Myanmar SPDC should learn to do like this

Myanmar SPDC should learn to do like this

 

obama and former american president meeting in white house 080109 01Barack Obama said today he hoped to learn from his predecessors as he met outgoing President George W Bush and all living former presidents at the White House, where he will soon face daunting challenges as the next commander-in-chief. In a historic but relaxed tableau, Obama said he welcomed the insights of his predecessors as Bush wished him well when he takes over on Jan 20.

“All the gentlemen here understand both the pressures

and possibilities of this office,” said Obama, standing next to Bush and three former occupants of the White House, Bill Clinton, George HW Bush and Jimmy Carter.

“For me to have the opportunity to get advice, good counsel and fellowship with these individuals is extraordinary. And I’m very grateful to all of them,” he told reporters in the Oval Office.

Asked what lessons he would seek to learn the nation’s other presidents, Obama quipped “from their successes.”

With less than two weeks to go before Bush steps down after entering the White House in 2001, the current US president said regardless of party differences he wanted Obama to succeed.

“One message that I have and that I think we all share is that we want you to succeed,” Bush, a Republican, told Obama, a Democrat, before the men went into a private lunch.

“Whether we’re Democrat or Republican, we care deeply about this country. And to the extent we can, we look forward to sharing our experiences with you,” Bush said.

All rooting for the same team

obama and former american president meeting in white house 080109 02White House spokeswoman Dana Perino called it “a historic gathering.”

“Although they may disagree on some policy prescriptions in order to solve problems in America, they’re obviously all rooting for the same team,” she said.

Obama, who on Jan 20 will inherit wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, a dire economic recession and more conflict in the Middle East, met Bush one-on-one briefly earlier.

Then the two men sat down with their predecessors, the 39th, the 41st and 42nd presidents, Jimmy Carter (1977-1981), the father of the current president, George Bush (1989-93) and Bill Clinton (1993-2001).

It was the first such meeting at the White House since Oct 8, 1981, when the assassination of Egyptian president Anwar al-Sadat gathered Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter with then US president Ronald Reagan, Perino said.

obama and former american president meeting in white house 080109 03The five men had “a constructive conversation” Obama’s press secretary Robert Gibbs said in a statement afterwards.

“The president-elect was grateful for their counsel and the spirit of bipartisanship they showed in wishing his administration success in meeting the challenges we all share as Americans,” Gibbs said, adding Obama planned to stay in touch with all of them.

This White House transition has been described as the most difficult since the Great Depression of the 1930s, or even the Civil War era when Abraham Lincoln entered the White House in 1861.

It was the second time Obama visited the White House since his November election victory. Bush hosted the president-elect on Nov 10.

 

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