The Washington Times - December 31, 2008, 12:38PM

President-elect Barack Obama and his family are coming to the nation’s capital this weekend to prepare for their move into the White House on Jan. 20, officials involved in the transition effort told The Washington Times.

The Obamas’ two young daughters, Malia, 10, and Sasha, 7, start school next week at the exclusive Sidwell Friends School.

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Mr. Obama and his wife, Michelle, have been vacationing in Hawaii since Dec. 20. They will leave en route for Chicago on Thursday.

After his Nov. 4 election win, Mr. Obama spent most of his time in Chicago, overseeing the transition effort from there.

But over the coming weekend, he and his family will move into an exclusive and as yet unnamed hotel in Washington, where they’ll stay for two weeks. On Jan. 15, the Obamas will move into Blair House, which is across the street from the White House and is often used by visiting heads of state.

The Obamas wanted to stay at Blair House as soon as they arrived in town, but the Bush administration told them it was unavailable until the 15th, citing private events that were already scheduled.

On Jan. 20, the Obama family will move into “the people’s house” after Mr. Obama is inagurated as the nation’s 44th president.