November 9th, 2008
04:50 PM ET
14 years ago

Obamas, Bushes to meet at White House

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="President Bush and first lady Laura Bush will welcome the Obamas to the White House on Monday."]

(CNN) - Barack and Michelle Obama will get a tour of their future home Monday as they meet with the Bushes at the White House.

President Bush and the president-elect are expected to hold a meeting in the Oval Office, while first lady Laura Bush is expected to show the incoming first lady around the property.

Bush has pledged to do everything he can to make sure the transition is smooth.

Obama said he does not anticipate any problems Monday, adding that he is “gratified by the invitation” to meet with the president and his wife.

“I'm sure that, in addition to taking a tour of the White House, there's going to be a substantive conversation between myself and the president,” he said at a news conference Friday.

“I’m going to go in there with a spirit of bipartisanship and a sense that both the president and various leaders in Congress all recognize the severity of the situation right now and want to get stuff done,” he said.

The head of Obama’s transition team, John Podesta, said Bush and Obama will have a lot to talk about.

"They need to cover a broad range of issues, from national security affairs, where we are on homeland security. But I think he'll also want to spend a good deal of time on where things stand on the economy."

While Obama has sought advice from other presidents, the White House press secretary predicts Bush will exercise restraint.

"I don't think that President Bush will be presumptuous in trying to talk to Barack Obama about how he makes decisions, or how Barack Obama should make decisions. I think that the President probably will share how he's made decisions and some of the things that he feels are important," Dana Perino said.

The courtesy tour is a historic formality. Monday will mark the first time since 1988 that a Bush has not hosted or been hosted by a Clinton.

soundoff (113 Responses)
  1. amuel

    i would like to see obama place tarriffs on foriegn made goods that do not play fair in the production process. Whether it be environmentally, politically, domestically or in the form of underpayment of their workers.

    It is highly annoying to hear my own party say 95% of the world's market is outside the US. When they fail to mention 98% of the world including the US cannot justisfy buying american.

    Tarriffs are a great way to raise taxes based on behavior. If you are behaving in a way that hurts the country you will help pay to make the country a better place by indirectly investing in making the home product more competitive. Although the main fighting point is how it would affect the poor at first. That is until wages start going up due to the labor shortage.

    If handled right it would go a long way towards affirming America's right to rule the world in this century. Failure to act will continue the downward spiral that we are on.

    November 9, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  2. JGBNY

    I wonder if the Obama's and the Hired help will get confused about who has to cook and clean..

    November 9, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  3. Get Real!!

    First to IDIOT #1 "Enjoying Life to the Fullest" that wasn't a Bush quote – it was an Obama quote. You should learn how to read before you offer your opinions. Second to IDIOT(S) #2 "Jim Hall" and the rest of you "Village Idiot" Dems who are begging for bipartisanship for Obama but would NEVER give President Bush the same respect – GROW UP!! You are the most vile, hateful, hypocrites out there.

    November 9, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  4. harry

    From tommorrow, change will manifest on tv....

    November 9, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  5. Soccer Nana

    This is great!

    When will Vice President Cheney and Mrs, Cheney host the Bidens?

    November 9, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  6. MiltInSB

    Note to 'Enjoying Life to the Fullest': You misread the article. Obama said that he's going to meet Bush with a spirit of bipartisanship. You got it backwards.

    Happily, though, it does sound as if President Bush intends to be supportive of Obama in the transition.

    November 9, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  7. Diana Bingham

    I am one of 20 Million citizens who still supports President Bush. Lets hope that our President elect does not hear those same words that hit President Bush 9 months into his presidency.

    Thank you President Bush for our 2600 plus days of safety in our Country.

    November 9, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  8. Mike

    Get real=GREAT POST!!!!!

    My sentiments exactly.

    November 9, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  9. Bob

    Say what you want about the Republican Party and Republicans, but by far the meanest, most vile, intellectually arrogant (with NO reason to be) posters I've ever seen have been some Democrats. It's pretty clear that you simply are not very intelligent, but are ruled instead by your anger, your emotions, and finally your buying in to soundbytes. Hysterical, frothing-at-the-mouth, shrieking...these are all to be found in droves in the Democratic Party. Anyone believing that Democrats are any more advanced, more sophisticated, etc. is simply drinking the kool aid.

