November 10th, 2008
09:39 AM ET
5 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. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    If you seriously sit down and think about the last 8 years of George W. Bush's presidency and where we are today, there is only one conclusion left. This administration has done nothing, that's right absolutely nothing. George W. Bush sat in the Oval office for 8 long years and did nothing and was addressed as Mr. President while he mislead our nation and drove our economy into the ground.

    November 10, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  2. Peter (CA)

    Noah-

    And I would ask you to start. Maybe you should listen to someone other than Rush and Hannity.
    Obama proposed "giving back"–community service–in exchange for a free college education. Seems fair to me.

    And until Obama asks for a holiday–that story is nothing.
    How about right wing nuts jobs wanting to put Reagan on Mount Rushmore??? True story...Grover Norquist proposed it.

    November 10, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  3. Virginia

    To chuckles199 – you will get your "free" health care–socialized medicine at its height! But remember, Hillary tried that one and it didn't fly.....and I don't want the government telling me when and where I can go to the doctor or have a surgical procedure or get medication I need. That is what you will get if we get this health care plan. As for tax cuts, haha, that won't happen. Obama will increase the programs for those who want or think they deserve "free" stuff, and we will be paying for it for long after he is out of office, hopefully in 2012.......Everyone calls for change, but it will be the same old thing in a few months, because everyone says what we all want to hear to get elected. When you work with the morons in congress, can we expect less??

    November 10, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  4. maurice

    i`m glad the two will meet and get the transaction going.the more civil the better it gives a light to the citizens of america. that being said some of you folks that think bush is the terrorist are probly the same ones that stood behind him and said at any cost get them. as far as the prisoners in cuba i have no pitty for them a firing squad would cure their illness. them and many like them would rape kill and behead your whole family in front of you. and if you think i`m wrong hop on over to afganistan.

    November 10, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  5. Ann

    CAN JOURNALISTS ACKNOWLEDGE THE 60% OF WHITE VOTERS OBAMA HAS RECEIVED
    ONLY TALKING ABOUT BLACK PEOPLE IS NOT APPEALING AT ALL.
    EVEN WITH A 50% SPLIT BLACK VOTES WOULD HAD STILL BE A WIN FOR OBAMA, SO WHY ONLY TALKING ABOUT US

    PS I AM BLACK

    November 10, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  6. California Gold

    A hallmark of the transition of power and the change in families residing in the White House is civility. The Bush family and the Obama family are among an exclusive circle of families: those who have resided in the White House. Can't we put party politics aside and relish this momentous time for 2 families. I have always enjoyed the pictures of both families after this first meeting and personal tour, and reading how helpful the wives and husbands have been. This is yet another example of our wonderful country and the continuity of governance.

    November 10, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  7. Peter (CA)

    Nobama–

    Why do you right wingers keep repeating this NONSENSE???
    Blacks voted overwhelmingly for Obama because he is a DEMOCRAT.

    90% of blacks voted for John Kerry. Obama's percentage was only a bit higher. Part of that is the Bush team did an outreach to black voters but McCain's team abandoned that because they knew they had no chance.

    You want to look at trends? Latinos voted for Obama 2 to1, much higher percentage than Kerry got. Is that racism? Al Gore beat Bush by 2% among 18-29s. Kerry beat Bush by 10%. Obama beat McCain by 35%!! Is this ageism??

    Maybe you should have some facts before spewing.

    November 10, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  8. Not So Delusional

    Larry... I think we all get what you're trying to say. But explain this to us; how do you expect Obama to get you a job before January 20th. It just isn't legal. He's the President Elect. It's Bush who you should be directing the question to.

    So although I sympathize with your situation, lord knows i've been there as well, i think must of us can only say that we hope that you had savings and prepared for such an event. If not, for that, you only have yourself to blame.

    If you have saved, you need to keep in mind that NO ONE should expect a miracle to occur on the 20th of January. The situation of the country is just too bad. The economy will no doubt take YEARS maybe even an entire term to BEGIN to rectify itself. It's bleak, Yes.
    But better than where McCain would have taken us.

    November 10, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  9. Virginia

    Hey Paradise–the address is 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, not 1700! Where have you been?

    November 10, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  10. Lu

    To facts are facts – So you think Cheney pulls the strings for Bush. And do you have ANY clue who is pulling Obama's strings? Of course not; if you did you wouldn't have voted for him. Well, on second thought maybe you would have; you are obviously easily fooled.

    November 10, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  11. Eric

    Dear Mr. President Elect, please don't take any advice from Mr. President.

    November 10, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  12. Pat - Overland Park, KS

    I was just watching video of President-Elect Obama getting ready to leave Chicago to go to Washington DC and President Bush could not even send Air Force One to pick up the President Elect.

    How tasteless is that?

    November 10, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  13. Peter (CA)

    Mark-

    You can't be serious. The threat of drilling?
    Nonpartisan studies showed that supply was NOT the reason oil prices shot up, it was the speculators being allowed to jack the price however they wanted. Once it was shown that there was no true shortage, prices came back down.

    Drilling is a red herring. What will keep prices down is a move to other energies.

    November 10, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  14. Not So Delusional

    Pat – Overland Park, KS : It's not tasteless. It's the law. Air Force One is reserved for the use of the president of the U.S. Although Obama has been elected, to use Air Force One in that manner would be considered an improper use of government equipment/property. I think Obama can afford a plane ticket to D.C. so I wouldn't sweat it.

    November 10, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  15. Tony

    He wasn't being booed. They were booing at the game. I think the refs ruled against the Eagles on a challeng.

    November 10, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  16. LIP

    Somebody help me out with this one.
    Barack Obama is called the first African American President.
    I thought African American referred to someone whose ancestors were brought here against their will by the Dutch and sold to the colonists. I thought that the title referred to those whose ancestors were slaves. I also thought that anyone who came here willingly and became a citizen of the United States was simply and merican citizen with no other titles attached. If this is so, then Barrack Obama is not African Ameican, just simply an American. Anyone care to spin this?

    November 10, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  17. Chuck

    It's about time that someone with a brain is in the oval office.

    November 10, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  18. Brian from Fort Mill, SC

    parker November 10th, 2008 11:25 am ET

    CNN DELETS FREE SPEECH
    -----------------------–
    No, they just run a spell check, which you have obviously failed.

    November 10, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  19. TRUTH

    thank you bush who is the detruction of th republican party. GOOD

    November 10, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  20. Chris

    to Peter in CA..
    I don't think he ever said that college was going to be 'free' if you perform community service. He said 'affordable.' I don't think anyone would expect a 'free' college education. Just being affordable, would help out a ton of people.

    November 10, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  21. Chuck

    Done commenting. Elections over. A real President has been elected. End of story.

    November 10, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  22. Brian from Fort Mill, SC

    George W. Bush's new theme song:
    "Take This Job And Shove It!"

    November 10, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  23. jm for sc

    Indepent vet, give it a rest. Obama was born in HI and he is now the president of the U.S. It really does not matter where a person comes from, it's where he is going.

    November 10, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  24. democracynow2008

    When Obama becomes President on his top 10 list I want Obama to release all UFO coverup information and documents of the last 50 years by our Government its time.

    November 10, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  25. REG in AZ

    There seems to be considerable concern and pressure for the incoming Obama administration to reach across the isle, which of course the Republicans would love even though they sure didn't do it themselves, yet the Republicans all seem to be focused on blaming each other for their loss, with factions within the party positioning for control and then resisting anything the Democrats may offer. Don't they realize that their aggressive self-focus is what caused their downfall and that the people really want a responsible focus on the problems?

    November 10, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
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