The Bush-Obama Meet and Greet
Well, that was a letdown.
Obama wore dark sunglasses as he walked slowly from his plane at Washington National. Instead of the usual campaign SUV, he climbed into a presidential-style limousine with all the bells and whistles: a black haz-mat truck, a communications van and a decoy limo. Hundreds of spectators waited outside the White House for his arrival.
But if they were hoping for a good look at the president-elect, they were probably disappointed. Usually even a photo op requires a politician to say a few words as he waves to the cameras. But Bush and Obama managed to avoid uttering a peep in public as the president whisked his successor into the Oval Office for a meeting. On the other hand, there was a lot of touching.
Michelle Obama embraced Laura Bush. Barack Obama grasped Bush's bicep as he shook the president's hand. As they strolled the collonade and entered the White House, the two men took turns putting their arms on each other's backs.
The touching probably won't be confused for interpersonal warmth. And the squinting photograph they and their wives shared at the South Portico probably won't be destined for any prizes.
But they do have some common ground. The punctual president was bound to be impressed by Obama's arrival: eleven minutes early. They looked like a pair in their matching flag lapel pins. And they shared at least one leadership strategy: keep the media at bay.
| November 10, 2008; 3:27 PM ET
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