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Obama begins bipartisan meeting with call for cooperation

By Scott Wilson
President Obama began a meeting with a bipartisan group of Congressional leaders Tuesday with a call for cooperation on jobs-creation legislation and deficit reduction, saying "the American people are frustrated with the lack of progress on some issues."

Meeting with lawmakers at the White House, Obama said he hoped the talks would lead to agreement on how to proceed with legislation to encourage small businesses to begin hiring. He said he hoped those bills would begin moving "in the next several weeks."

Obama also said he wanted to discuss his proposal for a bipartisan commission to examine ways to reduce the deficit, projected to be $1.6 trillion this year. Republicans have indicated that they do not intend to participate on the commission unless they receive half of its 18 seats.

The guest list included Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (Nev.), House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (Calif) and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (Md.). The invited Republicans: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) and House Minority Leader John Boehner (Ohio.)

As the midterm election year begins, Obama has reached out to Republicans for cooperation, particularly on economic issues. Polls show many Americans want Democrats and Republicans to work together, and the White House believes the issue of bipartisan cooperation could work to the benefit of Obama and the Democrats among independent voters if the Republicans continue to oppose his key initiatives.

By Web Politics Editor  |  February 9, 2010; 11:08 AM ET
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I wonder why the GOP in congress seem to think that if they don't have equal (or more than equal) say, they can't be expected to co-operate in solving the country's problems, and furthermore, they are being 'shut out.'

Real discussion, with possibility of finding common ground and also, of compromise to get part of what you want, makes more sense that just acting like, if you can't set the agenda and call the shots, you are being 'shut out,' and should take your toys and go pout in the corner.

Work together, compromise if necessary, and put it to a vote, with majority prevailing.

Posted by: PeggyB1 | February 10, 2010 12:59 PM | Report abuse

I wonder why the GOP in congress seem to think that if they don't have equal (or more than equal) say, they can't be expected to co-operate in solving the country's problems, and furthermore, they are being 'shut out.'

Real discussion, with possibility of finding common ground and also, of compromise to get part of what you want, makes more sense that just acting like, if you can't set the agenda and call the shots, you are being 'shut out,' and should take your toys and go pout in the corner.

Work together, compromise if necessary, and put it to a vote, with majority prevailing.

Posted by: PeggyB1 | February 10, 2010 12:58 PM | Report abuse


Remember the song..."Tell me lies...sweet little lies" ????

This is what comes to my mind...........

What I also remember is......

Obama said "he could not denounce his minister" Rev. Wright......but without..

what was going to happen????

RIGHT............

So here he goes........throwing his party under the bus...........

YOU DEMOCRATS DESERVE IT......

***************

Posted by: paulann1 | February 10, 2010 10:42 AM | Report abuse

Anybody who thinks that Obama truly cares about the health of the American public, is smoking something powerful and illegal.
He tried to cram this thru in July 09 when nobody knew what was in it, nor had read it.

It's about power! That's all!

This president is a scoundrel who is determined to bring America's financial status to ruin while making our citizens more vulnerable to our enemies.

The good news is that he can be kicked out of office and his lust for power severely curtailed in Nov.

Let us get to it!

Posted by: jtayloe | February 10, 2010 3:31 AM | Report abuse

I a finding it interesting here on the left coast. To hear the man and party who has been most dirisive of the opposing party, after a year of completley ignore them, with a full majority in the house and a supermajority in the senate, blame the opposiston for the failure of his goals.

He had a chance to get everything he wanted without worrying once about the opposition vote, and he blew that chance.

How did that happen? Because his goals are not wanted by the nation.

You know this happed in the first year of the clinton administration too.

Have fun.

