Bush Tells The Obamas: "No Room At The Inn"

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Remember that totally untrue story spread by Rove-ites at the time of the 2001 inauguration that all the "W" keys were missing from the keyboards in the White House, supposedly to illustrate the pettiness and spite of the outgoing Democratic administration? Well, George W. Bush can't let some popular president show him up in sheer malice, so he has told the Obamas that they cannot move into the Blair House, traditionally the home of the President-elect before the inauguration:

President Bush’s aides have turned down a request from President-elect Barack Obama to move from Chicago into Blair House, the official guest residence across Pennsylvania Avenue from the White House, in time for Mr. Obama’s daughters to start school in Washington on Jan. 5.

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.”

That's just perfect. You stay classy to the end, Bushies.


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