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Obama to Address House Republican Conference

Updated 5:36 p.m.
By Paul Kane
House Republicans have invited President-elect Barack Obama to speak before the entire GOP conference, hoping to set a different tone to the partisan wars of the last two years in which congressional Democrats battled President Bush.

In a letter dated Jan. 9, the Republican leadership team asked Obama to attend one of their regular meetings with the 178-member GOP conference "at your earliest convenience" after he is sworn-in as the 44th president.

"In accordance with your campaign pledge to work in a bipartisan manner and change the partisan tone in Washington, D.C., we would like to extend an invitation to you to address a meeting of the House Republican Conference," wrote Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio), Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-Va.) and the four other members of the elected leadership team.

According to a senior GOP aide, incoming White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel called Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.), the chairman of the Republican conference, and gave an "enthusiastic yes" to the invitation to speak before the GOP lawmakers. No date has been set, but both sides hope to have the new president on Capitol Hill to talk to Republicans within a month.

The invitation to Obama comes amid the ongoing talks about an $800 billion stimulus plan for which the president-elect has vowed to win bipartisan support, and as he seeks congressional approval for the release of the second half of monies from the Troubled Asset Relief Program, the $700 billion financial rescue plan approved in early October. On Sunday, Boehner said he opposes the release of the funds unless the incoming Obama administration can demonstrate the need for those funds.

No date has been set for the Obama-Republican meeting. Bush attended about one GOP conference meeting a year, usually during key legislative battles, but almost never attended Democratic meetings.

Obama is expected to attend the House Democratic retreat in early February.

Posted at 12:07 PM ET on Jan 12, 2009  | Category:  Hill Transition
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JRM2:

That's not very nice. I certainly wouldn't "report" you to the WaPo. How about the latest Bush thread; is that "on topic" enough for you?

Posted by: JakeD | January 12, 2009 5:50 PM

aaahhh hecky,
let Jake rant about the birth of our President Elect.
I guess you could call it his freedom of speech right.

Just pretend you are throwing a shoe at him.

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | January 12, 2009 5:49 PM

I would like to invite everyone on this forum who is fed-up with JakeD's idiotic, off-topic postings to report him and basically tell the WAPO that it's him or us.

It has become impossible to engage in intelligent topical discourse with his continued rantings being posted non-stop.

Posted by: JRM2 | January 12, 2009 5:45 PM

This article is now entitled:
"The Search for Barack's Long Form
Birth Certificate"

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | January 12, 2009 4:43 PM

I guess you could argue that a profound and obsessive fear that a foreigner is about to take office as president of the U.S. is not precisely a form of paranoia. Or that, even if it is paranoia, it is not necessarily involved with senior dementia.

If I were a family member, though, I'd be worried about you.

And yes, I would agree that the banner is just a computer glitch and carries no deeper significance.

Posted by: nodebris | January 12, 2009 4:33 PM

Obama would be wise to let this false message of bipartisanship go. No doubt the GOP will try to extract some sort of pledges on various legislative topics from the president-elect, pledges that the GOP can then hold Obama to account with.

http://www.political-buzz.com/

Posted by: parkerfl1 | January 12, 2009 4:33 PM

As for the switch in headers, maybe that's just a glitch on my computer.

Posted by: JakeD | January 12, 2009 4:00 PM

LOL! Asking questions regarding the Constitutional Requirements to become President is neither "paranoia" nor "dementia".

Posted by: JakeD | January 12, 2009 3:59 PM

Paranoia is a classic symptom of senior dementia.

Posted by: nodebris | January 12, 2009 3:56 PM

What happened to "44 Transition to Obama Presidency"? Did the WaPo revert back to "The Trail Election Day 2008" because someone finally dug up Obama's LONG FORM birth certificate? Woodward, was that you?

Posted by: JakeD | January 12, 2009 3:41 PM

vegasgirl1:

I am not here to win converts. And, I believe my first post goes to whether I think it's a good idea for the GOP to meet with Obama, only if he brings his credentials. Otherwise, I hope the GOP refuse to meet with him. You wanted Burris to have his credentials all in order, right?

BTW: I am registered Independent, so my "party" did not lose. I get plenty of fresh air, movies, reading, and pets -- I even have an early tee time Wednesday -- thank you for your concern.