Posted by: beachmike1 | February 9, 2010 7:29 PM | Report abuse

Nanny, nanny boo boo, I won't play unless I can make the rules. Get a life, already. When the tables were turned, the Republicans seated committees in proportion to the makeup of congress, no more for the Democrats, to be sure. Now they stand to have it done unto themselves and they are going to whine until Hades freezes over that they are not being treated as equals. Let them give their good ideas to a messenger or mail them in. All they are going to do is pout like three year olds. They were invited to the table, let them accept the offer and get on with it. I have never seen so many cry babies in Congress as this bunch.

Posted by: ronjeske | February 9, 2010 6:37 PM | Report abuse

The GOP will not attend, it is not in their best interests to show the nation that in fact they have nothing to offer the public, but the current status quo. All they have is stalling, denying, misrepresenting facts, and praying they can keep any legislation from passing by any procedural means available to them. Party first, Country last, always.

Posted by: atc333 | February 9, 2010 6:32 PM | Report abuse

Forgetaboutit!

Posted by: rteske | February 9, 2010 6:05 PM | Report abuse

Obama considers himself to be the Teflon President. Nothing is EVER his fault, maybe Bushes fault, Repubs fault, Congress's fault, Media's fault, Washington's fault. The only time BO admitted to a mistake was claiming he hasn't done a good enough job getting his Message through!even with 400 speeches!

BO is the most Narcissist President we have ever had, and until he realizes the dropping POLLS are because of HIM and his Message, he will continue to lose seats in the House , Senate and Governships. Gives HIMSELF a B+ for his first year, without ANY major accomplishments.

Posted by: morphy | February 9, 2010 5:23 PM | Report abuse

The "Big (BH) O"
Says he wants, now, bipartisan action
When for the past year, with completely partisan action,
He's displayed no dissatisfaction.

One may infer from this change in "Big(BH)O"
That he's dissatisfied with progress
On the things he's been single-mindedly pushing,
Without achieving any notable success.

He vowed he'd close Guantanamo
And hold show trials in New York, for example,
Neither of which has come to fruition--
Of cause for his frustration, evidence ample.

(He, himself, and his (our) AG, Holder, et al.,
Publicly pre-judged the guilt of the terrorist guys--
Negating “innocent until proved guilty” based on the evidence
As filtered through impartial jurors’ eyes).

But BHO is a community organizer at heart
Not a fellow with executive ability
Capable, e.g., of understanding how to make decisions thoroughly thought through
Or admitting and correcting mistakes with facility

Of course, there's little that can be done
To help a guy for whom experience is in no way instructive,
Doomed accordingly to repeat his mistakes--
Likely, based on reasoning deductive.

Thus far, his mistakes have cost only trillions
With nothing of value in return--
He and his executive and congressional cohorts seem to think
The U.S. of A. has "money to burn".

Until he learns how to feel "chastened"
By the rejection of his favorite themes--
Closing Guantanamo, show trials and Obamacare, to date, for example--
He'll continue to be hubristic, it seems.

Seemingly confusing himself with his office:
Thinking of the former as trumping the latter
He makes incessant use of the “vertical pronoun”
In his public utterances--likely in private ones too for that matter.

Oh well, thanks to cable news that’s fair and balanced,
And the counter-spin provided by talk radio
By this time in 2011, Potus B. H. Obama
The impact of his many mistakes may come to know.

(“Fair and balanced” is identified with Fox Cable News,
Which angers this viewer only half of the time
Whereas broadcast and other cable TV news outlets (before access to Fox)
Angered him fully 95 percent of the time).

Posted by: Gonzage1 | February 9, 2010 5:06 PM | Report abuse

With Brown taking the 41st Repub seat, Obama can no longer ram anything through the Senate. So now he wants Repubs to be "bipartisan" so he can get something, anything passed. My recommendation to the Repubs is not to settle for whatever Obama throws on the table. Get it right --- the American voting public is watching. We do not want "obamanomics" where we keep spending our children and grandchildren's money. Now is the time to really be strong. Obama will do everything he can to make Repubs look bad, expect it and fight back. VA, NJ and MA have said "NO" to Obama and you must do the same.

