Obama in look-over

WASHINGTON - President-elect Barack Obama returned to Chicago to work on setting up his new administration after getting his first look at the Oval Office during a nearly two-hour meeting with President George Bush to discuss the transfer of power at a time of war and financial crisis.

WASHINGTON - President-elect Barack Obama returned to Chicago to work on setting up his new administration after getting his first look at the Oval Office during a nearly two-hour meeting with President George Bush to discuss the transfer of power at a time of war and financial crisis.

As the 43rd and 44th US presidents held their first face-to-face talks since election day last week, the next first lady, Michelle Obama, talked with Laura Bush about raising daughters in the White House.

At the end of their highly symbolic visit, Bush walked Obama to a waiting black limousine for the trip to the airport and the return flight by chartered jet to his transition headquarters in Chicago. His team is working there to put together the next cabinet and to fill the hundreds of jobs that come open in a change of administrations.

Neither Bush nor Obama made a statement before or after their meeting.

Obama spokesman Robert Gibbs said the two men "talked extensively" about the economic situation and foreign policy. Obama inherits from Bush an economy in deep crisis and wars that are far from won in Iraq and Afghanistan, among other problems. - Sapa-AP

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