President-elect Barack Obama and his former campaign rival Sen. John McCain met in Chicago today. There was no word on whether there may be a place for the Republican in the new administration, but the two did issue this joint statement:
At this defining moment in history, we believe that Americans of all parties want and need their leaders to come together and change the bad habits of Washington so that we can solve the common and urgent challenges of our time. It is in this spirit that we had a productive conversation today about the need to launch a new era of reform where we take on government waste and bitter partisanship in Washington in order to restore trust in government, and bring back prosperity and opportunity for every hardworking American family. We hope to work together in the days and months ahead on critical challenges like solving our financial crisis, creating a new energy economy, and protecting our nation’s security.
Very nice words and sentiments. When we’re all equal, I’m willing to listen and cooperate. Without legal equality, all other issues pale. Until then, this second-class citizen thirsting for her country to be honest and fair has much bigger fish to poach.