November 10th, 2008
07:01 PM ET
14 years ago

Bushes welcome Obamas to White House

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="President Bush and Laura Bush welcome Barack and Michelle Obama to the White House on Monday."]
(CNN) - President Bush and first lady Laura Bush welcomed President-elect Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle Obama, to the White House on Monday afternoon.

Bush and Obama held a private meeting in the Oval Office, while the first lady gave the incoming first lady a tour of the residence.

The president and president-elect walked together along the colonnade by the Rose Garden before entering the Oval Office together. They briefly waved to reporters along the way.

Obama and Bush were not expected to speak on camera following their meeting.

An aide to Obama said they were "going to let the pictures speak for themselves."

The two met in the Oval Office for just over an hour. When President George H.W. Bush hosted President-elect Bill Clinton after the 1992 election, the two talked for nearly two hours.

Monday's meeting was a historic formality, but it was also a time for serious talks. It marked the first time that Obama has visited the Oval Office.

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soundoff (222 Responses)
  1. Ed

    You must be kidding. Let the lady look in a mirror! A hoosier is a hoosier and America needs intellect and capacity neither of which the Alaska personality retain. Lets start with experience with the world, government get a reality check please. City council, to town mayor to limited state experience equal Presidential qualifications! NO WAY.

    November 10, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  2. PDX Gal

    From these posts I gather than repugs want to take Michelle shopping too, apparently? Once again, a bunch of dummies that are overly invested in "improving" the beauty of an already beautiful woman.

    Typical & catty.

    November 10, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  3. Sean

    What a sight that is. Obama and Michelle next to the Bushes. Haha wow that is really something. I bet that was an uncomfortable photo op.

    November 10, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  4. red=orange

    What's with Debbie and not being able to tell that Michelle Obama wears red, and is clearly wearing red in that picture?

    Hey Debbie, get some new rods and cones in those retinas before you toss out meaningless and incorrect insults?

    Oh, and for all of our progression with the first minority president: The men go to the office to talk work, while the wife gives the other wife a tour of the "nest." Talk about perpetuating old gender roles. This whole country could use a little "Pleasantville" revolution.

    November 10, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  5. Mike, Syracuse NY

    Louis and his fellow Bush-bashers, way to embrace Obama's message of unity and bipartisanship. If you're going to vote for the guy, ay least have the intelligence to realize your comments don't help him to do what he says he wants to do (i.e. bring the country together). Then again, if you were that smart, McCain would be President-Elect.

    November 10, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  6. JAY N.H.


    Something like 65+ million people voted for Obama so get over your party lost. But look on the bright side you get another shot in 4 more years.

    November 10, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  7. Maggie

    Mrs. Bush is a gracious First Lady. I wish Mrs. Obama all the best in her role as First Lady. Go Obama!!

    November 10, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  8. MD

    The bloggers complaining about Michelle's dress and color choices wish they could wear something like that and look as good doing so. I would love to have her height and figure.

    Truth be told most the men in America think she is gorgeous. They just can't tell their short chunky little wives what they really think...

    Bravo Michelle.

    November 10, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  9. star

    You lok beautiful Mitchelle. Nice dress!!

    November 10, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  10. Jan

    @Peggy from TX

    Michelle DOES NOT want to be talked about for what she is wearing RATHER than what she is doing. What is she doing, you may ask? Being a GREAT mother, SUPPORTIVE spouse, EDUCATED and ARTICULATE woman.

    That's what is wrong with the world today. We get so caught up in materialism. Get a grip and get a life!

    November 10, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  11. star

    You look Beautiful Mitchelle. Nice dress, I love it.

    November 10, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  12. Peter (CA)

    Rick-–yeah, that is called a delusion.

    Obama has done more in 6 days than Bush has done in the last 6 months. He is dealing with the problems while Bush is just concerned with watching out for his contractor buddies.

    And if you plan on running Palin in 2012, you guys may not get back into the White House for a while.

    November 10, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  13. BeefyDaddy

    After 8 torturous (no pun intended) years, the end is almost in sight!!!


    November 10, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  14. Enjoying life to the fullest! :)

    "We've got'em right where we want'em!" In the oval office! Too bad McCain has to see him sit in the chair he was running the ad about.

    November 10, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  15. red33,cedar rapids, ia

    Come on, Sarah. Don't blame the Bush 'record'; the Republicans should not have picked McCain in the first place. I lean towards being a conservative, but McCain was NOT my choice. He lost it; whether you did or not, by him 'picking' you, remains to be seen. I do not think it is fair of blaming Sarah for the loss. The democrats....i.e.... B.Frank & C. Dodd, took us down the rathole with the Freddie/Fannie mess, that Bush tried to regulate, but was stopped by the democrats. Remember the 'dems' were in control, as of 2006. Do the figures.

    November 10, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  16. SAN

    Holy Snipes! I voted for a mother figure not a World Peace Miss Pageant.

    November 10, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  17. jim

    so happy to see him gone

    November 10, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  18. Hope everyone is happy

    Hope everyone is happy with this communist jerk you people put in office. He is a liar, and loves to talk out the side of his mouth. When he tries to ban guns, and he will try, he will put this country on the brink of a second revolution. Too bad he wouldn't worry about fixing the economy and ending the war first.

    November 10, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  19. Bob

    I have a dream that one day my young daughter will not be judged by the color of her dress, but for the content of her character.

    This campaign shows how far we have come against racism.
    But it shows how far we still have to go against sexism.

    November 10, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  20. Setys

    The next first lady, Mrs Michelle Obama was looking so elegant. The present first lady Mrs Laura Bush look good too. Wow, that dress really looks good on Mrs Michelle Obama. Essence of perfection!!!!

    November 10, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  21. John Q. Cynic

    It was opposite persona's that could be identified with the smooth movement of Barack's walk, that shows his ease in the moment...compared with Bush's stiff walk, we (everyday guys) used to refer to with a corn cob....and that's the way it is, Monday Nov. 10th, 2,008.

    November 10, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  22. 1stbroker

    Michelle's clothing?????????????Are yall serious. Laura Bush has been a fashion nightmare for the last 8 years and noboy cared. And I don't care what Michelle Obama is wearing!! This country is going to hell in a hand basket. Everybody need to stand together and stand with our President-Elect and stop being so ridiculous.

    November 10, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
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