President-elect Barack Obama met with President Bush at the White House Monday.
The President invited his successor to the White House to discuss their transition.
With two wars and the global economic meltdown under way, Mr. Obama says he wants to hit the ground running and Mr. Bush says he'll do what he can to help.
On the surface it was all smiles and handshakes, but the current and future presidents have to negotiate their way through some very real differences.
A crowd gathered outside the White House, some to protest, some just to catch a glimpse
of the president-elect.
First Lady Laura Bush gave Michelle Obama a tour of the residence and perhaps some insight into raising children in the world spotlight.
Far more than measuring the drapes, as the campaign joke went, the incoming president is taking measure of the enormous burden he's about to bear.
The two men have differing views on what should happen in the short term.
Obama would like to see the outgoing congress pass a middle class stimulus package that President Bush opposes.
Obama also wants immediate aide for the failing Detroit automakers.
He has signaled that he'll stay on the sidelines until he's sworn in, but his team is already considering the power of executive orders to undo some of President Bush's more controversial policies.