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. I heart Obama

    Out with the old, in with the new! Before you sit on that chair, please have someone disinfect it for you...we don't want you to get any Dubya cooties.

    November 10, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  2. OBAMA 4 President

    He'll be alright as long as he doesn't allow Bush to indoctrinate him with his vile ideologies. I wouldn't eat or drink anything given by Bush!!!

    November 10, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  3. New Day

    I really don't how republicans can still talk smack after the past 8 years.

    I have 3 questions, LIP:

    1. How can repubs take credit (being the majority in congress during 6 of the 8 Clinton years) for welfare reform and a fiscally conservative policy that gave us our first budget surpluss, and not take any of the blame for the Net bubble bursting?

    2. Clinton didn't catch bin Laden back when most of us didnt know about him. How did Bush do since bin Laden became Public Enemy #1? I didnt read the paper today, did they catch him?

    3. Sub prime mortgages have been going on since the late Clinton years which means that Bush had 6 years, with a republican-led congress, to address the problem. Why did he wait until the housing market collapsed?

    Its easy to look at half the facts and blame the party you dont like but, the facts are that both parties are to blame and it will take both parties working together to get us out of it.

    CNN, for the love of all that is good, clean and wholesome, please post my comment!!!! grrrr!!!

    November 10, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  4. Mark

    Im not sure about him sitting down with terrorists without preconditions! Oh, does Bush have the power to pardon himself??

    November 10, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  5. Noah

    Obama supporters have officially gone crazy. They now want to institute a Barack Obama national holiday. This is gettign downright scary. First Obama wanted a civilian security force, then he wanted to make community service mandatory for every kid from middle school through college, and now this? He is just a politician, he is not the Messiah. Please, for the sake of our country, knock this nonsense off!

    November 10, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  6. The loss of objectivity

    What will the media do now with Bush leaving?
    Apparently Chris Matthews has given us a clue.

    November 10, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  7. Dean in Florida

    Check out BHO's cabinet selections. Here's your change! Idiots.

    November 10, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  8. Republican

    I am one of the citizens under our new President Elect Obama who did not vote for him. It is my responsibility to honor and pray for my new president. It is my responsibility to teach my children to pray for him. This is the beauty of living in a democracy. The fear I have with Pres Elect Obama and his staff comes down to a simple explanation. Any one who has been in any kind of leadership knows one simple rule of change.... (Drum roll). If it happens too quickly, it fails. You need to mold change carefully to insure its success. As Americans, it is our responsibility to do anything within our power as individuals to NOT see our country fail. Let's work for positive, molding change and not irrespective blind slashing change. I hope (since we never really heard) that this is the type of change Pres Elect Obama is talking about.

    November 10, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  9. D&D

    To: Salina November 10th, 2008 10:23 am ET

    The Media would never leave Obama alone, not now, not even in the near future...because that's all they have gotten to do. Obama is one of the main interests in the Media these days, not only for the americans, but for the entire keep talking about him allows increase their audience and rating...

    Well, I guess that's the price to pay when you are famous, smart and positively different!

    November 10, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  10. Frank from Peterborough

    It will be enlightening to see America get back to the rule of law both within their country and the world at large.

    Just getting rid of illegal detentions and torture tactics will boost America's image globally.

    Then perhaps somewhere down the road the U.S. will concentrate it's military might on self defence and not on aggressive bullying like the pattern has been of late.

    Just think the money saved on military adventures could give every American free Universal health care with lots of money left over for other areas of infastructure. Wouldn't that be unique.

    November 10, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  11. Sarah

    Who cares?

    November 10, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  12. Mark in Oregon

    It's got to be difficult for Obama to find common ground with Bush. Obama is highly intelligent, a deep thinker, a self-made man, serious about governing, a hands-on elected official, devoted to getting the country out of the mess it is in. And Bush? Let's just say that Bush is none of these things.

    November 10, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  13. Phil

    Gotta love the sour grapes repubs that are saying "where's the change" when he's not even sworn in yet. I'm not all that surprised, ignorance of how the gov't actually works is somewhat common in that party. As evidenced by Sarah Palin.

    November 10, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  14. jenny

    This is living proof that Obama is willing to talk to terrorists about PEACE an ENDING WARS--HE'S MEETING WITH GEORGE BUSH TODAY at the Oval Office. MISSION ACCOMPLISH.

    November 10, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  15. Phil

    Gee Tom, I'm glad you're basing the outcome of the future on something as arbitrary as CNN bloggers.

    November 10, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  16. Phil

    Ew, all presidents are dealt a "bad hand." Bush reacted to his in the worst way possible. Working together does not mean rewriting history to cover up his stench.

    November 10, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  17. carson

    Bush left obama national debt in white house...

    November 10, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  18. FAYE, NV

    Hopefully we can get on track and fix the economy, all the issues that face the USA. It will be a tough road; however, there is hope for this country and we will begin to get better.

    November 10, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  19. nobama

    If 95% of whites voted for McCain, would that be racism. I keep hearing about how race was not a determining factor in this election. Really? 95% of one race voting for the candidate of that race is not racism? The media has completly ignored this story.
    I'm fine that Obama won the election. He clearly had the message to win, but talk about ALL of the issues out there. Racism is not a one way street.

    November 10, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  20. Ken in Dallas


    President Bush was dealt a GREAT hand, including peace, an historic budget surplus, and a raft of promising projects to undertake, not least of which was, and still is, alternative energy. Bush had the opportunity to make Middle-Eastern oil irrelevant, and he dismissed his best of opportunities, leaving it for his successor to belatedly undertake. The past eight years could have been far more successful under President Gore, if we hadn't been foolish enough to give Bush a chance.

    Bush was the fellow who invented the notion of the "free-speech zone," the first time since World War II that anyone has challenged the status of the entire USA as one great big free speech zone.

    Let's not confuse civility with the making of excuses for Bush's ineptitude and malfeasance in office.

    November 10, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  21. President Barack Obama

    P R E S I D E N T I A L

    Mr President Elect Barack H Obama you have been dealt a bad hand but know you will be either the best POTUS or one of the best No Doubt!!!

    November 10, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  22. Pat

    Larry November 10th, 2008 10:09 am ET , , ,
    Can somebody help me by explaining how this"from the bottom up"works ?

    It doesn't !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 10, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  23. Bill, ca

    Rick you are the idiot.

    Nothing wrong with Obama having a tour of the white house.

    Bill Clinton did that with Bush.

    Besides, Bush is still the president.

    November 10, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  24. Simmy

    Welcome home President Barack Obama!

    I pray God's continuous blessings on you and your family!

    You'll be a superb president!

    November 10, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  25. Finally!

    Dean in Florida: There ARE NO cabinet selections yet. Just speculation.

    YOU're the idiot.

    November 10, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
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