[Quote]"[Obama has already reached out to Republicans in a spirit of bipartisanship which has not been seen in Washington in more than a generation. He has consulted closely and ernestly with John McCain about cabinet picks, and he has been vigorously courting the support of conservatives"
"not seen in a generation" Hyperbole alert! Any conservatives in the Cabinet? Any conservative ideas emanating from Obama?
"turning point in partisan rancor" ? It was the Left who viciously attacked the man and the office for 8 years.
If Obama listens to them and allows a witch hunt investigation of the patriots who saved the country from more 9/11 s, so much for supposed 'bipartisanship'.[/Quote]
I apologize in advance for providing facts that do not conform to your preconceptions, Bob. Perhaps you can dismiss then because the source is not Fox News.http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/19/us/politics/19mccain.html?_r=2&ref=politics
WASHINGTON — Not long after Senator John McCain returned last month from an official trip to Iraq and Pakistan, he received a phone call from President-elect Barack Obama.
As contenders for the
presidency, the two had hammered each other for much of 2008 over their
conflicting approaches to foreign policy, especially in Iraq. (He’d
lose a war! He’d stay a hundred years!) Now, however, Mr. Obama said he
wanted Mr. McCain’s advice, people in each camp briefed on the
conversation said. What did he see on the trip? What did he learn?
was just one step in a post-election courtship that historians say has
few modern parallels, beginning with a private meeting in Mr. Obama’s transition office in Chicago just two weeks after the vote. On Monday night, Mr. McCain
will be the guest of honor at a black-tie dinner celebrating Mr.
Over the last three months, Mr. Obama has
quietly consulted Mr. McCain about many of the new administration’s
potential nominees to top national security jobs and about other issues
— in one case relaying back a contender’s answers to questions Mr.
McCain had suggested.
Mr. McCain, meanwhile, has told colleagues “that many of these appointments he would have made himself,” said Senator Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican and a close McCain friend.
Fred I. Greenstein, emeritus professor of politics at Princeton, said:
“I don’t think there is a precedent for this. Sometimes there is bad
blood, sometimes there is so-so blood, but rarely is there good blood.”
is “trademark Obama,” Professor Greenstein said, noting that Mr.
Obama’s impulse to win over even ideological opposites appeared to date
at least to his friendships with conservatives on The Harvard Law Review when he was president.
Obama arrived for their Chicago meeting on Nov. 16 with several
well-researched proposals to collaborate on involving some of Mr.
McCain’s favorite causes, including a commission to cut “corporate
welfare,” curbing waste in military procurement and an overhaul of immigration rules.
“The corporate welfare commission and military acquisition reform are two things the president-elect wants to do very soon,” Rahm Emanuel,
Mr. Obama’s chief of staff and a participant in the meeting, said in an
interview. The new administration is already preparing to introduce
legislation echoing a previous McCain bill on the commission idea, Mr.
Emanuel said, adding, “We have been very respectful and solicitous of
Mr. Graham, who accompanied Mr. McCain to the meeting,
said Mr. Obama took a notably different tone toward Iraq than he had
during the campaign, emphasizing the common ground in their views.
said that he understands that we had differences but he wanted to let
us know that he also understands that we have got to be responsible in
how we leave Iraq,” Mr. Graham recalled. “What the Obama-Biden
administration has talked about is not losing the gains we have
He added, “Obama does not want to be the guy who lost Iraq when it is close to being won.”
Mr. Emanuel, whose only previous contact with Mr. Graham was negotiating the terms of the presidential debates, began calling him more than once a week to follow up. “Constantly,” Mr. Emanuel said. “There has been a running dialogue.”
Mr. Graham, in turn, called his counterpart “a pleasure to do business with.”
Vice President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr., a friend since Mr. McCain was the Navy’s
liaison to the Senate three decades ago, has also played intermediary.
He called Mr. McCain to ask him to appear at the inaugural dinner, and
he invited Mr. Graham on another recent trip to Iraq and Afghanistan.
“I know the vice president-elect is very concerned about the end game in Iraq,” Mr. Graham said.
Some Senate Democrats have complained that Mr. Obama failed to seek their contributions about certain appointments — notably Leon E. Panetta as director of the Central Intelligence Agency.
But the Obama transition team has consistently sought advice and
feedback from Mr. McCain, the ranking Republican on the Armed Services
Committee, on national security appointments, Mr. Emanuel and Mr.
Graham both said.
Mr. Graham said Mr. McCain had enthusiastically supported those appointments: Gen. James L. Jones (an old McCain friend) as national security adviser; Gen. Eric K. Shinseki, the retired Army chief of staff, as secretary of veterans affairs; Hillary Rodham Clinton as secretary of state; and most of all, retaining Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates.
Gates is a good statement that they are not going to pull out of Iraq
in a way that undercuts the gains achieved,” Mr. Graham said.
Obama’s cultivation of Mr. McCain is a stark contrast with the
practices of past presidents. After the 2004 election, President Bush
did not talk to his defeated opponent, Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts, until Mr. Kerry visited the White House in March 2005
as part of a large group to celebrate the Red Sox victory in the World
Series. (“I like to see Senator Kerry,” Mr. Bush said, “except when
we’re fixing to debate.”) And after Mr. Bush defeated Mr. McCain for
the Republican nomination in 2000, the two had only perfunctory contact
and often-adversarial relations for nearly two years.
Shortly before his second inauguration, former President Bill Clinton awarded his defeated opponent, Bob Dole,
the Medal of Freedom. But it was an entirely ceremonial event. (Mr.
Dole joked that had hoped to be at the White House picking up “the
front door key” instead.)
Mr. Graham said he and Mr. McCain were
convinced that Mr. Obama was genuinely interested in working together
with them on both domestic priorities and foreign policy.
“Not only is it good politics,” Mr. Graham said, “it gives you an insight into who we are dealing with.”