WASHINGTON--Michelle Obama and daughters Sasha and Malia are here getting ready for the first day of school at Sidwell Friends on Monday. I'm told by a pal whose kids go to Sidwell that the parents were sent word just to be normal. The guidance from Katie McCormick-Lelyveld, Michelle Obama's spokesman is this "There are no public events scheduled for Michelle and the girls this week, but they are in DC getting settled." I'm also told that there may be a photo op tomorrow morning allowing a pool photo of Michelle getting the girls off to class. Still no official announcement yet if Marion Robinson, Michelle's mom, who is moving to Washington, will be living in the White House or someplace else.
In the meantime, President elect Obama wants to focus on Congress and big economic bill; he meets with House and Senate leadership in the afternoon and with his own economic team.
Monday's guidance from the Obama transition:
President-elect Barack Obama will meet with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Capitol Hill on Monday. Vice President-elect Joe Biden will join Obama for a meeting with Democratic and Republican congressional leadership on Capitol Hill on Monday afternoon. Meeting participants will include Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senate Assistant Majority Leader Dick Durbin, Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, House Minority Leader John Boehner, House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn and House Minority Whip Eric Cantor. There will be a pooled spray at the top of the bi-partisan meeting.
President-elect Barack Obama will hold a meeting with his top economic advisors on Monday afternoon at his Washington DC transition office. There will be a pooled spray at the end of the meeting. Participants in the meeting will include Melody Barnes, Director-designate, Domestic Policy Council; Carol Browner, Assistant-designate to the President for Energy and Climate Change; Former Senator Tom Daschle, Health and Human Services Secretary-designate and Director-designate, White House Office on Health Reform; Rahm Emanuel, Chief of Staff-designate; Timothy Geithner, Treasury Secretary-designate; Ron Klain, Chief of Staff-designate, Vice President-elect; Peter Orszag, Director-designate, Office of Management and Budget; Christina Romer, Director-designate, Council of Economic Advisors and Lawrence Summers, Director-designate, National Economic Council.