Ken Bazinet of the NYDN furnishes news-hungry journos with a pool report on the brief photo spray that preceded the Obama-McCain meeting today (also including wing-men Rahm Emanuel and Sen. Lindsey Graham):
Asked about the goal of the meeting, Mr. Obama said, "We're going to have a good conversation about how we can do some work together to fix up the country, and also to offer thanks to Sen. McCain for the outstanding service he's already rendered."
Sen. McCain was asked whether he would help Mr. Obama with his administration, and he responded, "Obviously."
Your pool tried to get the President-elect to answer a question on the auto industry bail out, but was shouted down by the pool sherpas. Mr. Obama finally said with a smile, "You're incorrigible."
Sitting around a coffee table, with three U.S. flags behind them, were: Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), President-elect Barack Obama and Rep. Rahm Emanuel (D-Ill.), the chief-of-staff-designate.