PEBO to Honor McCain at Pre-Inaugural Dinner

The president-elect may have said that election rival Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., has "tired" and "old" ideas -- and McCain's campaign may have said that President-elect Obama has palled around with terrorists -- but Mr. Obama is honoring his former nemesis in a pre-Inaugural dinner, one of three the president-elect is hosting to honor public officials who have reached across party lines.

In three separate dinners the night before the inauguration, Mr. Obama will honor McCain, Vice President-elect Sen. Joe Biden and Gen. Colin Powell (Ret.).

"In these times of great challenge and great change, leadership requires rising above the same old narrow partisanship," said Obama in a statement.  "Each of these distinguished Americans has spent his life in service to his country, at each and every moment placing the interests of America before issues of political party. That is precisely the spirit of common purpose we need as we begin the work ahead."

The dinners will take place at the National Building Museum, Union Station and the Hilton Washington.

- jpt

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