In the heat of the Presidential battle people concentrate on the differences. What struck me about the US Presidential race was how similar the main participants were on the big issues.
Mr Bush and Mr Obama both believe in spending and borrowing too much in the public sector.
They both believe in nationalising the main mortgage companies, and part nationalising the main banks.
They both believe in intensifying the war in Afghanistan as part of their wider war against terror.
They both probably will agree to find a way of offering subsidy or more capital to the US auto industry.
Both are currently happy – Mr Bush because he is about to lose the burdens of office that have come to haunt him, and Mr Obama because he has just won but does not yet feel the full burdens on his shoulders.
Mr Obama will feel rightly proud and excited by the thought of living in the White House. Mr Bush may now be looking forward to living in a home of his own without the constant comings and goings of staffers making demands upon his every waking minute.
I would expect them to get on well. It will be different when Mr Obama’s team starts brieifng against the former President, when they are seeking someone to blame for problems they encoutner.