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Barack Obama and John McCain meet for the first time since The Thrashing

November 17, 2008 |  6:27 am

John McCain will meet privately with Barack Obama at his transition headquarters in Chicago today.John McCain and Barack Obama will meet on Monday in Chicago

Our forecast for the Windy City: icy on the inside.

Presidential elections are rarely friendly, but in this one, McCain seemed to harbor a particularly strong disdain for his rival.

Remember the first presidential debate, when McCain refused to look at Obama?

Or the second debate, when the Arizona senator raised some eyebrows for referring to his opponent as "that one?"

Even in his otherwise-eloquent concession speech, McCain was dismissive of Obama. He lauded Obama's win as a historical milestone, but said little of his character.

At today's session, the pair will be joined by their attack dogs -- err, aides -- Congressman Rahm Emanuel (Obama's newly anointed chief of staff) and Sen. Lindsey Graham (McCain's close friend and campaign surrogate).

Oh, to be a fly on the wall . . .

-- Kate Linthicum

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Photo credit: Barack Obama and John McCain at the Town Hall Presidential Debate at Belmont University's Curb Event Center on Oct. 7. (Anthony Jacobs / Getty Images)