President-elect Barack Obama addresses the Bipartisan Dinner honoring Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) at the Hilton Washington in Washington D.C. on Monday, January 19, 2009. (Zbigniew Bzdak/Chicago Tribune/MCT)
President-elect Barack Obama addresses the Bipartisan Dinner honoring Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) at the Hilton Washington in Washington D.C. on Monday, January 19, 2009. (Zbigniew Bzdak/Chicago Tribune/MCT) Zbigniew Bzdak / Chicago Tribune / MCT
President-elect Barack Obama addresses the Bipartisan Dinner honoring Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) at the Hilton Washington in Washington D.C. on Monday, January 19, 2009. (Zbigniew Bzdak/Chicago Tribune/MCT) Zbigniew Bzdak / Chicago Tribune / MCT

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