The Obamas Will Stay in DC So Sasha Can Finish High School

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As the Obama presidency winds down, the First Family has a decision to make: Where are they going to live after the White House? Barack says that Sasha tipped the decision, and according to The Washington Post, they’ll be staying put:

“We’re going to have to stay a couple of years so Sasha can finish” school, he said. “Transferring someone in the middle of high school — tough.”


The 14-year-old attends Sidwell Friends currently.

This will make the Obamas the first outgoing presidential family to stay in D.C. post-term since Woodrow Wilson almost 100 years ago. Many have speculated that First Family might relocate to Chicago, New York City, and L.A., and Obama’s making it sound like Chicago is still in the running for later on:

“It always feels good being closer to home,” he said as they ate at Engine Company No. 3, a Milwaukee restaurant.

One of the women asked about Hawaii, where he was born. “Hawaii is home for me,” he replied, but he also suggested his real home is Chicago. “I spent almost 30 years in Chicago,” he said, also noting that it is Michelle Obama’s as well.


As for Malia, the eldest Obama daughter, she heads to college this fall, and the POTUS is just getting his tissues ready, according to an interview with Ellen DeGeneres in January.

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For all the hate, vitriol, subtle and overt racism that was aimed at this man over the last eight years, did he not handle it with uncommon grace and dignity? I never asked President Obama to be a perfect President, such a thing is an impossibility. But he played the long game, never panicked, never showed fluster, and embodied humor and joy. Beyond all that, in spades, he is a wonderful father and husband, and Michelle is an amazing woman, mother, and role model. I’ll miss him dearly. History will be kind to his legacy, even if the radical right is currently not.