Saturday, December 13, 2008

No room at the Blair House for Obamas

How rude. Bush's lackeys turned down a request by the Obamas to be allowed to stay in the official guest residence, Blair House, starting on Jan 5 so their daughters could start school on time after the holiday break.
The Obamas were told that they could move into Blair House on Jan. 15, but no earlier, because it is booked, an Obama transition official said, speaking on the condition of anonymity. “We explored the idea so that the girls could start school on schedule,” the official said. “But there were previously scheduled events and guests that couldn’t be displaced.”

White House officials declined to disclose specifically who is using Blair House during that period, for what purpose or how they could take precedence over the president-elect of the United States when it came to government housing; one White House official would say only that it had been booked for “receptions and gatherings” by members of the departing Bush administration. Those receptions, the official said, “don’t make it suitable for full-time occupancy by the Obamas yet.”
Laura says it's nothing personal and the protocol only requires opening the doors to the Obama family on Jan 15. The White House won't disclose what “receptions and gatherings” are more important that showing some common courtesy to the man who is going to be saddled with the mess the current occupier of 1600 Penn Ave is leaving behind, but even putting aside the obvious petty revenge aspect of denying the request, how much more painfully indifferent to the needs of the children could they get?

Whatever the bleeding protocol is, not many presidents come into office with such young children and at that age, starting school late is just awful. In ten days, the other kids will have already formed their little social groups and it will make an already traumatic change all the more difficult for the Obama kids. You would think that Laura, as a former school teacher and W as the self-proclaimed "Education President" would have had some empathy for that.

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Blogger VforVirginia said...

Like pond scum, but not as classy.

2:33:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

According to the White House web page:

"There are 132 rooms, 35 bathrooms, and 6 levels in the Residence. There are also 412 doors, 147 windows, 28 fireplaces, 8 staircases, and 3 elevators."

Laura can't squeeze them in somewhere? George can sleep on the couch.

3:39:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

pond scum,you mean like governors who sell senate seats,those who buy hookers,congressman who don't pay their taxes and those who keep $90,000 in cash on ice.

10:08:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wouldn't it be swell if Cheney, W and wifey could just drop dead, as in right now. They are beyond useless, as in morbid hindrance to the viability of this nation.

12:52:00 AM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

V, my thoughts exactly.

Smokes, that also crossed my mind. It's not like there isn't plenty of room at the White House. They could have changed the venues of the parties.

T - that's is the lamest analogy I've ever seen. One has nothing to do with the other.

Cornelia, I can't bring myself to wish them to drop dead, but I would have been happy if they vacated the Beltway about seven and a half years ago. We should impeached both of them back then.

8:08:00 AM  

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