Some of the questions students who attend the Elizabeth Peabody House after-school program asked Jay Holmes, Barack Obama’s former landlord at 365 Broadway in Somerville:
Did you meet Michelle Obama?
No, the president wasn’t married when he lived here.
Did he [Obama] get any parking tickets here?
Yes. Obama drove a black sedan, and would park it on Broadway in front of the building.
How much was rent? Did he pay?
$900. Yes, he always paid rent.
Did you hang out with Obama?
No, Holmes said. “We would chitchat.” Holmes said Obama had a lot of friends who would come and go. “He likes to enjoy himself. No wild parties, but good clean fun.”
How old was the president?
He was probably 35. I was 40-something.
How old is the building?
It was built in 1882.