November 6th, 2008
02:07 PM ET
14 years ago

Obama, Bush set for Oval Office meeting

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Obama and Bush are set to meet in the White House."](CNN) - President-elect Barack Obama and President Bush are set to meet in the White House on Monday, a get-together both men say they are looking forward to.

“Michelle and I look forward to meeting with President Bush and the First Lady on Monday to begin the process of a smooth, effective transition," Obama said in a statement. "I thank him for reaching out in the spirit of bipartisanship that will be required to meet the many challenges we face as a nation."

Meanwhile, White House Press Secretary Dana Perino said the two men will sit down in the Oval Office.

"The President and Mrs. Bush look forward to welcoming President-elect and Mrs. Obama to the White House on Monday afternoon. The Bushes will greet the Obamas, and then the President will visit with the President-elect in the Oval Office," she said. "Mrs. Bush and Mrs. Obama will meet in and tour the Private Residence. We understand that the Obama children will not be accompanying them on this visit, but we very much look forward to meeting them."

soundoff (205 Responses)
  1. Patricia

    The Obama Family are a blessing to this fractured country.
    May they reside happily, and healthfully at 1600 Penn Ave for the next eight years.............we all worked hard to put them there.......

    The Repubs had their chance and messed it up.
    McSame had his chance and messed it up.
    They have no one to blame but themselves......

    Let the healing begin.


    November 6, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  2. 1/20/13

    Poor Bush....I will be praying for him

    November 6, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  3. SOO


    Welcome to CubAmerica

    People like you are responsible for dividing this world.

    November 6, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  4. Mike

    What I really can't believe is.....after 18 months of censoring anything negative about Obama on these blogs.....he has now won....and CNN is still censoring.

    Wow....really America we need to wake up and take control of our airwaves back before this place turns into Cuba

    November 6, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  5. Bettie

    Finally Americans woke up from the bad dream!! Let see how this plays out, I have a good feeling that Obama will continue to inspire not just Americans the entire world.

    God Bless America!!
    Obama for America!!

    November 6, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  6. JF

    Dear "CubAmerica" ....

    You have reminded me that even in the midst of excitement, glory and HOPE ... misery, hate & sour grapes still thrive.

    May your racism keep you warm at night.

    November 6, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  7. Comrade nom deplume

    I'm ready for the Obama revolution, and so are my investments.

    I bought a lot of ammo. Should appreciate nicely in price once the Dems follow through on the plan to ban ammo sales as a way around the Heller decision. Cash sales, of course. No taxes there.

    November 6, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  8. E.C.Coleman

    There are no two persons more sincere or gracious in their hospitality toward others, or two finer people, than Laura and George Bush.
    It is sad that the Democrats have carried on such a hateful and vicious smear campaign for 8 years against one of the greatest Presidents of our time. There is no acceptable reason for Pelosi to have made the disrespectful and egregious remarks in her speech against the President of the United States. This is a situation that Obama should address immediately, if not sooner. Pelosi should be removed.

    November 6, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  9. Cathy Agu

    I hope the Obama's will be fasting that day...

    November 6, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  10. Chuck

    What could Obama and Bush possible discuss when they meet next week? The imbecile Bush's mentally challenged intellect cannot compete with Obama's superior intellect. Obama will only have to make nice for the duration of the visit.

    November 6, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  11. JO-ANN






    November 6, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  12. Greed is not good

    All you Neo-Con's need to get over it. We just had to suffer 8 terrible years under the worst REPUBLICAN President ever. You had 8 years...that was more than enough.

    November 6, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  13. mhg

    Yes Jody this is true on both statements.
    The Amero Dollar is something that "they" are working on like the Euro Dollar, this is why this election was so important and now that a "global" president has been elected, get ready!!
    You and I are about to lost all our rights and become part of the world system.
    We owe our souls to China, they own us.

    November 6, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  14. Tracy M.

    Response to Welcome to CubAmerica: To quote Thumper's mother: "If you can't say somethin' nice, don't say nothin' at all."

    We're sick of you and your cohorts. There's work to be done, and your kind of help we can do without. Revel in your ignorance quietly, please. Better yet, study up on contractions, plurals and possessives. That ought to keep you busy for a year or so.

    November 6, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  15. 1/20/09

    Welcome to CubAmerica

    Suggestion: Cleanse your sin by drinking the Holy Water, you need it...very obvious this is all about race. What goes around, comes around and I hope it is 100x worst off. You deserve it.

    BTW: News on Sarah Palin. She is not hockey mom or Wal Mart Mom.
    NEWSWEEK has also learned that Palin's shopping spree at high-end department stores was more extensive than previously reported
    Vice presidential nominee began buying for herself and her family–clothes and accessories from top stores such as Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus. Palin also used low-level staffers to buy some of the clothes on their credit cards. One aide estimated that she spent "tens of thousands" more than the reported $150,000, and that $20,000 to $40,000 went to buy clothes for her husband. Some articles of clothing have apparently been lost. An angry aide characterized the shopping spree as "Wasilla hillbillies looting Neiman Marcus from coast to coast," and said the truth will eventually come out when the Republican Party audits its books.

    November 6, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |

    Pres.Obama please bring in a U-haul truck so that "other guy" can drive out in it.

    November 6, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  17. Real Story ...

    wow... after all the Bush trashing that the Obama campaign spit out, i cant beleive that Bush is actually agreeing to this...

    November 6, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  18. Hopeful for Tomorrow

    @Welcome to CubAmerica– If you're going to troll, at least do it right.

    November 6, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  19. Smooth transition

    I LOVE IT. I pray for divine protection for the Obama family.

    November 6, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  20. Rorschach

    While you're there, Barack, please get some people to inventory the White House china and silverware and make sure that all of the "O" keys are intact on all of the computer keyboards.

    (You rightwingers who dogged that story to death in 2001 – care for some payback?)

    However, there won't be such a story. Bush and his people aren't going to loot the place (well, might want to watch Cheney) and Obama's people aren't going to fabricate such a story to further stoke the right-wing echo chamber.

    And THAT is a change we all need. Thanks, Barack.

    November 6, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  21. G from DC

    Some ignoramus just posted something disparaging about President-elect Barack Obama. That's PRESIDENT-ELECT, not sheik, genius.

    But you're partially correct. Not only will Barack Obama and his family be residing in the former residence of some of this countries former great leaders, he'll also be residing in the former residence of some of this countries GREATEST FAILURES....namely, George W. Bush!!

    November 6, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  22. GENE

    I am really tired of all these Racist and down right mean comments like "Shiek" and of those that want to see this man fail in order to be vindicated somehow.

    Let me break it to all of you...If this man fails WE ARE ALL IN DEEP S**T. So for everyones sake I pray to God that he Succeeds.

    God Bless America and God Bless The President of These United States!!!

    November 6, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  23. MARY

    There are some very ugly and cruel people in America. Please go to church and pray that your cruelty is forgiven. It's time for this nonsense to stop.

    My what other countries must be saying about us. No wonder some countries hate us. But who needs others to hate us when we have so much hatred in our own country for our own fellowman

    November 6, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  24. Jess

    Michelle will make an awesome first lady! Maybe she'll spruce the house up a little more contemporary 🙂

    November 6, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  25. Iraq Vet for Obama

    You're right, CubAmerica. It disgusts me that Obama is going to be in the same house as Nixon, Taft, Harding, Johnson, Bush and all the other "great leaders" who have lived there.

    November 6, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
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