Leaving Chicago For DC is Bittersweet For Obama

- By Bossip Staff

Posted by Bossip Staff

Barack Obama was a little choked up about leaving Chicago for good:

President-elect Barack Obama bid a lonely and emotional farewell to his Hyde Park home Sunday afternoon as he left Chicago to join his wife and daughters in taking up residence in Washington, D.C.

After boarding a government Boeing 757 at Chicago’s Midway airport, Obama met Col. Scott Turner, who will be his chief Air Force One pilot, and visited with the small press pool on board.

“Well guys, I am looking forward to seeing you guys in Washington,” Obama told them. “I gotta say, I choked up a little bit leaving my house today.”

“Malia’s friend had dropped off an album of the two of them together,” he continued. “They had been friends since pre-school, and I just looked through the pages, and the house was empty and it was a little tough, it got me.”

Michelle Obama and their girls – Malia, 10, and Sasha, 7 – arrived in Washington on Saturday to get settled into a hotel across from the White House in advance of starting classes Monday at the private Sidwell Friends school.

On Jan. 15, they move into the presidential guest quarters at Blair House and, after Obama’s inauguration on Jan. 20, into the White House.

Obama, who uncharacteristically ordered a cheeseburger for his in-flight dinner, said Mrs. Obama and the girls were “having fun” in their five-star temporary home.

“Although living in a hotel for two weeks, we kind of did that for two years” on the campaign trail, he added.

Awww…you aren’t alone, Mr. President, we all get a little choked up thinking about it too. DC is a great place for you and your family to call home. Especially being safe inside the White House away from all the scary bums and hoodlums. SMH @ downtown DC.

More “first day of school” pics below.


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  • High Life

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  • http://www.gravatar.com Re is excited to see GAMBIT in May. FINALLY!

    Bossip don’t hate. Downtown DC is nice.

  • http://www.gravatar.com Re is excited to see GAMBIT in May. FINALLY!


    Lol, you sure are right…7th st sure is awful…

    But I think for the most part, Downtown area is alright…every major cities have their ups and downs. Even Southeast has really nice locations.

  • OverTheTop

    DC stand up!!!

  • Jason

    cute kids. they momma mitchelle is fuggly

  • BOSSIP_LEE_THE_NIGGA_NINJA ( I promised my Master that I would be First One Day Heeeyaah Bitch)

    TOP EIGHT!!!

  • BOSSIP_LEE_THE_NIGGA_NINJA ( I promised my Master that I would be First One Day Heeeyaah Bitch)


  • Hannibal


  • http://www.gravatar.com Re is excited to see GAMBIT in May. FINALLY!


    LOL @ scary harmless bums! That is SO true. I work at Walter Reed…which is in the heart of crackhead land…it’s sad and strange all at the same time. And that’s just the BEGINNING of DC.

  • http://www.gravatar.com Re is excited to see GAMBIT in May. FINALLY!


    Oh yes, and I’m glad to see them making great strides to improving the district. But hopefully they won’t be neglectful to the areas that REALLY need the work done. It’s becoming costly to move to DC anyway, if you don’t live there already

  • cmoore

    hahahah i work at Walter Reed also and if you take 16th street to the end towards downtown, you will end up right in front of the white house and i you look too your left there are numerous homeless people hanging around…..

  • Sydney

    Actually, downtown D.C. has come up quite a bit in the past several years, and there are many more yuppies, pricey condos, elegant restaurants, etc. than you would have found in the past. .

  • Sam

    where the alter keeper? BAWAHAHAHAHA

  • Sydney

    Hi, Re, yes, gentrification has certainly had its drawbacks in D.C., as with other large cities. A number of people can no longer afford to live in the District.

    On a totally unrelated note, there’s a new video circulating of a young brother who was shot to death by BART officers in the Bay area. A young woman caught the shooting on video, and it’s very disturbing:

    Here’s the link to the video: www(dot)ktvu(dot)com/video/18406962/index(dot)html

    (01-04) 19:38 PST Oakland — BART’s police chief asked for patience from the public on Sunday after video footage surfaced showing one of his officers fatally shooting an unarmed man who was on the ground on a station platform on New Year’s Day, and after an attorney for the dead man’s family said he planned to sue the transit agency for $25 million.

    Chief Gary Gee said he, too, had seen video images of the shooting of Oscar Grant, a 22-year-old supermarket worker from Hayward. But Gee said he found the footage to be inconclusive, and he said his investigators still needed to interview a key witness – the officer himself.

  • Sam

    where is marquis? BAWAHAHAHA

  • Sam

    answer my question you stupid cunt

  • Nina

    LOL I’m so silly. I was sitting up here thinking they were gonna be staying in a double-queen bed Motel 6 room. I never think about those 6-star suites, which are bigger than my apartment. It’d be like home to me! Better than home!!! 🙂

  • http://www.k.com NOELLE

    Aww I almost leaked a tear drop on the keyboard

  • http://Bossip Yeah...That's Right....

    That’s funny that Bossip should clown downtown DC because a comedian I recently watched said that the view of the White House was great but that the rest of the city was a dump…personally, I’ve never been so I don’t know from experience.

  • http://Bossip Its O.K.

    After describing what it meant to look back at the kids’ lives as they grew up and standing in an empty house, I could see how it could be a little sad…life as they knew it is over – now, its a new beginning….change, though often times is good for us, is not always an easy transition…
    Barack, you have been destined for greatness and I know you and your family will maintain the love and unity wherever you are.

  • Mizzle

    Why does Obama’s daughter always wave her hand like that? She look re-tar-ded

  • T-Bird

    @ Re is excited to see GAMBIT in May. FINALLY!
    I may be moving there in 2 wks for a job…I am waiting it out to see if something better comes along…I have dreading this move to Alexandria/DC…It has never been a place I want to work…but considering job eliminations at my former place of employment…i kept it on the back burner. I have family there and actually one of them works at walter reed. I am dreading the cost of living and the commute. Is there anything there to make me see this in a better light?

  • http://fashionsq@aol.com hell no

    Barack we will miss you in Chicago, i know you will miss your hometown and we will miss you tto!

  • SoChi

    I can totally relate to this OBAMA! I left my home chicago for d.c. to go to school… and now that I’m back after 4 years.. I have got to say there is NO PLACE LIKE THE CHI… but D.C. was great too.. it is def. a liveable city with great night life. I did work in southeast for two years.. i enjoied that experience as well. but def no place like southeast Chicago.. southside EASTSIDE all day

  • Moreaces

    There are soooo many homeless folks in the park arcross from the white house its sad

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