WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Bush has asked both Sen. John McCain and Sen. Barack Obama to join him for a meeting at the White House Thursday afternoon to discuss the economic bailout plan, a White House officials said.
"The President called Sen. Obama tonight around 7:30 pm," said Dana Perino, White House press secretary. "The president has invited the bicameral and bipartisan leadership, and the two senators running for president, to the White House tomorrow to work on driving to a bipartisan and timely solution."
Obama's campaign said in a statement that he has accepted the invitation.
"A few moments ago, President Bush called Senator Obama and asked him to attend a meeting in Washington tomorrow, which he agreed to do," the statement said.
"He has said that he will continue to work in a bipartisan spirit and do whatever is necessary to come up with a final solution."
A McCain adviser said McCain also plans to attend.
– CNN's Elaine Quijano and Dana Bash contributed to this report.
George should leave Obama in his hotel room, studying how to speak without a prompter. He could do less damage to the country there...This is no time for fiscally liberal policy.
It's pretty funny that people are criticizing McCain for taking a break from the political theater, in order to address a crisis situation...While it seems OK for Barry to put his own needs in front of those of the country.
Out of the $700 Billion of our hard earned tax payers money, I am just curious how much is Dick Cheney getting out of this. I am sure John McPain's puppets are also eagerly waiting for their share.
Unbelievable, if there are still people out there who trust these guys.
OBAMA (2008 -16)
This is the same man who will not let reporters ask his choice for VP any questions. He has something to hide. She obviously is not up to this job. HE IS WASHED UP AND IN PANIC MODE. This is surreal
Just like Obama to avoid voting for anything other than present if he can not vote for anything other than present why would he make a good president? Why is he afraid to vote for anything, because he can not take criticism so he just avoids everything that he can to cause any negative feedback & you all call McCain a coward.
So, is the debate on, or off?
Gambling McCain, injecting himself into the financial crisis. Right when there was headway being made, partisan lines have now been drawn. This is a real crisis people, one that actually does not need political posturing. Now the Democrats will not want McCain to 'win' and McCain must save face by showing that he is doing 'something'. This is a recipe for disaster. Ask yourselves, who REALLY loves this country or who just wants to win an election? McCain sickens me to the core.
If i had donated to the McCain campaign i would be livid! what will happen when another crisis happens 2 years from now...suspend the oval office?
I hope they both tell him to take a hike. What can he possibly say that means anything?
I call on all americans to send copies of thier mortgage payments, health insurance bills and credit card statements to the White house in care of George W. Bush and ask him to pay our bills too.
And I will tell you what American's (McCain & Obama Supporters) I will gladly give up my Cable TV, My I Phone, My internet provider and my gas guzeling SUV, and I will pay more taxes, IF it meens that not one more American troop has to be killed for a sensless war in Iraq. Anyone, I say ANYONE, let the financial "cirses" heal it's self. I for one would give everything I own to have my SON BACK.
MaCain may not be an economy expert. But he sure is a good magician: from a surprise VP pick to a "surprise" time-off so he can recharge his battery for another magic show.
McCain missed the most votes in senate this year amongst all senators, even though his campaign ended way way way back.
And he, who claims to know nothing about the economy, suddenly wants to be bobbing his head?
Obama, DO NOT BAIL OUT WALL STREET. SAY NO TO $700 BILL.
This is a trap, that they've laid out.
Obama better not eat or drink anything while at that meeting. These sleazy Repubs are not to be trusted.
I just know there is an organized group of Obama supporters whose job is to post comments here every time news brake. A well-organized dirty political machine. But it won't work in the end.
"Good Job McCain – a leader we need for America.
Obama as usual – will be "present" – IF needed."
You guys sound like robots, republibots.
Beep Beep. Boop Boop.
Obama does not have a clue. The show must go on...PLEASE help me here...I know, it's all about HIM. McCain will chew him up in debates because he does not need a teleprompter, and he can go first, and let Obama repeat what John says! Obama is an empty suit people. Can't wait until November.
Not to be cynical or anything but I heard about a dozen members of congress on the news today, including heads of the financial committee.
They were all asked the same question about McCains motives.
What could he possibly do?
Vote was the answer, he has no other business there, negotiations are already well underway.
This is a pure and utter politically motivated distraction and Obama did not bite. He is smarter than GW and McCain by a long shot.
Thanks for the idea. I think I will make my first donation to Obama today. McCain is nuts, and too unstable to be President.
8 years of no leadership has landed us in big trouble, just as President Bush is leaving office and someone else will have to fix. I live in a small town in Michigan and all the jobs have moved out of the US leaving honest hardworking people with no way to pay their mortgages, so yes, John Mccain, Sarah Palin and all of the Bush followers, they will lose their homes. I'll bet none of you will.
McCain lie caught on tape! He bailed on Letterman saying he was on his way to Washington so he couldn't do Letterman's show. While Letterman was taping with last minute fill-in Keith Olberman, they found out McCain was still in New York doing an interview with Katie Couric. Is there anything McCain won't lie about??
And what is moderation? Don't we have First Ammendment rights?
So when will we get the statement from McCain's campaign proposing the postponement of the election?
This crisis was created on purpose, for political and monotery reasons by Repulicans now in charge.This is like legalized bank robbery against all Americans.
Not one comment about how both parties have failed the American taxpayer. It's blame one or the other...but heaven forbid that we should hold Congress accountable.
Comments about McCain's lack of economic expertise mirror Obama's actual lack of expertise. We must realize that both of these guys are not economists or have the slightest clue about business.
So keep it up America. Blame the other guy, you know the guy that you won't vote for, and don't want others to vote for him either. Talk about the need for civil discourse, but spew vile comments and lies about your mortal enemy...the other candidate. Pitiful.
Congress, put the partisan crap aside, and figure this crisis out. That's what we sent to DC for...your last chance.
Bush is another idiot to have summoned McCain for advise on the economy. What does he know about the economy? And Bush should already know, what he knows because they are from the same banrkrupt Republican party.
Obama is serious about trying to right this listing ship.
He is also playing chess while McCain plays checkers.
Most of us saw this political mine field McCain attempted to lay in front of him. Obama foxtrotted right through it and is on mission. He will make all of the right decisions this week and pull further ahead with the voters.
Very Presidential indeed.