History: Obama Wins It... First Black President
McCain Fails To Keep Republican Coalition
Barack Obama asked John McCain for his help in leading the country in a telephone call Tuesday night, moments after the Democratic senator was declared the country's first black president.
Obama spokesman Robert Gibbs said Obama thanked McCain for his graciousness and told him he had waged a tough race.
"Senator Obama told Senator McCain he was consistently someone who has showed class and honor during this campaign as he has during his entire life in public service," Gibbs said in a statement. "Senator Obama said he was eager to sit down and talk about how the two of them can work together."
Gibbs quoted Obama as saying to McCain: "I need your help, you're a leader on so many important issues"