This Memorial Day weekend, Obama extended what has been seen as a temporary olive branch to Republican rival John McCain after a week of tough fighting over foreign policy. The two are spending their holiday weekend visiting with veterans, and both men will be in New Mexico today.
On Sunday, Obama struck a conciliatory note with McCain, whom he had been hammering for days, and urged unity in service of a greater good in a speech to university graduates.
Obama was filling in for U.S. Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, who was diagnosed with a brain tumor last week and had planned to deliver the graduation address at Wesleyan University. Kennedy has endorsed Obama over Clinton and has campaigned for him.
"We may disagree as Americans on certain issues and positions, but I believe we can be unified in service to a greater good. I intend to make it a cause of my presidency, and I believe with all my heart that this generation is ready and eager and up to the challenge," Obama told the graduating class of 2008.
Yesterday, McCain supporter Lindsey Graham had another interesting idea that advocated for a calming of the foreign policy battle between McCain and Obama: a joint trip to Iraq.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) on Sunday suggested that presumptive Republican presidential nominee Sen. John McCain (Ariz.) and Democratic front-runner Sen. Barack Obama (Ill.) should visit Iraq together ahead of the election.
"I think it would be good for the country because the next president is going to have to deal with Iraq," Graham said on CBS's "Face the Nation."