February 18th, 2009
12:34 PM ET
6 years ago

Gregg accepts White House invite

Just two weeks after withdrawing his name from consideration for Commerce Secretary, Sen. Judd Gregg has finally accepted an invitation from President Obama.
Just two weeks after withdrawing his name from consideration for Commerce Secretary, Sen. Judd Gregg has finally accepted an invitation from President Obama.

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Just two weeks after withdrawing his name from consideration for Commerce Secretary, Sen. Judd Gregg has finally accepted an invitation from President Obama: The New Hampshire Republican will attend the Fiscal Responsibility Summit at the White House at the end of the month.

“Reform is urgently needed, especially as long-term entitlement spending threatens to strangle our economy, and action must be taken sooner rather than later,” Gregg said in a statement released Wednesday. “I will certainly do everything I can to work with the President and others in Congress to set a course for the long-run that addresses the issue of how we pass on to our children a government they can afford.”

Gregg, the ranking Republican on the Senate Budget Committee, will join other members of Congress to help the administration develop a plan to reduce the costs of entitlement spending programs like Social Security and Medicare.

Last week, Gregg cited “irresolvable conflicts” with Obama administration policy for his decision to pull out of the nomination process.


Filed under: Judd Gregg • President Obama • White House
soundoff (103 Responses)
  1. Steve

    I'm suspicious. Gregg was very pleased to get the job offer from the Obama administration. During the course of the stimulus package wrangling, Gregg suddenly pulled back from the nomination, and voted with his party. His explanations for the sudden change in course made no sense. I believe that Gregg was given an ultimatum by the Republican leadership that he'd better toe the line, or he was going to have real problems, politically. In the long view of things, Gregg has to watch out for his political career. If he were to accept Obama's offer, after 4 years (or 8) his career would be over. The Republicans would have nothing to do with him after that. He's not a stupid man. He's manipulated, but not stupid.

    It's sad to see that the opportunities Obama is offering to have opposing positions heard are being rejected. Gregg could probably have done very good things, and kept the Republican agenda alive to some degree, if he'd been allowed to take the post Obama offered him.

    There was a kid in my neighborhood when I was a child, who would tear up his own toys when he didn't get his way. It was completely self-destructive and childish behavior. My guess is that this kid grew up to be part of the leadership in the Republican Party. After having lost the election and their majority, their behaviors of late have been very childish and self-destructive. Unless the party gets its act together, watch for it to continue to lose ground in 2010.

    February 18, 2009 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  2. Once you vote Black

    This is great! Obama keeps putting his hand out and the Republicans do not know what to do about it. If they take his hand Rush will get them. If they smack his hand the Independents will look down on them. Obama may be new to the Republicans, but the Republicans are not new to Obama. With each step he takes he is grinding them down for the next election. What ever happend to PUMA?

    February 18, 2009 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  3. WhoCares?

    "February 18th, 2009 1:15 pm ET

    I reduced my cost by firing 2 Democrats. Let them join the rest of the liberal parasites."

    I really hope this was just a bad joke and not the truth.

    If you honestly put the welfare of two families in jeopardy because of their political affiliation you should be scrubbed from the planet.

    You are EVIL man...No other way to state it.

    February 18, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  4. Bob123

    The reason Gregg withdrew is Limbaugh threatened to sit on his face with his fat @ss. Rush Limbaugh, or Rush the Hutt, is the secret leader of the GOP. He is their brain trust, their Great Decider, the keeper of their Magic Tablets (no not Oxycodone!!). Rush is the heart and sole (and lard) of the GOP. He might even be a secret member of the Tri-Lateral Covenant that secretly rules the world. Limbaugh had Obama secretly elected so that the world will see a black man fall from disgrace. Then they will take over the world from their secret mountain control center deep in an underground location in Idaho. All power radiates from Limbaugh now. He sat on the few opponents he had and all his wisdom and knowledge radiates from his butt. These are gloomy days ahead of us for sure.

    February 18, 2009 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  5. MDM-Real VA

    Republican lawmakers are just liars and hypocrites and are just being political about the stimulus:

    Republicans will be working hard to make sure the money they opposed ends up benefiting their home districts

    Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-MO) found some nice things to say about the plan. "Within the stimulus package there is some Pell Grant money, which is a good thing.
    Rep. Don Young (R-AK) put out a press release saying that he "won a victory for the Alaska Native contracting program and other Alaska small business owners last night in H.R. 1, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act."
    Rep. Jerry Lewis (R-CA) -All along he has believed infrastructure spending, in particular, should provide a boost to the Inland Empire's economy," a spokesman to Rep. Jerry Lewis (R-CA) said.

    Rep-. Ken Calvert (R-CA). "While we philosophically have different opinions, we're obligated to make sure this money is spent properly," said Rep. Ken Calvert (R-CA). "All of us in the Inland Empire will do what we can to direct as much money as we can."

    February 18, 2009 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  6. disgusted

    Let's start with the entitlements that those in congress receive. I don't see any reason they should get a retirement package after one term, or after being convicted of a felony. I don't see why they should get health care when millions of Americans cannot afford any. Why should they make over 3 times the average wage? Before social security was looted by congress it was doing alright. Pay back the money that has been stolen!

    February 18, 2009 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  7. boered1

    Hmm I guess maybe President Obama was serious when he said he wanted to hear differing opinions. Even after the grandstand show by Gregg President Obama still values hearing the other side. too bad Gregg did not act when he had a chance to work from within the system but instead chose to play partisian politics. Who knows maybe he will reconsider and beg President Obama for the post like last time. I suspect that President Obama will select him again if he asks for it as hewas serious on wanting divergent views.

