November 6th, 2008
02:07 PM ET
5 years ago

Obama, Bush set for Oval Office meeting

Obama and Bush are set to meet in the White House.
Obama and Bush are set to meet in the White House.

(CNN) – President-elect Barack Obama and President Bush are set to meet in the White House on Monday, a get-together both men say they are looking forward to.

“Michelle and I look forward to meeting with President Bush and the First Lady on Monday to begin the process of a smooth, effective transition," Obama said in a statement. "I thank him for reaching out in the spirit of bipartisanship that will be required to meet the many challenges we face as a nation."

Meanwhile, White House Press Secretary Dana Perino said the two men will sit down in the Oval Office.

"The President and Mrs. Bush look forward to welcoming President-elect and Mrs. Obama to the White House on Monday afternoon. The Bushes will greet the Obamas, and then the President will visit with the President-elect in the Oval Office," she said. "Mrs. Bush and Mrs. Obama will meet in and tour the Private Residence. We understand that the Obama children will not be accompanying them on this visit, but we very much look forward to meeting them."

soundoff (205 Responses)
  1. Greg M.

    O.K. President Obama let's get busy. The world is has witnessed the victory of positive. Lets go in history as the best Presidents ever. Take your time and fix what the republicans have messed up. We will all help, just keep being visible and keep talking to us on the Micheal Basinden show. We are inviting you and your family to Baton Rouge, La. and the Biden family.

    Obama 08'..............................................................................

    November 6, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  2. NoMcSame

    Bring some RAID with you because that place is filled with roaches.

    November 6, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  3. David, Silver Spring, MD

    This should be an interesting meeting, given that both men are acutely aware of how big a role the failures of George W. Bush have had in the success of Barack Obama.

    November 6, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  4. Dee

    I think Bush is secretly HAPPY that Obama won...he probably wishes they could move in over the weekend so he can hurry up and leave....

    November 6, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  5. proud american!!!

    YAAAAAAAY!!! obama is getting ready to start changing our country and its really funny to listen to the republicans whine and cry about their candidate loosing....didya catch fox news during Nov. 4? They all seemed pretty bummed...

    November 6, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  6. Molly

    This is awesome!

    November 6, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  7. Fiorella

    It'll be nice to have kids (and a puppy) in the White House again....and frankly, it's inspiring to see a good family led by two intelligent, successful parents juggling the responsibilities as parents and their jobs. A true American family.

    November 6, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  8. Kiah G.

    I can't wait for President-elect Obama to get in there and work out the problems that this idiot Bush has created!

    November 6, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  9. Jody Monroe

    Will they discuss our failing economy? Has anyone heard that our dollar is going to "bust" and will be replaced with the new coin, the AMERO coin?

    I saw a video from Hal Turner and wondered if it was true that China practically owns the U.S. monetary system? Please clarify

    November 6, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  10. paul (staunch Moderate)

    I can hear Laura Bush now: "Now, play nicely boys!!" (jj)

    Hope the meeting goes well – in true spirit of cooperation.

    November 6, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  11. Peggy - TX

    This is highly commendable for Laura and President Bush to facilitate a speedy and effective transition.

    Moving to the white house may sound exciting, but I venture to guess that, in fact, Michelle and her daughters are sacrificing much of their current freedoms, familiar friends and their preferred surrounding to accompany Barrack to the white house. I recall that initially she did not want Barack to run for president – understandably.

    Michelle has impressed me as a strong person who will work effectively to make a home for her family and help support Barack as he carries the weigh of the world on his back. I hope to see Michelle take an active public role in her per own pet projects and develop to be more then just a fashion trend setter.

    November 6, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  12. alex

    good showing of unity

    November 6, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  13. Deb in Colo

    I am not a fan of the Bushes (of any generation). But I think both W and Laura have been very gracious over the last few days.

    November 6, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  14. chelle

    It is actually nice that everyone is sharing the sandbox (at this moment anyhow)

    I also think it is great that the Obamas realize that the girls don't need to be dragged all over hell's half acre everytime they go somewhere. I bet the Palin children can't wait to get home and just go to school and stuff. I felt so sorry for them during the campaign, always trailing along behind Mom. Did she not realize that there are schools in the lower 48?

    November 6, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  15. Donna

    To Welcome–are you still buying the lie that Obama is a Muslim? Are you always so willing to just accept what you read on the internet? He is a Christian and he's an inspiration to millions of Americans. Your candidate lost. Get over it.

    November 6, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  16. MY FRIENDS - REPUBLI-KLANS JOA$$HN McINSANE/PAIN-LIN ARE SPREADING HATE & BIGOTRY IN AMERICA

    evict GEORGE BUSH NOW.

    November 6, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  17. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I wonder how much this is a social visit and how much is a business "here's this and that and those people" kind of visit. What could Bush show him that someone else could (and do a better job at it)?

    November 6, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  18. ANGIE

    I Think Bush is happy Obama won he is being too Cooperative Betcha he voted for him lolo

    November 6, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  19. Liberal anger and nowhere to go

    With Bush and republicans gone, all that liberal anger has to go somewhere now.
    Look at Waxman's position, they're alreay eating their own.

    November 6, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  20. NickNas

    BREAKING NEWS!!!

    To ALL non-believers and doubters it is now OFFICIAL.

    Obamas Total SO FAR is 364 electoral votes. That makes it an

    OFFICIAL LANDSLIDE VICTORY!

    Landslide = 360+

    November 6, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  21. country first

    bless both of these leaders, united we stand.

    November 6, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  22. AMGC

    Call him Shiek Obama, call him President Hussein, I don't care. I'll call him Mr President any day of the week. Nothing's going to change the fact that the majority voice spoke. Proud to have him on board!

    November 6, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  23. John Anthony, MN

    I hope and trust Obama will see through all the lies Bush will undoubtedly tell him! There is no way Bush can ever tell the tyruth-he never has yet.

    November 6, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  24. ednadavid

    Whatever we would like to say about GWB – I believe that he will welcome the Obama's warmly and do his best to make the transition possible.

    November 6, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  25. Joy

    Obama please show the "C" student how to run a country. May god continue to bless and guide you MR. PRESIDENT OBAMA!!

    November 6, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
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