The White House, I presume, doesn’t take sub-tenent, even if he is the President-elect. They have Blair House, a guest residence in the WH neighbourhood. But when Barack Obama sought permission to move in there from Jan.5 his request was turned down by President Bush’s aides, according to The New York Times.
Reason: Blair House was booked till Jan.15, and the Obamas were welcome to move in then. The presdent-elect wanted to shift residence from Chicago to Washignton in time for his daughters to start school on Jan.5 , when Sidwell Friends re-opens after holidays. The Obama children, Malia, 10 and Sasha, 7, have been admitted in this school.
Blair House, where a president-elect can stay for a few days awaiting Inaguration, is used rest of the time for White House related parties and receptions. Visiting foreign dignitaries stay there.
Is this a non-story? At least one person thought so. Spokeswoman for first lady Laura Bush is quoted in NYT as saying, “you’re trying to make a story out of something that’s not a story”.