mccain in the oval office! (well, for 30 minutes)

Reuters: President Barack Obama and Republican Senator John McCain, bitter rivals from the 2008 election campaign whose feud festered for two years, completed a thaw Wednesday when they sat down for Oval Office talks.

Obama’s defeat of McCain in the 2008 presidential election left sour feelings on both sides that lingered through Obama’s first two years in office.

Events surrounding the shooting a month ago of Democratic lawmaker Gabrielle Giffords of McCain’s home state of Arizona helped improve ties between the two leaders.

Obama’s appeal at a memorial service in Tucson for a renewed era of civility between politicians in Washington drew praise from McCain in a Washington Post opinion article.

…A White House official said the half-hour meeting arose after they spoke by phone to discuss McCain’s Post article.

“Senator McCain had indicated that he wanted to discuss a number of important issues with the president, and the president was eager to see him,” the official said. More here


“Bitter” rivals? Only one of these men is bitter, and it sure ain’t the President 😉

20 Responses to “mccain in the oval office! (well, for 30 minutes)”

  1. 1 NewCenturyWoman
    February 2, 2011 at 7:29 pm

    The picture always cracks me up. It just oozes the old MC Hammer expression: Can’t touch that!

    • 2 Dorothy Rissman
      February 2, 2011 at 7:39 pm

      Did you see that debate? Of course I was worried that the old guy would lose, but his behavior that night was incredible. Was that the night he referred to Obama as “that one”?

  2. 4 kelly
    February 2, 2011 at 7:33 pm

    This is good. Hopefully Mr. McCain is over his butt hurtedness and ready to do the right thing. I for one miss the “maverick”.

  3. 5 Dorothy Rissman
    February 2, 2011 at 7:37 pm

    I am laughing out loud chipsticks. That was the most bizarre debate i have ever seen. Walking all over the place trying to sound logical. Oh, the memories.

  4. 6 Theo67
    February 2, 2011 at 7:53 pm

    Chipsticks – you’re so right about the bitterness only being on one side. I don’t think the President spent much time thinking about McCain after he held the ball in his honor, especially after seeing that McCain had no intention of being civil or grown up.

    It does worry me a bit that McCain spent the holidays with Jon Hunstman, and seems to have been advising him on matters. I don’t trust McCain, and I wonder what he’s up to.

    • 7 Chi
      February 2, 2011 at 8:14 pm

      I too do not trust John Mccain…

      You know the one about the leopard and his spots…

      The man is incredibly petty, vindictive, bitter, self-serving and will go to any length to hurt and or undermine President Obama just to feel better about himself…

      I think Jon Huntsman has already shown his unflattering stripes and buying into the hype like Palin has too says so much about the man and his delusion…

      Huntsman lacks integrity and honor and will fail woefully in any of his future endeavors…

      Fluency in mandarin and some knowledge of China does not an effective President of the United States make; The current events in Egypt and the rumblings all over the middle east clearly reiterate that…

      • 8 VC prezOfan2
        February 2, 2011 at 11:07 pm

        I totally agree with Chipsticks that the bitterness is one-sided. I also do not trust McCain, but I trust the President 100%. Dating back from his time as Senator Obama he has had enough confrontations with McCain to know the nature of the man, so I choose to think that he is meeting him with open eyes as well as an open mind.

        • 9 Sue in Minnesota
          February 3, 2011 at 3:06 am

          I was at one time very neutral (basically I was uninformed) about John McCain. The Rolling Stone Magazine article, John McCain, The Make-Believe Maverick October 2008, articles regarding the Keating Five Scandal, and his horrible treatment of POW/MIA families during a Senate Commitee Hearing–You Tube video–formed the basis of my very negative view of him. The Presidential campaign further damaged his credibility in my eyes. And I have not found within myself, a way to forgive him for unleashing Sarah Palin on America. I feel he shares responsibility, along with our MSM, and of course “Her Heinous” for the damage she has wrought.

          Frankly, nothing he has done since has altered my opinion, but simply reinforced what I had come to understand. He’s an egotistical, bitter, nasty man who may or may not be suffering from mental deterioration associated with aging. As a Senator I think he is past his expiration date, much like milk that has gone sour. I only wish he would have demonstrated good judgement and retired to one or all of his multiple homes, ranches and vacation retreats.

          Like everyone else here I suspect our President treated him with respect and dignity, because he is the bigger man.

