McCains, Bloomberg, Obama, Pleasantries

From the pool report at Ground Zero:

Bloomberg was heard saying, "Hey, Cindy, how are you?" McCain said, "Hi, Michael, pal," and he and Cindy shook hands with Bloomberg. Obama also shook hands with McCain and Cindy.

Mrs. McCain was wearing a black pantsuit with a diamond broach on her lapel. It read "USMC" and below that "Navy."

Here’s ther rest of the pool report sent to City Hall reporters: 

Barack Obama arrived at the southwest corner of Ground Zero at 3:58 p.m. He was riding in a silver Chevrolet SUV and was in a motorcade with police escort. ¶

Mayor Bloomberg was waiting for him. They shook hands, spoke and appeared so share some laughs. Bloomberg then showed Obama some parts of the Ground Zero reconstruction, including the dismantling of the Deutche Bank. Obama looked contemplative and his hands were clasped in front of him. ¶

They chatted for eight minutes until John McCain arrived, with his wife Cindy, in a black SUV in a similar motorcade. ¶

Bloomberg was heard saying, "Hey, Cindy, how are you?" McCain said, "Hi, Michael, pal," and he and Cindy shook hands with Bloomberg. Obama also shook hands with McCain and Cindy. ¶

Mrs. McCain was wearing a black pantsuit with a diamond broach on her lapel. It read "USMC" and below that "Navy." ¶

This welcoming lasted about two minutes before all four began to walk down the ramp to the Ground Zero bedrock. McCain and Obama walked side by side. Behind them Cindy and Bloomberg followed. Mrs. McCain held the mayor’s arm. ¶

The four spent about 12 minutes down the ramp before they walked back up. This time they walked four abreast —Bloomberg and Obama together and McCain and Cindy together with Mrs. McCain holding his arm. ¶

At the top of the ramp about 20 Port Authority police officers and their families gathered behind a barricade as spectators. The Obama/McCain/Bloomberg group greeted them and shook their hands. A little girl, sitting on the shoulders of her father, a PA officer, handed Obama two roses. ¶

As they worked their way to the exit, McCain walked over to a group of Port Authority police supervisors who were standing to the side. "Good to see these old soldiers," he said and shook their hands. ¶

The candidates and Mrs. McCain then left in the motorcades that brought them. Obama waved and said, "Thank you everybody" before departing. McCain said to Bloomberg, "Thanks. Good to see you" before he left. ¶

The visit was conducted under very high security, including emergency services cops with automatic weapons. ¶

  McCains, Bloomberg, Obama, Pleasantries