Obama to Meet With McCain, Is Giving Interviews
Updated 11:15 a.m.
By Michael A. Fletcher, Michael D. Shear and Lisa de Moraes
President-elect Barack Obama will meet Monday with Sen. John McCain, his vanquished GOP rival, transition officials said today.
The public announcement of the meeting stood in stark contrast to the secret session that, according to sources, Obama held yesterday with New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton. As The Post was the first to report, the former first lady and second-place finisher in the Democratic primaries is under consideration to be Obama's secretary of state.
Today, Obama is scheduled to give his first post-election televised interview. "60 Minutes" landed the interview, which will be aired Sunday evening and include both Obama and his wife, future first lady Michelle Obama.
Obama spoke yesterday with Ebony and Jet magazines.
Last weekend, "60 Minutes" aired an interview with top Obama advisers David Axelrod, David Plouffe and Valerie Jarrett and soared in ratings, attracting nearly 19 million people to become the week's No. 1 ranked program for the first time since it profiled Michael Jackson nearly five years ago. This Sunday's interview will be conducted by host Steve Kroft.
"60 Minutes" last interviewed Obama on Sept. 21; Kroft also conducted that one. In that same broadcast, Scott Pelley chatted with Obama's GOP rival, Sen. John McCain.
Obama is also recording the weekly Democratic address today, which will be aired both on radio and, later, posted as a video -- a first for an administration committed to using new media to convey its message. Our Jose Antonio Vargas reported that the video will be posted on the presidential transition Web site, www.change.gov, after the radio address is made public Saturday morning.
The lack of public appearances by Obama has left reporters free to keep a keen eye on the comings and goings at his downtown Chicago transition office. Not long before Obama's motorcade left his headquarters yesterday, another, unidentified motorcade emerged from the basement garage, according to a pool report from Chicago. The intrigue only added to the buzz that Obama is considering Clinton to be his chief diplomat abroad.
Monday's sit-down with McCain was framed by the Obama team as an effort by the president-elect to make good on his promise of moving beyond partisan politics and bringing change to Washington.
"They share an important belief that Americans want and deserve a more effective and efficient government, and will discuss ways to work together to make that a reality," said Obama-Biden transition spokeswoman Stephanie Cutter. "They will be joined in the meeting by Senator Lindsey Graham and Congressman Rahm Emanuel."
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November 14, 2008; 11:15 AM ET
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