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Human Rights Activists get better treatment :-) [Jan. 7th, 2009|07:35 pm]
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According to the Sydney Morning Herald Australian human rights activist and hero John Winston Howard (ABC yesterday) has usurped the President Elect for board and lodging in Washington.

Anne Davies
January 7, 2009 - 3:54PM

Thank heavens that John Howard is now our ex-prime minister, for it appears that he has inadvertently bumped President-elect Barack Obama to the waiting list for the official presidential guest-manse, Blair House, forcing the first family into the nearby Hay-Adams Hotel.

Washington has been awash with speculation about the identity of the presidential guest who had caused the Obamas, whose children started school this week, to take up digs in a hotel.

But on Tuesday, the day after the White House announced that Mr Howard, the former British prime minister Tony Blair and Colombian President Alvaro Uribe are to be awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom next week, it emerged that Mr Howard was the dignitary in question.

Mr Howard and his wife, Janette, had been invited to stay at Blair House some time ago, and "that was the invitation", a spokesman for the former prime minister said.

The couple will stay just one night - January 12 - and will not be accompanied by an entourage as some reports suggested, he said.

"I am sure he was unaware that Mr Obama wanted to come in early, when he accepted the invitation," the spokesman said.

Sally McDonough, a spokeswoman for first lady Laura Bush also underscored that the inconvenience to the Obamas was inadvertent.