Monday, November 17, 2008

Obama and McCain Meet, Make Nicey-Nice

I haven't been blogging much lately due to a family crisis, but I needed to post on this historic meeting of President-elect Barack Obama and former presidential candidate Sen. John McCain. It appears the video clip below was a photo op designed to show reaching across the aisle, mending fences, and healing underway that will help us solve our problems post election and work together.

Obama seem pretty relaxed here. He called the press incorrigible as they tried to get in a few questions. He and McCain talked football as cameras clicked around them.



CNN has more at this link, "Obama, McCain Discuss Need for 'New Era of Reform'."
(CNN) -- President-elect Barack Obama and Sen. John McCain said Monday that Americans are looking for leaders who will come together and "change the bad habits of Washington."

In a joint statement issued after their first meeting since the presidential election, the former rivals said they hoped to work together on challenges like the financial crisis, creating a new energy economy and protecting the country's security. ...

Obama and McCain met Monday at Obama's transition headquarters in Chicago, Illinois.

The two were not expected to talk about any possible Cabinet position for McCain, according to both McCain and Obama advisers. (Read more)
HuffPo also has a story with longer video from CNN.

2 comments:

BSwatcher said...

"In his entertaining book Gestures: The Do's and Taboos of Body Language Around the World, Roger Axtell describes a botched 1995 meeting between Saddam Hussein and Bill Richardson, who was then a U.S. Congressman from New Mexico. Richardson was trying to bring about the release of a pair of American hostages, but almost ended the meeting at its start because he crossed his legs and flashed a little sole.

In some Arab cultures, as in other cultures, to show a person the bottom of your shoe is a major insult...How would you feel if someone did that to you while conducting business?" ---- Columnist Martha Brockenbrough, http://encarta.msn.com/encnet/features/columns/?article=rudefeet

Unlike many Americans, Obama has more then a little knowledge of Arab culture and etiquette. Perhaps, depending upon the viewers' country of origin, the meeting sent the correct and intended messages to all. Just thinking..

lilalia said...

Please accept my prayers that all will be well in your family. Thank you for continuing to blog. I always enjoy reading your posts.