12/10/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Bush-Obama Meeting Latest In Long Line Of Often-Awkward Handovers

When George Bush and Barack Obama meet at the White House today for what has been called the "psychological transfer" between them, the moment has potential for considerable awkwardness. Obama has, after all, just appealed to the American people to reject the "eight years of failed policies" of his host.

But as the pair seek to conduct themselves with grace and dignity, they can comfort themselves in the knowledge that the meeting is likely to be much more successful than that experienced by some of their predecessors.

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