It’s not nearly as quick as a commute as he had in the White House, but President Barack Obama has settled on office space about a mile away from his future D.C. home.
The Washington Post reported that Obama will rent space from the World Wildlife Fund, a conservation organization that owns an eco-friendly property in Washington’s Foggy Bottom neighborhood, also dubbed D.C.’s ‘West End.’
With Sasha Obama finishing up high school in the capital city, Obama ‘will have office space in Washington, D.C., when he leaves office,’ spokeswoman Amy Brundage told the Post, though she wouldn’t divulge what address the exiting president picked out.
Two sources told the Post, however, that Obama had settled on the 24th Street N.W. address, a quiet street in the part of Foggy Bottom that rubs up against the more tony Georgetown.
It’s down the road from the Secret Service-friendly restaurant Blue Duck Tavern at the Park Hyatt, a favorite of politicians and celebrities, including Obama-backer Oprah Winfrey.
The building itself boasts a top tier environmental rating from the U.S. Green Building Council.
The 251,707-square-foot WWF headquarters was made from recycled building materials.
It features solar panels and special parking for those driving hybrid or electric cars.
And while it’s not the White House vegetable garden, the building also has one of the city’s largest green roofs.
Obama’s future landlord has been friendly with the president too, championing his efforts to curtail climate change.
The White House previously tapped the World Wildlife Fund’s president and chief executive, Carter Roberts, to serve on the president’s Advisory Council on Wildlife Tracking, in an effort to save the elephant population from ivory poachers in 2013.
While President Obama will be getting his Chicago-based library off the ground, he’s also expected to write a memoir shortly after leaving office.
He also expressed that he would be aiding the National Democratic Redistricting Committee, an effort led by his former attorney general, Eric Holder, with the aim of redrawing districts that are more friendly to Democrats.
The Democratic Party has pointed fingers at Republicans’ redistricting efforts, suggesting they’re responsible for the Democrats losing so many congressional seats.
Obama’s move to tackle such a broad issue, instead of merely backing certain Democratic candidates, is unprecedented in the modern era, and likely shows that the 55-year-old Obama plans to be a Democratic political force for years to come.
His predecessor, President George W. Bush, quickly left D.C. for Texas.
He became a painter and also worked with veterans charities, though largely kept out of the public eye.
The Obamas, on the other hand, will likely be seen out and about around town.
Their new nine-bedroom $4.3 million Kalorama rental, is located close to downtown Washington and in a neighborhood known for hosting posh parties.
For instance, the French ambassador’s residence, located on Kalorama road just a short distance away, hosts the annual Vanity Fair fete after the White House Correspondents’ Dinner.
Hillary and Bill Clinton’s Embassy Row home is also nearby.
The Obamas’ rental is 8,200 square feet and belongs to former White House Press Secretary Joe Lockhart, who served under Bill Clinton.
He and his wife, Giovanna Gray, a former Washington editor for Glamour magazine, have relocated to New York.
The home features a large reception area, ideal for entertaining.
SOURCE: Daily Mail, Nikki Schwab