The Obama family, you'll recall, asked the White House if they could move into Blair House, the official guest house, on January 5, so their kids could "start school." Then some young, probably Liberty University alum White House aides were like, "No, it's booked, or something. Heh." But they had a good reason:
White House officials declined to disclose specifically who is using Blair House during that period, for what purpose or how they could take precedence over the president-elect of the United States when it came to government housing; one White House official would say only that it had been booked for “receptions and gatherings” by members of the departing Bush administration. Those receptions, the official said, “don’t make it suitable for full-time occupancy by the Obamas yet.”
Can't you just hear the liberal media bias seeping out of that paragraph? It's great. So basically they need that space for going-away parties for criminal Neocon bureaucrats. But the real reason here is clear: Do you think W wants a bunch of cops around his place, fucking up the parties?
But the issue goes beyond pique; as president-elect, Mr. Obama receives a level of Secret Service protection that is almost equal to that of a sitting president. Several blocks around his house in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago have been cordoned off with concrete barriers and round-the-clock police protection. Area residents often have to show identification to go home.