Posted by: RonKH | February 9, 2010 4:45 PM | Report abuse

You people at the Post need to get outside of the beltway more often. You guys are living in some kind of alternative universe. Obama is the consummate liar, he really is good, except for one thing, no one believes a word he says anymore.

Posted by: walterndebby | February 9, 2010 4:15 PM | Report abuse

You people at the Post need to get outside of the beltway more often. You guys are living in some kind of alternative universe. Obama is the consummate liar, he really is good, except for one thing, no one believes a word he says anymore.

Posted by: walterndebby | February 9, 2010 4:06 PM | Report abuse

Obama has reached out so far already that his arm is like 10 feet long. The Republicans are like Lucy in that they keep saying they want "reform" but keep pulling that football out each time the Dems attempt. It's their choice of political moves and I hope it backfires. Instead of doing what is best for the country they continue to play the obstructionist card for political reasons.

Posted by: pgmichigan | February 9, 2010 3:41 PM | Report abuse

He don't need you, you need someone like him to work for you. He has a degree, millions of dollars from book sales, and a good career in law.
=======================================
Well, He certainly can go back and pay his dues as a lawyer because he is not LEADING this country, for all the education that he has all he can do is lecture and lecture. At a certain point, you must ACT!!!

So, where are his deeds?

Posted by: Hispana | February 9, 2010 3:21 PM | Report abuse

President Obama:

Show me your deeds!! Your a great spinmaster and frankly this is all you are good at. But here in America you have to show that you can also walk the talk!

And the Republicans need to stand on their Conservative values and not compromise. So far, the democrats and this President have proven to be good only at spending and they have compromised our future and the future of our children and grandchildren.

So, once more SHOW ME with ACTION! That is the only way many of us could pay you some attention!

We are tired of the TALKING!!!!!

Posted by: Hispana | February 9, 2010 3:16 PM | Report abuse

@question-guy you said:
Today in February 2010 President Obama has forgotten the issue and the solution.

Yeah something is broken in Washington – It’ President Obama’s Word.

Where have you been? What issues has Obama forgotten? If he had any solutions the RepublicaNO's would say no...

Have you forgotten what got us to this point? Its people like you that can't remember yesterday and go vote tomorrow and put who put us here today... I hope you don't go vote the retards back into office on the state and local level as well as for the next term. If you do, I hope you get what you deserve, homelessness, hunger, and stress. You will deserve it because it will not come for a long shot again to have an open and honest dialogue by someone who truly cares.

He don't need you, you need someone like him to work for you. He has a degree, millions of dollars from book sales, and a good career in law.

Stop thinking like the republitards and see it for what it truly is before you doom America to the REPUBLIC of CHINA vs republic for which we stand, one nation, under God, indivisible with liberties and justice for EVERYONE, not just the elitist.

Wake Up! you sleeping again just like you did when you voted sorry Bush in for two terms to blow a surplus... We would never be here if it wasn't for Republicans voting stupidly...

Posted by: ConsciousMindz | February 9, 2010 3:13 PM | Report abuse

The Great O'Confabulator's ego is getting tromped on...Folks who think the GOP has not tried to put ideas out there are not listening. It easy...in layman's terms go to a search engine... Start by reading "Empowering Patients First Act." Also, dare to search Republicans Health Care ideas...you'll see a lot. I'm so tired of the narrow, narrow views of those on the left.

Posted by: jobro2 | February 9, 2010 3:06 PM | Report abuse

The GOP won't do anything to cooperate with the Obama administration, for everytime the Obama Adminitration makes progress it hinders the GOP's chance of capturing seats or the White House. Our system fosters disharmony.

