September 25th, 2008
04:15 PM ET
13 years ago

Historic White House meeting convenes

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John McCain and Barack Obama are currently meeting with President Bush on the economic bailout.   Also seated next to the president are, from left, House Minority Leader John Boehner, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. (AP Photo)

Related: Key lawmakers say they have a bailout plan


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (188 Responses)
  1. Ashley

    John McCain, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama were walking down the Street....

    As John McCain was walking down the street he noticed a Homeless Man asking for Money, he digged into his pockets and gave the guy a Twenty and said, "Good Luck".

    Hillary Clinton was walking down the Same Street and she to noticed the same homeless guy asking for Money. She then asked John McCain for a Twenty and he gave it to her, she looked the homeless guy in the Eye and Said, "Things will get better, here you go" and gave the homeless guy Johns Twenty dollar Bill.

    Barack Obama Was walking down the Same Street and he also noticed the Same Homeless guy begging for Money, Barack took a knee and put his hand on the Guys shoulder and Said "It's time for a Change".

    September 25, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  2. canuck

    Democrats are scared ... Mcain what were you thinking .... doing something smart . You look good kidd.

    September 25, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  3. qmaster

    Obama is like, why the heck am I here? These people look like a bunch of idiots. I find myself asking that question myself.

    September 25, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  4. LYNETTE IN CA

    Now McBush can get to Mississippi and this time don't be late! However, if you choose not to go, Obama can have the floor to himself and I'm totally fine with that!

    OBAMA / BIDEN '08

    September 25, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  5. indy chris

    this photo makes me want to vomit.

    September 25, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  6. Fed Up

    McLame got his golden photo op. On with the games!!

    I'm sure coming out of this that McLame will claim his swift reaction to the crisis was why the bill got done. Please, I'm about to throw up.

    Just say NO to Bush 44 and the Moose Hunter.

    Go Obama/Biden!!!

    September 25, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  7. Jim in Raleigh

    This just in from the McCain camp: Better cancel the debate – in fact, cancel the election – There's tropical storm Kyle out there now. It would be unpatriotic to do anything less if there's a tropical storm out there.

    September 25, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  8. BARBARA CALABRESE

    Want to make a loan for 700B with my tax money then "no more of my tax money" coming your way! Everyone needs to boycott paying taxes!

    September 25, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  9. Irene

    Senator Obama looks very "presidential" in this photo.

    BRING ON THE DEBATE! Senator Obama will be there.......SO SHOULD MCCAIN. The American people deserve no less.

    OBAMA / BIDEN 08

    September 25, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  10. David Newport, OR

    Two people between each candidate on either side of Bush...isn't it nice they took time to consider feelings and protocol during a time of "national crisis"?

    September 25, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  11. Paris

    Obama arrogant as ever in this picture.

    Obama had no choice but to follow the lead of John McCain.

    I heard that he was surprised when John McCain made his announcement. Obama was also surprised when Sarah Palin was announced.
    This guy sure gets surprised a lot.
    A president that is never prepared that he is always surprised and has to be reactive than proactive!!

    I sure hope that Russia and Iran don’t surprise Obama if he becomes the president. That’s an reactive measure we can’t afford.

    September 25, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  12. jimmy from salt lake city, UT

    BARAAAAACCCKK LOOOKS SOOO PRESIDENTIAL CONFIDENT!! MCBUSH ARE LAUGHING ON >>"THIS PIC">>

    September 25, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  13. voter

    McCain is a leader, but hasn't decided whether he will show up to vote on the bill. Then what is the purpose of him being in washington considering he hasn't voted on a bill or visited D.C. since April 2008. Considering that a deal as tentatively have been made, again I question his motive for being there.

    September 25, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  14. McCain is too old

    The Bush twins, John and George, look like smiling clowns.

    Disgusting,

    September 25, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  15. Cyrus K.

    Wait...Bush is about to say something important...ummm....

    September 25, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  16. Unshrub

    At least Bush had the common sense to seat McCain and Obama on opposite sides.

    September 25, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  17. Deb

    And there is Botox Pelosi and Hateful Reid.....leaders of the Do Nothing Congress.

    September 25, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  18. PA Independent

    Oh my...Obama looking like he's paying attention, McCain grinning for the camera. A picture says a thousand words.

    September 25, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  19. TyWebb

    Did they conference Sarah Palin in via phone?

    September 25, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  20. female against Palin

    With new polls showing his campaign dead in the water among California Republicans, Arizona Sen. John McCain has pulled out of a long-scheduled debate with Texas Gov. George Bush, set for Thursday in Los Angeles.

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    NATIONAL SCENE
    Gore says his position on abortion has evolved.
    Bush regrets missed chance to nail bigotry.

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    STATE, LOCAL
    McCain backs out of debate in California.
    McCain Express turns eastward.

    Poll: Voters oppose gay marriage.

    Prop E. would slash cash aid to SF's poor.

    Brown, Perata promote slate for Oakland.

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    McCain campaign officials tried desperately yesterday to put the best face on their withdrawal, even as a new Field Poll showed Bush far ahead among likely Republican voters in the winner-take-all race for the state's 162 GOP delegates.

    Top campaign officials attributed McCain's decision to Bush's earlier reluctance to appear at the debate.

    "We had agreed to do this debate a long time ago, and Gov. Bush said he wasn't going to do it," McCain spokesman Howard Opinsky said yesterday. "We aren't going to hold our schedule together forever."

    But Opinsky said McCain will debate Bush on NBC's "Meet the Press" Sunday, a national TV show that will reach millions of Americans.

    Still, just last week, the McCain campaign was openly derisive of Bush's reluctance to commit to a California debate - and promised its own candidate would be there.

    September 25, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  21. bill

    BUSH MCCAIN MCONELL FROM KENTUCKY AND THIS FOOL FROM OHIO what a bunch of loosers and this has been united states government last eight years GOD HELP US ALL CAINT WAIT TILL THEY ARE ALL GONE

    September 25, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  22. Ryan

    It really is just a photo op.. the disputes were all solved quickly.. before McCain got a chance to step anywhere near there and screw things up.

    September 25, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  23. Luvamerica

    McCain will now find another excuse not to show up for the great debate.

    September 25, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  24. Steve

    I think the seating arrangement is interesting. McCain is sitting as far as possible from Bush without actually sitting in another room.

    September 25, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  25. J from DC

    Good to see Obama in the place where he belongs. Now, I like to see all of this hype about the debate come to and end. I cant wait to see the debate. Hope McCain dont show, So Obama can have all the media to himself.

    September 25, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
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