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

Historic White House meeting convenes


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. Chris from NY

    McCain thinks he's Obama's father where he tells Obama what to do and expects him to follow. Last month he said he was punishing Obama for not doing town hall with him by running false ads against him. Now he suspends his campaign and expects Obama to respond and if he doesn't he will not label him a leader. McCain is not Obama's father as to dictate to him how to run his capaign. Each runs his campaign as he sees fit. I guess McCain is running his campaign like his foreign policy ideas where doesn't have enough strategy but tactics to win.

    September 25, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  2. Real Talk

    Say Cheeezzzz John. Now Continue your campaign.

    September 25, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  3. Victoria

    If the government can find $700 Billion all of the sudden, why don't they divide it by the total number of taxpayers and send them each one big fat check. We can figure out how to get out of debt and jump-start the economy with that kind of cash, don't you think?

    The mortgage crisis was brought about by the jobs-loss crisis...the one spurred the other. Better to create jobs than to print money...let's hear about those ideas.

    September 25, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  4. Michelle

    I would really like to be a fly on the wall during this meeting. Lets be realistic ... the problem is beyond repair. There is no easy answer..the only thing we can do is pray that Obama is elected and that he will guide us forward instead of backwards.

    September 25, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  5. Carol

    Poor McCain – now he has no excuse – has to do the debate and he looks like an idiot because it was done before he got there and he didn't even read it.

    September 25, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  6. Disgusted with McCain/Palin

    Now the repugs in congress are claiming disputes – AFTER they announced that they were very close to a final bill. This is an obvious attempt to say that they just couldn't get along until McLame came to town to save the day – as if McLame is their dad. Well, he's old enough.

    Sorry, McSame – we see through all of your ploys, including trying to get the VP debate postponed so that Sarah can study more. HAH!! Not going work!!

    September 25, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  7. Kevin

    It's amazing how 95% of the posts here are totally sarcastic and lacking any intelligent discussion. Sadly, most of it is from Obama supporters, which ultimately reflects on the candidate himself.

    September 25, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  8. ree

    Thank the lord Sen. McCain was there. Maybe he can teach Obama something about putting American first and his campaign second.

    The Democrates should have lisened to him two years ago about Fannie and Freddie. In fact, what have the Democrates done in the last two years beside Pelosi writing a book and taking a month off?

    September 25, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  9. Leah,Texas

    Obama arrived at the White House first – Obama wins!

    September 25, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  10. Plem

    Why take a picture of them sitting at an empty table...where's the deal at? Paperwork to review? Powerpoint...something..? Bush looks like a fool...ON WITH THE DEBATE!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 25, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  11. Chuck

    Stop telling me my comments are awaiting moderation. They are fine and not out of line. And stop removing them after I see them posted and when checking back later discover they are no longer listed.

    By the way. Think how difficult it is to be Obama sitting in this room as a highly intelligent individual surrounded by incompetence, especially on the incompetnence level of Bush and McCain.

    September 25, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  12. Cecilia - Chattanooga, TN

    There was a time when I believed our country was so basically sound that we could survive even 8 years of bush and his vip, but OMG, am I the only one feeling like I am living in a warp zone? mccain postpones his convention to save the people from a hurricane and now the debates to save the world markets. I would not be surprised if Senator Obama just threw up his hands and said it is all yours, I give up. And then we have Bill Clinton, whom I did respect in the past, but OMG does he really think he can say what he says and we are all so stupid as to not notice what IT is he is doing. I guess IT depends on the definition of what IT is. I think Bill should just commit to campaigning for McCain and Palin and get it over with- then his carefully crafted plan for the 2012 election will be in the bag.

    September 25, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  13. If I could ask two questions?

    Why is anything that Bush says or does relevant anymore?

    Is McCain the best the Republicans could produce?

    September 25, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  14. robin kelly

    I would love to see all these "Bush is so stupid" in a room with him. After they ran out with their butts whipped by their own ignorance it would be fun to ask them about it.

    September 25, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  15. Dwayne

    Ex-Republican for Obama your post cracks me up but it's oh-so true.

    September 25, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  16. Mike

    What a waste of day.
    It makes Georgie feel like he is doing something!
    And Makes Mccain think he is still a Maverick!
    What idiots. It accomplishes nothing.
    Bring on the debate!
    I wonder what his excuse will be now!
    Bristols in labor MAYBE?

    September 25, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  17. Gail AL.

    I don't know why they need Obama there, he's never made a decision before. He's voted present over 130 times, now he has to make a decision and everyone is watching. I'm sure he hasn't a clue, he'll just go along with the crowd. Let's get on with the debates, and see how Obama does all he can say is UH UH UH UH .

    September 25, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  18. Bruce

    The photo tells alot..Obama hands folded , listening to what bush is saying and having a look of thought on his look at the othe end of the table with mcCain...big smile on his face like "I got what i wanted" and seemignly not any thought other than how am I going to make this to my advantage,
    A picture is worth a thousand words and this speaks volumes as to who would be the best president.

    September 25, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  19. Steve B

    Which one of Snow White's dwarfs is missing?

    Boy has this photo got a lot of potential for comedians.

    September 25, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  20. Jim in Texas

    McCain got them all in one room, not Obama........thank God for McCain. Obama is worthless, no experience, he is a puppet of Democrat Party.....nothing more.

    September 25, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  21. Bob

    Oh save us great one Obama.

    September 25, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  22. mike s.

    Reid, Pelosi, and Obama all in the same room: "tweedle dee, tweedle dum, look out anyone who works hard and is doing well for themselves because here we come. . . Take from the rich, give to the poor, except for ourselves, of course, because it is only your wealth that we abhor."

    McCain/Palin '08
    Clinton '12

    September 25, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  23. Tired Elephant

    Now that "Bonehead" got McCain a "photo op", is he going to support this thing or not.

    Get to Oxford, MS, John because if you're a "no show" your candidacy is a "no go"!

    September 25, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  24. JusLaugh

    I guess it takes a lot of people ready for a photo-op to con us into believing it's OK to rob the poor for the benefit of the rich.

    September 25, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  25. James, AL

    What's missing about this picture? Nobody is working! For all the trouble and hurry, it would seem that they all would have their coats off sleeves rolled up, pens in hand and mountains of paper in front of them. No matter what let the debates go on. It makes no sense to waste time and money resetting the debates when it will only cost the candidates a little less sleep and a little more travel time. For them to make these sacrifices IS presidential.

    September 25, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
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