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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,, 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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I think the lack of action by Obama and his keeping such a low profile is leading the press to keep coming out with this spate of spectulation stories that they mask as real.
Then, retractions ensue.
Like with Clinton. She had one interview, a preliminary one yesterday and Richardson had one today. but, the press being bored built it up to the point where by late afternoon they were saying Clinton was going to be Sec. of State.
I don't take any of the stories coming out right now serious but, many do and are pretty confused.

Posted by: vwcat | November 14, 2008 11:46 PM | Report abuse

Trying to get the 60 minute interview straight--this is getting funny. I remember it being Anita Dunn, Robert Gibbs and Axelrod. Plouffe was not there. Someone could look it up.

Posted by: rawreid | November 14, 2008 3:56 PM | Report abuse

"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"

I believe the interview was with David Axelrod, David Plouffe, Robert Gibbs & Anita Dunn.

Posted by: mc13 | November 14, 2008 1:53 PM | Report abuse

Hopefully any meeting between Obama and McCain included a discussion of McCain taking a post in his Cabinet.

For a candidate who ran on inclusivity and truly reflecting the vision of the American people, who in his acceptance speech on election night clearly reached out to those who "did not vote for him," extending an offer of that nature would truly be the "change we need."

Obama, unlike GW Bush, seems to understand that even his landslide victory is not a mandate to run amok in partisan glee and ignore the wants/needs of the large percentage of voters who did not elect him.

The days of divisive politics need to end NOW - there are good ideas on both sides of the fence and no one ideology or party has a monopoly on what's best for this country.

I was encouraged to see the presidential campaign stick to the sensible center (with the exception of McCain's VP pick) rather than veering off into "we don't care about the other +/- 50% of America" territory as previous campaigns have done.

Let the extremists on BOTH sides of the aisle grumble about their needs not being met - they're free to vote and lobby as they see fit, they just shouldn't have high expectations that their views will be legislated.
Let's finally have a government "for the people," where a majority of the people reside in a center-right or center-left environment, and the government truly reflects that.

Can you imagine if Hillary got Sec. of State and McCain got Sec. of Defense?
That would be truly remarkable.

Posted by: JMGinPDX | November 14, 2008 1:49 PM | Report abuse

I'm trying to find out the truth of a rumor I heard that Obama paid off 35 million of Clinton's campaign debts. Any help here?


Posted by: mysammy | November 14, 2008 1:16 PM | Report abuse

"44" POSTERS BEWARE: More Signs of 'Big Brother' Censorship

• "Prior restraint" imposed on WaPo blogs


Posted by: scrivener50 | November 14, 2008 1:07 PM | Report abuse

Senator Lindsey Graham should not be allowed to meet anyone. Any time his lips move the lies flow. His advice should only be given in a vacuum. Obama should avoid this guy he can only cause problems not solve them. Is McCain afraid of Obama is that why Mealy Mouth is going along?

Posted by: | November 14, 2008 12:29 PM | Report abuse

Turn John loose on military reform. cut unneeded systems, clean up procurement and jail contract abusers. go get 'em.

Posted by: twstroud | November 14, 2008 11:52 AM | Report abuse

Value systems are meeting. Values of Civility meets the values of courage - this is a classic meeting of history. ..............

Posted by: glclark4750 | November 14, 2008 11:36 AM | Report abuse

I'm trying to find out the truth of a rumor I heard that Obama paid off 35 million of Clinton's campaign debts. Any help here?

Posted by: lramkelley | November 14, 2008 11:21 AM | Report abuse

Your story if factually inaccurate. The 60 minutes piece contained interviews with Anita Dunn, not Valerie Jarrett. It also included Robert Gibbs.

Posted by: debra3 | November 14, 2008 11:00 AM | Report abuse

It seems to me that Obama is more serious about having government that works than most of his opponents will acknowledge. For the FIRST TIME in a very long time I have a sense that there is someone minding the store. Hopefully this is not all smoke and mirrors. It certainly does not feel that way.

Posted by: Gator-ron | November 14, 2008 10:27 AM | Report abuse

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