WASHINGTON (AP) - Although Barack Obama has been to the White House before, he's never been to the Oval Office. That will change today. The president-elect has a meeting with the man he's succeeding. President Bush invited Obama for the private talk, a rite of passage between presidents and successors that extends for decades. Bush and Obama are expected to review the nation's enormous economic downturn and the war in Iraq. After visiting the White House, will Obama be returning to the Senate to cast votes during the post-election session? His chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, wouldn't say. Interviewed on CBS' "Face the Nation," Emanuel also would not commit to a Democratic proposal to help the auto industry with some of the $700 billion approved by Congress for the financial bailout.
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