Those familiar with the plans for Donald Trump’s inauguration have revealed that the president-elect is considering staying at his newly-completed Old Post Office Hotel, instead of the president’s guesthouse across the street, bucking 40 years of tradition.
Since 1976, Inauguration Day has begun the same way for every U.S. president. First, a private breakfast for friends and family at the Blair House. Then, church service and a brief meeting with the outgoing president and first lady. Finally, a drive to the Capitol for the swearing in.
But Trump reportedly plans to stay at his own hotel. No word as to whether President Obama and Michelle will join him there…
The Blair House is run by the State Department, and when it is not occupied by presidents-to-be, it serves as luxury accommodations for foreign leaders and other VIP guests.
A bit of history on the residence, courtesy of The Federalist Papers:
The house was built in 1824 by Joseph Lovell, the army surgeon general, in what was then an open field across from the White House. Publisher Francis Preston Blair, part of Andrew Jackson’s “Kitchen Cabinet,” bought it 13 years later, and it stayed in the Blair family for more than 100 years. Presidents eager to slip away from the pressures of the White House crossed the street to socialize with the Blairs and other friends: Abraham Lincoln was especially fond of Montgomery Blair, whom he made postmaster general.
Donald Trump plans to split his time between the White House and his hotel in New York City, where his wife Melania will remain for the rest of the school year with their 10-year-old son, Barron.