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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soundoff (72 Responses)
  1. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    What a treat for the Bush staffers to meet their future counterparts in the Obama Administration – they get to meet real intelligent people with a lot going on between the ears instead of the usual no-mind mentality that tends to live at 1600 Pensylvania Avenue today!!!

    By the way folks, TCM is a paid, RNC poster!!! You can tell by the constant stream of misinformation and the Limbaugh-like delivery!!! TCM appears on many blogs spewing the same appeal-to-the-trailer-park crowd nonsense!!!

    January 7, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  2. Proud American

    Bush staffers still trying to figure out how to run the White House?

    January 7, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  3. Lynn in NM

    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!!).

    January 7, 2009 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  4. jennifer

    The idea of Bush having a power lunch with anyone is laughable. Still I shouldn't snicker this shows his serious side, after all he took time out from riding his bike and watching cartoons. I wonder if they had a coloring table mat for him?

    January 7, 2009 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  5. Hungry

    Lucky Robert Gibbs. I wanna have lunch with Dana Perino.

    January 7, 2009 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  6. Objective thinking

    Laverne: So I guess when the Obama team specified that Bush has been unbelievably accomodating, you just blocked that out of your mind?

    January 7, 2009 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  7. Larry Flintster

    The Porn Bailout article gets over 300 comments in minutes and they close off the comments. Write something intersting and engaging and you close it off. Brilliant

    January 7, 2009 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  8. Newport News, VA

    I wonder was Bush(Jr.) talking with food in his mouth. I heard he has a bad habit of doing that.

    January 7, 2009 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  9. Butch Dillon

    Who was appointed to wipe the drool from their chins?

    January 7, 2009 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  10. Matt

    @ TCM

    You're right...because a new position that will be paid something like $150,000 per year whose primary focus 14-18 hours per day will be to help figure out how to cut billions of dollars in spending...that's just too expensive and totally irresponsible. Idiot.

    January 7, 2009 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  11. Steve

    Hopefully Bush's staffers smacked Obama's staffers around a little bit, to knock some sense into them.

    January 7, 2009 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  12. Dave

    People have to talk with each other in order to get things right. Let them talk so as to get us out of this terrible state of affairs this country now faces. But after the talking, do things right this time and I expect such will be done now rather than in Bush's administration! Thanks a lot, George!

    January 7, 2009 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  13. Kevin B

    I hope the hyper-partisians on both sides are beginning to understand the obvious, which is "we are not a blue america or a red america, we are the United States of America".

    The sooner folks understand this fact, we can set about the serious business of restoring our nations greatness and get through this economic mess we have been dealt.

    January 7, 2009 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  14. TC

    Are they crazy! Most ridiculous thing ever. Waste of space and the government's time.

    January 7, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  15. Get over it

    One thing is for certian, at least the White House won't be TRASHED when Bush leaves office like it was when Bush took over from Clinton.

    What was it, about $38,000 of damage to the White House that Bush had to deal with when he took office??????

    January 7, 2009 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  16. Brian

    From the look on George H. W. Bush's face, it is obvious that Obama was not his choice for President!

    I got news for you, George H. W. Bush - you do NOT decide who the next President will be, the American people do !!

    January 7, 2009 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  17. boered1

    hey unknown I am also a Christian but know several NON Christians who object to supporting "faith based" projects with their money, as do I so why cannot I keep MY money used for these things and help adopt more children? (I do this instead of berate their mothers who know they cannot raise a child so opt to abort, I talk with them and adopt their children, the only money I pay is for the mothers/childs medical bills up to two weeks after delivery) so donot speak for me,if you cannot accept the fact that in America everyone has the same rights then maybe you SHOULD leave this country I spent 21 years defending!

    TCM no he did not pick anyone for that position unlike bush he knows what he knows and therefore knew he could handle that function all by himself... maybe if your god bush had talked to say even his FATHER we would not be in the mess we are in now remember daddy bush said goinginto iraq was a bad idea!

    January 7, 2009 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  18. At least TCM doesn't sound as racist today

    goodness, he was spewing the terms of nappy, monkey etc saying they steal

    CNN doesn't pay any attention to content or who is posting it so losers like TCM put up some awful trash occasionally

    January 7, 2009 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  19. Matt

    @ No Hillary = No Obama

    Hate to tell you, but there's plenty of women in politics now too and they've proven to be no different...male or female you could stick the whole lot of them in a Summer's Eve bottle and nobody would know the difference.

    January 7, 2009 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  20. Gerda Edwards

    Laverne. I'll give you a clue, so you don't have to buy one (kind of like libs hope the gov't will do for them on everything from now on).

    Obama asked for something out of the ordinary, to be treated special, and stay in the BH before the 15th. Hello? You (and Obama) really think it's sitting vacant, especially in the last few weeks of Bush's Presidency???? As the President-elect likes to say when things get tough - there's only one President. Which means Bush can use it as he sees fit, and DID make sure it was available from the 15th on - like for every other incoming President in the past!!!

    You're pissed because Obama didn't get special treatment????Sheeesh. By ANY measure, the Bush team has been far more accomodating than Clinton.

    January 7, 2009 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  21. Kokoblu

    Quite ironic the power lunchers discuss government waste on the same day Laura Bush debuts the new White House china, valued at a cool half-million. This government has no concept that average Americans are struggling to eat simple foods on paper plates. Get real, Washington, and start living like the people you're governing!!

    January 7, 2009 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  22. Karen-Phoenix

    First time since 1981 that they all got together! Just maybe the American people can come together under this administration and try call us all The United States of America and work together to get us back on track!!! Obama and his team are trying their darndest and we, the American public better appreciate it!!! Thank you Obama Team!!

    January 7, 2009 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  23. Gerda Edwards

    Len and Susie,

    Which is why Obama couldn't go two sentences without blaming and trying to link McCain to "Bush's failed policies"?

    January 7, 2009 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  24. Denver Dem

    I can't wait for Dana Purina to be long gone. She has to be the single most gag me w/ a fork woman I have ever heard talk, maybe only second to Ann "the Nazi" Coulter. Please lord lets get a speaker that has half a brain, b/c the nar-tards bush has had lying to us for the last eight years has been dispicable. At least scott Mcclellan came clean

    January 7, 2009 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  25. 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 |
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