First Meetings Between Presidents-Elect and Sitting Presidents

PHOTO: President Barack Obama shakes hands with President-elect Donald Trump in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Nov. 10, 2016. PlayPablo Martinez Monsivais/AP Photo
WATCH SPECIAL REPORT: Trump, Obama Meet at White House

The presidential transition began in earnest today as President-elect Donald Trump arrived in Washington for meetings at the White House and on Capitol Hill.

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A tour of the White House for the newly elected chief executive has become tradition in the aftermath of each presidential election, with the last visit taking place upon Barack Obama’s election to succeed George W. Bush in 2008.

Following today’s meeting in the Oval Office, President Obama signaled his intention to ensure the transition is as smooth as possible and urged the country to unite behind the president-elect.

“I believe that it is important for all of us, regardless of party and regardless of political preferences, to now come together, to work together," Obama said.

At past encounters, the public often received images depicting outgoing and incoming presidents sharing private moments. This time, the traditional photograph of the president and the first lady greeting the succeeding family at the White House was nixed and reporters were not given access to covering the Trumps’ arrival on the South Portico.

The only video and images provided were of Obama and Trump in the Oval Office after their private meeting.

Here are other images in our country’s history of when a sitting president has welcomed his successor to the White House for the first time following an election:

PHOTO: Members of the White House Press Corps record the moments of the first meeting between President Barack Obama and President-elect Donald Trump in a meeting in the Oval Office Nov. 10, 2016. Win McNamee/Getty Images
Members of the White House Press Corps record the moments of the first meeting between President Barack Obama and President-elect Donald Trump in a meeting in the Oval Office Nov. 10, 2016.
PHOTO: President George W. Bush walks on the colonnade with President-elect Barack Obama at the White House Nov. 10, 2008. Mark Wilson/Getty Images
President George W. Bush walks on the colonnade with President-elect Barack Obama at the White House Nov. 10, 2008.
PHOTO: President BIll Clinton meets with President-elect George W. Bush on Dec. 19, 2000 at the White House for discussions on the transition to power. Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty Images)
President BIll Clinton meets with President-elect George W. Bush on Dec. 19, 2000 at the White House for discussions on the transition to power.
PHOTO: President George Bush greets President-elect Bill Clinton, Nov. 18, 1992 as Clinton arrived for his first post-election visit to the White House. J. DAVID AKE/AFP/Getty Images
President George Bush greets President-elect Bill Clinton, Nov. 18, 1992 as Clinton arrived for his first post-election visit to the White House.
PHOTO: President Ronald Reagan with President-elect George Bush, accompanied by their wives, Barbara Bush and Nancy Reagan, as they headed for the Oval Office November 9, 1988 after Bushs arrival at the White House. Bettmann Archive via Getty Images
President Ronald Reagan with President-elect George Bush, accompanied by their wives, Barbara Bush and Nancy Reagan, as they headed for the Oval Office November 9, 1988 after Bush's arrival at the White House.
PHOTO: President Jimmy Carter shown with President-elect Ronald Reagan and his wife Nancy in the Oval Office of the White House on Nov. 20, 1980. Mrs. Reagan received a tour of the family quarters while the two leaders met in the Oval Office. AP Photo
President Jimmy Carter shown with President-elect Ronald Reagan and his wife Nancy in the Oval Office of the White House on Nov. 20, 1980. Mrs. Reagan received a tour of the family quarters while the two leaders met in the Oval Office.