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. Roofin Reality, Houston, Tx.

    Hope the private mmeetings went well for both the men and the women.
    We need a change in philosophy and President Bush has to be disappointed that he's at histroical lows for approval, historical highs for disapproval and both led to a big gain by Democrats over the last 2 election cycles. It will be tough to live that one down.

    And, oh yeah, Gov. Palin blames her teams loss on Bush. That one, while perhaps true in many ways, shouldn't sting as bad since Palin did her team no favors with the Gibson and Couric interviews.

    November 10, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  2. LIP

    Hooray for CNN. I see that they are reporting that Bush's popularity was the worst in history. Even at its worst, it is still better than the grid lock do nothing Democratic controlled Congress.

    November 10, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  3. ran

    A Change for the better is a coming. We will now have a POTUS for the people and one that will work for us all.

    For me Bush should have been impeached. I hope the truth will come out and he will get what he deserves.

    November 10, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  4. carol

    It was a nice photo of all of them together, I'm sure that George and Laura were very gracious to Barack and Michelle......they look very comfortable.
    We all want the best for this country and once Barack takes office officially, we will see a new form of leadership and a coming together of us all.
    So I just wish the Bush's nothing but the best as they leave, but am so looking forward to having our new first family in place next year.
    New Year and a new beginning for us all.

    November 10, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  5. nina

    I love this Country!!!

    November 10, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  6. Karen - Missouri

    I am happy that the Bushes are doing what they can for a smooth and friendly transition. As long as we don't have a bunch of shredded documents.

    But today it was a nice scene...we have so many problems in this country, it was good to see a positive scene.

    November 10, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  7. Patty

    Y'all keep that darn Beasley dog away from Barack and Michelle. Thank you!

    November 10, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  8. indiePA

    I'd have paid to hear that conversation. I wonder if Dubya can put a whole meaningful sentence together. Was Cheney present to pull the strings? All men (and women) may have been created equal, but it's what each does with what they're given that counts. History will certainly be able to tell us what we already know.....he was THE worst!!

    November 10, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  9. Tiaunia - Texas

    Very Nice!
    Michelle loves the color red!! It looks great on her.

    Go Family 'O'!

    November 10, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  10. I heart Obama

    Degree of intelligence goes up, from left to right in that pic.

    November 10, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  11. Angie

    FINALLY!!!!! THE bush era of destruction is coming to an end. 8 years of pure mess. bye!!!!! back to cawford. go see what you can destroy there.

    Welcome President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. New life and HOPE in the White House. May God bless and be with you and your family, as you try to undo what bush has done.

    November 10, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  12. Randy - Denver

    The thing we should all take away from this is something NOT mentioned in the article. We have a sharply divided electorate, read the posts here if you do not see that, and yet here are the leaders of the opposite sides of this electorate sitting down, talking, working together to hand over the reins of power. This is the true America, this is what I spent 21 years defending while in the Navy, this is the picture I want all America and the rest of the world to see. yes we disagree, sometimes loudly, sometimes too vigorously, but under it all we are all trying to do what is right for America, as we see it. Some see this in the beliefs of their religon, some see it in the faith of mankind, some see it in "their country right or wrong" some see it in pointing out the flaws of this country, it is seen by some in the individualism of the average American and in others by the desire in Americans to help those who have less but we all see it, we are Americans. We ARE different from the rest of the world, we can disagree deeply with each other but then get up and go to work beside those we disagree with. We are willing to give our lives and our freedoms to help others.
    This picture is America folks look at it, smile, and thank those around oyu for making it so.

    November 10, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  13. The Blessed One

    I'm so happy to see George Bush welcomed President-Elect Obama and his 'bride'.

    I can't wait for him to head back to Texas!

    November 10, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  14. Market watcher

    Under Obama the economy is going to tank so badly that people will recall the Bush years as "The Good Old Days".

    November 10, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  15. Michael watching from Canada

    Congratulations to America. It is truly impressive that America should elect an African-American for President. It shows the world that America has lived up to the ideals of a true democracy.

    I hope that America give Obama the time he needs to get America and the rest of the free world out of the financial crisis. Patience and cooperation are paramount.

    November 10, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  16. GA peach

    Its nice to see the ugliest and stupidest president be replaced by the most handsome and intelligent!

    It's eye candy til 2012 ya'll!!!

    November 10, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  17. LIP

    I recall when George and Laura moved into the White House. They were young and full of life and now they are worn out and tired looking. The job does that to you. The media does that to you. You have every intention of doing a good job and believe that people will actually work for you and with you and then reality sets in and you find that everyone of those mean spirited people sitting across the isle will do everything possible to hamstring you and make your life miserable. The thing that frightens me is that in my idealistic world, this is "reality" and the only people that suffer are "we the people".

    November 10, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  18. Amy, MO

    Michelle does not look good in this shade of red, it's too bright for her complexion. I think she would be better in a cherry red, or something different. Bottom line, I don't like the way she dresses, but she's a beautiful lady, and I voted for Barack. She needs a stylist.

    November 10, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  19. Proud to be a Repulican

    I hope Obama does well for the whole country. At least we won't hear the libs complain for awhile. I have been so sick of 8 years of Bush bashing.

    I have said it before, the only things the libs tolerate are each other. No one seems to be as good as them in their opinion.

    November 10, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  20. Louis

    To comments from "longhorns4life"–You state that now is not the time to pile on with Bush bashing. I respectfully disagree. With an unnecessary war causing the deaths of 4,000 brave American soldiers and 100,000 innocent Iraqi civilians, 2 million refugees, and squandering $700,000,000,000 hard-earned taxpayer dollars (projected total 2 trillion), not enough scorn can possibly be heaped upon the current administration. Throw in the economic crisis and the national debt, and it is obvious that the Bush administration is to be reviled for betraying the trust of the American people.

    November 10, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  21. IowaMom

    That's a great picture and both women look lovely.

    November 10, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  22. T FROM AZ

    Welcome to the White House, Mr President-Elect Obama. Im so sad, I've been online for almost 3hrs trying to get hotel reservations for DC. There is NOTHING available. Everything is sold out. Ive even checked, Baltimore too. : {

    November 10, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  23. Angie

    Oh and No Hillary = No Obama November 10th, 2008 4:21 pm ET
    Get over it. Hilary has. Gee.

    November 10, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  24. NYer

    Hopefully BARRY is out of the White House in 4 years and we can elect someone who actually DESERVES to run the country, not someone the media sold us and is a lieing snake oil salesman!!!

    November 10, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  25. The Blessed One

    Jill, MN

    Your slip is showing.

    It's not 52% of America that voted for McGimmick. Don't try to play with fuzzy numbers.

    68% of America voted for Obama. Now you can twist it anyway you want all you need to do for the next 8 years is Sit your behind DOWN and let America make real progress!

    November 10, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
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