Archive for the ‘graciousness’ Category

Graciousness, Class Mark Republican Defeat, Start of Turnover to Obama

November 6, 2008

When Mr. Clinton handed over the reins to George W. Bush in 2000, it wasn’t the best environment from the start. The election decision was a month late (hanging chads ring a bell?), and the General Services Administration handed the Bush team another setback when it refused to allow transition funding until there was a clear winner in the presidential contest. Afterward, chaos ensued when the Clinton administration vandalized offices by removing all the “W” keys from computer keyboards, cutting wiring and taking official government signs.

A lot can be said for the art of graciousness, especially in politics.

Yesterday, the day after Barack Obama became the president elect, Both George W. Bush and John McCain showed real graciousness and real class….

U.S. President George W. Bush speaks with President-elect Sen. ... 
U.S. President George W. Bush speaks with President-elect Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) during a congratulatory phone call, from the Treaty Room at the White House in Washintgton, November 4, 2008. REUTERS/Eric Draper

The Washington Times

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McCain Concedes, Promises to Help Obama

From Jeff Mason, Andy Sullivan, Reuters

Republican John McCain congratulated Democrat Barack Obama for winning the U.S. presidency on Tuesday, saying “the American people have spoken” and promising to help his former rival address the country’s many challenges.

McCain addressed his supporters in an emotional speech at a Phoenix hotel after telephoning Obama to concede the election. Obama later said McCain’s call had been “extraordinarily gracious.”

“We have come to the end of a long journey. The American people have spoken, and they have spoken clearly,” McCain said.

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