January 10th, 2009
11:18 AM ET
12 years ago

Obama to host dinners honoring Powell, Biden and McCain

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/01/10/art.obamamccain.gi.jpg caption="Obama will honor his former presidential rival at an inauguration week dinner."]WASHINGTON (CNN) - President-elect Obama will host a series of dinners the night before his inauguration honoring Ret. Gen. Colin Powell, Vice President-elect Joe Biden, and his former presidential rival, Republican Sen. John McCain, the Presidential Inaugural Committee announced Saturday.

"In these times of great challenge and great change, leadership requires rising above the same old narrow partisanship," the president-elect said in a statement released by the committee.

"Each of these distinguished Americans has spent his life in service to his country, at each and every moment placing the interests of America before issues of political party. That is precisely the spirit of common purpose we need as we begin the work ahead."

The committee said the events will be held at the National Building Museum, Union Station and the Hilton Washington.

Filed under: Colin Powell • Joe Biden • John McCain • President-elect Obama
soundoff (81 Responses)
  1. alvino

    This is a great move. I am more impressed with Obama every day. This is better than Bush giving the 'Medal of Freedom' to empty suits.

    January 10, 2009 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  2. Winny

    These men along with many others deserve to be honored. They have served our country well. The fact that McCain was invited shows Mr. Obama is a man of character.

    January 10, 2009 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  3. Meka



    January 10, 2009 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  4. Jim Hall

    We voted for Obama but we sure hope that this dinner that he is planning to honor Powell, Biden, and McCain doesn't include aqua net hair spray Palin Jim Hall Kansas City Missouri

    January 10, 2009 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  5. Bob

    I was always a big time Obama supporter.

    To tell the truth, I also like John McCain quite a bit. John is one of America's GREATS. Despite some of the differences between the parties. John McCain always had the interest of the United States on his mind. (Except of course when he picked Palin, just a Senior Moment I guess).

    Obama, Clinton, McCain, Powell. These folks will help restore America to its former Greatness.

    January 10, 2009 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  6. Dave, Central Illinois

    Again, isn't it strange how Proud American is able to get so many of it's childish posts on these bloggs. How many of you have had your posts dropped if they do not contain hateful leftist rants????

    January 10, 2009 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
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