How Obama Will Spend His Morning

There will be goodbyes and tea
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 20, 2017 7:47 AM CST
Inside Obama's Last Hours as President
Frames that once housed photos of President Barack Obama and his family in the West Wing of the White House are now blank and empty.   (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

President Obama has only a few hours left in office, but there's still plenty to do. At 8:30am, the Obamas will say goodbye to the few remaining White House staffers—some of whom are departing for New York or California, per Time—before Barack and Michelle join Joe Biden, Donald Trump, Mike Pence, and their wives for coffee and tea in the Blue Room. At some point, Obama will leave a letter for Trump in the Oval Office. (George W. Bush's words to Obama have just been released.) The group will then take a limousine to the Capitol around 10:30am, reports the Guardian.

As Trump officially becomes the 45th US president at noon, movers will take care of the Obamas' final White House belongings; large picture frames which once housed photos of Obama in the West Wing now hang empty, reports NBC News. After the inauguration ceremony, the now-former President Obama and his family will next take a helicopter to what served as his Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base. He'll head for a vacation in sunny Palm Springs—where he'll reportedly stay at the Rancho Mirage home of a White House decorator, per CNN—before returning to DC, which will be home for the next 2 years as Sasha finishes school. An interesting tidbit from Time: President Obama's final call to a foreign leader was to Angela Merkel on Thursday; their spouses joined the call. (Read more Barack Obama stories.)

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