First Family Staying in Washington

Obama says first family staying in Washington after he leaves the White House

Christi Parsons

Christi ParsonsContact Reporter Washington Bureau

President Obama says he plans to stay in Washington after the end of his presidency so that his younger daughter can finish high school with her class, a rare disclosure about his family’s personal plans for the future.

During a visit with voters in Milwaukee on Thursday, Obama said he wasn’t sure where he and wife Michelle Obama will settle down for the long term, but added that they’re putting off the decision until daughter Sasha finishes at Washington’s Sidwell Friends School in the spring of 2019.

“Transferring someone in the middle of high school -- tough,” he told a group of people gathered to have lunch with him at a local restaurant. Then he quickly asked a group of White House reporters to step away while he finished his lunch.

Obama said in an interview with Barbara Walters three years ago that he and his family might decide to live in Washington after they leave the White House, at least as long as Sasha Obama remained still in school. Sasha, 14, is now in the ninth grade. Malia Obama, 17, will graduate from Sidwell this spring.

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