Class versus campaigning: the Bush/Obama meeting.

First, class (via Hot Air):

Bush handing over power to Obama with grace

WASHINGTON – No matter how people remember President Bush’s time in office, let there be no doubt about how he wants to end it: gracefully.

Never mind that Democrat Barack Obama spent all that time deriding Bush for “failed policies,” or mocking him for hiding in an “undisclosed location” because he was too unpopular to show up with his party’s own candidate, John McCain. This is transition time. Outgoing presidents support the new guy.

And on that front, Bush is going well beyond the minimum. He has embraced the role of statesman with such gusto that it has been hard to miss.

The AP does its best to sneer, mind you, but their heart isn’t in this one, possibly because the Bush administration has been very loud and public in its insistence on a smooth transition of power.

And their thanks?

Why, continued campaigning, of course:


Just hours after President Bush and President-elect Obama met in the Oval Office of the White House, details of their confidential conversation began leaking out to the press, igniting anger from the president, sources claim.


“Senator Obama may not be familiar with a long-standing tradition of presidents holding their private conversations, private,” a senior adviser explained to the DRUDGE REPORT.

Note that these leaks come from ultimately from the President-elect himself; the article reports that Bush and Obama met without staff. That means that either Obama authorized the leak himself, or he has people who cannot keep their mouths shut. Neither speaks particularly well for the upcoming President’s judgment, and as for his discretion… well. In general, I would suggest that anybody who plans to work with the Obama administration keep in mind that their confidential observations and comments… will not be.

Moe Lane