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A Thousand Words

The current and future presidents of the United States met today at the White House. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

They say a picture is worth ....

The transition from President George W. Bush to President-elect Barack Obama began -- symbolically, at least -- today.

Per a (great) reader's suggestion, let's hear your best caption suggestions for the above picture. The comments section awaits. And, let's try to keep it PG-13.

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 10, 2008; 5:00 PM ET
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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Hey Barack...I can see Crawford, Texas from here..

Posted by: AlexP1 | November 12, 2008 12:36 PM | Report abuse

Hey Barack, look Cheney's already leaving..

Posted by: AlexP1 | November 12, 2008 12:33 PM | Report abuse

...Hey Barack, wave to the house republicans leaving with me....

Posted by: AlexP1 | November 12, 2008 12:28 PM | Report abuse

A Thousand Words

Bush: I don't know what to say.

Obama: How about goodbye and let me give it a try. It's obvious that you didn't know what to do.

Obama to America: Together, America "Yes We Can" and "Yes We Will".



Posted by: Nisey01 | November 11, 2008 9:37 PM | Report abuse

A Thousand Words

Bush: Farewell, America, I never promised you a rose garden.

Obama: And neither will I. But you can count of me to plant it and together we can help it grow. How about that, America?

America: Now that's what up, Obama!



Posted by: Nisey01 | November 11, 2008 9:16 PM | Report abuse

A Thousand Words

America says:

"Out with the OLD and in with the NEW".

Bush: "Well, I shot my best shot".

Obama: "No kidding, would hate to see your worst shot, so let me try".



Posted by: Nisey01 | November 11, 2008 8:58 PM | Report abuse

In Hawaii, Aloha also means both hello and goodbye....

Posted by: JohnnieVoodoo | November 11, 2008 6:10 PM | Report abuse

After thinking about it I think maybe a little explaination. My idea for a caption is:

" ... that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth."

This are the last words of The Gettysburg Address. When pondering the address from the bottom up (backwards as if looking back on history) - is seems to me to be linking the two periods of American history into one journey. For those perhaps less familiar with the address, and so who might not catch the connection:

"Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation, so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate—we can not consecrate—we can not hallow—this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth."

Posted by: DonJasper | November 11, 2008 4:32 PM | Report abuse

" ... that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth."

Posted by: DonJasper | November 11, 2008 4:17 PM | Report abuse

Barack Obama: "Relax. I've got it. He just needs a little extra help, that's all". The crowd of onlooking began booing and hissing in anger as Bush blatantly cheated during this, the traditional Pin The Tail On The Donkey game between current and succeeding president.

Posted by: HelloSoHereshowIfeel | November 11, 2008 2:58 PM | Report abuse

And yet, despite Obama's surging popularity and worldwide respect, the cab still stopped for Bush first.

Posted by: Q-man | November 11, 2008 2:20 PM | Report abuse

W, there's a bug on your head. Let me get that for you.

Posted by: mgiangr | November 11, 2008 1:47 PM | Report abuse

"Is that what 70 percent approval ratings look like?"

Posted by: cxf14 | November 11, 2008 12:58 PM | Report abuse

Another amusing note from 37th&O: "The Bush people look doubly inept handing things off to Obama - they could not stop this? It was the Bush communications team's failures which led to this disaster."

So, as far as 37th&O can see, it isn't that Bush's policy decisions for the last 8 years mired us in multiple wars, dug us deeply into an economic hole, trashed American prestige abroad and the rule of law at home... its just that he had a lousy PR team? Splendid analysis.

Sure glad we got THAT straightened out.

Posted by: Iconoblaster | November 11, 2008 12:50 PM | Report abuse

"Hello and Good-Bye: Tomorrow and Yesterday".

Posted by: Iconoblaster | November 11, 2008 12:32 PM | Report abuse

finally proof that Fox news is definately gone too far.

Huckabee Getting Ready To Announce his Intent to Run in 2012?

Posted by: pastor123 | November 11, 2008 12:30 PM | Report abuse

In a touching farewell scene, President-elect Obama, and President-elected-by-the-Supreme- Court Bush, bid adieu to the 60 year supremacy of the American Dollar.

Posted by: robshome1 | November 11, 2008 12:12 PM | Report abuse

With apologies to "The Princess Bride",

Bush: "Do you think this will work?"

