The Obama Family Welcomes Donald and Melania Trump to the White House

President Obama welcomed President-elect Trump and his wife to the White House this morning. It's the last stop for the President-elect before he takes the oath of office today at 12pm EST. 

Trump and the Obamas will ride together to the Capitol Building in a long tradition that reaches back to the 1837 inauguration of Martin Van Buren. Trump and Obama are scheduled to depart from the White House for the Capitol Building at 10:30am EST.

The departure of an outgoing president generally occurs with little ceremony. The 1889 'Handbook of Official Social Etiquette and Public Ceremonies at Washington,' describes how the outgoing president should depart from the nation's highest office. 

"His departure from the Capital is attended with no ceremony, other than the presence of the members of his late Cabinet and a few officials and personal friends.  The President leaves the Capital as soon as practicable after the inauguration of his successor."

President Obama has said that he intends to take his family on 'a long vacation' which begins Friday after the inauguration. Obama and his family will fly to Palm Springs where they will spend the next few months. 

However, Obama will stick around in D.C. as he has rented a house so that the 15-year-old Malia Obama can finish her final two years in high school school. 

Vice President Biden and his wife Jill are scheduled to head back to Delaware on an Amtrak train. 

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