Obama Shuts Down Washington Post

I was wondering what the hell was going on outside my window yesterday afternoon.   As I’ve mentioned before, my office is directly across the street from that of the Washington Post.  While I somehow missed the memo, plenty of folks were clued in that a certain president-elect was paying them a visit.

Barack Obama visited the Washington Post to meet the editorial board and national staff, but his tour of the 5th floor newsroom nearly stopped the presses.   Staff writers, photographers, editors and employees from other departments lined the hallway after word spread that the President-elect would be walking through the newroom.

There was much commotion in the streets as well, as a large crowd gathered on the sidewalk.  I saw the motorcade and, since Obama is staying a couple blocks away at the Hay Adams, I figured he was just returning home from somewhere.  I didn’t realize that he was just across the way.

James Joyner
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  1. whatever... says:

    So it’s like old home week for the ‘one’.

    After all they worked as hard to get him elected as he did…I gather the gushing, swooning and tingles up their legs is more than permitted within the great ones presence at this lame stream media local?

    (Never buy that publication any more either.)

  2. Triumph says:

    I saw the motorcade and, since Obama is staying a couple blocks away at the Hay Adams, I figured he was just returning home from somewhere.

    Technically, they checked out of Hay Adams yesterday. So at the time of the visit he was homeless–probably just biding time between the morning checkout time at Hay Adams and the afternoon check-in time at Blair House.

    Bush probably kept him out of Blair house until the customary 3pm check-in time, which is why he showed up at the Post at around 2.

    The least Bush could have done was grant him an early check-in on the 15th given the shenanegans he orchestrated with John Howard.

  3. mike says:

    Can’t forget the folks who worked so hard to get you elected.

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  5. […] But here’s the thing: Barack Obama has been in DC for days and days. Half of DC was shut down so he and his family could stay at the Hay-Adams and his girls could start at their $30,000 a year (each!) private school on time. We know he was still in town as late as Thursday afternoon, where the objective reporters of the Washington Post were going ga-ga over his visit. […]