Earlier we reported that the Obamas had purchased their fifth home, being located in a small golf resort town near Palm Springs, California. After much research and investigation it has been determined to be nothing more than a rumor, and one that has persisted over the past couple of years.
This rumor has been reported by conservative and liberal media outlets alike:
- Daily Caller – 11/20/2016
- Page Six – 11/20/2016
- NewsMax – 11/22/2016
- Patch.com – 11/22/2016
- Town & Country Magazine – 11/21/2016
- Bravo TV – 11/22/2016
- Daily Mail – 11/21/2016
- Truth Examiner – 11/21/2016
- L.A. Times – 7/21/2014
- NBC Chicago – 7/23/2014
- Daily Wire – 11/22/2016
- Washington Times – 7/22/2014
- Freedom Outpost – 11/22/2016
- Right Wing News – 11/22/2016
Home buying rumors took off when the president and First Lady spent a June weekend in Thunderbird Heights in the summer of 2014. Rumors that the couple was house-hunting were reported widely.
The president returned to Thunderbird Heights on three subsequent visits, widely rumored to be staying with James Costos, who serves as the U.S. ambassador to Spain, and his partner Michael Smith, an interior designer who redecorated the White House dining room and the Oval Office.
A vacant lot next to Smith and Costos’ estate, at the western edge of the neighborhood, was sold to a buyer listing Smith’s design firm as its address in May 2015, according to county records. The buyers turned out to be scientists from Nebraska who insisted they had no connection to the First Family.
The rumor had been dormant since July 2014 until Page Six picked it up earlier this week and that’s when many other media outlets followed suit .
The Obama’s have said they will stay in DC (pictured above), at least until their youngest daughter finishes high school.