On Sunday, President-Elect Barack Obama arrived in our nation's capital and has temporarily moved into a hotel.
Malia and Sasha Obama start school today so they had to be in D.C., today.
Barack Obama is a neighborhood type guy. He likes walking around the hood, going to the barbershop and local restaurants and stores. It's the one thing he has said he dreads about being president. The isolation. He says he will gaurd against it, somehow. He dreads losing his Blackberry. He knows it's too easy to hack, but he hates losing that easy contact with people.
As he (Michelle and Sasha and Malia are already in D.C.) left his house for the airport, he was emotional. "I gotta say I choked up a little bit leaving my house today." I know he was thinking about going to order some Harold's Chicken or to Italian Fiesta Pizzaria for his favorite thin crust, spicy sauced pizza, or to Valois for breakfast and conversation. He said he'll hate having a barber come to him and will miss going to the barbershop. It's about more than just hair.
Obama talked about Malia's friend coming to the door on Saturday after his daughter had already left for Washington.
"Malia's friend had dropped off an album of the two of them together," Obama said Sunday. "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."
I don't know if the Obama's are planning to keep their house here, but he says he plans to come back and visit Chicago often. I hope they do.
To Barack, Michelle, Sasha and Malia who are all leaving friends, schoolmates and family, I wish you a smooth adjustment.