Inauguration

Obama Honors McCain, Biden, Powell

Obama is going to have a busy inauguration eve. And he’s going to be full. The president-elect will host a series of dinners on January 19 honoring Colin Powell, who endorsed Obama during the presidential election, Vice President-elect Joe Biden—and his old election foe, John McCain. “In these times of great challenge and great change, leadership requires rising above the same old narrow partisanship,” the president-elect said in a statement released by the committee. “Each of these distinguished Americans has spent his life in service to his country, at each and every moment placing the interests of America before issues of political party. That is precisely the spirit of common purpose we need as we begin the work ahead.” The events will be held at the National Building Museum, Union Station, and Hilton Washington.