December 17th, 2008
07:36 PM ET
14 years ago

Obama, Bush planning to meet again - with a twist

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="President Bush and President-elect Obama will meet with three former presidents in January."]WASHINGTON (CNN) - CNN has learned that President-elect Barack Obama and President Bush have privately agreed to try and come together again in January for a second post-election meeting at the White House, but this time they're inviting the three living former presidents as well.

Two sources familiar with the plans tell CNN that at their first post-election meeting in the Oval Office on Nov. 10, Obama proposed that the two men get together again before the inaugural along with former presidents Jimmy Carter, George Herbert Walker Bush and Bill Clinton.

The sources said the current President quickly agreed it would be a good idea and all sides are trying to make it happen somewhere between Jan. 1 and the Jan. 20 inaugural, though coordinating the schedules of five onetime commanders-in-chief can be difficult.

The high-powered meeting is another sign of how closely the Obama and Bush teams have been working together to try and make sure the first post-9/11 transfer of power goes smoothly.

"It's been unbelievably cooperative," said one Democratic official who was not authorized to speak publicly about the private conversations between the President and President-elect.

Update, 6:36 p.m.: The White House has confirmed that the meeting will take place on January 7. "President Bush will host a lunch for President-elect Obama and former Presidents Carter, Clinton, and Bush," White House Press Secretary Dana Perino told CNN. Perino also said the White House would release additional details about the meeting as January 7 approaches.

soundoff (210 Responses)
  1. david Kubik

    i wonder if hillary is coming with bill... she can start making plans for 2012 and 2016

    December 17, 2008 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  2. One Word...


    December 17, 2008 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
  3. Matt

    Hahaha, Fernando wins this comment thread, without question! Captain Planet... Heh.

    December 18, 2008 12:09 am at 12:09 am |
  4. Remy

    Freedom for all to tell their opinions. But some posts are motivated through HATE philosophies. Anyway time will heal the American bad thinking!

    December 18, 2008 12:16 am at 12:16 am |
  5. Desmond Sequeira


    December 18, 2008 12:19 am at 12:19 am |
  6. NJP

    Bravo, Mr. President!

    His recent actions are causing me to recall why I voted for him in 2000 – for the past several years, I tried to rationalize it away as temporary insanity.

    He deserves enormous credit for the manner in which he's handling this transition, particularly during these extraordinarily challenging times.

    December 18, 2008 12:25 am at 12:25 am |
  7. Irish

    Wait a minute. I just voted in the cnn. story of the year and I see in the results that the war in Iraq is not in the top 10. My son is in Iraq as I type and the 45,000 voters don't think that Iraq rates in the top 10 news stories. Now this is Bush's failure. What a disgrace. That pompous moron struts around the White House and my son is risking his life in Iraq for NOTHING!!!!!!!

    December 18, 2008 12:28 am at 12:28 am |
  8. lakeside176

    Hey Mesa.......The reason the Dems got so many elected in 2006, is beause the voters could see what was happening to our great country. They just didn't have enough Dems to get their work done. So now, with more Dems and PE Obama, we all have hope that CHANGE will happen. Get real, Mesa.

    December 18, 2008 12:48 am at 12:48 am |
  9. JS007

    I think Obama is giving the media some catnip while we all wait for W to leave.

    I also want to comment on Obama picking Warren to deliver the prayer – Obama is no fool. I personally distrust Warren after the "cone of silence" debacle, but Obama realizes that Warren, for better or worse, is the upcoming leader of the Evangelical movement, and after the extremists and hypocrites they had in the past Warren is actually a breath of fresh air on most issues. Obama realizes that one day when he needs help with things like fighting global warming, guys like Rick Warren will come in very handy.

    This also makes it a lot harder for windbags like Rush Limbaugh to spread their hate to the Evangelicals, who are a large part of the 30% who still like Bush. If Obama can split the Evangelicals from the Republican party he will have achieved a HUGE Democratic victory for the future. All you lefties who don't trust Obama need to start thinking a few steps ahead – politics is chess, sometimes his moves are not obvious, but one day you'll say "ah haaa".

    December 18, 2008 12:50 am at 12:50 am |
  10. jim Scheinle, Santa Fe, NM

    If something can document a low IQ, is the gloating and mentioning the shoe issue using any excuse to do so, There seem to be a lot of people on this blog proud of their lack of intelligence !

    Of course, they are doing exactly what the SADRist or AL QAEDAs intended when sending this patheic Iraqi to the Press conference

    December 18, 2008 01:02 am at 1:02 am |
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