Barack Obama's House - Kenwood - Chicago
This is Pres. Obama's house, now protected by the U.S. Secret Service, but not when this was taken on April 15, 2007. (Our tour of the Kenwood neighborhood actually began on the sidewalk in front of the house so we could get a better look at the synagogue across the street. ) Im sure you can't park your mini-Cooper there today!
I had predicted that the Obamas were likely to sell this place after moving to Washington. The president initially said that he expected to visit home about ever six weeks or so. This place is nice, but I guess it's nothing compared to Camp David. I still say they sell....it's not like they are ever going to return to Chicago to live...
The lot on the left is the subject of the "Rezko" deal. Tony Rezko bought the lot for the asking price, and the Obamas got $300,000 off the asking price. Rezko was recently found guilty of "influence peddling" related charges in the federal court in Chicago. Obama was able to successfully disassociate himself from Mr. Rezko, so that this house deal never became much of an issue. Rezko was ultimately convicted and sentenced to 10 1/2 years in prison: www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-met-rezko-sentencing...
Once Barack became the Democrat nominee, the Secret Service substantially tightened security on the street, and even more once he was elected president.
UPDATE: Does this look familiar? Maybe you've seen this in a John McCain commercial? Me too! flickr.com/photos/mss2400/2792584058/
Wanna see the neighborhood? Check out this group of other photos from my Kenwood tour: www.flickr.com/photos/mss2400/sets/72157600085923943/