Obama: "It'll take a miracle."

Both: "Bye bye!"

Posted by: ASinMoCo | November 11, 2008 11:23 AM | Report abuse

Bush: Crawford here I come
Obama: Change Change Change!...

Posted by: nquotes | November 11, 2008 11:02 AM | Report abuse

Bush: Show me again how you do that healin' the sick thing.
Obama: Look, just raise your right hand like this and then be the son of God.

Posted by: CultureWarrior | November 11, 2008 10:52 AM | Report abuse

Caption: You say goodbye, I say hello.

Posted by: RealCalGal | November 11, 2008 10:49 AM | Report abuse

"You'll need a ladder to measure these drapes, O-Dawg!"

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | November 11, 2008 10:21 AM | Report abuse

Goddamn it Bush, do you still have to stand there with your mouth open? We get it, you're playing the dumb guy, we got it three years ago, now cut it out!

Posted by: theamazingjex | November 11, 2008 10:20 AM | Report abuse

"Now, the maritime border is that way, so wave to Mr. Putin"

Posted by: berry42 | November 11, 2008 10:12 AM | Report abuse

Hope and Hopeless

Posted by: dacarpediem | November 11, 2008 10:10 AM | Report abuse

Apprehensive meets exhausted.

Posted by: pbernste | November 11, 2008 9:39 AM | Report abuse

"When great evil occurs, great good follows."

Posted by: Bondosan | November 11, 2008 9:37 AM | Report abuse

"Is that Natalie Portman?"

Posted by: dajones88 | November 11, 2008 9:09 AM | Report abuse

Hooray to 44!!!!!!!!!!!The whole world is waving back.

And Goodbye to, among others, Mrs. Todd Pfalin, who, according to HuffPo, expressed this view of the world community of bloggers--

From HuffPo:

"The governor [Pfalin] also lashed out at bloggers "sitting in their parents' basement, wearing their pajamas" for some of the questions that were raised about her record and credibility."

Link to Nick Graham article about Regreta's non-interview with Pfalin.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | November 11, 2008 9:02 AM | Report abuse

Saying good-by to the past---in black and white.

Posted by: fdlevy | November 11, 2008 9:02 AM | Report abuse

"And then when you come out the door you wave to the press like this . . . that's it. But be sure not to answer any of their questions."

Posted by: gormanme | November 11, 2008 8:44 AM | Report abuse

All the humorous posts aside, the photo shows why the world wants to be the U.S.A.

When the government changes hands, no guns, rioting in the streets or heavy handed attempts to hold onto power beyond the limits proscribed by law.

That is democracy, just beautiful isn't it?

Posted by: Thatsnuts | November 11, 2008 7:29 AM | Report abuse

Effects of the presidency on the human being.

Left, Before swearing in.

Right, After the ravages of eight years.

Posted by: seemstome | November 11, 2008 4:18 AM | Report abuse

"As you can see Barack, from the outside they look like Greek Pillars. From the inside they feel more like bars..."

Posted by: Boutan | November 11, 2008 3:40 AM | Report abuse

[Waving to Sarah on the Straight Talk Express]:

"There she goes, she's gone again . . .

She should have known, McCain couldn't win."

Posted by: Justess | November 11, 2008 2:07 AM | Report abuse

"You say hello,and I say goodbye...goodbye,goodbye.."

Posted by: garshelis21Cent | November 11, 2008 1:59 AM | Report abuse

SPOT THE DIFFERENCE (A dozen in sight... a million otherwise)

Posted by: arundhati_ad | November 11, 2008 12:51 AM | Report abuse

Waving at the past, waving to the future.

Posted by: can8tiv | November 11, 2008 12:26 AM | Report abuse

"Who's sane? Who's SANE? What kind of a middle name is that?"

Posted by: Bondosan | November 11, 2008 12:09 AM | Report abuse

The agony and the ecstasy.

Posted by: scotty022 | November 11, 2008 12:06 AM | Report abuse

(Obama) "And PLEASE make it snappy!"

(In the background, we hear, "I'll be down to get you in a taxi, honey, better be ready about half past eight!")

Posted by: EINNOC10 | November 11, 2008 12:05 AM | Report abuse

John McCain: Why didn't this picture exist a week ago.


Barack Obama
Na, na, na,, na Na, na, na, na Hey hey hey good bye...

