November 10th, 2008
07:01 PM ET
6 years ago

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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  1. Mia, NY

    The only time I've seen Michelle dress appropriately is the dress she wore on The View, and one interview that she did wearing a purple blouse. The other dresses are awful. Hillary used to wear plaid, but she learned very quickly that that was not a first lady look. Unfortunately, Michelle will have to learn. I just hope she learns before the inaugural.

    November 10, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  2. Hate That Dress

    Michelle definitely has a brain, but no sense of style.

    November 10, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  3. hometowndemocrat

    Anyone concerened that Michelle Obama doesn't have the style to be first lady only need look at this picture!

    You look fabulous darling!!!

    November 10, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  4. 3strikes

    the way nobama got into the white house was pandering to the american public about "change and hope", preying on the weaknesses of america, e.g., weak economy, high unemployment rate, bringing of new jobs. he ended up getting over 65 million simple minded people to vote for him, disgusting and nauseating

    November 10, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  5. Greed is not good

    Bush will be the biggest lame duck President in U.S. history...he should just resign now and let Obama take over today.

    November 10, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  6. Anonymous

    It is a good thing that picture was taken AFTER the election!

    November 10, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  7. FreeNLovIt

    Thank God for the Constitution. Thank God for the founding fathers. This is picture perfect of what a democracy is.

    November 10, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  8. Dawn, VA

    She need a nice royal blue dress with a jacket. She's got time to learn, don't worry.

    November 10, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  9. FreeNLovIt

    Every president, no matter how bad they are, always contribute something to our society. Bush will be appreciated in the future.

    November 10, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  10. Bev

    Very regal and dignified. Guys, let's have some common decency here. Was never a Bush supporter but let's not kick a man when he is down. He must know his approval rating and maybe he tried his best and failed. He also had some good things going on for him. Let's not forget, he was faithful to his wife (unlike Clinton) and displayed great affection to his daughters. As well, I never heard Laura Bush badmouth others even if she could have benefited from it, unlike Cindy MCain who mouthed off at Michelle. Bush is on his way out, allow him some dignity folks. This is what Barack would want us to be.

    November 10, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  11. What?

    Michelle dresses just fine, leave her alone.

    November 10, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  12. Rick S

    TO the idiot who says he thinks michelle should wear cherry red- i is dimwit. Anyone who has dark complexion should wear bright colors, just like pale skin should wear warm- see laura- you don't know anything- michelle has been wearing bright colors for months-get a new hobby amy

    November 10, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  13. Kelly

    Michelle should look up the word understated.

    November 10, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  14. Deb N Texas

    What a nice picture!

    November 10, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  15. california V

    make that 53% ^____________^

    November 10, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  16. JL

    Laura looks dowdy in brown. Who wears brown?

    November 10, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  17. SAd

    To all those who hate Bush, stop projecting. How would you like it if someone calls you stupid for all teh mistakes you have done. MS. Obama is ugly on the procss of becoming elegant!!!

    November 10, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  18. Beverly

    "How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world."

    Anne Frank

    November 10, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  19. alana

    Market watcher

    It's to late, that has happen under bush's watch. You should crawl out from under your rock more often.

    November 10, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  20. Madge

    Barack looks nice. Michelle is too flashy.

    November 10, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  21. Nancy, IL

    I think Michelle would have looked nice in a nice camel color or bone white. Well, you can't hit it out of the park every time.

    Obama will make a great president.

    November 10, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  22. airthatgrooves

    Is it really that much of a problem if the future First Lady looks "too flashy"? Jesus. There are more important things to focus on.

    November 10, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  23. DL

    Well, at least Michelle's finally glad to be an American. What's up with the tight dress.

    November 10, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  24. wwf

    The Republicans are crazy if they think they can make a bid for the big house in 2012. You are a party of crash and burn politics. You need to redefine yourselves. That is going to take a long time. You cannot repair that damage you did in this past election overnight. Your personal attacks had better be a thing of the past, or you will never see the inside of the big house again. Democrats had better come across. I don't care who left you this problem, it is time to fix it. While it won't come overnight, you can go a long ways to getting a start on it by reaching across the isle. You must make the move to the Republicans. It is time that both of the parties start thinking of us first and party last. I did not vote for any of you to take care of the dam party. Of course, if the Democats screw up, maybe it will open the door for a 3rd party. That is what we need, to keep both of the other two in line.
    It is time for BOTH parties to grow the -– up and do the job they are hired to do.

    November 10, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  25. Spencer/VA

    Anyone notice how Michelle is trying to keep her distance from Laura? I would too. I wouldn't want any of that stupidity rubbing up on me neither.

    November 10, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
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