Bush to Meet With Obama
By Dan Eggen
President Bush said today that he will meet with President-elect Barack Obama at the White House early next week to discuss issues including the economy and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, part of the rapidly accelerating transition process leading up to January's inauguration.
Addressing a group of White House employees on the South Lawn, Bush vowed to forge an orderly transition with the Obama team over the next 75 days during a time of conflict and financial crisis. He also warned that terrorists and other enemies overseas might seek to "exploit this period of change" by issuing threats or attacks on U.S. targets.
"We face economic challenges that will not pause to let a new president settle in," Bush said. "This will also be the first wartime transition to a new president in four decades...Over the next 75 days, all of us must ensure that the new president and his team will hit the ground running."
The remarks, delivered after the president met with his Cabinet to discuss transition issues, came at Bush's second public appearance since Obama won election over Republican John McCain to be the nation's 44th president.
Posted at 12:45 PM ET on Nov 6, 2008
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