Obama and Bush Meet To Facilitate Transition of Power - Black Enterprise
Black Enterprise Magazine September/October 2018 Issue

President George W. Bush and President-elect Barack Obama will have their first face-to-face meeting at the White House today to discuss the transition of power that will take place on January 20. Considering that Obama ran for president on a platform that berated Bush’s performance, Obama’s first time visit to the oval office could be an awkward one. The men will certainly discuss the nation’s economic decline and potential remedies that can be made by a post-election congress.

“I’m going to go in there with a spirit of bipartisanship and a sense that both the president and various leaders of Congress all recognize the severity of the situation right now and want to get stuff done,” Obama said last week when asked about his meeting with Bush.

Bush also has made a point of showing his openness to facilitate a smooth transition between the two leaders and their staffs. After Obama won, Bush made the perfunctory call to invite him and Michelle Obama to the White House. “Ensuring that this transition is as smooth as possible is a priority for the rest of my presidency,” said Bush to employees of the executive office shortly after the election. “We face economic challenges that will not pause to let a new President settle in. This will also be America’s first wartime presidential transition in four decades.”

As he prepares to move into the White House, Obama’s transition team have been reviewing Bush’s executive orders, which include policies on federal funding for stem cell research and oil and gas drilling. After the review, Obama will decide which orders will be kept[MAW2] , which ones will be repealed, and which ones will be amended, said transition co-chair John Podesta. Obama is expected to reverse funding limits on stem-cell research and reverse any attempts Bush may make to ease off-shore drilling regulations.

This week Obama is expected to continue working with his economic team, said incoming White House chief of staff Rep. Rahm Emanuel (D-IL) on ABC’s This Week With George Stephanopoulos. Emanuel is pushing for some form of government assistance for the ailing auto industry. However, he wouldn’t go so far as to endorse using some of the $700 billion rescue package to that end.

In the meantime, speculation continues regarding Obama’s cabinet. Eric Holder, former deputy attorney general of the U.S. under President Bill Clinton, is reportedly a candidate for attorney general. Neither Obama nor anyone on his transition team has given clues as to who will be chosen as cabinet members.

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Marcia Wade Talbert

Marcia is a multimedia content producer focusing on technology at Black Enterprise Magazine. In this capacity she writes and assigns stories to educate readers about social media; digital integration; gadgets, apps, and software for business and professional development; minority tech startups; and careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). In 2012, she received two Salute to Excellence Awards from the National Association of Black Journalists and was recognized by Blacks in Technology (BiT) as one of the Top 10 Black achievers in the tech arena for 2011 at SXSW in Austin, Texas. She has spoken about technology on panels for New York Social Media Week, at The 2012 Rainbow/PUSH Wall Street Summit, as well as at Black Enterprise’s Entrepreneurs Conference and Women of Power Summit. In 2011, SocialWayne.com chose her as one of 28 People of Color Impacting the Social Web, and through crowdsourcing she was listed as one of BlackWeb2.0's/HP's 50 Most Notable African American Tastemakers in Social Media and Technology for 2010. Since taking on the role of Tech editor in September 2010, she has conceived and produced five cover stories on Technology and/or STEM and countless articles, videos, and slideshows online. Before joining BlackEnterprise.com as an interactive general assignment reporter in 2008, she freelanced with Black Enterprise beginning in 2003 while working as the technical editor at Prepared Foods magazine. There she further honed her writing skills and became an authority on food ingredients, including ingredients used in food fortification and enrichment. Meanwhile, her freelancing with Black Enterprise and BlackEnterprise.com helped her stay current on issues pertaining to the financial and business welfare of African Americans. As a general reporter for Black Enterprise she attended and reported on the Democratic and Republican National Conventions, where she interviewed Valerie Jarrett, senior advisor and assistant to President Barack Obama and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. Marcia has a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture with an emphasis in food science from the University of Minnesota, and a Master of Science degree in journalism from Roosevelt University in Chicago. En route to her secondary degree, she served as the editor-in-chief of the Roosevelt University Torch, a weekly, student-run newspaper. An avid photographer and videographer, Marcia is one of several employees at BLACK ENTERPRISE who interned for the publishing company as a college student. She lives in New Jersey with her husband, a food scientist; her seventeen-month-old daughter; and “The Cat”, but still considers Chicago home.

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