January 7th, 2009
02:45 PM ET
13 years ago

As Bush, Obama met for power lunch, so did their staffers

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/01/07/art.getty.perino.gibbs.jpg caption=" Bush press secretary Dana Perino gave Obama spokesman Robert Gibbs a tour of the White House Briefing Room."](CNN) - While the former, current and future presidents met for lunch today at the White House, staffers for the outgoing and incoming administrations followed their lead: Bush chief of staff Josh Bolten had lunch with Rahm Emanuel, who will fill the same role in the Obama administration; White House counselor Ed Gillespie had lunch with Obama senior advisor David Axelrod; and Bush press secretary Dana Perino had lunch with Obama spokesman Robert Gibbs, who will take her place behind the press room podium.

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  1. obama-mama

    Lynn in NM January 7th, 2009 3:40 pm ET

    Why is he getting advice from former Presidents? He has lots of experience, or so they tried to tell us during the election cycle. Don't tell me that a politician actually fibbed (gasp!!).
    Get a life.....

    January 7, 2009 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  2. Proud American

    Newport News, VA January 7th, 2009 3:46 pm ET

    I wonder was Bush(Jr.) talking with food in his mouth. I heard he has a bad habit of doing that.
    This Idiot can't form a sentence, Cheney does all the talking for little Georgie.

    January 7, 2009 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  3. Shelly

    On Israel / Hamas, an eye for an eye makes the whole world blind – yes and a no.

    1) Violence / Brute force is possibly never the end solution to a problem – it is just a comfort short term AND creates a long term evergrowing problem (imagine the kith and kin of the innocents killed – their minds have been sown with irreversible hatred!)… I do try to think Israel is considering this an opportune time (before the new Obama administration takes over and gets more pragmatic / even handed and all of this could become unjustifiable / improbable…)

    2) Unless the fanatics are overridden by the educated professional smart / moderates in a religion, that religion (you know which one) will keep paying an enormous price… Give the kids more education and DO NOT PRODUCE them if you CANNOT RAISE THEM properly – I know more than 50% of the folks in the religion BELIEVE that Birth Control is a SIN and that explains how many MORONS exist . Once addressed this should take away 50% of the menace. So, can others keep quiet while this menace exists – No.

    January 7, 2009 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  4. Independent_me

    I hope that President Carter – or Rahm Emanuel – asked President Bush or one of the staffers why they dissed the incoming President by inviting an ex-Prime Minister to stay at Blair house just so that they could refuse the Obamas occupancy when they asked for it. Shame on Pres. Bush!

    January 7, 2009 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  5. gerry

    Well at least G.W. Bush took off his bib for the photop-too bad he didnt finish eating..

    January 7, 2009 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  6. Cynthia Selby

    No, hell no!!!!!! If Congress approves this bailout, I'm moving to another country.

    January 7, 2009 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  7. Ex=Republican

    I wonder who's idea was this? So where was Michelle-O and Laura bush's luncheon meeting? Why were they left out of the transitional luncheon planning?

    I had mixed feelingson this. I was thinking Obama was outnumbered. The former presidents may be jealous of Obama's high ratings and try to intimidate or put him down.

    I hope he told bush to hurry up and get out of the White house so he can move in...ha ha

    January 7, 2009 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  8. Baze

    lol@power lunch. What were they eating, electricity?

    January 7, 2009 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  9. Katie, MS

    The O Team is the new A Team. They will do a great job, and take Americans seriously when we say we're hurting. They will listen and tell us the truth. Above all, they won't torture anyone–ever.

    I love it.

    January 7, 2009 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  10. Mari


    The far-right-nuts do not recognize brilliance when it slaps them in the face, that's why we had two Bush terms!

    It is a sign of intelligence and wisdom to listen to the thoughts, advice and ideas of others whom have lead the Nation before you! Once again OBAMA proves that he is indeed a brilliant leader!


    January 7, 2009 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  11. Matt

    Did the first dog have lunch with the first dog elect? Maybe the Bush daughters taught the Obama kids some drinking games too.


    January 7, 2009 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  12. Sue

    How much did this tete-a-tete cost the publc? Maybe Obama should save money instead of blowing ours away!!!

    January 7, 2009 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  13. Fabian

    Is this news? CNN must be really bored.

    January 7, 2009 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  14. WIlly Brown

    Bambi Obama and his staff have 4 short years then they are done.

    January 7, 2009 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  15. Down with the New Prez

    Dana is a lot hotter. It will be hard to look at Gibbs for four years.

    January 7, 2009 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  16. Taylor

    Suggesting this presidential gathering truly shows PE Obama's intelligence. Apparently it had to take all of 27 years (not including funerals) for an intelligent and common sense PE to come along to make such an historic event happen again.

    January 7, 2009 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  17. shoegazer

    Just imagine what a spectacular food fight this could have been.
    Would have made"Animal House"look like a church picnic.

    January 7, 2009 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  18. Pat J

    Is "Proud American" a wind-up toy?

    January 7, 2009 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  19. TheTruthHurts

    Just awesome!! Finally some thoughtful people with foresight. Not perfect, but at least thoughtful.

    January 7, 2009 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  20. Rave

    Robert Gibbs is cool. His interview with Hannity(The Racist) on Foxnews was hilarious

    January 7, 2009 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  21. Patriot

    I just hope Bush doesn't pull the same crap Clinton did and act sore beceause his party lost the White House. That kind of behaviour makes all americans look bad.

    January 7, 2009 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  22. Denise....Boardman, Ohio

    Gerda Edwards....
    Now play nice...Since all of you "good" Christians always talk about "helping" your fellow man I would have thought that ALL of you good people(((Republicans))) would understand the need of a family wanting somewhere convenient to send their children off to school....it wasn't about "special treatment"....it was about the children....and since Republicans are so devout about "abortions and family values" I would have thought that our "good' Christian President would have adjusted his schedule in order to help out an in-coming President...but I guess this situation was just like ALL the rest for Bush...a non-issue.....

    January 7, 2009 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
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