Hawaii-born President Barack Obama spoke today about where he considers home and where he will live after leaving the White House.
At a lunch in Milwaukee with five people who wrote him letters about the Affordable Care Act, a woman asked Obama about Hawaii.
“Hawaii is home to me,” the president said.
But he suggested that Chicago was his real home.
“I spent almost 30 years in Chicago. It’s where Michelle, where she grew up, where our daughters were born,” he said.
The Obamas still own a home there in the Hyde Park neighborhood, and Chicago will be the site of the Obama presidential library.
Home will also be Washington, D.C., at least for the next couple of years after the Obama family leaves the White House.
“We’re going to have to stay a couple of years so Sasha can finish” school, Obama said. “Transferring someone in the middle of high school — tough.”
Obama’s daughters have attended the private Sidwell Friends School in Washington since the president began his term seven years ago. Malia, the oldest, is a senior and is expected to leave for college next year. Sasha will be a sophomore when the president leaves office in January 2017.