Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Inside the hotel, Biden will rest before the inauguration

Traditionally, elect-presidents will rest in the Blair House on Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington DC in advance of the day of taking office. 

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Joe Biden has receipt an invitation to stay in the Blair House on the night of 19/1, before he becomes the 46th president, aiming to honor the tradition dating back to 1977. Photo: AP

Blair House is the official guesthouse of presidents located in front of the White House in 1651, Pennsylvania avenue. For decades, it plays an important role in the power transfer of presidents in a peaceful manner. Photo: Carol M Highsmith/Library of Congress

Since 1977, all elect-presidents have stayed in the Blair House the night before the day they swear in the position of Commander in chief (President of USA is also the Commander in chief of army forces), according to The Washington Post. In the above photo, Barack Obama executes the tradition of a signature on a guest book in the morning before his first president taking office ceremony in 2009. Photo: Blair House/USA Department of state.

The house built in 1824, is the accommodation of Joseph Lovell, the first Surgeon General of the United States army. In 1936, Francis Blair, a friend of President Andrew Jackson bought the house at a cost of 6.500 USD. Photo: Library of Congress

By 1942, the USA government rebought the house under the administration of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. On the photo is a corner of the library inside the grand bedroom of the house in July 1942. Photo: AP

President Harry Truman lived in this house for 4 years during his tenure. At the time, the White House was being repaired. In the above photo is president Truman (left) and British Premier Winston Churchill stood beside the house on March 24, 1949. Photo: Abbie Rowe/US National Archives and Records Administration

Some famous guests have once stayed here including Queen Elizabeth the II, King Juan Carlos of Spain, Russian president Vladimir Putin, Israel prime minister Netanyahu... On the above photo is president John F. Kennedy welcoming his counterpart from Panama Roberto F. Chiari in June 1962. Photo: John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum

Blair House is called the "unique hotel in the world", "the best small hotel in Washington DC, or "the guest house of Uncle Sam". It has these nicknames since the head of states, royal of nations, elect-presidents stay there as guests of USA president and Department of state. Photo: Carol M Highsmith/Library of Congress

At present, the 195-year-olds hotel includes 4 complexes, with more than 120 rooms in an area of 5.600 m2, bigger than the White house. The hotel has 14 apartments for guests, 3 separate rooms, 2 grand convention rooms, a library, spas, exercise rooms, laundry rooms... Photo: Carol M Highsmith/Library of Congress

The entire house is decorated in America's bold traditional style and luxury. In the above photo is the Lincoln room. Photo: Carol M Highsmith/Library of Congress

The chief office of reception of the USA department of state takes the responsibility for managing this house. 18 staffs take charge of cleaning and ornamenting for the house to welcome guests. Photo: Carol M Highsmith/Library of Congress

Incumbent President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump recept former president George W. Bush and former first lady Laura Bush in the Blair House on December 4,2018. Photo: Shealah Craighead/Official White House

Since its renovation in 1980, the Blair House has become a place to hold bilateral negotiation and summit meets. The above photo was taken on May 2, 1999, as Prime Minister of Japan Keizo Obuchi (right) along with entourage met with leaders of UAS businesses in the Blair House. Photo: Reuters

When a president passes away, members of the family are allowed to stay here before the day of the funeral. On the photo is Barbara Bush, the first lady of the USA 41st president George H.W. Bush with her daughter-in-law Sharon Bush taking care of her grandchildren in January 1989. Photo: J Scott Applewhite/AP.

In September 2016 in the Blair House, Secretary of state of USA John Kerry met the global democratic icon from Myanmar Aung San Suu Kyi, and also the person who won the peace Nobel title in 1991. 

The officials of the USA government also often hold dinners, official parties here. Despite less known about its historic meaning, the Blair House plays an important role in the diplomatic activities of UAS over the years. The above photo had taken on April 4,1993, then Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak (left) chatted with the minority leader of Senate Robert Dole and Senator Alan Simpson. Photo: Greg Gibson/AP

A person is jogging in the morning of December 2015 through the front face of 700 Jackson Place, an extra building of the Blair House. Before the pandemic, this is where people jog and tourists come to take photos as souvenirs as they visit the White House, Capital hill - the place that presidents of the USA take oath in office. At present, in the context of pandemic outbreaks, the USA Preventative Medicine Center still warns people to only take long trips as absolutely necessary. Photo: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

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