President Barack Obama opened up about his relationship with former opponent Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) on Tuesday during an interview airing on NBC's "The Tonight Show."
Obama told host Jay Leno that he praises his 2008 presidential rival for speaking his mind, acknowledging the growing "bromance" between them.
“That’s how a classic romantic comedy goes. Initially you’re not getting along and then you keep bumping into each other," POTUS joked, according to a pool report.
McCain recently told the Associated Press that he and Obama "trust each other." The bipartisan pair has aligned on a series of domestic issues in recent months, including immigration reform and gun control reform. The senator makes regular visits to the West Wing and is in contact with White House officials almost daily, according to the AP.
McCain has also been cited as a critical force in the upcoming fiscal deal, meeting with Senate Republicans and the White House to reach a compromise to avoid a government shutdown.
"The president won't owe me anything, but he may have a sense of satisfaction from being able to achieve some of the things that we ostensibly came here to do," McCain said.