First lady Michelle Obama smiles as she is introduced at the kids' "State Dinner" in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, July 9, 2013. The event recognizes 54 winners of a nationwide recipe challenge to promote healthy lunches representing all U.S. states, three territories and the District of Columbia. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
Forget the breathless speculation over which city will host Barack Obama's much-coveted presidential library and museum. The bigger mystery: Will the president and first lady choose Chicago as their permanent post-White House residence?
Alas, all signs point to "no."
Native South Sider Michelle Obama loves California and is interested in getting a place in Palm Springs when the family leaves DC, reports the Sun-Times' Michael Sneed.
Meanwhile, echoing the most popular prediction, a veteran Obama campaign operative tells Ward Room that the Obamas will likely establish a home base in New York City rather than the Windy City, where the president first made his name. The political power couple, who own a home in Chicago, are "not coming back," said our source.
Last month, Politico reported that the president was telling friends he'd like to live in the Big Apple. At a 2012 fundraiser in Manhattan, he reportedly said: "I just desperately want to take a walk through Central Park again, and just remember what that feels like."
Michelle Obama returns to Chicago next week for a Democratic National Committee fundraiser at the Waldorf-Astoria. She has said first daughter Sasha, 13, will have a big say in deciding where they move after her husband closes out his second term in 2017. Both Sasha and older sister, Malia, 16, attend Sidwell Friends School in Washington.