November 10th, 2008
05:05 PM ET
14 years ago

Obama meets with Bush in President-elect's future office


President Bush and President-elect Obama spoke in the Oval Office Monday. White House photo by Eric Draper

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama
soundoff (57 Responses)
  1. Please

    Obama has had the red carpet for him all along – right from the start of the campaign. Everyone went way out of their way to accommodate him. Not like the treatment the rest of the candidates received that is for sure. Bush was certainly not going to give him a hard time – it would make no sense anyway.

    Obama will be the leader of the free world soon – hope he is ready.

    November 10, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  2. Terry, Dallas Texas


    The amount of anger on some of these blogs is amazing. Hey don't waste it all so soon. You have at least the next 4 YEARS to rant and you wouldent want to use it before he is even sworn in.

    May I suggest that you accept Obama is our next President and move on.

    November 10, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  3. hometowndemocrat

    Well said Ca-Asian Guy!! Bravo!

    November 10, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  4. 30-m-PA-Democrat-voted McCain

    I wonder if Michelle is still not proud of her country?

    November 10, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  5. strong

    What a beautiful room this is! (you paid for it! wink).

    Now to make it a perfect picture, all you need is Barack in a smoking jacket with slippers and the morning paper with pipe in mouth (like Ward Cleaver used to do), and Michelle serving coffee and cakes on the presidential china.

    November 10, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  6. Dan

    It is interesting to me how clearly nervous and ill-at-ease Obama ease compared to Presdent Bush. He is clearly rigid and tense, likely due to realizing that his inexperience and lack of accomplishment is likely becoming evident as he tries to converse without the help of a teleprompter.

    November 10, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  7. Ronald

    Wow – Obama seems to be doing well thus far. Hopefully he can do something for us. No one else is !!!

    November 10, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  8. Amber

    Super kudos, CA-Asian guy!!

    As an Obama supporter I'd like to add to that:

    Shame on my fellow Obamaniacs (you know who you are) who are being sore winners! That's not what our President-elect stands for and you'd know it if you read Audacity of Hope.

    Let's strive to be better, everyone.

    November 10, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  9. NJ

    I saw a cartoon of this when I was a kid. It was called "Pinky and the Brain."

    November 10, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  10. Sporky in L.A.

    Well-said, CA Asian Guy; and kudos to the Bushes for being so gracious to the Obamas (from what can be gleaned from the pictures and post). However, I too was struck by the body language in the Oval Office picture!

    November 10, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  11. god bless the US

    Ugghh dunno if it's customary in the oval office to look like that but the symmetry of the furniture arrangement would drive me nuts.

    November 10, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  12. Ms. Illinois

    Love it – Obama teaching Bush his ABCs! "OK, let's go over it again...A-B-C-D-E-F-G-H-I-J-K-L...."

    November 10, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  13. Obama for President!!!

    Hey 30-m-PA-Democrat-voted McCain,

    I wonder will you get over it and move on!!!!!!!! Bitter, Bitter, Bitter, like young kids!!!!!!!

    November 10, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  14. Tim in Seattle

    @30-m-PA-Democrat-voted McCain –

    I wonder if bitter people like you can shut up and let the man start working before critisizing...the bitterness and bile that you people are still spitting almost a week afefter the election is over is something else.

    Grow up and get behind our new president or leave – you DO have that option. Free up your job on the fry bin at McDonalds for someone who can use the money...

    The simple fact is you have NO idea where we're headed, except that things are going to change, and people like you are afraid of change. Try stepping out into the light instead of hiding in you mothers basement....

    November 10, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  15. boered1

    @ 30-m-PA-Democrat-voted McCain

    nice to know you are still ignorant.. a line taken out of context and you are still sticking to it, thats what I like about the crimminally insane and the just plain stupid neither one can learn something new once they have an idea in their head.

    @ Please an interesting definition of the red carpet you have but no worries he is ready far more ready than the president who won the last election 4 years ago...

    still like the picture.. the world grows a bit everytime we have a peaceful change of power.

    November 10, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |

    Well, i will miss Bush, he was a great president who happened to be a president at a wrong time, there were alot of challenges during his presidency, and he might have chosen a bad team, but i still have respect for him. May his retirement be filled with joy. Obama is another great president lets wait and see what he is going to do. It looks like his team is made up of great people, let me hope they are not going to manipulate him or the other way round. America is the great country in the world we need to see good example. Lots of Love from RWANDA

    November 10, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  17. Dave

    Looks like Obama missed his chance. He should have somehow lured Bush out of the office and locked the door behind him so he could get to work right away. Then, Bush could have joined Laura in the residence to start packing their things. I sure hope the nation makes it to January 20, 2009.

    November 10, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  18. MD

    I find it funny how some people are already tired of hearing about President elect Obama. Minorities have shown great respect and interest in the last 43 Presidents. (Save #43 perhaps.)

    I think the picture is awesome. I am saving all I can get my hands on to show my 3 year old grandson this historical event when he gets a little older and can appreciate it even more that he does now...

    November 10, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  19. Mike, Syracuse NY

    Sometimes a picture is just a picture. It doesn't tell us a thing.

    November 10, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  20. anthony

    nothing was handed to Obama he,s a very smart man not shaken very easily. They tried every trick in the book. he didnt respond to then. You call that sure footed. think about it he had enough to go at Palin to make her never show her face again. But he told everybody to leave her and her family the economy rise- and you keep tour job.

    November 10, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  21. Juan Grain

    What do you mean you are tearing out the bowling ally and putting in a half court???

    November 10, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  22. modernist furniture snob in mich

    does the furniture go when bush leaves, or can it at least be reupholstered and rearranged? surely obama has better taste than that

    November 10, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  23. Anonymous

    Good luck Obama see you in 2012 Palin for President,

    Check out the foreign policy throughout the world ask Bidden your Vice President. it goes hand in hand with the economy. It does not matter whether your a Democrat, Republican, liberal or independant etc: Read Revalations change is coming your in for a suprise? I wish you the very best. I admired JFK I wish he was still alive today?

    I say to you pray first, may this country of ours look up he is asking for change! Liderals don't get it? Thanks for reading my message!

    November 10, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  24. Greed is not good

    Yes great shot...just like how the Oval office looks in the movies. Those couches gotta go! Chair are okay though.

    November 10, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  25. CA Asian Guy

    Thank you hometowndemocrat, Amber, and Sporky.

    I especially agree with Amber's point that the same standard should apply to everyone. We should all be setting aside our differences and past misgivings (whether we be democrat, republican, independent, etc) and working together as one people during this dire time of national crisis. The hopes and dreams which the President-elect instilled in us for a better, brighter future will only fully come to fruition with the support and aid of each and every one of us.

    November 10, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
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