November 9th, 2008
04:50 PM ET
5 years ago

Obamas, Bushes to meet at White House

President Bush and first lady Laura Bush will welcome the Obamas to the White House on Monday.
President Bush and first lady Laura Bush will welcome the Obamas to the White House on Monday.

(CNN) - Barack and Michelle Obama will get a tour of their future home Monday as they meet with the Bushes at the White House.

President Bush and the president-elect are expected to hold a meeting in the Oval Office, while first lady Laura Bush is expected to show the incoming first lady around the property.

Bush has pledged to do everything he can to make sure the transition is smooth.

Obama said he does not anticipate any problems Monday, adding that he is “gratified by the invitation” to meet with the president and his wife.

“I'm sure that, in addition to taking a tour of the White House, there's going to be a substantive conversation between myself and the president,” he said at a news conference Friday.

“I’m going to go in there with a spirit of bipartisanship and a sense that both the president and various leaders in Congress all recognize the severity of the situation right now and want to get stuff done,” he said.

The head of Obama’s transition team, John Podesta, said Bush and Obama will have a lot to talk about.

"They need to cover a broad range of issues, from national security affairs, where we are on homeland security. But I think he'll also want to spend a good deal of time on where things stand on the economy."

While Obama has sought advice from other presidents, the White House press secretary predicts Bush will exercise restraint.

"I don't think that President Bush will be presumptuous in trying to talk to Barack Obama about how he makes decisions, or how Barack Obama should make decisions. I think that the President probably will share how he's made decisions and some of the things that he feels are important," Dana Perino said.

The courtesy tour is a historic formality. Monday will mark the first time since 1988 that a Bush has not hosted or been hosted by a Clinton.

soundoff (113 Responses)
  1. Taylor

    Barack, a good dog for your family is a Havanese because it does not shed, is hypoallergenic, and very easily trained. I have one and he is the perfect dog for my family since we have allergies. Havanese's also love children! Please consider the breed Havanese.

    November 9, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  2. Chela

    "Bush has pledged to do everything he can to make sure the transition is smooth."

    If there ever was a time in his political career to be truthful and follow through on his promise, now is the time for Bush to keep his word. Our country – the UNITED States of America – needs to come together in supporting our new President and his efforts to get things back on track.

    November 9, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  3. The Plane ... The Plane

    President Bush ... I have though you were intellectually challenged even before your election but ....

    You appear to have been very gracious and reasonably accomodating to President-elect Obama. In so doing, you are setting, in the final 3% of your term, a co-operative, non-partisan tone. This is a good example and I hope you'll speak to your fellow republicans about replicating it throughout Obama's term in office.

    Why not send the 747 to Chicago, so the Obama's get a sneak peak at what it will be like for the next 8 years?

    November 9, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  4. Barbara in NC

    While Obama has sought advice from other presidents, the White House press secretary predicts Bush will exercise restraint.

    _____________________

    Good – why would an intelligent President want advice from an idiot?

    Hurry and leave, bushie.

    November 9, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  5. Simmy

    This is so sweet! We all need to get along. The success of our country requires it at this time.

    November 9, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  6. mbg

    Arrest Bush for war crimes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 9, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  7. CanIcallyouJoe

    "Bush has pledged to do everything he can to make sure the transition is smooth."

    Someone needs to let Bush know that humans can't time travel to the past and undo the last eight years.

    "I think that the President probably will share how he's made decisions and some of the things that he feels are important."

    He should probably tell that to the people first, eh?

    Notice how Cheney is making his quiet escape to his Haliburton shrine overseas?

    November 9, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  8. Dude

    When is Obama going to pay respect in person to his dead grandmother? Or else since there is no use of a dead granny anymore why bother. American fools fooled by empty rhetoric and crocodile tears.

    November 9, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  9. Enjoying life to the fullest! :)

    Quote from Bush...“I’m going to go in there with a spirit of bipartisanship and a sense that both the president and various leaders in Congress all recognize the severity of the situation right now and want to get stuff done,” I mean WOW! WHY is this SUDDENLY his attitude!? WHY was THIS not thought about and brought up last week!? It's funny how when someone is losing their job they will say ANYTHING> Don't get me wrong, I'm ALL for bipartisanship, just, why now and not sooner than this? Makes your head spin. If this was his intention a long time ago, maybe his approval rating would more likely have been higher. >scratching head< NEVER seems to amaze me!...

