[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/11/06/art.bush.ap.jpg caption="Bush said a smooth transition is his priority."]WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Bush will meet President-elect Obama "early next week," he Bush vowed that he will keep a promise to "sprint to the finish" of his administration, which ends with Obama's inauguration on January 20.
He asked his staff to join him and his wife "in congratulating President-elect Obama and wishing him the very best for him and his family" as he addressed them at the White House to thank them for their service.
"As January 20 draws near, some of you may be anxious about finding a new job or a new place to live. I know how you feel," he said, to laughter from the staff.
"But between now and then, we must keep our attention on the task at hand, because the American people expect no less. Earlier this year, I promised I would sprint to the finish. I am keeping that promise."