Details for Obama White House tour on Monday emerge
WASHINGTON – President George W. Bush and wife Laura will greet their successors Barack and Michelle Obama at the South Portico of the White House at 2 p.m. EST on Monday before giving them a tour of their new home.
They will tour the White House and Bush and the president-elect will stroll over to the Oval Office along the Colonnade between the White House residence and the West Wing. Their wives will have their own private meeting in the White House Residence.
“We are gratified by the invitation. I’m sure that, in addition to taking a tour of the White House, there’s going to be a substantive conversation between myself and the president,” Obama said during his first news conference as president-elect.
Bush this week expressed his excitement at the prospect of welcoming the first African-American president elect to the White House. “It will be a stirring sight to watch President Obama, his wife, Michelle, and their beautiful girls step through the doors of the White House,” he said on Wednesday. (However the daughters Sasha and Malia are not expected on Monday.)
Both the greeting and walk will be seen by the small group of reporters, photographers and a television crew who are nearby the president at all times. No word yet on whether any of the four plan to speak to reporters during their visit.
- Photo credit: Reuters/Larry Downing (Mrs. Bush’s dog Miss Beazley walks along the White House Colonnade of the West Wing near the Oval Office of the White House.)