By: Dustin L. Gee
It’s only been six days since 47 year-old, Barack Obama was elected the first black President of the United States of America, and yesterday, George W. Bush welcomed Obama and his wife, Michelle, to the White House Mansion, located in Washington D.C. for a tour of their soon to be home, which they will occupy in less then two months.
Arriving early, Obama and his wife Michelle stepped out of a black limousine to be greeted by current President, George W. Bush and First Lady, Laura Bush. The two women hugged and the two men shook hands. All four posed for a historical photograph that was eagerly waiting to be captured by photographers.
According to Stephanie Cutter, an Obama Spokeswoman, told the Washington Post, “The two couples were all smiles yesterday, with no evidence of tension. The Obamas were warmly welcomed and the Oval Office meeting was productive and friendly.”
Once they entered the White House, Obama went with the man he will succeed, setting a side nearly two years of criticism that took place during the presidential election, to address the economy and tour the presidential private living quarters.
The Scotsman revealed “President Bush and Obama engaged in a private talk about the challenges of leading a nation freighted in this hand-over of power by a severe economic downturn and two wars.”
Both Obama and Michelle have visited the White House on previous occasions, but this was the couples first time to enter as future residents. Furthermore, this was Obamas first-time to enter the Oval Office.
On the other hand, the outgoing first lady led her successor on a White House tour that focused primarily on the upstairs private residence, including three bedroom suites and three living areas.
One of the stops on the tour that was of particular interest included the first lady’s sitting room, whose windows afford a direct view of the Oval Office below: “She can really keep an eye on who’s coming and going, who’s meeting with the president.”
Michelle Obama and Laura Bush also spent time discussing “raising daughters in the White House,” Stephanie Cutter, the Obama transition spokeswoman, said in a statement. “Mrs. Obama was honored to finally meet the First Lady, who was a gracious hostess.”
Michelle has already made clear that her first priority will be smoothly settling her daughters, Malia, 10, and Sasha, 7, into this new life.
Overall, Stephanie Hess, a presidential Historian called yesterday’s visit a “symbolic moment” of the change to come. “When he walks out of the White House, he really is the president-elect,” he said of Obama, adding: “It’s part of the movement of power, the movement of democracy.”