According to the Washington Post, Obama would be the first former president to remain in Washington after his lease at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. expires since dying Woodrow Wilson in 1921. “It highlights the reality that despite the cloistered and well-supported lifestyle of the American presidency, the Obamas are in some ways working parents who face a set of decisions not unfamiliar to others their age,” the paper points out.
Stephen Hess, a presidential scholar at the Brookings Institution, suggested for the first family to move away form the nation’s capital, perhaps back to their hometown of Chicago. Sticking around is “a terrible idea and I can’t imagine it will last very long,” Hess told the Post. “Once you’re in Washington you are somehow connected to every problem that your predecessor is going to be confronting. And you will be asked to say something each time your name comes up, given that you will have reporters camping out on your doorstep.”