November 14th, 2008
10:35 AM ET
5 years ago

Obama, McCain to meet

(CNN) - Barack Obama and John McCain will meet in Chicago next week, the Obama-Biden transition team announced Friday.

"On Monday, President-elect Barack Obama and Senator John McCain will meet in Chicago at transition headquarters,” said transition spokeswoman Stephanie Cutter.

“It's well known that they share an important belief that Americans want and deserve a more effective and efficient government, and will discuss ways to work together to make that a reality. They will be joined in the meeting by Senator Lindsey Graham and Congressman Rahm Emanuel."

The two men spoke by phone Election Night, but have not met in person since the Al Smith dinner in New York on October 16.


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (337 Responses)
  1. rubyshuz

    Appointing McCain to any position in the new administration would send a strong message that Obama is serious about getting together and getting down to business. I wonder, though, whether McCain has the energy at this point. If I were him, I'd be thinking about a long break.

    November 14, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  2. thomas

    Perhaps John McCain can help with economic development in American Samoa.

    November 14, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  3. midwest mom

    Obama=president
    Biden-VP
    Hillary C=sec of state
    mccain=sec of defense
    american people=winners
    world people=biggest winners
    Go Obama....extend that hand, lead by example, change the world!

    November 14, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  4. Steve, Jacksonville, Fl.

    Come on Johnny Mac, get on the BO express!

    November 14, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  5. Maggie from Virginia

    The Obama bashers are hilarious. Poor fools.

    November 14, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  6. Duke Daley

    I think McCain is just playing CYA. Maybe they both are.

    Duke

    November 14, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  7. Bubba

    Barry, tell him he can stay away from Georgia. Saxby Chambliss is a bad person and useless as fish teats. This isn't about party this time. Look at his record. Look at him, for God's sake. McCain, stay far away and let Huck and Mitney take the blame.

    November 14, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  8. GA for Obama

    MARCIA- his transition team? Only a few are Clinton ppl

    November 14, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  9. Joline

    Obama needs to stop and think! He must have lost his mind. McCain needs to stay where he is which is out of the Obama's cabinet. I think it would be a big, big mistake to invite a snake in the camp. McCain is beyond evil!

    November 14, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  10. Francois

    Obama don't forget Marilyn Albright., she can help you! and some of the retired general too.

    November 14, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  11. Mike

    GA FOR OBAMA....

    THANKS BRILLIANT COMMENT. PLEASE NOW INFORM ME WHAT HAS DEMONSTRATED TO YOUR OH SO KEEN MIND THAT OBAMA KNOWS HOW TO DO HIS JOB.

    THANK YOU

    -IDIOT

    November 14, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  12. Lady in GA

    Wow, a man of his word. Who woulda thought it possiblee after years of republicans lies of working across the aisle. How nice to see him doing good.

    November 14, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  13. Glen in Laurel, Maryland

    One of the winners of the 2008 election: Doris Kearns Goodwin, author of Team of Rivals.

    November 14, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  14. vw

    That is to say, McCain is no longer a respected loser if he shows up there...

    November 14, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  15. Rolling in the Aisles, VA

    Did Chickenhawk George ever meet with Kerry to bury the hatchet after the election? Didn't think so.
    Glad to see both of the former candidates stepping up to the plate here- a good example for both their parties and their voters.
    If we all drop the rhetoric and work together, we'll get through this.

    November 14, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  16. Whats left in your wallet?

    My wife came home from Vegas and said she lost all our money and now it was up to me to pay the credit cards.Sounds like the last eight years under Republican rule to me.

    November 14, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  17. David

    This is a man that is very comfortable with who he is. I think that Obama will be good president if he don't let the extremist in both parties take control of his agenda.

    November 14, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  18. TM in Colorado

    Hopefully, Obama will meet with the real John McCain and not the one he ran against for the White House.

    November 14, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  19. Penny - Island Lake, IL

    It's just a game, Obama won't put McCain in for nothing. Just to say Ha! I won, so now McCain has to jump. Is seems just mean political game.

    November 14, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  20. reggie

    Nice gesture, but I hope McCain stands firm, as there are a lot of Obama proposals that will hurt this nation.

    November 14, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  21. Diane

    This is wonderful!

    Sec of Defense!

    This would truly bring people together in unity.

    November 14, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  22. james arnold

    QUOTE: "Don November 14th, 2008 10:08 am ET

    Hopefully McCain and teach Obama how to look directly into the camera and not look off when he is talking."

    He can't look away...he's reading the cue cards

    November 14, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  23. Mike in Columbus

    FALSE PATRIOTS!

    I have read so many posts from rightwing morons expressing hope that the Obama administration fails.

    You would cut off your nose to spite your face?
    You're patriotism is conditional?
    You claim to be patriots because you have a strong commitment to the 2nd amendment, but a complete disregard for the 1st.
    Sad, weak, and stupid!

    Make no mistake, you are FALSE Patriots.

    November 14, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  24. Gloria, El Paso ,TX

    Oh PLEASEEEEEE! I have had enough of that old man & the bubble brain idiot that thinks she can be the leader of anything .
    He should just retire and go away to spend his wife's money or perhaps take a tour of all the houses he has to refresh his mind of what they look like.

    President Obama you have better sense than to consider McCain for any position. He will become another Bush or Cheney. Then you won't be able to get rid of him.

    We have enough problems that need to be solved for our country to be able to move forward. We need to be able to go forward and make a good life for all of us, not just the rich, like McCain.

    NO MORE DRAMA. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!!!!

    November 14, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  25. paul oregon

    i dont think dishonesty should be rewarded
    rep. have away with the truth but not really being truthful. look at paulson,bush,palin,liebman

    November 14, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
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