November 10th, 2008
07:01 PM ET
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Bushes welcome Obamas to White House

President Bush and Laura Bush welcome Barack and Michelle Obama to the White House on Monday.
President Bush and Laura Bush welcome Barack and Michelle Obama to the White House on Monday.

(CNN) – President Bush and first lady Laura Bush welcomed President-elect Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle Obama, to the White House on Monday afternoon.

Bush and Obama held a private meeting in the Oval Office, while the first lady gave the incoming first lady a tour of the residence.

The president and president-elect walked together along the colonnade by the Rose Garden before entering the Oval Office together. They briefly waved to reporters along the way.

Obama and Bush were not expected to speak on camera following their meeting.

An aide to Obama said they were "going to let the pictures speak for themselves."

The two met in the Oval Office for just over an hour. When President George H.W. Bush hosted President-elect Bill Clinton after the 1992 election, the two talked for nearly two hours.

Monday's meeting was a historic formality, but it was also a time for serious talks. It marked the first time that Obama has visited the Oval Office.

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soundoff (222 Responses)
  1. Phil, Ashburn, VA

    Bush looks like he is about to throw up.

    November 10, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  2. John in Virginia

    I wonder if he and Cheney finished shredding documents and running scrub programs for emails before Obama arrived? LOL! Darn shame the VP's office had that fire a few years back. I wonder what could have started that?

    November 10, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  3. Geraldine Coleman

    "WE HOlD THESE TRUTHS, THAT ALL MEN ARE CREATED EQUAL"

    TO GOD BE THE GLORY FOREVER AND EVER -AMEN!

    November 10, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  4. longhorns4life

    now is not the time to pile on with the bush bashing. let's just allow a as smooth a transition as possible so that the country can move forward. no point in spitting on someone's grave. i believe obama will be a great president but ultimately history will judge how successful each will have been.

    November 10, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  5. Texas Teacher

    I think some people expected them arm wrestle on the white house lawn! *LOL* They do what all incoming and out going administrations do.... meet and exchange pleasantries... and things go on business as usual. One administration goes in and the other goes out.... this is the United States of America. We are supposed to be a civilized nation. Remember.....

    November 10, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  6. No Hillary = No Obama

    One swagger is being replaced by another.

    November 10, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  7. Texas Teacher

    *LOL* I was trying to be nice, Phil!

    November 10, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  8. TJ

    Nice picture. I'm not sure how the conversation went since they hardly agree on anything, but I'm sure that they were cordial and civil with each other.

    November 10, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  9. Patriot

    Laura seems to be taking a cue from Michelle on style by wearing a traditional dress as opposed to a business suit.

    On with the new Camelot :)

    November 10, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  10. blaising

    Bush looked nervous on TV...

    November 10, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  11. Maggie from Virginia

    This is a generational change. That's what the pics depict.

    November 10, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  12. boered1

    Hmm Clinto took two hours to explain to Bush what was going on during relatively peaceful times, Bush could only give Obama one hour of his time. Either Obama is really good at picking up things, Bush doesn't have a clue what is going on or they decided not to waste their time on actually talking but simply gave a list of the screw ups that have been made by Bush, nope cannot be that an hour is not long enough....

    November 10, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  13. mb

    Okay this done, now next.

    November 10, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  14. boered1

    No Hillary = No Obama November 10th, 2008 4:21 pm ET

    One swagger is being replaced by another

    Thank goodness that the liar hillary wasn't elected since I would rather trade swaggers than liars....

    November 10, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  15. BW

    WHO CARES!!!!!!!

    November 10, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  16. Maxine, PA

    I'm glad Michelle is in a solid color. That's a step up from all those prints. She's a great looking lady, but she wears the wrong clothes. I hope when she gets to DC someone tells her that prints are not good for pictures that will last forever. They date her. Solids are the best for pictures that are going around the world and will be in the history books.

    She'll learn.

    November 10, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  17. CNN Never Posts My Posts

    Is it just me or does Michelle look just a little bit like a drag queen?

    Was this election really a vote for Obama and his "Change" or was it a vote against Bush and his screw-ups? Only time will tell. This much is true: the public is very impatient and if anyone is going to promise "Change," you better be able to bring it. In this case, the "Change" people want the most is a quick fix for the economy, and unfortunately for anyone who inhabits the White House, there is truly little any government can do to control any free market economy.

    Good luck, Obama. You are going to need it. The honeymoon will be over within one year.

    November 10, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  18. John

    The meeting won't last long as Obama already realises he has no chance whatsoever of having an informed intelligent conversation on any matter with Bush. He further understands that the Bush administration is busy attempting to shred or hide all evidence of all of its illegal activities (and is has been quite the list) and he just has to be patient and wait for his opportunity to right so many constitutional wrongs.

    November 10, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  19. pakuna

    Lets hope they are shown in the front door and straight through to the back door and out.

    November 10, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  20. June, FL

    Congrats to the Obamas. The first start to a great administration. I'm very excited and happy that the Bush era is almost over.

    November 10, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  21. Abby

    This is beautiful. I am so happy for us. Thanks you, America! You are beautiful!

    November 10, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  22. Bridg

    As someone who grew up on a country where transition of power meant a bloody coup, I am happy to see such a smooth transition. I know it won't stop the wingnuts from doing all they can to hinder Obama's success, but this is truly a time to celebrate America's greatness, whether or not you voted for Obama. God bless this great country and save it from the whack jobs.

    November 10, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  23. SweetPea

    Look at Bush.....I can tell he feels smart just posing for a picture with Barack!

    November 10, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  24. Fran, MO

    "...America will rise up, and live out the true meaning of it's creed, I have a dream today..."

    November 10, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  25. Jill, MN

    Dear BW,

    I care and so does 52% of America.

    November 10, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
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