Posted by: fgtilley | February 9, 2010 2:32 PM | Report abuse

People are not 'frustrated by the lack of progress'.
Think of the 'progress' to date:
1. Ignoring previous Republican crimes, misdemeanors and profligacy 
– including tax cuts for the wealthy
2. Supporting a stingy stimulus that was half of what was needed and 
included one-thirds tax breaks, increasing the deficit and further reducing the 
stimulus to one-third of what was needed
3. Killing the only option that would have slowed the cost of health 
care & led to universal coverage
4. Accelerating the Bush bailout, $ 4.3 Trillions in bailouts, 
guarantees and purchasing assets from the private sector at well above market 
value
5. Escalating a meaningless and fruitless war in Afghanistan
6. Gutting real financial reform and substituting finger wagging and silly 
taxes and fees, while banking fees continue up, lending freezes and credit 
tightens
7. Not helping people with bankruptcy and mortgages remediation – 
accelerating middle class decline
8. Fiddling around and not passing a jobs bill – further accelerating middle class 
decline

Now, there's progress for the financial industry, the health insurance industry, the military-mercenary complex, and the former Bush clan (including continued employment for Bernanke, Geithner, Summers and Gates). So, there's real progress for some.

Problem is not 'lack of progress'; problem is progress in the wrong direction.

The President's spinmeisters just have too much baggage to tote ; the hand Obama was dealt was a bad hand, but the decisions Obama has made have made it worse.

It's not the 'lack of progress'; Obama is leading in the wrong direction.

Posted by: theworm1 | February 9, 2010 2:24 PM | Report abuse

If you want to get job market moving you just have to cut personal income taxes across the board for married people who have a combine taxable income of $400,000 or less per year and singles who have income of $200,000 or less per year. It is simple.
When they have more money in their pockets, they will spend it on goods and services. When they buy the goods and services more will have to be produced or provided. To meet the demand for those goods and services people will have to be hired. That is how you "create" jobs. The old fashion way. Why don't you know this?

Posted by: nychap44 | February 9, 2010 1:49 PM | Report abuse

Nothing ever good will come to America because America votes for the wrong party Republicans who keep kicking Voters in the face as they keep pulling the R lever, "GOOOOOD I SAY." Suffer...
Be sure now YOU RUN and Vote Republican again, "WOW, have they RUINED YOU BUT GOOOOOOOOOOOD! To the Democrats I say, BOOT Republicans out of our party, and out of our midst.

Republicans sure do appreciate your vote, now they can stop health Care Reform, stop 32 Million Unisured American's mostly women and children from getting health care, and stop you from getting any! I sure do appreciate you voting Republican they sure do as well, hear them laughing all the way to the BANK!

...."FOOOOOOOOLS keep voting Republican, I'm sure you suffer more now that America gave the #41 to stop change, "GOOOD, I say I hope all who voted Republican continue to suffer as Millions go without Health Care Coverage in the Richiest country in the world, who votes right against itself, by voting Republicans who have RUINED America's economy and image and still foooools running out and voting for them Appreciate it, they sure do as well, now...suffer for it you deserve it, and I can't wait to see Republicans get out of this one as they are already trying to do, Wow America have the REpublicans ruined you but goood and your too stupid to see it, you keep putting them back in, and they keep denying you health Insurance, GOOOOOOD, SUFFER, and Be sure now you Run and Vote REpublican again...."APPRECIATE it!
..."The REpublicans sure do...

Posted by: ztcb41 | February 9, 2010 1:34 PM | Report abuse


The GOP can increase jobs for Americans, gain much political capital, and embarrass the Democrats by introducing legislation requiring every employer to verify the social security number of employees with the Social Security Administration.


.

Posted by: Soloflexerus | February 9, 2010 1:26 PM | Report abuse

The absurdity of this position is truly amazing! Politicians feel they can legislate ANYTHING; but reality shows us that mere words on paper mean nothing. I challenge any politician to develop and explain exactly what legislation can be drawn which "creates" jobs; simply look at our current economic and social situation and understand the absurdity of it! Mr. Obama and his DC cohorts are talking tough, but whistling past the graveyard on the way to their own funerals.

