Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Common Ground: Obama and McCain meet

President-elect Barack Obama welcomed Senator John McCain to his transition headquarters in Chicago today to discuss how they can work together to solve the nation's pressing challenges.

"We had a productive conversation today about the need to launch a new era of reform where we take on government waste and bitter partisanship in Washington," President-elect Obama and Senator McCain said in a joint statement released after the meeting. "We hope to work together in the days and months ahead on critical challenges like solving our financial crisis, creating a new energy economy, and protecting our nation’s security."

Since the election, many Americans -- some who supported Sen. McCain in the general election, and some who did not -- have written in to urge the two to work together.

Tamara from Springfield, OR wrote. "If you truly want to gain the support and respect of those who did not vote for you, you could 'reach across the aisle' so to speak and begin with incorporating some of the ideas from the Republicans."

"Please work with Senator McCain," Bill from Minneapolis wrote. "I believe that 'country first' is not just a campaign slogan for him. He is a person on the 'other side of the aisle' who could be very effective in bringing the other caucus along."

Some who supported McCain during the election have written in to express their thanks for the promise President-elect Obama made on election night, when he said, "[T]o those Americans whose support I have yet to earn, I may not have won your vote tonight but I hear your voices. I need your help. And I will be your president, too."

"In your victory speech, you made a huge promise to America...and you spoke to me -- a McCain supporter," Christy from Dallas, TX, wrote. "If you follow through on those promises, I know you will do great things for America....Please keep your word. Work with those of us that disagree. We can learn so much from one another."

President-elect Barack Obama and Senator John McCain meet in Chicago
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