President-elect Barack Obama called his former rival John McCain an American hero who set a standard of patriotism and bipartisanship for all to follow.
Obama praised McCain at a Monday night dinner in Washington honoring the Republican senator from Arizona whom Obama defeated in the November election.
Obama put their campaign criticisms behind them and called for help "in making this bipartisan dinner not just an inaugural tradition, but a new way of doing the people's business in this city."
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