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Bush to welcome Obama to White House Monday

President Bush plans to welcome his Democratic successor to the White House on Monday.

The president and President-elect Obama will hold their first substantive talks in the Oval Office. Meanwhile, First lady Laura Bush will give Michelle Obama a private tour of the White House residence.

The Obama's two daughters will not be there, but White House spokeswoman Dana Perino says "we very much look forward to meeting them."

Noting that this is the "first wartime presidential transition in decades" and that the nation's economic problems "will not pause to let a new president settle in," Bush told a gathering of executive branch employees that ensuring a smooth handover of power will be a priority as he finishes his term.

The Bush administration has already arranged security clearances for key Obama transition staffers and is providing working space and policy briefings as well.

Career employees, who keep their jobs even when administrations change, are taking on extra work to prevent any disruption in essential services.

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