Taking a page from Bill Clinton's playbook, representatives of the future Obama White House will be meeting with the Marriott Hotels Group to arrange a leaseback agreement whereby the White House occupants, President and all, relocate to the basement which presently doubles as the White House "nerve center" and situation room and all the accommodations in the upper level are converted to hotel rooms.
Marriott has agreed to keep the name White House and the property will probably be called the "White House Residential Inn and Suites".
The President and his retinue will have access to their basement offices through a side door discretely designed to avoid the prying public and occasional reporter .
As part of the cost cutting exercise that is affecting the entire country brought on by the economic collapse, Joe Biden, in addition to being Vice President Elect, is slated to serve as maitre'd in the exclusive restaurant that is to be placed in the area that used to be the Oval Office.
"We promised change", said the President Elect, " and , by God, we're going to have it".
A family oriented restaurant will be constructed in what was the Ballroom and Madeleine Albright has agreed to serve as sous chef under Robert Rubin who, since the near demise of Citigroup, is in desperate need of a job having been banned from all things financial and anything that remotely looks like a dotcom bubble.
Congress is looking at this arrangement with horror, since rumor has it that the Capitol Building may well undergo a similar arrangement with the Hilton Hotels Corporation.
Military shelters and army tents are purportedly being readied to house the congressmen and women and their aides at the Quantico Marine Base, 36 miles south of Washington. Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid have apparently requested a Quonset hut for themselves and senators will be allowed to choose the color scheme for their quarters.