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Obama’s GOP Questioners Were Carefully Picked

From the Politico:

House Republicans meet the new, same old President Obama


After years of pining for more face time with the president, House Republicans found out Wednesday that Barack Obama looks and sounds the same behind closed doors as he does on TV.

Not to nitpick, but the lead sentence here is wrong. The Obama on TV looks and sounds like someone who is willing to compromise. But, as the article goes on to chronicle, the House Republicans found out differently.

That’s not to say they didn’t appreciate the personal touches — gentle banter, praise for some of their ideas and handshakes all around afterward — but the president’s rare meeting with House Republicans in the basement of the Capitol yielded little in the way of movement on either side of the partisan divide. It’s the first time the president has met with the House GOP since 2011…

Within a couple of hours of leaving the Capitol, Obama issued a threat to veto a job-training bill championed by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.).

So much for the bipartisan note Obama struck in his closing remarks. Or, as some House Republicans concluded as they shuffled out of the meeting room: Meet the new president, same as the old president.

“I heard what the president had to say. I’ve heard it before,” said Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), who has had his share of failed negotiations with the White House. “I thought it was good for all of our members to hear it, so they have an understanding of where he’s coming from. We’ve got big problems in our country — they need to be addressed, we’re willing to get them addressed. I hope the president continues his outreach.” …

Sorry, but it’s hard to see where any ‘outreach’ took place. There is not one hint that Obama was willing to compromise.

But we know that this is just for show. A couple weeks from now, Obama can go back to demonizing the House Republicans. And he will claim that he tried to reach out to them, but they spurned his numerous and generous offers to compromise. When there weren’t any.

“The president handled a variety of questions on a range of topics from the members and reinforced his strong desire, especially now that the election is over, to find bipartisan common ground on a range of legislative priorities,” [a White House] aide said.

Which he "reinforced" by refusing to compromise on any issue.

Behind the scenes, Republican leaders made sure that the rank and file were on their best behavior Wednesday. They orchestrated the meeting by handpicking lawmakers to ask questions, vetting their scripts and allowing only a few aides from the White House and the GOP ranks in the room.

The questioners were hardly rabble-rousers. Two committee chairs — Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp and Administration Chair Candice Miller — both of Michigan. Two were members of leadership: Oklahoma Rep. James Lankford and Illinois Rep. Peter Roskam. Rep. Jackie Walorski, a freshman from Indiana, is a favorite of leadership. Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana, who chairs the Republican Study Committee, was a conservative representative.

The malcontents were relegated to talking to reporters after the meeting or taking to Twitter — Rep. Dana Rohrabacher of California tweeted that Obama was “blowing smoke” in Republicans’ faces.

How wonderful. Obama gets protected from harsh reality even when meeting with the so-called opposition.

The meeting’s structure facilitated a friendly dialogue. While Republicans touched on political hot buttons — including whether Obama will use his new nonprofit organization to campaign against them and the status of White House tours — most of the queries dealt with Obama’s policy stances on issues ranging from entitlement and tax reform to rewriting the nation’s immigration laws.

Of late, the two sides have locked horns on the budget, with Republicans clamoring for a balanced budget within 10 years and Obama maintaining that he wants to take a “balanced approach” to deficit reduction. Evening out the ledger in the next decade “isn’t necessary,” Obama told the GOP.

Which is actually a new and dangerously idiotic tune.

“We can’t afford huge cuts in discretionary spending,” Obama said, according to sources in the room. He added that he wants to tackle long-term debt, but “some additional revenue is needed” to do entitlement reform. Tax hikes have been the key sticking point between the White House and Republicans over reaching a deficit deal.

“He said the short-term debt’s not that bad, and we think it is that bad,” said Rep. Billy Long of Missouri…

And it isn’t short term. In fact, even under the most rosy Democrat scenario, the debt is going to skyrocket after 2015.

The president told Republicans that he didn’t have a political agenda, noting he was simply seeking a chat about guns, immigration reform, budgetary issues and international policy.

He insisted that his new nonprofit arm, Organizing for Action, which grew out of his campaign operation, is not designed to beat Republicans in the 2014 midterm election. He also said immigration reform would benefit Republicans, not his own party…

In other words, he lied his head off. Which actually is like what he does on TV.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, March 14th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

4 Responses to “Obama’s GOP Questioners Were Carefully Picked”

  1. untrainable says:

    He blew smoke in their faces? First of all, I thought he quit smoking. Second, that’s not where the smoke was being blown. http://www.clichesite.com/content.asp?which=tip+2195

  2. canary says:

    Republicans were allowed to meet with Obama for the first time this year in the basement of the Capitol !!!!

    So, celebrities come and go daily in the White House leading to the creation of millions of pages of documents security is forced to document and yet Republicans have been barred from the White House?

    Forget the public not be allowed to tour.

    Not just the public, but Republican lawmakers are banned from the White House.

    The Democrats want to keep all the reconstruction taking place to make it safer secret from the Republicans.

    The Democrats and Rich liberals and Celebrities will be allowed to know the new safe bunkers and where the new Oval Office II is located.

    They don’t plan on a Republican president ever living in the White House again.

    “but the president’s rare meeting with House Republicans in the basement of the Capitol…
    …It’s the first time the president has met with the House GOP since 2011.”

    “In fact, Obama said it was not his decision to cancel White House tours — it was the Secret Service’s decision.”

    Dam right. The Secret Service is overworked by a jet setting president

    “Obama said Democrats aren’t so savvy as to always be thinking about the next election.
    …“We are not that smart,” Obama told the Republican. “We’re not thinking in those ways.”

    An Incurable liar.

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  3. wirenut says:

    So, a pathological liar, a career politician, a moose-limb and a half white guy, walk into a Irish pub. The bartender looks up and said, what will you have Mr. President? …… Nuff said.

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