As Meghan McCain talked about the state of American civility today with her colleagues on The View, she spoke of heartwarming gesture she received from the man who defeated her father in the 2008 presidential election.
The conversation gravitated around the ongoing public confrontations of political officials, the most recent of which were the protests against Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. As they discussed the negative potential consequences of these protests, McCain told her co-hosts about a tender message former president Barack Obama sent her shortly after her marriage.
“I want to share a story because everything has been so negative and so awful. I was thinking about, ‘I need a story of bipartisanship that’s really nice to bring to the show today.’ So after I got married, I came home, and I had a personal, handwritten letter from President Obama, congratulating me on getting married, talking about love, talking about his love with Michelle. It’s beautiful. I have it framed. I once said ‘this is a man who nuclearized the Middle East.’ We were great adversaries, my father and [him]…”
McCain went on to wonder if America will ever reach a place again where “you can congratulate your adversary’s daughter for getting married.” Whoopi Goldberg was doubtful about that, saying the Trump presidency has changed America so much that it’s no longer the “beacon of hope” the whole world could look up to.
Watch above, via ABC.
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