US President George W. Bush (C) stands with President-elect Barack Obama (2nd L), former President George H.W. Bush (L), former President Bill Clinton (2nd R) and former President Jimmy Carter (R) in the Oval Office of the White House. President-elect Barack Obama said Wednesday he was hoping to learn from the successes of his predecessors.
President-Elect Barack Obama today had a rare White House lunch with all living former US presidents, Democrat Jimmy Carter (1977-1981), Bush's father Republican George H.W. Bush (1989-1993) and Clinton (1993-2001).