November 10th, 2008
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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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  1. issues


    from the bottom up means that when the folks on the bottom can get jobs and tax breaks and are doing well, then everybody from the bottom up does well. the people on the bottom make money and in turn the people(wealthy) on the top get a return on their money.

    instead of giving tax breaks to the top(wealthy) and well you have the trickle down econimics theory. that doesn't help the little man.

    November 10, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  2. Carole

    I agree with Stacy from Loudoun County. Bush is doing a gentleman's gesture. I think Laura, who is seemingly a genuinely nice lady, will do all she can as well.

    **Even though politically I despise Dubya or 'W', I think he is a decent person deep down. Besides would you not be glad to get rid of the mess you made? LOL

    November 10, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  3. Scott

    And in just four short years Obama will be moving back out of the White House. That will be the Change people will want when they realize they had the wool pulled over their eyes by this guy.

    November 10, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  4. Monroe

    Bush did what he thought was Right however it did not turn out the way he envisioned it. But we should remember something. The Dems. controlled both houses of Congress when Clinton took office, in 1993 the Republicans took control of both houses, So in 1999 when Clinton signed the Housing bill it was from a Republican controlled Congress, the Democratics did not regain control until 2006, and by then most of the rules were already in place. However whatever was done in the Past lets move forward in the future to get our Country back on the Right Path. Lets give Barak Obama a chance, if he does a good job he gets 4 more years, if not we give him the Boot and try again.

    November 10, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  5. JAN


    November 10, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  6. Texas Teacher

    Just look at that picture. What a beautiful and gracious First Lady Michelle Obama will make! What an impressive and intelligent President Barack Obama will be! I am just proud as punch to see what the American People have done! We have voted for what is best for this country... over politics as usual and over racial prejudice! We have chosen wisely!

    We should be patting ourselves on the back, AMERICA! We did it! The Obamas will make us proud! I can't remember when I have felt so good about an election! And I was elated when Clinton was elected and reelected! Finally... We, the People, are waking up to what is best for this country!

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