    November 9, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  10. Jim Hall

    Hopefully the village idiot that is in the white house now will voluntary get out before January 20th, 2009 and lets have an early inauguration after Obama gets his cabinet members picked. We are so tired of seeing the current village idiot in the white house and his ignorant wife. Lets get on with an early change in this country not have to wait another 10 weeks. A republican family that did not vote for the current village idiot that is in the white house now nor voted for the village idiot and aqua net palin that wanted to take his place Jim Hall Kansas City Missouri.

    November 9, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  11. Marie

    maybe they can talk about what other programs they can implement to spy on Americans

    November 9, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  12. Independent white female patriotic voter

    It is time to measure the drapes!

    November 9, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  13. tanyia

    I can imagine the conversation between Obama and Bush:

    Bush: Can I leave now?

    Obama: No Mr. President, you have to finish your term before I become President.

    Bush: No one has to know that you are actually running things now. It is a win-win situation for us both.

    Obama: No Mr. President I will not break the law.

    November 9, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  14. Independent & Pragmatic

    "Monday will mark the first time since 1988 that a Bush has not hosted or been hosted by a Clinton."

    Now THAT'S change.

    November 9, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  15. Barbara in NC

    Dude – your ignorance is showing. Only Barack knows what his family has planned.

    Mind your own personal business and leave Barack and his family alone. Typical McCain/Palin tactics that you have picked up. Snide, slash, trash, burn, lie. STOP IT

    November 9, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  16. Ken in NC

    You know Mr. President, it will be ok with me if you should decide to leave the White House and head back to Texas while the Obama's are there for a visit. I do not think anyone would blame you. In fact if you would like it, I will come and help you pack.

    November 9, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  17. Ralph Il

    I just hope Bush goes on trial after Jan 20th. They shouldn't let him get away with what he has done. Same for Cheney.

    Show the world that we can govern ourselves and we can punish people for their crimes.

    November 9, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  18. BM

    Yall cut President Bush some slack now. After all he is being more gracious than I thought he would be.
    I hope people aren't that dumb as to allow that bimbo from Alaska run for any office.

    November 9, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  19. No Hillary = No Obama

    Politics – strange bedfellows indeed.

    November 9, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  20. drumble

    To Dude.

    How very narrow-minded of you. Well, I guess Obama never loved his mother, then, clearly. She must be so gratified to know that you're sticking your neck out for her against her heartless grandson who she knew and loved her whole life, who she voted for before she died, by the way.

    Perhaps when it's your grandmother who buys the farm then you can lecture us on exactly how to pay one's respects, but you actually have the sheer offensiveness to say that what Barack owes all of you is to get out in front of cameras to mourn his very personal loss because treating it as a private matter is just too much to ask now that he's in power.

    Of course he had to say something when she died, it couldn't have been ignored. How dare you say that he used her death as a campaigning tool, if he hadn't mentioned her in his speech then you would have crucified him anyway for not mentioning her.

    You people have a funny idea of what your politicians owe you.

    Is anybody else sickened by that remark?

    November 9, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  21. BM

    Keith, please do we have to rehash those terrible days of Joe the Plumber, Bimbo, the moose killer and erractic McCain? Those clips should never be shown again. However, I love wayching the Katue Couric interview and Charlie Gibson, which confirmed that this woman is not smarter than a third grader,(lol)

    November 9, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  22. eugene

    I hope Barney is not around

    November 9, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  23. mbg

    Hey dude your a complete idiot shut up with you crap

    November 9, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  24. Tomkat in Seattle

    The gathering in front of the White House on election night by thousands of joyous Obama supporters reminded me of the scene in the movie "Frankenstein". All the mob needed was pitchforks and torches...Burning the evil doctor (Bush) and his monster(s) (Cheney, Rice, Rumsfeld, Gonzalez, Rove....etc.) out would surely have been justified. M2C

    -Tomkat-

    November 9, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  25. kelly WI

    The Bushes are gracious people. Certainly more than he got from the Clintons. At least the the Obamas won't be going into a trashed and plundered W H.

    It takes thousands of people to run the gov. and the WH. Obama has to learn how to do it, get to know all the secrets and whats happening in the world we don't know about. Thats why its called transition.

    I see some of the libs here are the same old mean people. Wonder how long it will take for them to turn against Obama when they don't get what they want for "change". It appears everyone has their own definition of change. Obama never defined it. A Pres. is not a King. He has to work with the Congress. They make the legislation and a Pres. can only say yes or no.

    Relax. It will take years for the economy to get better. This is a private sector nation. Capitalism. It isn't a socalist country Yet.

    Campaign talk is one thing. Reality another.

    November 9, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
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