US President-elect Barack Obama has arrived at the White House for talks with President Bush and a personal tour. The meeting is being widely seen as an opportunity to have a swift and professional transition, due to concerns over the recent global economic turmoil and the war in Iraq. But the visit is not all about politics.
It is the first time that the incoming president has set foot in the Oval Office. With First Lady Laura Bush expected to give Michelle Obama a personal tour of the President’s private residence, the visit is also a chance for the Obama’s to see what personal stamp they may put on the White House before they arrive in January.