November 9th, 2008
04:50 PM ET
6 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. BS VA

    This can't end well. If they touch, they'll cancel each other out, and then we'll be out a president and a president-elect.

    November 9, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  2. Nani from Hawai'i

    To the person wondering about Obama paying respect to his deceased Grandmother–

    In Hawai'i it is very common for services not to be held immediately after a death. Sometimes it may be even a month after the person's death. It is very common in Hawai'i for people to be cremated and the ashes scattered at sea. Usually there is a service, more of a celebration of life, and then the scattering of the ashes. Again, not unusual for services to be a month, or even more, after the actual death.

    So don't be so judgemental of Obama. I imagine he will definitely be at his Tutu's service.

    Live aloha!

    November 9, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  3. ET from OMAHA

    I will pay for the U hall and volunteer to help pack.
    Can't wait for bush to leave the white house.
    we need a group of pastors and priest to help desatanized the white house before Obama mooves in.
    We need the wash everything with the holy water.

    November 9, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  4. Nani from Hawai'i

    To Dude:

    In Hawai'i it is very common for services not to be held immediately after a death. Sometimes it may be even a month after the person's death. It is very common in Hawai'i for people to be cremated and the ashes scattered at sea. Usually there is a service, more of a celebration of life, and then the scattering of the ashes. Again, not unusual for services to be a month, or even more, after the actual death.

    So don't be so judgemental of Obama. I imagine he will definitely be at his Tutu's service.

    Live aloha!

    November 9, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  5. Ken in NC

    Did anyone ever realize that the wrong Bush was in the White House. The right Bush should have been Laura Bush. The lady got it going on. She is smart and cool. She has probably forgotten more than George ever learned and is still smarter than he is.

    November 9, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  6. KLEE

    To: JGBNY November 9th, 2008 6:01 pm ET

    and what asylum are you from my friend?

    please go back to your dingy dank cave!

    November 9, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  7. Jaye

    I am so happy this meeting is going to take place.
    It's time to put the election aside and working together to fix our country.

    November 9, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  8. Ken in NC

    @ DUDE
    NASA can save lots of money launching space vehicles into your head because there is lots of space up there between your ears. You should be more respectful to the family of the President elect. It is none of your business when he is going to pay his respects. You should spend your free time trying to be a better person than you are.

    November 9, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  9. Sophia

    my only comment is for "get real" Don't be hateful....

    November 9, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  10. carol

    I'm sure President Bush and his wife will be very gracious tomorrow when they meet with the Obama's.
    I don't think President elect Obama would want or expect any advice from President Bush but have a talk in general and I'm sure President
    Bush will wish the Obama family all the best in their new life.
    No time now for any bitterness from either side, we have to move on and work together.....we are all American's and want what is best for this country.
    I hope they have a nice visit tomorrow and lets start to heal this country after the very nasty campaign we had to endure from the McCain camp.

    November 9, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  11. Danny

    Obama will need lot of advise from George W. Bush. Poor guy was a community organizer in the South of Chicago. I hope he learns something.

    November 9, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  12. Unbiased NO Bull

    Very meaningful discussionshere
    one conservative post for every 100 liberal rants.
    what do expect from cnn?
    4years from now watch the change !!

    November 9, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  13. Republican

    You can make fun of bush. WHO cares??? I respect him for keeping us safe since 9/11 and not just fooling around in the white house. When you are safe in your house, yes you can make fun of everybody. When our rear's are under fire from terrorism, like 9/11 you wont have time to criticize the presidents. See security breeds comedians.

    November 9, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  14. julio

    Enough! Democrats, stop insulting President Bush! Republicans, stop insulting President-Elect Obama!

    November 9, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  15. Maria

    Hope Obama staff can gets a good cleaning crew to clear out and find all George Bush's hidden alcohol bottles.
    Good ridden to the old drunk (Bush) and his evil partner ( Cheney).

    November 9, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  16. Obama 08

    To "Dude"... mind your own business!! You need to worry more about how your republican party will rebuild itself because you guys are the American Fools!!

    November 9, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  17. Linda

    To JGBNY...you are a pathetic individual.

    November 9, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  18. Erika, KS

    It's nasuating. The worst president meets the junior senator. Oh Boy!

    November 9, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  19. reality

    I find it funny when people say Bush is a good president for keeping us safe after 9/11. He made the world a lot dangerous and he made US a lot less safer in the process. Any idiot can keep any country safe by taking away freedoms. I bet you even a morons like Hannity or Limbaugh can pull it off.

    President Bush didn't do an extraordinary job, he just did the job, in the worst way possible.

    November 9, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  20. KJL

    President Bush was extremely unlucky. I don't approve of his views on science and religion, but I have definite sympathy in that he was trying to lead the country at a bad time. I wish he and his family the best.

    Now we have to hope Obama can turn things around.

    November 9, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  21. Obama 08

    To "JGBNY" thank you so much for your comment and THANK YOU & SO MANY OTHERS FOR HANDING OBAMA THE PRESIDENCY ON A SILVER PLATTER WITH YOUR RACISTS COMMENTS THAT HAS PLAGUE THE REPUBLICAN PARTY!!!! :)

    November 9, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  22. Dylan, Los Angeles

    The horror...I feel nausea with having to look at Bush together with Obama.

    November 9, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  23. J.C.

    We trust First Lady Mrs. Laura Bush will leave the White House in its top and complete shape for the Obama family.

    November 9, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  24. Helen, NY

    I still remember when George Bush became president-elect and Bill Clinton was in office. Bill robbed the white house and also pardoned all criminals. What a disgrace. On the contrary, George Bush and Laura Bush have been so decent. We wish you both well and we will definitely miss you.

    November 9, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  25. J.C.

    I believe history will judge President G.W. Bush, not me. I do thank him for keeping us safer.

    November 9, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
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