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Obama, Bush, and Ex-Presidents Have Historic Lunch

President-elect Barack Obama, President Bush, Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush, and Bill Clinton (that's all of the surviving past presidents) met up for lunch at the White House today in a historic gathering. Collectively the bunch has more than 30 years of presidential experience. Bush, who sat down with Obama recently, said:

One message that I have, and I think we all share, is that we want you to succeed. Whether we're Democrat or Republican, we care deeply about this country.

Obama said he was grateful for the opportunity to get "advice, good counsel and fellowship" from the group. A White House spokeswoman said the last time all of the living presidents got together at the White House was in 1981. Apparently, all five men, including Clinton and Carter, who are not exactly friendly with one another, were on their best behavior and put aside differences for the day. To see a short video of what the bunch had to say,


What do you think they really talked about?

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graduatedsqueaks graduatedsqueaks 8 years
That being said, I'm guessing it's real since the video shows the same thing.
graduatedsqueaks graduatedsqueaks 8 years
I agree with many of you that it looks like it's photoshopped. Each president seems like a completely different entity dropped into a picture of the Oval Office in a different angle.
PinkNC PinkNC 8 years
Barack looks great. And what a change when it comes to the look of presidents, in soooo many different ways.
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
Brilliant, CG!
clarabelle98 clarabelle98 8 years
:SING: One of these things is not like the others, One of these things just doesn't belong, Can you tell which thing is not like the others By the time I finish my song? Did you guess which thing was not like the others? Did you guess which thing just doesn't belong? If you guessed this one is not like the others, Then you're absolutely...right! Carter just doesn't look right with that group!
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 8 years
Kelliegrl Kelliegrl 8 years
CG that was hilarious!
kastarte2 kastarte2 8 years
CG :rotfl:
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
Overheard in the lunch GW- "that was my chair,,,heh heh, I swear" Bill- "does mcdonalds deliver here anymore?" Bush Sr "Son, sit up straight" Obama "So about the economy...." GW "Our cat just died...I wonder whats for lunch...heh heh" Obama "So about the Bailout...." Bill "Do they still have the buy one Big Mac get the second for 10 cents? Bush Sr "Son, quit fidgeting" Jimmy "what am i doing here? who are you people?...I need a nap"
starangel82 starangel82 8 years
I'm glad they got together. And I think it should happen for every new President. Impart the wisdom... the secret places... where Bill kept the cigars... you know all that good stuff.
hmcmcd hmcmcd 8 years
haha, look at George senior all swanky in his pin-stripes
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 8 years
It's just such a strange photo. Like they were cut and pasted into the office. :shrug:
Frank-y-Ava Frank-y-Ava 8 years
What do you think looks photoshopped? It looks kind of awkward but not really photoshopped.
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 8 years
And then you watch the video and it's NOT photoshopped! :confused:
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
They all look like cardboard cutouts. That's bizarre.
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
It looks photoshopped.
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 8 years
Hmmm maybe they were Photoshopped in! Kinda like the girls from The Hills were on some magazine cover...oh man I can't believe I just admitted to that...:oops:
gbychan gbychan 8 years
LOL Did Obama not get the memo on the ties? Oh, wait! He's the only one who got the color right. :P
Lukin Lukin 8 years
It surprises me that this doesn't happen with every new president.
Ginger Ginger 8 years
The angle is really weird or some profiles give wrong heights, because the Bush's are both listed as 5'11, Clinton and Obama are 6'1, and Carter is 5'9". I've walked past Jimmy Carter before in hallway and 5'9" sounds about right, but maybe he's shrinking with age because he looks tiny here. George H.W. looks extra tall here.
fuzzles fuzzles 8 years
Junior can't stop rocking on his feet or do something constructive with his hands long enough to take a picture? I keep waiting for a follow-up photo showing his knuckles dragging on the floor.
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 8 years
Thanks, Pop :D
outofhere outofhere 8 years
Woah! That is one strange little picture. :? If there wasn't proof I'd think they were pasted on the Oval office by someone who had wishful thinking and no knowledge of photoshop.
tiabia tiabia 8 years
But TS, I too was once a toddler, so I should be able to talk about that.
True-Song True-Song 8 years
Tia, as a former toddler myself I do not appreciate the comparison.
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