Obama won’t be moving on after moving out of White House

Obama won’t be moving on after moving out of White House

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By Tracy Fuga

President Barack Obama has decided to stay in Washington, D.C., after his term is up. It’s an unprecedented move as he’s the first exiting president to do so since Woodrow Wilson left the White House. However, the reason behind the decision to stay isn’t politically fueled. He wants to allow his youngest daughter to finish high school.

“We’re going to have to stay a couple of years in D.C. probably so Sasha can finish,” he told reporters back in March. “Transferring someone in the middle of high school – tough.”

Obama’s daughters attend Sidwell Friends in Washington, a private day school they entered when Obama took office. Malia graduated in June and is expected to leave for college next year. Sasha will be a sophomore when Obama departs the Oval Office in January 2017.

Sources say the Obamas plan to move into a palatial mansion in the Kalorama neighborhood of the District of Columbia. The 8,200-square-foot house was built in 1928 and has nine bedrooms and eight-and-a-half bathrooms. It was purchased for $5 million in 2014 but is currently valued at $7 million, according to D.C. tax assessments. In addition to a finished downstairs family/media room, the home also boasts an au-pair suite, which could be useful to the Obama family since the president’s mother-in-law has been living with the family for a number of years. The home is owned by former President Bill Clinton’s press secretary, Joe Lockhart.

The exterior of the home will have to undergo some renovations before the Obamas move in. According to former Secret Service assistant direct Anthony Chapa, alterations might include bulletproof windows and doors, reducing the underbrush across the street to provide clear lines of sight, additional outdoor lighting, changes to the parking rules and electronic monitoring devices to secure the area.

Staying in the nation’s capital for a few years seems like the obvious choice for the current commander in chief while he ponders his next move. He has expressed interest in owning an NBA team or perhaps purchasing a home in the Rancho Mirage area near Palm Springs and enjoying the opportunities to hit the links.

There has also been talk of the president launching a media company. However, White House communications director, Jen Psaki, refuted that possibility in a statement, “While the president will remain actively engaged in inspiring young people and he is interested in the changing ways people consume information, he has no plans to get into the media business after he leaves office.”  

What do you think Obama should do next? Is staying so close to the White House a bad idea for the family?

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