U.S. President George Bush
has met with President-elect Barack Obama at the White House for talks on major
issues facing the United States.
Mr. Bush and first lady Laura Bush welcomed the president-elect and his wife, Michelle Obama, Monday, shortly after their arrival from their home in (the midwestern U.S. city of) Chicago.
Mr. Bush and the president-elect talked briefly as they walked together outside the White House, pausing for pictures before entering the Oval Office for more extensive talks. They were expected to discuss the transition between their administrations, in their first meeting since last week's election.
The president and president-elect have struck a tone of cooperation in carrying out an orderly transition of power. Mr. Obama says the nation expects nothing less.
As Mr. Bush and his successor met, Mrs. Bush gave a tour of the presidential residence to the incoming first lady, Mrs. Obama.