The Canberra Times of Australia told its readers January 8, 2009, that, “US bloggers are up in arms over former Australian Prime Minister John Howard "bumping" president-elect Barack Obama from an official government guest house in Washington,” the U.S. capital. See “US blogs bitter about Howard's Blair House bump.” The Times reported:
Mr Howard will stay at Blair House the night before he receives the US [Presidential] Medal of Freedom from retiring President George W. Bush next week.The Times said, “President Bush has been the main target for criticism from bloggers to political sites.”
Mr Obama has been forced onto the Blair House waiting list until January 15 when he and his family will move in, five days before his inauguration as president.
The Obamas requested an early move-in at the 70,000-square-foot, 119-room mansion across the street from the White House, so their children could settle in to start school this week, The Washington Post reported.
But the incoming first family was told the residence had been booked out, so they took a suite at the nearby Hay-Adams Hotel.
Question: Why couldn’t Mr. Howard stay at the Australian Embassy. Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, another of Mr. Bush’s sidekicks in the invasion and occupation Iraq and another Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient designee, is staying at the British Embassy. He reportedly admitted that he didn’t want to be the one to bump Mr. Obama from Blair House.
Besides, as The Australian told its readers in its January 9, 2009, edition: “The Washington Post yesterday summed up the Blair House affair thus: "119 rooms, 70,000 square feet and one lucky Australian.” See “Fury as John Howard's end upsets Barack Obama's beginning.” Also see “Blair House Mystery Solved: It's John Howard.”
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