Posted by: reubeningber | November 10, 2008 11:49 PM | Report abuse

Now what?

Posted by: RexRacer | November 10, 2008 10:53 PM | Report abuse

Bush: Thank you, folks, you've been a great audience.

Obama: Drive home safely and don't forget to tip your waitress.

Posted by: dognabbit | November 10, 2008 10:19 PM | Report abuse

Obama: Say goodnight, George.

Bush: Goodnight, George.

Posted by: dognabbit | November 10, 2008 10:18 PM | Report abuse

No pictures please

Posted by: glclark4750 | November 10, 2008 10:01 PM | Report abuse

From "Soap"

"I ain't cleanin' it up..."

Posted by: chrisfox8 | November 10, 2008 9:55 PM | Report abuse

Obama: I can quit you.

Bush: Damn you!

Posted by: wpost4112 | November 10, 2008 9:40 PM | Report abuse

The Bush people look doubly inept handing things off to Obama - they could not stop this? It was the Bush communications team's failures which led to this disaster.




Posted by: 37thOSt | November 10, 2008 9:17 PM | Report abuse

"We're all so glad you say goodbye, and say hello."

Posted by: BlusterMonkey | November 10, 2008 9:02 PM | Report abuse

Bush: There ya' go... now yer wavin' like a decider!

Posted by: egc52556 | November 10, 2008 9:00 PM | Report abuse

Bush: Dang! Should I tell him that Cheney has chained himself to his desk?

Obama: I wonder where can I set the hoops up....

Posted by: wpost4112 | November 10, 2008 8:51 PM | Report abuse

President-Elect Obama: What are you waving to?

President Bush: My time of being responsible for a nation, bashed by politicians from your party and my own, and generally being one of the most disrespected human beings on earth. What are you waving goodbye to?

President-Elect Obama: The chance of having money for enacting the change I promised.

Posted by: cothguy | November 10, 2008 8:49 PM | Report abuse

"Now, Mr. President, please brace yourself on that column while I dope-slap the Evil out of you."

Posted by: claudiomosse | November 10, 2008 8:38 PM | Report abuse

The Presidents: Past- and Post-Partisan

Posted by: elligancat | November 10, 2008 8:38 PM | Report abuse

Well, Barack, we had a good discussion and I think you realize how much I admire your abilities as a politician and orator.

Yes, well thank you mr president and thank you for the fried chicken and grape soda.
Sorry I can't stay and enjoy it, though.

Posted by: seemstome | November 10, 2008 8:15 PM | Report abuse

Bush: MY GOD! John McCain's finally lost his mind. He's mooning us from outside the fence.

Barack: Jesus, John really does wear depends.

Posted by: seemstome | November 10, 2008 7:56 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: Archarito | November 10, 2008 7:54 PM | Report abuse

Barack, Isn't that Sarah Palin?
Yes, George. She may be stupid but she is nothing if not persistant.

Posted by: seemstome | November 10, 2008 7:45 PM | Report abuse

Bush waves to the press while Obama waves at the man who was most responcible for getting him elected as the 44th President.

Posted by: claffiteau | November 10, 2008 7:41 PM | Report abuse

What's that moving van doing here?

Mr. President, I know it's early but I thought I'd set up a half court so we could shoot a few hoops.

Posted by: seemstome | November 10, 2008 7:40 PM | Report abuse

President Bush & President-elect Obama waive tauntingly to an infuriated Sen. McCain as he stands outside the fence on Pennsylvania Ave.

Posted by: PhineasFinch | November 10, 2008 7:34 PM | Report abuse

Ummm, Acutually, George? They're called citizens, not subjects.

Posted by: jsscott1 | November 10, 2008 7:27 PM | Report abuse

You say "Hello." I say "Goodbye."

Posted by: kalamu | November 10, 2008 7:25 PM | Report abuse

"Can I help ya hail a cab outa here?"

Posted by: stephengatsby | November 10, 2008 7:22 PM | Report abuse

"Feelin' a little -- heh heh -- woozy here. Hang on, big guy! Just gonna rest my head on this here pillar. A bit of upset tummy. Back in a jif..."

Posted by: billmcg1 | November 10, 2008 7:21 PM | Report abuse

Bet I can hail that cab before you do, Barack.

