As the Senate voted on the economic rescue bill after 9 p.m. in D.C. last night, Congressional Quarterly’s David Nather was watching the Senate floor (I was doing the West Coast update for "World News with Charles Gibson") and he reports that Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., was talking to his fellow Democratic senators on their side of the aisle and then walked over to the Republican side of the aisle to where Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., was talking to Sens. Mel Martinez, R-Fla., and Joe Lieberman, I-Conn.
Nather writes that Obama "stretched out his arm and offered his hand to McCain. McCain shook it, but with a ‘go away’ look that no one could miss. He tried his best not to even look at Obama. Finally, with a tight smile, McCain managed a greeting: ‘Good to see you.’ Obama got the message. He shook hands with Martinez and Lieberman — both of whom greeted him more warmly — and quickly beat a retreat back to the Democratic side."