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. Seattle Sue

    I don't know how Obama and Bush can look each other in the eye after all they have each said about each other.

    November 9, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  2. Tiff of lithia springs


    Grow a soul. That is none of your business. In case you don't realize he literally has the weight of the world BUSH left him on his shoulder.

    An no his probably doesn't have use for the shell his Grandmother left behind that's why he broke from his campaign to visit her why she was still LIVING!!!.

    His sister has taken care of the logistics. And he may have flown there for the PRIVATE ceremony and we know nothing about it.


    November 9, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  3. Kristen

    Job losses is at an all time high, gas prices is at an all time high, two wars in the middle east, record deficit... Bush, can you leave the White House a bit early...I mean why wait?

    November 9, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  4. sharif from philly

    we need to unite as a country and stop all this bigtree

    November 9, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  5. facts are facts

    After reading comments from GOP members on other web sites they all seem to be in lock step that their platform and policies are what the American people want and support.

    These people just don't get it. Most if not all the moderate and sensible high profile Republicans denounced their own party for the way the kooks and religious nuts have hijacked their values.

    It will be interesting to see if common sense will overhaul the GOP or if they will stay on the road to self destruction. I know Rush and Hannity along with the lunatic O'Rielly will continue on the same path but then they are making millions for spreading their warped opinions and views.

    November 9, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  6. R. Planet

    Yeah. Enough of those big trees. Freaking giant redwoods in particular.

    November 9, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  7. Janice

    WHY? They should be thrown out and tried and convicted, instead he will walk away laughing all the way to the bank. Never having to pay for the crimes committed. They tried to impeach Clinton for a lie, that never cost anybody their lives, it's simply not justice as we expected, or needed.

    November 9, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  8. JAY N.H.

    I am not a supporter of President Bush however it takes a special person to want to take on the responsibility of governing to greatest country on earth. And I do believe most of his decisions were based on what he thought was right. Now it's over and it is time to move on. We must show the respect that I'm quite sure he has earned.Now having said all that . I am expecting great things from Mr Obama it's time we get out of the box we have been in over the past 8 years

    November 9, 2008 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  9. Dan, TX

    funny how the dems and repubs hate each other for being so partisan.


    America will die because republicans hate democrats and democrats hate republicans. Hate to you people is more important than the success of our country. Thank goodness you only exist here on the blogs and don't have real lives.

    November 9, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  10. gerri

    Please dont come back to Texas,many of us are ashamed of you.

    November 9, 2008 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  11. Ben

    Interesting liberals are such nice caring people,republicans are nasty just reading the anti Bush comments I see even after you win we see who are the real bitter americans & its not the repubs its the "CARING" liberals

    November 9, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  12. Gays for Obama

    Michelle, I like blue. When you start measuring the drapes and redecorating, put some blue in it. i would to see what you've done with the place after you finish adding your personal touches.

    November 9, 2008 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  13. mmd

    I would like to know why Cnn has the loser vp palin name on the ticker name to our Prez of USA, Obama. Take it off now.

    She lost and went home. She is a nobody , it is a disgrace to have her name next to our president.

    What are you trying to convey. I dont like what it implies.

    November 9, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  14. julio

    Actually the price of gas has dropped quite a bit due to lack of demand for oil of course. The only positive in this crisis.

    November 9, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  15. Janice

    You are all so sweet talking about coming together and how it's time to get on with it. Try to remember that we have 4000 plus dead soldiers for a war that was a lie, a debt that your grand children will still be paying for, our health care is destroying people, people are loosing their homes, life as we know it in the united States is over for at least now. Bush isn't keeping anybody safe ,we are keeping our own selves safe. This is all on Bush's famous watch, you all join together and sing his praises while I scream, Throw the bum out!! Reality should be setting in on you about now!!!

    November 9, 2008 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  16. Benton Indianapolis, In

    First of all let me make a comment to DUDE: it is to bad she wasnt around to see him elected president. i am sure she had a big smile on her face along with his mom when he was elected president.
    I am sure President and Mrs. Bush will be very helpful to the Obama's and answer any questions they may have abou living in the white house.

    November 9, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  17. julio

    Bush approval ratings are the lowest ever. However, he did increase the child tax credit and my family got help when we most needed it. For that I will be forever grateful. Julio, a registered democrat.

    November 9, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  18. voter


    Obama's grandmother requested a private ceremony at a later time. It was her decision. get the facts before you pose opnions.

    November 9, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  19. Ann

    lets unite!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 9, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  20. democrats /PA

    hay obama HAMAS wants to talk to his brother
    when are you going to talk to them?

    November 9, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  21. anon

    President Elect Obama will have the luxury of being able to focus on domestic issues more deeply only because President Bush has spent the last eight years fighting Islamic extremists around the world and rolling back the work of people that want to destroy the greatest nation on earth. I only hope that President Elect Obama continues to keep America on the offensive against Islamic extremists and fight for those who do not enjoy the freedoms Americans possess.

    November 9, 2008 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  22. catmom

    KJL, the bad times of Bush's presidency was due to his policies and the decision he made. It was also due to the Republican Congress rubber stamping everything he did. Remember, Bush only started to use the veto when he lost control of Congress. The Republicans in Congress were determined not to work with the Democrats in order to make the American people think the Democrats weren't doing anything. Fortunately most Americans saw through that as evidence by the election. Now it's time to give Obama a chance. It will probably take most of this term to straighten out the mess Bush left.

    November 9, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  23. MR E

    My advise to Obama is to be careful with Bush because the last thing we want is the contamination of his ideas with that of bush. Just look at him , dont get to close OK . Am glad that my $10 donation has helped to put Obama in the white house. God is good.

    November 9, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  24. Texas Teacher

    At the risk of sounding redundant, I doubt anyone is blind to the point that we are the winners. Tradition says that this is policy, and so it should be. Obama will have much to do in a short amount of time, therefore, he should have to opportunity to be prep'ed before he steps into the whitehouse! It just makes sense. Strange though after all the mud that was slung during the campaign.

    November 9, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  25. Bill Sampson

    The Bush family has no need to take White House furnishings. They have already looted the U.S. Treasury. At least give them credit for being big-time criminals.

    November 9, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
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