Posted by: seemstome | November 10, 2008 7:20 PM | Report abuse

Obama: "Shouldn't we be doing 'The Wave' with both hands?"

Bush: "Wave? I was calling you a cab because your motorcade left a few comments ago!"

Posted by: Tannim123 | November 10, 2008 7:18 PM | Report abuse

Obama: Worst high-five ever. I thought you frat boys were supposed to be good at that.

Posted by: DDAWD | November 10, 2008 7:17 PM | Report abuse

"You put your right hand, you put your right hand out..."

Posted by: Tannim123 | November 10, 2008 7:16 PM | Report abuse

President Bush: "Oh my God, what have I done?"

President-Elect Obama: "Pardon me, you're blocking my view."

Posted by: BadBilly | November 10, 2008 7:15 PM | Report abuse

Bush: "There goes the motorcade."

Obama: "Shouldn't I be in it?"

Posted by: Tannim123 | November 10, 2008 7:09 PM | Report abuse

"Wave high to Zing of Kook and 37th and O, they're the resident nutcases at WaPo blogs where we get talked about a lot." - Bush

"Hi, guys!" -Obama

Posted by: Tannim123 | November 10, 2008 7:08 PM | Report abuse

"Keep your friends close..."

Posted by: scrivener50 | November 10, 2008 7:06 PM | Report abuse

"Bend the elbow? No wonder people have been saying, 'Sig Heil' to me!" -Bush

Posted by: Tannim123 | November 10, 2008 7:06 PM | Report abuse

Bush:"There lies the brilliant future. Allow me now, Senator Obama, to bring you up to speed on the dark present my team has created".

Posted by: rfpiktor | November 10, 2008 7:06 PM | Report abuse

President Bush: "Do we have the same tailor?"

Posted by: LFW101 | November 10, 2008 6:42 PM | Report abuse

Grasping a Greek column, Bush checks he's not on some elaborate Obama stage ...

oh but he is.

Posted by: littlestormcloud | November 10, 2008 6:37 PM | Report abuse

Obama: "On the count of three, let's wave with our right hand..."

Posted by: Obama--08 | November 10, 2008 6:33 PM | Report abuse

"It's okay to smile, Mr. President. Rest assured, your legacy will live on long after you have left these hallowed halls."

Posted by: johnsonc2 | November 10, 2008 6:29 PM | Report abuse

Raise your hand if this job is way over your head.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | November 10, 2008 6:11 PM | Report abuse

My hair used to be that color.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | November 10, 2008 6:09 PM | Report abuse

Bush: I sure am glad they have term limits for the President. I'm ready to get back to the ranch.

Obama: I've been talking to Bloomberg to see if we can get that changed.

Posted by: bigyahoo | November 10, 2008 6:07 PM | Report abuse

As a symbolic gesture to commemorate their pledge to work together during the presidential transition, President Bush raised his left arm and President-elect Obama raised his right arm to greet the media.

Posted by: h0rny4z0rny | November 10, 2008 6:00 PM | Report abuse

"Yeah, George, that light follows me everywhere."

Posted by: admc | November 10, 2008 5:52 PM | Report abuse

The Past, the Present, and the Future...

Posted by: jwallace1 | November 10, 2008 5:48 PM | Report abuse

Obama: "Mr. President, I believe the photographer asked us to raise our right hand."

Posted by: walkie | November 10, 2008 5:46 PM | Report abuse

four more years!!

Posted by: ptcp2000 | November 10, 2008 5:34 PM | Report abuse

"I don't know why you say goodbye, I say hello." [The Beatles, of course]

Posted by: jhbeck23 | November 10, 2008 5:29 PM | Report abuse

Say goodbye to 43, because we can't wait to reach 44.

Posted by: coloradojon | November 10, 2008 5:26 PM | Report abuse

Bush: Think I can push over this column?
Obama: I must shield my eyes from your blinding stupidity.

Posted by: cprach | November 10, 2008 5:19 PM | Report abuse

Now that the Likudniks Marty Eisenstadt and his group have claimed responsibility for the Palin leaks, I'm going to hold my breath for the Likudniks at the Post to criticize them.

Posted by: dime_dropper | November 10, 2008 5:12 PM | Report abuse

How about a caption contest?

Posted by: Bondosan | November 10, 2008 5:04 PM | Report abuse

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