    February 18, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  8. Ben - Portland, Or

    Short honeymoon for the democrats, I guess. It looks like the republican's are posturing for a nasty 2010 mid-term election to positon for '12. Although our memories are about an inch long, we need to remember that it took us 8 years to get into this mess. Deregulation of the lending industry allowed the convoluted financial "products" and absurdly structured morgtages to inflate the pocketbooks of a very rich and very shrewd few by duping hard working people into these deals. As the republicans start to "stand up" for the little guy by opposing every reform or stimilus bill President Obama proposes, remember that it's the republicans who brought us to this place. Remember that the vast majority of at risk homeowners were not "going to Vegas" and racking up debit. They were trying to do better for their famlies and were taken advantage of by greedy lenders.

    February 18, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  9. Lillie

    Gregg is a confused MAN!!!

    February 18, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  10. sherry

    Why bother.....Hes just a atta boy for his right wing party.

    He cant think for himself

    February 18, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  11. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Gregg talks about differences with Obama but haven't heard him say anything about a solution for the country. Gregg's political career should be ended.

    February 18, 2009 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  12. Don't Count On It

    By the time the date arrives his "fellow" republicans will have threatened him sufficiently with charges of consorting with the enemy that he will concoct some weak excuse for not attending.

    No spine, no character, no eye contact.

    February 18, 2009 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  13. Once you vote Black

    @Sniffit I love your Screen name, I only hope you are a women. Between Palin and Judd the GOP will leave a trail of reasons why we should not vote GOP in 2010. They had better right their ship or they will be looking at the Rush Wing starting a 3rd party.

    February 18, 2009 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  14. Juanita Cady

    Mr. President, I don't know why you do it....that is, smiling and being such a great fellow, when it is so obvious this guy can't be trusted. You are so far above these guys, in every way ,it almost makes me want to PUKE. I know your way is better, but there has to be an end to the arrogance and lies coming from each of these envious, venom speaking snakes.

    February 18, 2009 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  15. Frank Callahan

    Don't go, Gregg. They will poison your drink.

    February 18, 2009 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  16. rena

    Wow! Mr. President you truly know what it means to turn the other cheek, to give your tunic and your cloak. Something we as a people in whole should take note of, seriously.

    I don't know how the outcomewill be, but I pray that it will be a success for you. May God be with you truly, because it seems that you have many enemies, not that they know anything about you, but because you stand for oneness and unity they hate you. They hate you without cause, just like the jews hated Jesus without cause. The word did say, that in the end times they will call what is good, bad and what is bad, good. God help us!

    February 18, 2009 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  17. Ken

    What is this, a dog and pony show?

    Another cocktail hour by the president? This is getting old very fast!

    February 18, 2009 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  18. carlo

    Pres. Obama is virtually a saint. He has a lot more patience and tolerance for b.alogna s.andwiches than I do.

    February 18, 2009 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  19. Karen - Missouri

    After the stunt Gregg pulled on his appointment, I wouldn't trust him as far as I could see him! He knew perfectly well about the stimulus plan when he accepted Obama's appointment then pulled out on his "flimsy excuse" just to make Obama look bad? Typical Republican plot.

    February 18, 2009 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  20. Susan

    Richard, with all due respect, your comment about firing two Democrats disgusts me - regardless of anyone's political beliefs, most would agree that you must be a jerk!

    February 18, 2009 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  21. Andi

    Of course, the Right still has to slam Obama. I'm more and more convinced every day that the problem they have is that Obama is Black. They're so busy arguing 'well, he's 1/2 white', or 'he's Muslim', 'he's a socialist', and obstructing things just to make it difficult. They are fist in line to deny they are racists and try to turn it back around that 'the other side' brought up race 'first'. And the Right wing posters on this thread STILL slam Obama, thought he's trying to reach out. No matter what Obama does, the Right will just keep turning it around. They won't look him in the eyes. And the horrible vile racial/sexual postings I've seen on CNN blogs about the President and First Lady! Say what you wish, but the media seems to think it's ok to post that type of insult to our President and his family – I sure don't remember anything that vile posted about any other President, Dem or Rep. The media thinks it's 'ok' because he's 'just a Black guy'. They won't admit to it, and may not even realize that's what they are doing. And those that so vehemently insist their hatred of our President is not racial may really believe themselves, but I don't.

    February 18, 2009 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  22. Soccer Nana

    Keep this snake caged tightly.

    February 18, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  23. Mary

    Obama's a bigger man than all the republicans put together. He's a pretty remarkable person – especially in comparison to our last president.

    February 18, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  24. Independent_me

    Hats off to President Obama for STILL reaching out to those who cursed him when he tried to bless them. He is a true Christian who is seeking the way of peace. But he must remember, the religious zealots of Jesus' time loved God with all their hearts...but they hated the One whom God sent to be their Savior (Jesus Christ).

    The Republicans will never accept Obama's hand of friendship because they cannot believe that he is genuine. They cannot believe that he is genuine because they themselves do not have the capacity to be kind or merciful, or forgiving (Remember how they treated Clinton?). Obama is "casting his pearls before swine". They will always turn around and tear him to pieces.

    And, I suspect, he will continue to heap coals of blessing upon their heads...

    February 18, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  25. David

    So glad Gregg withdrew. At least someone is paying attention to the Constitution and what it states. BO and Rahm are pulling a George W. (Patriot Act) and trying to skirt the Constitution with the census. a note to you politicians and also those in the military; please don't raise your hands and swear to honor and defend the Constitution only to ignore it as soon as you can. It will come back to bite you.

    February 18, 2009 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
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