Wednesday, October 01, 2008

CQ Politics: Obama Makes McCain Very Uncomfortable

This is just wow. From CQ Politics:

Let the record reflect that Barack Obama made the approach to John McCain tonight.

As the two shared the Senate floor tonight for the first time since they won their party nominations, Obama stood chatting with Democrats on his side of the aisle, and McCain stood on the Republican side of the aisle.

So Obama crossed over into enemy territory.

He walked over to where McCain was chatting with Republican Sen. Mel Martinez of Florida and Independent Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman of Connecticut. And he 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.

John McCain almost refused to shake Obama's hand on the Senate floor today. But McCain forced himself to shake hands with the "go away" look, and then refused to look at Obama. McCain refused to look at Obama in the eye during Friday's debate. And now this Senate floor spectacle between the presidential candidates. This shows a deep-seated anger, contempt, and hatred that John McCain has against Barack Obama. And while Friday's debate may have been too close to call, McCain appeared grouchy, condescending, and even troll-like. This is not a favorable appearance for a candidate that is trying to be elected into the highest office in the land.

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