Posted by: JakeD | January 12, 2009 3:38 PM

Remember the Gerry Mandering in Texas a few years back? GOP put the DEMS in contemp for not showing up. Like one time GOP barred the DEMS from the meeting that they relegated themselves to huddle in the basement. What a pity. Now that the shoe is in the other foot they are the first one to cry foul.

Posted by: bigben1986 | January 12, 2009 3:35 PM

It is a nice try on the part of the republicans. One thing that has me concerned is that even with a majority, the democrats will still "blow it" They can't get behind this guy in a cohesive manner. One thing to be said about the republicans, they "goose-step" like the nazi's they are. The Dems better learn to get on a single band wagon behind Mr. Obama, or they will be looking at losing numerous seats in two years. They are truly the "Charlie Brown party."

Posted by: thomasdefeo | January 12, 2009 3:34 PM

House Republicans Invite Obama to Address Them
.........................................


YES _ He should go _ NOW OR LATER _ He will have to stand before them if he plans on getting this country in order and being BI - partisan.

Posted by: BigGeorgiaDawg | January 12, 2009 3:24 PM

Conservative dipstick: "I think that President Bush has served this country as best he knew and especially cleaning up after the one before him."

Yeah, that peace and prosperity thing was a real nightmare.

Posted by: PeterPrinciple | January 12, 2009 3:22 PM

"House Republicans have invited President-elect Barack Obama to speak before the entire GOP conference, hoping to set a different tone to the partisan wars of the last two years in which congressional Democrats battled President Bush."

The last TWO years? What about the 12 years before that -- when Newt Gingrich, Tom Delay and the GOP wrecking crew first tried to destroy a Democratic president, and then set out to parlay their take-no-prisoners style into a Thousand Year permanent majority. Does Kane even REMEMBER Delay's "K Street Project"?

I honestly don't know if it's conscious or unconscious bias -- or just bad habits developed over nearly a generation of licking Republican booty -- but paragraphs like that prove just how undeserved the Post's "liberal" reputation really is these days.

Kane and his fellow hacks may not be completely in the tank for the GOP, but I don't think their copy would look much different if they were.

Posted by: PeterPrinciple | January 12, 2009 3:21 PM

I think that President Bush has served this country as best he knew and especially cleaning up after the one before him.
I can not imaging as to where this country would be in if Gore had won.
Either way this country is so divided that there are those that would sell our freedoms for becoming a Socialist country and be hand fed by the government to be instructed as to how to think, vote & etc. that they can not think or do for themselves.
As far as supporting Israel - This too is a no brainier -- Israel should be supported just as only being one of this country's allies. Another is that I'm sure that no one believes would be Biblical.
But this next in coming President - if he stays in office to any length? Will either help this country to become stronger here and abroad or ????.
Still Mr. Obama has some obstacles to hurdle before taking the oath of office and after - such as his Birth, Citizenship and Campaign fundings.
All this will come out at some given point that could send this country into a Constitutional Crisis.

Posted by: BigGeorgiaDawg | January 12, 2009 3:19 PM

In fact, Jake: Why don't you, just for once, actually discuss the topic at hand?
Do you think it's a good idea for the GOP to meet with Obama, or no?
But the name-calling and mindless insults get you nowhere.
The election's over, dude. Your party lost. Grow up, get some fresh air, go see a movie, read a (non-political) book, pet a dog, etc ...
In short, get a life, poster.

Posted by: vegasgirl1 | January 12, 2009 3:16 PM

JakeD: Please, man. Do you realize how incredibly hateful, stupid, juvenile, non-sensical and all-around foolish you sound?
"pResident Evil?" Puh-leeze. Obama hasn't even gotten into office yet.
You think you're clever, but you merely sound sophmoric.
Please quit prostituting yourself for Bush. He's done, out, gone, forgotten, etc. Your bitterness that not everyone loved your Dear Leader is a waste of emotion.
Please go rant on Free Republic, or go join Joe the Plumber over in Gaza. You're not winning any converts here.

Posted by: vegasgirl1 | January 12, 2009 3:14 PM


They are releasing the other half of the TARP funds. The press just came out.

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | January 12, 2009 3:11 PM

i hope everyone is using President Elect Obama's website
CHANGE.GOV

Submit your ideas, etc.
It is a wonderful website.

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | January 12, 2009 2:54 PM

House GOP(s) inviting President Elect Obama for a chat.
How marvelous!
'Bout time we start some sort of "team mentality".
I hope President Elect Obama tells it like it is.

