Country First. Sir.
...As the senators gathered to vote on the $700 billion financial rescue package on Wednesday evening, Mr. Obama walked over to the Republican side of the chamber to extend a greeting to Senator John McCain.
He got a chilly response.
While it took Mr. Obama several seconds to make his way over to see his rival, Mr. McCain barely pivoted his body as he took Mr. Obama’s hand for a handshake that lasted just a moment. The eye contact was just as brief.
The moment provided a rare element of drama in an otherwise routine evening of votes. It was a curious sight on Capitol Hill, marking the second time in less than a week that the two presidential candidates crossed paths in Washington over deliberations on the economic relief package intended to stabilize the nation’s financial system.