November 17th, 2008
12:45 PM ET
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Obama, McCain meet face-to-face

Sen. John McCain and President-elect Barack Obama met at Obama's transition office in Chicago Monday.
Sen. John McCain and President-elect Barack Obama met at Obama's transition office in Chicago Monday.

(CNN) - President-elect Barack Obama and Sen. John McCain are meeting Monday for the first time since the presidential election to talk about how they can work together on problems facing the country.

Watch: Former rivals meet, chat

McCain arrived at Obama's transition headquarters in Chicago, Illinois, at around 11 a.m.

The meeting comes as Obama is trying to fill out his Cabinet with the most capable people and show he can reach across party lines.

Obama aides said the president-elect was expected to focus on common ground issues, like climate change and ethics reform, in Monday's meeting.

The two were not expected to talk about any possible Cabinet position for McCain, according to both McCain and Obama advisers.

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  1. Pat F

    I'm not questioning or debating Obama's motives, Biff. No one can read another man's heart. Just his resume.

    But the very idea that McCain is only now "really putting country first", as you say, is a total disgrace. You blew all your credibility with that one, pal.

    November 17, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  2. Salihu Takko (Nigeria)

    '08 rivals starting from Richardson, Hillary to Mr. McCain 've been meeting the Pres-elect, but one notable absence is that of Gov. Palin {that signifies your unsubstanceness}, i'm wondering how that i know all 'diva' would dare look @ her new {Mr. Going 'round wit some domestic terrorist} BOSS to his face, and the U.S that she sees different from that of his 'll soon be under his fingers. C'mon Mrs. Palin u just got to say the big SORRY of your life and watch how you talk to your superiors!

    November 17, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  3. Colette

    Harvard can make even an empty suit charlatan look good.

    November 17, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  4. Nija

    McCain said that Jimmy Carter's presidency is a total failure and I wonder what he will say about Bush 44.

    November 17, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  5. John Q. Cynic

    The best next step for McCain is to leave politics, taking his poodle wife back to the pit in Arizona.

    November 17, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  6. Maggie from Virginia

    I hope all the Obama haters keep in mind that they are being monitored. Thank Bush for doing away with our rights to privacy.

    November 17, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  7. Linda iowa

    TO MJ:
    To pray for Obama's failure shows a selfishness that is beyond reason. I was no big supporter, but for him to fail is for us all to fail. Kind of like when your Mother asked you about "Cutting your nose off to spite your face" not to bright.

    November 17, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  8. Weather the Spoon

    I just hope Obama understands Americans make up more than his pre-election constituency: Acorn organizers, tree huggers, Welfare mooches, limousine liberals, black panthers and malcontents. He needs to please all Americans even hard working ones who believe in individual responsibility and hate a Nanny state.

    November 17, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  9. Liberals are apologists

    "War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself". John Stuart Mill, English economist & philosopher (1806 – 1873

    November 17, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  10. Weather the Spoon

    Liberals are cry-baby brats who are insatiable in their selfishness.

    November 17, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  11. Democrats Please!

    No matter how much we admire Obama, we must maintain perspective and not lose our minds. Remember we live in a Democracy so we want our president to serve us, we do not want a ruler, but someone who governs. We must hold our President accountable and not be blinded and bewitched to a point where we can no longer distinguish between a mortal and a god. We hired him, we are his boss and if he screws up, he is out!

    November 17, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  12. This is scary!

    Obama has not done anything yet and you all are hailing his "accomplishments". Remember that other than running a great campaign and spending more money than God can afford, we have no point of reference. His short time in the Senate he spent running for president and voting "Present", so please don't be foolish little children and see things as they are.

    November 17, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  13. William A. Schaedler from St. Louis

    I hope people realize that American politics is a showcase for a lot of amateurish acting. Unless of course your name is Ronald Reagan. We know he came to Washington with trained acting skills. And he got the best role of his career for eight years.

    November 17, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  14. Phoenix

    I hope McCain does get a position so he can stick it to those pitiful Republicans. Look, if Republicans are honest, it took more than a McCain to destroy them. They were being destroyed systematically since 2000.

    November 17, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  15. Jen, Cali

    Lois November 17th, 2008 4:17 pm ET

    Obama is very forgiving . . .
    ____________________________

    Really ????????? More likely Obama is acutely aware that 57,434,084 (46%) Americans voted for McCain - not exactly the "landslide" Obama hoped for !!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 17, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  16. zenter

    all of you folks are boring me.

    November 17, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  17. Kim, Dallas, TX

    For those who question this move, I applaud it. Our country has suffered long enough over the divide in the senate. Yes, we Democrats have a majority now, but wouldn't it be a far better country if we could only learn to work together? I am excited about everything Obama espouses, and cannot wait to actually call him my president!

    November 17, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
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