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | January 12, 2009 2:50 PM

Obama says he wants to create 4.1 million jobs. If he and Congress are truly concerned about the plight of American workers, they will ensure that any new jobs created go to American citizens, and not illegal alien foreign workers. They can help ensure this by: supporting a permanent extension of E-Verify, support enforcement of existing immigration laws, and oppose any "pathway to citizenship" amnesty schemes that would legalize millions of illegal foreign workers.

Posted by: swingvoter3 | January 12, 2009 2:45 PM

11. Reinstituting Mexico City policy.
12. Prevented federal funding for human embryonic stem cell research.
13. Did not get impeached.
14. Did not (as far as we know) commit adultery in the Oval Office.
15. Partial-Birth Abortion ban.

I said I could keep going ...

Posted by: JakeD | January 12, 2009 2:38 PM

"Ten Things Bush Got Right

http://www.weeklystandard.com/Content/Public/Articles/000/000/015/986rockt.asp

I could add to the list ; )

Posted by: JakeD | January 12, 2009 2:09 PM |"
---
So the following list is what made Bush's Presidency a "success"?
1. Because he pulled out of a treaty that could have given us a running start on battling global warming, or at least not making worse..
2. Because he instigated torture and then denied it was torture.
3. Because he took matters in his own hands with his incredible intellect instead of consulting congress and other public officials like setting up overseas torture prisons, holding many innocents people for years without access to legal representation and without being charged. By engaging in highly-secretive actions within his own country, no transparency, claiming executive privilege to skirt the law and ignoring legal demands.
4. By supporting Israel right or wrong.
5. By short-changing the "Is our children learning?" program.
6. By proclaiming in a speech that he would promote democracy throughout the world. Isn't this what we've been doing for over 200 years now?
7. Medicare prescription program - good.
8. Make the Supreme court lopsided for conservatives.
9. Supposedly strengthened ties with pre-existing allies
10. The surge, oh, boy has this one been misunderstoodimated.

Yeah, it's been a lovely eight years.

Posted by: JRM2 | January 12, 2009 2:34 PM

Instead of "President Elect" I choose to refer to him as "pResident Evil" -- you really want all the reasons -- he will never be POTUS in my book. Are you claiming that Democrats never referred to Bush as pResident or Evil? What's good for the goose ...

Posted by: JakeD | January 12, 2009 2:31 PM

JakeD-How can you accuse an "Empty Suit" of being "Evil"?

It is the Hydra inside that is! ;~)

O'Bomba-Nation is in fact a PINO. The Clinton's are back!

Yep, inside that suit: San Fran Nan, Reid, Kerry, Daschole, Kennedy, Soros, and more!

Now, THERE;

Is EVIL! :-o

Posted by: SAINT---The | January 12, 2009 2:29 PM

"Maybe pResident Evil Obama can show them his LONG FORM birth certificate?

Posted by: JakeD | January 12, 2009 1:39 PM |"
----
So now he's evil?, care to elaborate? You sound more like a 12 year old rather than someone who claims to have once been a lawyer.

Posted by: JRM2 | January 12, 2009 2:16 PM

vicbennettnet:

Ten Things Bush Got Right

http://www.weeklystandard.com/Content/Public/Articles/000/000/015/986rockt.asp

I could add to the list ; )

Posted by: JakeD | January 12, 2009 2:09 PM

"On Sunday, Boehner said he opposes the release of the funds unless the incoming Obama administration can demonstrate the need for those funds."

That is the problem now isn't it. O'Bomba, and all the Top-Cats hoping to raid the Cookie-Jar(Again!), DON'T need the Money!

Cash-Strapped, Credit Report destroyed desperate PEOPLE like me NEED IT!

And WE need it NOW!

By-Pass the Banks! Put it into the IRS, and let us go upside down in our Accounts based on a demonstrated NEED!

That $350 Billion, could be SEVENTY MILLION $5,000 Loans!

More than needed to catch up on most American's delinquencies!

All the "Bad Paper", is now GOOD, and the $350 Billion is now fully infused into the entire System-From the Bottom UP!

Posted by: SAINT---The | January 12, 2009 2:05 PM


PLEA TO OBAMA: CANCEL RISKY, RECKLESS 'SITTING DUCK' TRAIN STUNT

• What happened to Homeland Security warnings of "heightened risk" during Presidential transition?

• How about the late November FBI warning about possible Northeast train station attacks?

