course of his career. In fact, Obama has in various ways shown his commitment to improving the ethics of political life. Blagojevich’s greed was in part spurred by an ethics bill in the Illinois legislature soon to take effect which was passed with Obama’s active support. Moreover, Blagojevich’s disdain for Obama was only sharpened by Obama’s invitation to various other Illinois officials, but pointedly not Blagojevich, to participate in the Democratic Convention. And more generally, Obama has gone to lengths no other recent president has to minimize ethical problems by, for one thing, circumscribing the effects of lobbyists and corporate monies on his administration.

    Pondering is most likely to turn out well when seasoned with a generous amount of facts.

  7. zzbudsman on December 16th, 2008 3:07 am

    Ref: Donna H, Dec. 14, 2008. I guess your pondering powere . .

    You are very correct on several points in your response. We are not provided a “shield” to protect us from unsavory characters, as we go through life. Neither do all have a liberal group leading the charge, warding off any adversity aimed at the nucleus of the liberal’s protection. I see no reason to think the political machine is ready for a major tune up. Time has not shown this to be favorable since our beginnings. Power prevents this from incubating.

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