Posted by: wcmillionairre | February 9, 2010 1:13 PM | Report abuse

The business community simply will not work harder to support acorns in mususe of the public dole.
Preppers quit Obamaland and will hold gold and vacation for as long as it takes for a USA system of "representation" to return to power.

Posted by: dottydo | February 9, 2010 12:47 PM | Report abuse

The Mrs. and Obama jumped started the childhood obesity problem, by going to frivilous dinners, and vacations, costing billions in security, as the people went homeless, jobless, so now starving children are common here.

The people , it appears, will not support anything Obama does, because he has hidden history as a Public Official.

He is a dung beetle rolling his crap around. The people are going on vacations, and Preppers are shoving a depression on Obamaland .

Democrats are going to have to place Biden and go after ObamaGates, for any confidence to return.

Posted by: dottydo | February 9, 2010 12:43 PM | Report abuse

Bush Supports Shift of Jobs Overseas. February 10, 2004

"The loss of work to other countries, while painful in the short term, will enrich the economy eventually, his report to Congress says."

The embrace of foreign outsourcing, an accelerating trend that has contributed to U.S. job losses in recent years and has become an issue in the 2004 elections, is contained in the president's annual report to Congress on the health of the economy.
http://articles.latimes.com/2004/feb/10/nation/na-bushecon10

The loss of American jobs overseas is the Don't Ask, Don't tell policy of Republicans and Democrats in government that Americans should be concerned about.

Both Republicans and Democrats in government pretend there will be jobs for Americans when the reality is there will be American jobs for other nations.

Posted by: bsallamack | February 9, 2010 12:40 PM | Report abuse

In February 2008 Candidate Obama saw and recognized the problem when he stated:

"I am proud to have the support of the American Small Business League and their grassroots efforts to help protect American small business. Helping American small business is part of our movement for change and the end of politics as usual," Sen. Obama said. "98 percent of all American companies have fewer than 100 employees. Over half of all Americans work for a small business. Small businesses are the backbone of our nation's economy and we must protect this great resource. It is time to end the diversion of federal small business contracts to corporate giants."

Today in February 2010 President Obama has forgotten the issue and the solution.

Yeah something is broken in Washington – It’ President Obama’s Word.

The Obama administration needs to stop diverting federal contracts from Small Businesses, Minority-owned businesses and Veteran-owned Businesses to large federal contractors.

There is no need for him to go out on a limb - all President Obama needs to do is enforce the current Federal Small Business & 8(a) laws and goals on the books. In most cases small business can do the same work as the large federal contractors and at a 25% discount.

Posted by: question-guy | February 9, 2010 12:22 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps the opposition to Obama is only capable of shouting, whining, and complaining. None of them have any solutions to very real problems. They contribute nothing. Republicans should turn in their paychecks. We shouldn't pay people to sit with their arms crossed while contributing nothing but complaints about Obama, "the government", the system, etc. The Repubs should resign for non-performance. They hated losing the election, they despise anyone trying to change their neat little unregulated system, and they serve no purpose other than self aggrandizing their same old party politics

Posted by: clairevb | February 9, 2010 12:16 PM | Report abuse

WHAT A JOKE!! THE DEMOCRATS ALREADY PUSHED OUT 860 BILLION TO CREATE JOBS! RESULT? NADA!!

THE PRIVATE SECTOR CREATES JOBS NOT GOVERNMENT!!

Posted by: jjcrocket2 | February 9, 2010 11:49 AM | Report abuse


Your right parkerfl1, it's hard to communicate with someone when they shut you out. The Republicans haven't put forth their proposals insofar as it's hard to communicate when the other party won't listen.

Of course it's easy to stand in front of a camera and claim you want to discuss an issue, it's another to open a communications link.

Posted by: frankn1 | February 9, 2010 11:30 AM | Report abuse

Not much can get accomplished when Republicans basically walk away en masse from anything that deviates from their own proposals, whether it's jobs or health care.

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


Posted by: parkerfl1 | February 9, 2010 11:16 AM | Report abuse

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