President-elect Obama sat down today for a "productive conversation" with Sen. John McCain, the man he defeated in a long political brawl to win the White House.
The Arizona senator, who graciously conceded defeat on election night, traveled to Obama's Chicago transition headquarters today, the latest former opponent to make the trip to Chicago.
The one-time rivals were joined by Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Rep. Rahm Emanuel, whom Obama has named to be his White House chief of staff.
During a brief moment when the men allowed the press into the private meeting for photographs, Obama said he and McCain intended to work together to "fix up the country."
The president-elect also said he wanted to "offer thanks to Sen. McCain for the outstanding service he's already rendered."
The two men sat in chairs next to each other with U.S. flags behind them, and McCain remained quiet except when he was asked whether he planned to help the Obama administration. "Obviously," McCain said.
They later issued a joint statement saying, "At this defining moment in history, we believe that Americans of all parties want and need their leaders to come together and change the bad habits of Washington."
The statement said they had a "productive conversation" about controlling government waste and putting an end to "bitter partisanship" in Washington.
"We hope to work together in the days and months ahead," the joint statement said.
Last week Sen. Hillary Clinton, who waged a long and losing battle against Obama for the Democratic nomination, flew to a Chicago meeting with Obama. Clinton is under consideration to be Obama's secretary of state.
One of the reported sticking points for Clinton is the concern that her husband's globe-trotting and international dealings could complicate her potential role as the nation's chief diplomat.
Bill Clinton was in Kuwait today for a symposium sponsored by the National Bank of Kuwait, and he spoke about the possibility of his wife joining the Obama administration.
"If he [Obama] decided to ask her and they did it together, I think she'll be really great as a secretary of state. Whatever happens or doesn't happen is between Obama and her," Bill Clinton said, according to Bloomberg News.
The former president said both he and Hillary Clinton worked hard for Obama's election, "but she didn't do what she did with the hope or expectation of getting any kind of job offer, much less having this discussed."
Obama said that he has been studying the writings and history of Abraham Lincoln who packed his Cabinet with political rivals.
"I tell you what, I find him a very wise man," Obama told "60 Minutes."
He also said there will be at least one Republican in his Cabinet.
Obama and the future first lady Michelle Obama talked about their looming life in the bubble of the White House with CBS' "60 Minutes" over the weekend. They looked back at where they came from, including such highlights as Obama's old Chicago bachelor pad near Harold's Chicken Shack.
"That was a dump," Michelle Obama recalled.
And his car where the air-conditioning was a hole in the floor where the rust had eaten through.
"That was my side," said Michelle." "I would look and see the ground going past. And I still married him."