    By the way, remember that it was NOT a landslide...almost 50% of voters said they didn't want Obama. The media coverage of Obama and his groupies will last another month, and then you (the Democratic Party) are going to be held accountable for all your promises. I'm personally betting it'll take about 3 weeks before the first finger-pointing and excuse making starts to happen, just as we saw with the Democrat-controlled Congress the last two years. Yep, LOTS of Pelosi's "commitments" got accomplished didn't they? (That's sarcasm, by the way).

    November 9, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |

    That guy who wants to know when is Obama going to pay respects to his dead grand mother, has probably forgotten that Obama has a sister who is capable of keeping things in order until he is able to visit. Hawaii. Perhaps that duck ought to now that dead bodies can be kept for long periods of time before interrment Obama must do the things that matter to the country and to his future as President, now. After these things are attended to then he can skip off for a day or two to see about famiy affairs.

    November 9, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  11. nancy...Texas

    To Jim Hall: you shouldn't include First Lady Laura Bush in your comments about being ignorant. She is almost the only bright light in the last 8 years of the Bush administration. She is a gracious lady, and has worked quietly behind the scenes on women's rights around the world, on literacy, and other things as well.

    November 9, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  12. LL

    JGBNY November 9th, 2008 6:01 pm ET

    I wonder if the Obama's and the Hired help will get confused about who has to cook and clean..

    CNN – I can't believe you posted this racist, disgusting remark! REMOVE THIS!!

    November 9, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  13. Tiff of lithia springs


    I had a patient ask me what I thought of the present gas prices. Interesting I told her.

    The Obamas should ask the same question to the Bushes.

    November 9, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  14. Texas Trail Dog!

    T0 Soccer Nana. They have. They've already invited them to a quail hunt.

    November 9, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  15. KLEE

    "where has all the civility gone" sung to the tune of "where have all the flowers gone".......people I hope you know that the whole world is watching us....straighten up and act like you have grown up a little. All the sniping is getting a bit tiring. I know that our new President -elect would not appri\eciate it and I'm sure that G. W. Bush – (who has taken on the worse job in the world) – is tired of it too by now.

    All constructive and well-wishing comments are always welcome by all those who are responsible for running this country. I'm pretty sure that 99.99% of us commentinig here wouldn't have a chance to step up to the plate and putting your life and reputation on the line for this country – as a (how do I say it?) politician!!

    Just look around and see what you do have going for you....interstates, roads, utilities, -- we have something that goes together and works – because we have a government & lucky us ours is a Democracy.

    November 9, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  16. Hilary, CA

    Help him pack while you're there, Obama.

    November 9, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  17. Perusing-through

    I guess George can't wait to hand over the keys . . .

    November 9, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  18. T.O. for Obama

    "Dude" are an ignorant fool......and it's none of your business when the private memorial service will take go read your comic books and turn off the computer like a good boy !!!!!

    November 9, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  19. Pepou

    For JGBNY : your time is running out racist dimwit. You really are in a tiny minority in this country, Maybe you should consider moving out ?

    November 9, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  20. eg

    "Monday will mark the first time since 1988 that a Bush has not hosted or been hosted by a Clinton."

    That is not accurate. Bush is hosting Obama's visit to the White House. It will not be until 2012 or 2016 that a bush or clinton will not be hosting a pres elect or be hosted as pres elect. Presumably and hopefully.

    November 9, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  21. Pepou

    Dude : I pity you

    November 9, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  22. Ms. M

    I am thankful that we live in a wonderful country with all of its freedoms!! God bless both President Bush and President-elect Obama as well as our citizens.

    November 9, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  23. Duop Chak, Colorado Springs, Colorado

    The 43rd president, George Bush, is the funniest president of our lifetime.

    November 9, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  24. Former Republican in TX ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Barack & Michelle–
    Get a Cavashon ( or Cavachon) puppy for your kiddos. Cute as a bug and doesn't shed.

    November 9, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  25. julio

    Dude is the least of our problems when we have racist pigs like JGBNY posting, and I voted for Mccain for crying outloud!

    November 9, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
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