November 10th, 2008
09:39 AM ET
10 years ago

Obama to make first visit to Oval Office

President-elect Barack Obama will meet President Bush on Monday afternoon in the White House.

President-elect Barack Obama will meet President Bush on Monday afternoon in the White House.

(CNN) - President-elect Barack Obama will set foot inside the Oval Office for the first time Monday as he meets with President Bush to talk about the problems his incoming administration will face.

The meeting between president and president-elect is a historic formality, but it's also a time for serious talks.

The two are expected to discuss "a broad range of issues," focusing on the economy, according to a leader of Obama's transition team.

"It's clear that we need to stabilize the economy, to deal with the financial meltdown that's now spreading across the rest of the economy. The auto industry is really, really back on its heels," transition team leader John Podesta said.

Podesta told CNN's "Late Edition" that Obama will push Congress to enact "at least part" of an economic package before he takes office in January, but said the problems Americans face need short- and long-term approaches.

The president and president-elect also are expected to talk about national security and the war in Iraq.

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soundoff (131 Responses)
  1. facts are facts

    I can't understand why Obama would be talking with Bush to be updated on what has been happening. Dick Cheney is likely the only one who knows what is going on and Bush just does as Cheney directs him.

    November 10, 2008 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  2. Stacy from Loudoun County VA

    I am no fan of George W. Bush (really, nooo fan at all), but to his credit, he has done a pretty good job in this transition process. I don't know if he is trying to do this for his legacy, inherent goodness, or if he is just relieved to be a private citizen again...but he has been pretty good in the handoff process.

    November 10, 2008 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  3. mitch

    barack should just boot bush's butt out ,now!

    November 10, 2008 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  4. Karen

    Please try and see Canadian Documentary " The Bush Years"

    You people have a right to know what your government has done.

    November 10, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  5. Abby

    Right where you belong, Mr. President-elect. We are so very proud of you! Yes You Can!!!

    November 10, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  6. Good Riddance Bush

    Obama needs to get in to the Oval office early to find out how much garbage he needs to haul, how many fumigators to hire and how many exorcists he's going to need. Bush was a complete incompetent and did more to harm America than ANY foreign threats. I pray for Obama and Biden to clean up the debacle that Bush and his filthy cronies are leaving behind.

    November 10, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  7. Rick

    WoooHooo, two idiots talking about our future. How comforting

    November 10, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  8. Greg M

    Lets get busy, we know that you are ready to handle the major crisis
    the republicans have put the nation in. Your supporters in Baton Rouge Louisiana are eagerly awaiting the victory visit to Louisiana (Baton Rouge)

    Obama 08'...................................................................................................

    November 10, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  9. Ted:Canada

    Hurry Obama! – forget the formalities!

    China set to make major economic splash on the world!!!
    568 BILLION!!!

    Republicans asleep at the switch AGAIN!

    China!!! “NEW world bailout KING”!!!!

    November 10, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  10. Obama-Biden

    Change. We're full of it.


    November 10, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  11. Gary

    This will be Baracks hardest job, not laughing when GW proudly tells him all He's done.

    November 10, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  12. Democrat in ARIZONA

    I guess this would be a good time to measure those drapes lol.

    November 10, 2008 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  13. Wanda, elgin, texas

    I think President Elect-Obama will be teaching George W. Bush something!!!!!!!!!

    November 10, 2008 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  14. LIP

    and the story goes on and on. President Bush did a great job after Clinton left him with a bursting tech bubble and Bin Laden still running free and then of course the result of that...9/11 and then the Democrats left us with this housing mortgage mess because they refused Bush's reqest for oversight. Cheney and Bush, every Democrat and comedian favorite...what will they ever do without them?
    Obama can't be ridiculed because he is, well I can't say, as anything anyone does or says will be perceived as racist. Looks like th Comedians will have to take a vacation for 4 years and the Democratic Congress will simply continue their vacation as always.

    November 10, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  15. David

    Stacy – It has been said that the president-elect is welcomed into a group with very exclusive membership. The cardinal rule is that former presidents respect the incoming president, regardless of party, and support him. It maintains dignity and integrity in the office of the president. President Bush is obviously adhering to this rule, and yes, it does put him in a good light.

    November 10, 2008 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  16. Larry

    I hope one of the issues is employment,I'm out of work.I know the employment market is tough right now,so I want to go with Obama's plan,not the Republican "trickle down theory",but it's been imposable to find anybody at the bottom of the food chain that hires people,it seems they are all looking for work too.

    Can somebody help me by explaining how this"from the bottom up"works ?

    November 10, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  17. Jazz

    We have to give GB credit for being in the White House even if he don't know nothing 'facts are facts.

    November 10, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  18. Kevin

    At least I am seeing some decent comments here for once....but there is still hate and vitriol amongst the liberal left posters..... OF COURSE, President Bush will do what is right in handing over the reigns of power. We will expect nothing less of Obama four years from now.

    November 10, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  19. Doug R.

    Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Wolfiwitz, Rice, Gonzalez should all be prosecuted for treason, breaching of the U.S. Constitution, and gross violations of U.S. and International laws and treaties.

    November 10, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  20. Mike Dallas

    With any luck Bush will ask Obama if he wants to start early, like today!

    November 10, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  21. JL

    I'm glad to see the President and President-elect meeting so soon. Some of you republicans need to take a long look in the mirror and figure out why you hate people who disagree with you so much. If it's because that's what your party has told you to do, become an independent and get a new perspective. Seriously, the hate and blame-game era needs to come to an end.

    November 10, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  22. Richard A. Spomer

    This will give President-elect Barack Hoosane Obama an opportunity too find out what President Bush has and has not shared concerning all information that will help transition team go forward. Then the President-elect Obama can clearly see first hand information which will help him in appointments of different individual choices towards cabinet positions for his Administration

    From direct communication with the President, Barack Obama can configure plans which he may be addressed in his first 100 days that the Executive Office and Congress can take immediate action on! So this is a very large and impact opportunity for President-elect Barack Hoosane Obama can, and will experience!

    November 10, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  23. EW

    Being President is a lot harder than anyone gives credit for. President Bush was dealt a bad hand and he could have done better. Hindsight is 20/20.

    President-elect Obama is yet to prove himself. As President, he will not be able to vote present as he did so often in the Illinois Senate (look it up, its true).

    EVERYONE needs to stop the venomous attacks and start working together. Democrats can't sit there and expect Republicans to just bend over and support nonsense legislation. Democrats need to make an effort as well.

    November 10, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  24. Pat

    Gary November 10th, 2008 10:02 am ET
    This will be Baracks hardest job, not laughing when GW proudly tells him all He's done.
    Barack's already laughing - he doesn't need Congress or anyone - he's going to "rule" this country through executive orders !!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 10, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  25. Spencer/Virginia

    Prez Obama: President Bush, How did you srew up so bad? How did you manage to be the worst president ever?

    November 10, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
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