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A Rare Gathering: Bush, Obama and 3 Ex-Presidents

WASHINGTON (AP) - It will be a rare gathering today at the White House.

President George W. Bush is hosting a lunch with three former presidents and President-elect Barack Obama. The White House says Obama suggested it.

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

Former presidents get together from time to time, usually for funerals or the opening of presidential libraries. But officials say this is the first time since 1981 that all the living ex-presidents will be together at the White House.

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."

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