• "Amtrak Joe" Biden's longstanding warnings about security flaws along the Amtrak Northeast corridor -- why isn't he waving this whistle stop tour to a halt?

PREVENT A TRAGEDY. READ THIS LINK AND MAKE IT VIRAL. THIS IS NOT AN OVER-REACTION. PLEASE DO IT NOW:


http://my.nowpublic.com/world/plea-obama-cancel-risky-reckless-sitting-duck-train-stunt

OR (if link is corrupted):

http://My.NowPublic.com/scrivener

Posted by: scrivener50 | January 12, 2009 2:04 PM

BUSH is the only president I can say that having no responce to 911 would have produced better results than what he attepted to do.

Did they find there Axis of Evil yet? Nope!

We would have been better off laughing at these people, instead we chased around the world with no understanding off if we are any closer to achieving anything.

The Republican Party fought vigorously for Bush at every turn. What did they achieve?

Nothing but harming their won country more than Alqaeda ever could.

Posted by: vicbennettnet | January 12, 2009 2:00 PM

President Obama. PLEASE PLEASE give SENIORS A TAX BREAK ON SCHOOL AND PROPERTY TAXS. MY HUSBAND IS 85 AND I am 82. My husband still works as a laborer in the city of Kingston, NY We live in a small hamlet in the Catskill Mtns. No sidewalks (except 2 blocks Main St.) Pay for Water and Water Tax, no garbage pick up , not a single helping hand for elders when we have Snow Storms, Oil and utilities are so high. We are struggling to just to barely get food and meds. HELP HELP.N Y STATE IS BY FAR THE WORST AND MOST EXPENSIVE IN THE COUNTRY. cAN NOT GET OUT WITH THE HOUSING MARKET WHAT IT IS.

gwb REALLY DID A NUMBER!!

Posted by: LOONYBIN2000 | January 12, 2009 1:56 PM

Maybe pResident Evil Obama can show them his LONG FORM birth certificate?

Posted by: JakeD | January 12, 2009 1:39 PM

BUSH is the only president I can say that having no responce to 911 would have produced better results than what he attepted to do.

Did they find there Axis of Evil yet? Nope!

We would have been better off laughing at these people, instead we chased around the world with no understanding off if we are any closer to achieving anything.

The Republican Party fought vigorously for Bush at every turn. What did they achieve?

Nothing but harming their won country more than Alqaeda ever could.

Posted by: vicbennettnet | January 12, 2009 1:20 PM

" Boehner said he opposes the release of the funds unless the incoming Obama administration can demonstrate the need for those funds."
-------
For the first time in my life I agree with John Boehner. In fact, if the Repubs can claim ownership of taking the remaining tarp funds and distributing those funds into a stimulus plan, it may mean the beginning of the road back for their party.

I think we the people should demand to know what happened to the first 350 B


Posted by: JRM2 | January 12, 2009 1:17 PM

I never supported any republicans. But I am surely happy to see the GOP finally showing some flexibility in their ways. Thank you GOP. This is what we need much more of.

Posted by: traction | January 12, 2009 1:00 PM

Maybe he will tell them to stop frightening the American people and stop torture and racism.

Posted by: dressypink | January 12, 2009 12:58 PM

These mischivious GOP members are pathetic.
Now they are on the verge of dissolusion, they remembered by partisanship. Where Tom Delay, Dennis Haster, Frist and other lunatics?

In 2006 when they surrendered their perogatives, rights, authorities, responsibilities and oversight obligations to the so called UNITARY EXECUTIVE GOVT. led by mad men in the bush regime, they did not remember BY-PARTISANSHIP.

Obama should ignore this foolish and self centered trap to address GOP conference. What will it achieve? Nothing.

Such an ill advised meeting will not stop the GOP extremists from obstructing the will of the American majority. It will not stop them from their reckless, fear mongering, war mongering and extreme right wing propaganda. Hence, I will tell Obama to snub them. They are a dying party and nothing good is expected of a dying party. Especially when they are devoid of ideas and vision.

Let's move to dissolve GOP and treat them as bunch of rogues whose time has run out.

Posted by: dressypink | January 12, 2009 12:56 PM

What's he going to say to them? Your divisive culture war, anti-government ideology has failed. Get with the program or be forever banished to the political wilderness. How come you're all from obese, pregnant teen filled Southern states? Must be doing something wrong, huh?

Posted by: thebobbob | January 12, 2009 12:48 PM

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