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. lou, Mississippi

    I'm sorry, but President Bush (whom I love but disagree with on the issues) looked happy when he talked about President-Elected Obama in the Rose Garden on yesterday. Regardless of how much his Presidency messed up the Country, he is a good man with a beautiful heart and wonderful soul.

    People forget that he tapped two African-Americans for positions that were never held by African-American's before. He is a uniting guy when it comes to race. His policies just didn't work.

    I can't wait to see these two very handsome fellas come out and speak after their meeting. The ladies in their lives are beautiful too.

    November 6, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  2. BBB

    WOW... some really evil and narrow minded posts here. I don't know about you, but I'm sick of all this hate and want to see this Country back on the road to greatness again. But with this sort of rhetoric it just isn't possible.

    How can people be so vile towards someone they don't actually know and have only heard second hand information about?

    Guess we can thank our Constitution for the Freedom of Speech (which obviously implies freedom to sound ignorant)

    November 6, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  3. The National Nightmare is Over!

    "For the first time in my adult life I am NOT proud to be an American"

    Then pack your bags and leave.

    November 6, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  4. Independent

    I voted for Ron Paul, so I knew my candidate wasn't going to win. But I must say it's pretty disappointing to see people like "proud american!!!" saying:

    "YAAAAAAAY!!! obama is getting ready to start changing our country and its really funny to listen to the republicans whine and cry about their candidate loosing….didya catch fox news during Nov. 4? They all seemed pretty bummed…"

    This is not unity. Obama himself is respectable and preached unity, but many of his followers are divisive and enjoy seeing McCain supporters upset. That is not unity any way you slice it. Vast numbers of divisive Obama supporters make Obama look bad the same way the handful of racist McCain supporters make McCain look bad.

    If you voted for Obama because you wanted change and unity, then don't be like "proud american!!!"

    November 6, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  5. Renardo

    Some of the comments on this blog, are very childish, first, everyone should commend Pres. Bush for inviting the Obama family to the whitehouse, second, all of you have to remember, they are politicians and they have to work with one another to bring this country together, this has been done by each President and President elect for ever, third, we need to stop the hating, the election is over it is time to come together as a NATION, not be divided by party afiliation.

    November 6, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  6. G from DC


    Like I suggested to the other Obama hater(s) ==>> Feel free to find another country in which you may live for the next 4 – 8 years if you're not proud to be an American....simply because Barack Obama is the President-elect!!

    Those who didn't vote Bush, the village idiot into office put up with a ocean of his CRAP for the past 8 years and we stuck it out.....!!



    November 6, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  7. David

    Again, I here racism and bigotry.

    Can this never be overcome in this country?

    Obama won, he won because people want to believe in and hope for better for this country. I really do not care about how little experience you think he has. The way he ran his campaign and beat two powerful political types proves beyond a doubt just how "experienced" he is.

    He is well educated, smart, and intelligent man who can think for himself. He was right about many issues in the past and what America is facing today. He has a lot of foresight and a keen ability to look into the future and make decisions that will not only affect America today but in the years ahead.

    Rise above your gutter talk. Become a better person by engaging in constructive criticism or what will be better is to think how you can move the country forward. One way you can do that is by not being so bitter and negative.

    Be a constructive player in rebuilding and moving this country forward. McCain will work with Obama so why can you Obama haters not try and do the same.

    I made an informed decision and voted accordingly. I'm not stupid and neither are those who voted for McCain. Choices are made and that is it.

    Hatred, negativity, racism and bigotry do nothing but make you a lesser of a person and someone who needs to grow up!

    November 6, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  8. Jamie

    Wow, amazing events. I am no Bush fan but great that he is reaching out. These are truly historic events and could only happen in America. remember all the GOP rancor and hate just a few weeks ago?

    November 6, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  9. Change, hahaha

    This president will bring no change. You people who throw your virgin daughters to him will be paying the highest taxes in 9 months. During the speech, he continued to tell the sheep "We will get there". Where in the hell is "THERE". Even the liberal anchormen are saying they are unsure what he is going to do, and he looked somewhat creepy on stage. You wanted all of this "CHANGE" but what change? This entire election was very comical. What are you going to do when he puts together his "militant army". Well the guys in the south just laugh at the sheep. i'm sure this won't make it past the moderator. I can't wait for him to bankrupt the coal industry in the North, and you guys will be unemployed, but you guys will still chant, "WE BELIEVE, CHANGE, CHANGE, WE BELIEVE" its comming
    post this Mr. Moderator

    November 6, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  10. Matt

    Bush's last gasp to save face before he pardons everyone under the sun, including Stevens. Do not doubt that he's setting up something underhanded for Obama to deal with.

    November 6, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  11. Patrick

    How many of the people here calling for unity now that Obama is President were the same people that talked about how much they "hated Bush" every chance they got? What a bunch of hypocrits.

    November 6, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  12. Jeff


    What the heck is this? Are you serious? It's crap like this that keeps racisim alive in this country. I am Republican and I voted for them, does that make me racist?

    computer + low self-esteem = internet tough guy

    Even Obama would find this deplorable.

    November 6, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  13. G from DC


    You mean, "Sam the plumber", right....?

    I don't think he can afford the ticket to get his present financial state. That is, if he didn't strike a deal with a sucker, er, I mean investor....


    November 6, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  14. 1/20/13

    To The National Nightmare is Over!

    I have you moron, I am in Iraq defending your right to make bad decisions

    November 6, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  15. Expanding influence

    3strikes, you say Obama is not ready for the world stage? You haven't been reading what world leader's have said have you?

    They can't wait to meet him. He's a huge blessing for us.

    November 6, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  16. Change, hahaha


    November 6, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  17. sarah1

    the thought of that ignorant hateful ugly woman living in americas house is revolting.

    November 6, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  18. Change,


    November 6, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  19. Sue

    Whatever you all want to say, you should all thank President Bush for keeping you all safe. Do not be so ungrateful. Give thanks for small mercies.Give praise where it is due. Everyone has a weak and strong point, he may have been weak in some areas, and strong in others.

    As a matter of fact, you should all have a little respect and address him as President Bush no matter his shortcomings. May God continue to bless PRESIDENT BUSH and his family. Since you all do not want to wish him well I will.

    November 6, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  20. Jeff the Republican

    Unfortunately White-girl in Iowa, they are on both sides. Not just Republicans being sore losers, but Democrats being sore winners. Sad huh?

    November 6, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  21. Alan

    Some people thrive on hate and division. Fortunately, Barack Obama was elected because the MAJORITY of the people have rejected this small-minded approach to our country.

    God bless Obama.

    November 6, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  22. proud 2B

    dear – 1/20/13 –

    our country's borders are open from both sides – feel free to move across ... why on earth would you feel sad to be an American..?? what, your guy didn't win.. after the past 8 years and horrible campaign by THAT side.. I'd love to hear your justification for being negative today..

    if the 1/20/13 is your birthday, then you of all people should realize how far this country has come.. what are you afraid of.. ??

    speak up.. !!

    November 6, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  23. Dave

    No change coming.

    November 6, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  24. The Stallion & The Champ vs. The Old Mule and Winky Half-baked Alaska

    Someone needs to tell Mr. Obama to dumb it down a bit for Georgie though he can still speak like an adult to Laura.

    November 6, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  25. Telling it like it is

    Very gracious of you Mr. President.

    I'm not a fan of yours and I don't care for your shoot from the hip style but this is a perfect, relationship building move on your part.

    November 6, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
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