Meetings with Republican Leaders on Emanuel Agenda
By Michael A. Fletcher
President-elect Barack Obama will continue his efforts to reach across the aisle today, as his designated White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel will hold meetings on Capitol Hill with House and Senate Republican leaders.
Transition officials say Emanuel will "discuss how to best work together and ensure they know that the White House will be open at all times for them." The meetings come after Monday's session in Chicago between Obama and his vanquished Republican opponent, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.).
Obama, meanwhile, is scheduled to remain out of public view today. He will be holding meetings in Chicago as he continues assembling his governing team.
Today is also Vice President-elect Joe Biden's 66th birthday. Obama celebrated yesterday by surprising Biden with a dozen cupcakes after their weekly lunch. Obama lit candles on the cupcakes, joking, "You're 12 years old," observers said. "Maybe in dog years," Biden replied.
Then the president-elect led the staff in singing Happy Birthday. Obama gave Biden a Chicago White Sox hat, a Chicago Bears hat and a bucket of Garrett's popcorn as gifts.
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