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UPDATE: Obamas have coffee with President Bush and the First Lady

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WASHINGTON (KWWL) -- President-elect Obama visited President Bush this morning.

The President and First Lady welcomed Barack and Michelle Obama at the White House this morning. Michelle offered a gift to Mrs. Bush as the couples exchanged greetings.

The two couples spent most of the 9 o'clock hour together, having coffee and posing for photos.

The next time Obama enters the White House, he will be president.

In keeping with tradition, President Bush wrote a note for Obama yesterday and put it in the top drawer. Obama will use the same desk in the oval office, the 128-year-old "resolute" desk.

The "resolute" desk is made from the timbers of the HMS Resolute, a 19th century British three-masted ship that was abandoned by in the Arctic in 1854 and recovered by an American whaler and returned to Queen Victoria in 1856.  When the British Navy retired the ship in 1879, Queen Victoria had a desk made of its timbers and presented it to President Hayes.

Before coffee with the Bushes, the Obamas left the Blair house for a prayer service just a block down at St. John's Church.

The president-elect and his wife Michelle walked out of their temporary residence and took the short ride to the church just before 8 a.m. central.  They joined Vice-president elect Joe Biden and his wife, Jill at the church for a special prayer service.

This is the first event of this inauguration day for the families.  

Monday evening, a relaxed and upbeat Barack Obama called for a new spirit of bipartisanship.

Obama dashed to three black-tie dinners Monday night. One honored Sen. John McCain, the Republican he defeated in November. Another honored Colin Powell, who was secretary of state under President George W. Bush.

Obama called McCain and Powell American heroes who set standards of patriotism and bipartisanship for all to follow.

The third dinner was for Joe Biden, who will take the vice presidential oath of office before Obama becomes president on the Capitol steps Tuesday.

Throughout the day, Obama showed no hints of nervousness about becoming president within hours.

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