November 6th, 2008
02:07 PM ET
6 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. djak

    Reading the comments on this page makes me wonder what the heck planet I'm on. Surely all these comments from those that feel they are 100% perfect, aren't human beings.

    November 6, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  2. MRS.MAC

    that is so wonderful how gracious the Bushes are being.

    November 6, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    Mike posted
    November 6th, 2008 2:17 pm ET

    Mike I just read your post. As a Obama supporter from the beginning I have one thing to say to you;

    HAHA

    November 6, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  4. Independent In NY

    Sure is a lot of hate in here, on BOTH sides..........

    ONE AMERICA, UNITE, UNITE , UNITE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 6, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  5. J.D.

    If Bush provides a smooth, gracious transition, it will do much to burnish him image as he leaves office.

    November 6, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  6. Ron

    Mike posted
    November 6th, 2008 2:17 pm ET

    Mike I just read your post. As a Obama supporter from the beginning I have one thing to say to you;

    HAHA

    November 6, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  7. PL

    Oops is an idiot and his mother should have did the world a favor and aborted it.

    November 6, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  8. Debby

    Bush better get some good hip hop music. hahaha

    November 6, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  9. Change,

    CHANGE====HIGHER TAXES, BANKRUPT COAL INDUSTRY, UNEMLOYMENT, MILITANT ARMY, HELL YA BRING IT ON.

    November 6, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  10. observer

    President Obama will win the trust of those people who did not vote for him. Accept the results and mandate given to him, and work with him for the benefits of the nation.

    Give him the chance to prove himself before condemning and throwing negative remarks on him.

    November 6, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  11. Independent and loving it - Minnesota

    There is nothing worse than I sore loser. Grow up people.

    November 6, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  12. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    President-elect Obama, be sure to speak slowly in short sentences for the Crawford Mensa!

    November 6, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  13. Ron

    Let the far right keep talking. I don't want the good people of America to ever forget why they need to continue to vote in Statesman like Barack Obama.

    November 6, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  14. Change, hahaha

    This president will bring no change. You people who throw your virgin daughters to him will be paying the highest taxes in 9 months. During the speech, he continued to tell the sheep "We will get there". Where in the hell is "THERE". Even the liberal anchormen are saying they are unsure what he is going to do, and he looked somewhat creepy on stage. You wanted all of this "CHANGE" but what change? This entire election was very comical. What are you going to do when he puts together his "militant army". Well the guys in the south just laugh at the sheep. i'm sure this won't make it past the moderator. I can't wait for him to bankrupt the coal industry in the North, and you guys will be unemployed, but you guys will still chant, "WE BELIEVE, CHANGE, CHANGE, WE BELIEVE" its comming. I'll post again
    post this Mr. Moderator

    November 6, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  15. John

    I hope they have the adult version of the data for Obama so he doesn't have to use the pop-up-books and speak-and-spell Bush needs.

    November 6, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  16. Dogteam18

    Bush go ahead and give 'em the keys during the visit. Your one-way ticket to Crawford is on the way. We have about 65 million volunteers to pack yo' stuff. Leave now and we'll ship it to ya COD.

    November 6, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  17. rita

    It's very nice that Pres Bush is being gracious to the Obama team. It's about time that he does something right. I think the ladies will get along well, and from what I have seen of Obama, he will be a great listener and as gracious as possible.
    Good going Bush! I applaud you.

    November 6, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  18. Charles, Arlington Heights, IL

    Catholic Mom for Obama. You are no moral ground to judge anyone. True, hate is not Christian but neither is abortion. You won the election and just can't stop complaining can you?

    November 6, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  19. Independent and loving it - Minnesota

    The one thing is for certain – the McCain/Palin campaign brought out all the closet and openly racists in this country. You people are a disgrace.

    November 6, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  20. Jay A.

    The left needs to stop blaming Bush for everything.

    Confirmed by economists (one in a top financial firm I PERSONALLY heard from) say that the economy was on its way into the toilet as far back as 15-20 years ago due to bad policies, which *ahem* Clinton admitted had gone past him.

    Clinton was warned about Osama in 1996 and had over 3 years and 3 documented chances to get him but failed. Bush had 1 month of warning, but automatically the left blamed Bush.

    Bush didn't invent Atlantic hurricanes, yet the left blamed the aftermath squarely on him.

    Bush did not cause the problems above, but he did make matters worse on all of them. For that, I do hope Obama can turn a deaf ear to those who will ride his coattails, and just move to the center and do it right.

    November 6, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  21. G from DC

    Charles:

    Are you sure that an inordinate fear is all that's causing McCain and/or Palin supporters to whine....?

    November 6, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  22. How Naive

    To all the African Americans, when will "African American" stop being used before addressing Obama?

    If you want equality, why are you still saying "Afrcan American," it's this "in your face" mentality that will simply cause people to disrespect you and regret their vote.

    ...by the way, do you actually believe that by Obama being in the White House, YOU as an individual will all the sudden be attending ivy league universities, be moving into the elite suburbs in droves and suddenly finding yourself working in corporate america, with a GED?

    Be realistic, he is one man, and everyone's President, the African community will NOT be his main/only agenda.

    November 6, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  23. Craig in Washington

    "Guess it just goes to show obama is prejducied also….he isn't appointing ANY WOMEN to his cabinet. " Really, Marge? Do you know something none of the rest of us know? Or is this just some wild-eyed speculation (aka sniping) of yours?

    There are a bunch of cabinet positions, and only a couple have been mentioned. Most of the positions are non-cabinet level staff. The White House probably has something like 300 senior staff positions. I sincerely doubt there will be no women in those slots. I even doubt it for the Cabinet. Don't forget, Obama has to answer to his boss: Michelle.

    November 6, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  24. Eddie

    I am about as excited as anyone about President Elect Barack Obama being elected as our next President. However, doesn't CNN understand that African Americans aren't the only ones happy about his election? Jeeeeez where are the images of the MILLIONS of White People that voted for him and believed that he was the best man for the job. Although Black Americans are understandably extremely proud of Obama, to only show images, interview, and highlight African Americans after Obama's election, seems ridiculous!

    He is the President Elect of all Americans and even if every Black person in America voted for him it's only a small percentage of the total number of Americans that voted for him including Whites, Latinos, Asians, etc... How about showing images of them happy about his election, how about interviewing them about their feelings, about the reasons why they voted for him and what they expect him to do for them?

    It seems like you guys are already working on scaring White America and especially Republicans so as to make sure this doesn't happen again 4 years from now. The images of people that Republicans thought, hoped and expected would vote for them and didn't, would better represent the Change that America voted for.

    November 6, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  25. Ken

    Good Grief!!! When are you guys going to get a life? Instead of sitting on your butts blogging all the "nyah, nyah, nyah" comments from both sides, why don't you do something useful that might help this country?

    The election was 2 days ago. It is done and life goes on. Get a life!

    November 6, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
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