Broadcast images showed Mr. Bush and Mr. Obama strolling along the colonnade toward the outer entrance to the Oval Office. Mr. Obama walked just at Mr. Bush’s shoulder and appeared to be speaking animatedly, gesturing with both hands. Each of the men waved several times to reporters and others off camera.As the Times also notes, everyone was just watching in case it looked really awkward. It didn't. The Associated Press works in a little body language analysis:
Obama and his wife, Michelle, arrived at the South Portico 11 minutes early with President Bush and first lady Laura Bush waiting for them. Mrs. Bush and Mrs. Obama enjoyed a warm greeting, while the president and his successor exchanged smiles and a handshake. Taking a bit of prerogative, the president-elect put his left hand on Bush's back as the two couples entered the Diplomatic Reception Room.Yes, that hand thing clearly means something. Right? Also from AP: "The scene was a sunny fall day with moderate temperatures and colorful—but fading—autumn leaves." Good to know. Anywhere, there is your Symbolic News-Free Event of the Day. At the HuffPo, you can watch video and look at the historic Bush/Clinton handover photo-op, taken when George W. Bush was 100 years younger.