Mac Chilly to Obama's Senate Greeting

GOP nominee rewards Dem's advance with cursory handshake
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 2, 2008 12:14 PM CDT

(Newser) – Last night's bailout vote featured a moment of campaign drama on the Senate floor, the New York Times notes. Barack Obama, who arrived in the chamber at 5pm, crossed the aisle to greet John McCain when he arrived about three hours later. Their handshake lasted barely a second, as McCain offered a cold stare and a turn of his head.

Obama gave a 13-minute speech in support of the bailout, and he spent time chatting with fellow senators, including a long conversation with Hillary Clinton. McCain declined to speak on the bill—aides said he did not want to speak before or after a Democrat—and stayed mostly near his seat. Both Obama and McCain voted in favor of the bailout.