A second motivation, Obama’s younger daughter, Sasha, is a freshman at Sidwell Friends, and the family is planning to stay in the District at least until she graduates in a few years. Not at least, this area is just two miles from the White House. The presidency of Barack Obama began at noon EST on January 20, 2009, when he became the 44th President of the United States. Obama was a United States Senator from Illinois at the time of his victory over Republican Senator John McCain of Arizona in the 2008 presidential election. It was the sixteenth Democratic president. Former presidents rarely remain in Washington after living and working in the US capital’s oldest public building. The actual American President has said that family will be his priority.