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Cheerio, Mr. President-Elect

This afternoon, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the Senate Republican leader, ushered in the era of Froot Loop Diplomacy.

McConnell, a persistent critic of Obama who suffered a scare in his own race on Election Night, celebrated Obama's win today as a triumph for the Senate. "It's a rare honor for the Senate to send one of its own to the White House," he said on the Senate floor. "In fact, I think it has only happened two other times, Warren G. Harding and John F. Kennedy, directly from the Senate to the White House. Every one of us, I am sure, feels a certain institutional pride in the event."

Then came the Rice Krispies moment. "I called the new president shortly after his victory to offer my congratulations, and he was gracious and congratulating me on my own victory when he returned the call," McConnell said. "As it happened, when he returned the call, I was grocery shopping at the local Kroger and enjoying people passing by saying congratulations. And so there I was in front of the cereal talking to the new president on my cell phone."

McConnell didn't specify which cereal was on his shopping list -- but he fits the All-Bran stereotype quite neatly. Probably has a grapefruit on the side, too.

By Dana Milbank  | November 17, 2008; 2:05 PM ET
 
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Comments

Somehow I doubt that McConnell was buying a box of Count Chocula.

Posted by: HughBriss | November 18, 2008 7:22 PM | Report abuse

I doubt that McConnell went to Kroger's for a box of Count Chocula.

Posted by: HughBriss | November 18, 2008 8:09 PM | Report abuse

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