          • 10 geegee
            February 3, 2011 at 12:01 pm

            Sue, you forgot to mention McCains horrible treatment of his first wife. The man, imho, is a class A ahole!

            • 11 Sue in Minnesota
              February 3, 2011 at 2:46 pm

              Oh Geegee, I know my list is very incomplete…..those were just the tip of his dirty little iceberg. Wonder if he ever paid back the Government for the 5 airplanes he crashed……the guy IS literally a plane wreck, as you so aptly stated, a class A ahole!

  5. 12 CTGirl
    February 2, 2011 at 7:54 pm

    More proof that I support a great man … “the president was eager to see him.”

  6. 13 Fred
    February 2, 2011 at 8:34 pm

    McCain sucked his finger, raised it up in the air and went with whatever way the political winds were blowing. Still a douche bag no matter WHAT he does!

    • 14 majii
      February 2, 2011 at 8:42 pm

      I agree!! McCain ran so far to the right to get re-elected after Hayworth threw his hat into the ring. A principled person doesn’t change his/her positions on issues he/she considers important to him/her. Plain and simple–McCain is an opportunist, and his biggest concern is McCain.

  7. 15 barb
    February 2, 2011 at 9:10 pm

    I still haven’t figured out if that is actually a real picture of John McCain. Did he really stick out his tongue and raise his arms. That picture is so funny, it can’t be real. He looks like some king of animal that isn’t human.

    Another observation is in the 60’s people who were on the only antidepressants available at that time developed tardive
    dyskinesa. Signs of tardive dyskinesia include fine, worm-like movements of the tongue, or other uncontrolled movements of the mouth, tongue, cheeks, jaw, or arms and legs. Just a thought.

    • February 2, 2011 at 10:02 pm

      HIya Barb, it’s one strange photo alright – but it’s real! I found this, written by the photographer:

      The third and final debate between the 2008 U.S. presidential nominees had just ended. Democratic nominee Senator Barack Obama and Republican nominee Senator John McCain had just shaken hands moments before and turned away from each other, when Senator McCain suddenly lunged forward with his hands out in front of him and stuck out his tongue.

      It appeared to me that McCain was reacting to moderator Bob Schieffer informing him that he was headed the wrong way off the stage, that he was not supposed to be following Senator Obama, but was supposed to be heading towards his own wife and family around the other side of the table.

      In any case, when I saw McCain lunge and his hands start to come up I hit the shutter and made two frames before it was over. Some other photographers who were there expressed surprise when they saw my picture and said they had never seen it happen at all and asked when it had occurred. When I saw the television tape of it later on the news I too was surprised at how momentary and fast the move by Senator McCain was. Strangely enough Senator McCain again stuck his tongue out in a similar way 3-4 minutes later while standing between his wife Cindy and Senator Obama at the front of the stage, a moment captured by my colleague Shannon Stapleton and other wire service photographers in attendance and once again shown on national and international television.

      The picture, as with all my pictures that night, was remotely edited by an editor off site, viewing my pictures as I shot them over the internet and working with other editors who processed and captioned the pictures along with photos from the other three Reuters photographers shooting the debate. This photo was just one of 40 of my pictures that were transmitted on the Reuters wire from this debate and one of more than 100 from our crew of photographers, which included Gary Hershorn, Shannon Stapleton, Jim Young and Carlos Barria.

      By the time I got back to my hotel room that night people were already discussing the photo on the internet and by the next morning my email inbox was filling with messages about the picture. Some people complimented me on the photo while others strongly criticized both myself and Reuters for shooting and transmitting a news photo of a very public moment that had taken place in front of more than 60 million television viewers at the culmination of a major and historic public event.


  8. 17 stylishgurl
    February 2, 2011 at 9:17 pm

    OMG, Chipstick this pic is priceless! I still cant believe it 😀

  9. 18 VC prezOfan2
    February 2, 2011 at 11:01 pm

    I wonder if it was an involuntary reaction – like he suddenly felt as if he was choking?

  10. 19 Asher in Boston
    February 2, 2011 at 11:47 pm

    I will never ever trust this vindictive man, McCain.

  11. 20 twaib
    February 3, 2011 at 12:56 am

    i don’t trust this man either but am glad the president had a talk with him. He couldn’t make it to the oval office as president but at least he made it as a visitor. soooooooooooooo interesting

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