Obama Opens the Doors to his New Home: ‘Don’t Break Anything’

Jan 21, 2009 4:39pm

The president and first lady held an open house at their new home today.

Mr. and Mrs. Obama spent some time in the Blue Room this afternoon greeting guests that just so happened to be passing though on their tour at the time.

The first couple stood as the line filtered past them, shaking the hand of each guest and engaging in some very short small talk.

Obama was at one point handed a business card by one guest. The new president, handing off the card to his body man, Reggie Love, joked that, "generally giving me cards is a bad idea," which made the room erupt into laughter.

An African-American woman seemed overcome by the first lady’s beauty. “You’re beautiful,” she exclaimed, “You’re gorgeous!”

A brave twenty-something woman was the only one –- while the pool was in the room –- to give the president a hug. Afterward, she seemed overcome with emotions — put her hand on her heart and appeared to get emotional after their embrace.

The four minute photo op with the first couple was mostly small talk with many “Welcome” and “Thank you for coming” comments by the president and first lady.

But Mr. Obama jokingly gave a warning to one man to be careful in his new home.

“Welcome. Enjoy yourself. Roam around. Don’t break anything."

– Sunlen Miller

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