Presidents’ Club Luncheon Overshadowed By Inclement Weather

(January 07, 2009)—That photographers' dream shot of the current president, the next president and the still-living presidents posing for a picture in the Rose Garden? Forget it!

An unrelenting rain has forced the class picture inside.

In a terse announcement a couple hours before the historic gathering Wednesday, the White House announced stoically that "due to weather," the photo opportunity had been moved to the Oval Office.

President George W. Bush likely will take center stage for the memorable picture, to be flanked by Barack Obama, who succeeds him in less than two weeks, his father, former President George H.W. Bush, and former Presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton.

The current president is hosting a lunch with three former presidents and Obama. The White House says Obama suggested it.

Bush and Obama also will meet privately for roughly 30 minutes in the Oval Office.

Press secretary Dana Perino says the discussion could involve policy, or just personal experiences. She says, "All of us would love to be flies on the wall and listening to that conversation."

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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