What Does Moving Day at the White House Look Like?
IS A PRESIDENTIAL MOVE-IN AS STRESSFUL AS MINE?
INSIGHTS ON A PRESIDENTIAL MOVE-IN
A new President of the United States will officially move into the White House on January 20. Now, you might think the president-elect’s move-in day will be stress free. Well, aside from the stressful new duties as president, they may be thinking about the physical moving in more often than you might think. The president-elect dreads moving just as much as the next person. It can be an extremely stressful and tiresome process. Now picture your worst move-in day experience, and multiply it by 10. Maybe even 100. 1,000 isn’t out of the question either.
You thought there were processes and red tape that went into keeping Area 51 a secret? Well just imagine those same processes and security protocols but during an already stressful move-in. The staff has six hours or less to move out the former president, and move in the incoming president. Sound brutal? Let’s shed some more light on it.
12PM – INAUGURATION DAY
The incoming president is not allowed to move in until noon on January 20th. Not a minute sooner. Until then, presidential staff usually works on off-site locations in an effort to streamline the day as a whole. Think of it like a bunch of sprinters waiting for the starting gun. Once the clock strikes noon, the presidential staff is off and running – and time is ticking.
THE PRESIDENTIAL FAMILY COVERS THE MOVING EXPENSES
Fun Fact: The incoming president actually pays their own moving expenses. The new first family coordinates with the government in the hiring of private movers. From there, movers are hired and tasked with loading up the belongings of the new President and their family. Once all of the belongings arrive at the White House, the unpacking begins. It is essential this is done in less than six hours. Moving staff can often be at the White House hours into the late evening and early morning.
DECORATING THE WHITE HOUSE
Once the president settles in, they can choose to completely redecorate however they so choose. Art pieces on the walls can be changed, books on the shelves can be shuffled around, chairs can be replaced or moved as desired. Anything and everything they’d like to do can be done. It’s their new home – they can do whatever they’d like!
THE PRESIDENT IS AT THE INAUGURATION
Out of sight, out of mind. The last thing the President wants to be bothered with on moving day is where certain items should be unpacked.
As they move in on inauguration day, they’re busy doing more Presidential things. All of the moving and unpacking happens while they’re away tending to everything that comes with inauguration day. The President’s chief of staff – who has spoken with the President regarding the move – coordinates the moving. The chief of staff will be in charge while the President attends their parade and makes their speech.
NO ONE ESCAPES THE STRESS OF MOVING
Moving is stressful for everyone involved. From you, the new renter/owner, to the moving company tasked with getting your things safely from point A to point B. It’s no easy task. Everyone is subject to these stressors, even the new President.
They pay for the move, coordinate with their chief of staff, and hope that everything is done in a professional and timely manner while they’re busy with inauguration day.