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Obama plans bipartisan congressional meeting at the White House

By Michael A. Fletcher
President Obama has invited a bipartisan group of congressional leaders to a White House meeting to discuss ways to cooperate to bolster the economy and create jobs.

Following up on a promise he made in his State of the Union address last week, Obama will host the congressional leaders at a February 9 meeting, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs announced on Wednesday. The White House is calling the session the first of a series of monthly bipartisan leadership sessions the president will hold.

The outreach harkens back to efforts Obama made in his early months in office when he regularly invited members of Congress to the White House for cocktail receptions, sports events and other social gatherings in an effort to chip through the intense partisanship that often has polarized Congress. Despite his early efforts, Obama confronted near unanimous GOP opposition to his economic stimulus plan and his now imperiled effort to overhaul the nation's health care system. Similarly, his recent budget proposals has been panned by many Republicans who call it fiscally irresponsible.

But with Senate Democrats poised to lose their filibuster-proof Senate supermajority when Massachusetts Republican Scott Brown is sworn in next week, Obama has made a point of trying to have his political opponents share in policy making. The White House sees the effort as fulfilling the public's demand for the political parties to work together to solve problems, while bringing public scrutiny to the policy ideas of congressional Republicans, which Obama has frequently criticized as a call to return to the failed ideas of the past.

By Web Politics Editor  |  February 3, 2010; 11:52 AM ET
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You'll have to excuse me if I'm not jumping for joy yet. There is so much to being bi-partisan and, in his first year, Obama showed none of it. Now, because of necessity, we see a show of bipartisanship, but talk is cheap.

Posted by: bflat879 | February 3, 2010 11:02 PM | Report abuse

Pres Obama, on the one hand, asks for bipartisan help and on the other hand denigrates the republicans. Not a good way to get "help". However, the Pres, so far, seems to consider "bipartisan" to mean to do it my way. He expects republicans to vote for something that is antithetical to their principles which they won't do. Hard to believe that much will come from this but we can hope. Pres Obama tells the dems they must lead but also is telling us, the people, that we don't count because he knows better. That won't fly either.

Posted by: awunsch | February 3, 2010 10:05 PM | Report abuse

I am trying so hard not be a cynic these days. I like the idea of the President inviting the opposing parties to participate in discussions of state; this is good on the face of it. What I want both parties to understand, loud and clear, is that the voting American public is not remotely interested in party lines anymore -we vote the candidate who will best represent our interests. Get this, most of us don't give a hoot for the party anymore, but for the candidate and his stance on the issues most affecting us.

Posted by: yankeei | February 3, 2010 8:15 PM | Report abuse

I am trying so hard not be a cynic these days. I like the idea of the President inviting the opposing parties to participate in discussions of state; this is good on the face of it. What I want both parties to understand, loud and clear, is that the voting American public is not remotely interested in party lines anymore -we vote the candidate who will best represent our interests. Get this, most of us don't give a hoot for the party anymore, but for the candidate and his stance on the issues most affecting us.

Posted by: yankeei | February 3, 2010 8:15 PM | Report abuse

Obama and bipartisan in the same sentence? Oxymoron. Don't you understand? The man is a liar. Most people are just tuning him out and adjusting their cross hairs to get as many progressives out in 2010 as possible.

Posted by: Bender2 | February 3, 2010 6:00 PM | Report abuse

This is predictable, laughable, transparent political maneuvering from a scared Democrat political machine.

WaPo will never present it so. Who Knew?

O'Bama the Divider, the Unwise, the Apoligizer, the wrightist.

Posted by: Accuracy | February 3, 2010 2:59 PM | Report abuse

Excellent idea. Let´s just hope that the Republicans don´t pout and the President doesn´t lecture. It will be interesting to see which Republicans are invited.....McCain, for instance?

Posted by: Aquarius1 | February 3, 2010 2:50 PM | Report abuse

Mr. President, Team Obama (Attn. David Axelrod, Rahm Emanuel, David Plouffe, Robert Gibbs, Jay Carney)

RESTORING THE RULE OF LAW IN AMERICA MUST BE JOB #1.

• A Job Without Justice Is Slavery by Another Name.

See: Poynter.org (Journalism Groups -- Reporting):

• "U.S. Silently Tortures, Impairs Americans with Cell Tower Microwaves"
• "Gestapo USA: Fed-Funded Vigilante Network Terrorizes America"
• "U.S. Uses CBS News to Cover Up Microwave Cell Tower Torture?"

www.poynter.org/subject.asp?id=2 OR:
http://nowpublic.com/world/u-s-silently-tortures-americans-cell-tower-microwaves
http://nowpublic.com/world/gestapo-usa-govt-funded-vigilante-network-terrorizes-america

OR NowPublic.com/scrivener (see "stories" list)

Posted by: scrivener50 | February 3, 2010 1:17 PM | Report abuse

Great idea. Of course, bring the cameras in. We the voters want to see who participates with intentions to be a part of the problem or to be a part of the solution.

For the nation, this is crunch time, and " One Hundred Percent" collaboration to resolve the issues are required. I will be watching! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4faMkBfQ49o

Posted by: Victoria5 | February 3, 2010 12:27 PM | Report abuse

Thou shalt have one God only; who
Would be at the expense of two?
'The Latest Decalogue'
http://tinkys1941.spaces.live.com/blog/cns!DCD7544ECCB8065F!281.entry

Posted by: edtroyhampton | February 3, 2010 12:18 PM | Report abuse

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