A rare gathering: Bush, Obama and 3 ex-presidents
A rare gathering: Bush, Obama and 3 ex-presidents - Yahoo! News
WASHINGTON – An entire generation has gone by since the nation last saw this tableau of American history: every living U.S. president together at the White House.
Consider it time for a reunion among the members of one of the world's most elite clubs, plus the one man about to join it — Barack Obama.
Picking up on an idea from Obama, President George W. Bush on Wednesday was hosting a lunch for the incoming president and the three former presidents: Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush and Jimmy Carter. It will be the first time all the presidents have gathered at the White House since 1981.
Bush and Obama also will meet privately for roughly 30 minutes in the Oval Office before the lunch. That one-on-one meeting, coming just 13 days before Obama's inauguration, is more likely to focus on grim current events, with war in the Gaza Strip and the economy in a recession.
White House press secretary Dana Perino said Wednesday that Bush and Obama have quickly developed a good relationship, in part because "they've been able to keep their conversations private." She said the two leaders are all but certain to review the Middle East and the economy.