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.
Interesting and not a bad move by Obama after Gregg bailed out.
Sure, he is going to help as much as Rush, Boehner, and Graham let him. They all have become yes men to Rush since Chaney/Bush are out of control of their lives.
None of them are humane enough to recognize President Obama's sincerity in trying to have a bipartison approach. The rank and file repugs just have not caught on to the fact that there is an honest, sincere, thoughtful as well as smart and educated man in the White House. He is every bit as smart as Bill Clinton. They are both head and shoulders (10ft taller) than any whiny, rubber stamping repug in politics.
Why give the fool another chance to be in your present. President is to nice to this man. He is a Republican give him a boot.
Okay, Judd... what you kissing up for now? I suspect Obama has your number.... he will meet and greet, but not put any trust in the man. You Know, sometimes you have no choice but to do so.... keep your friends close.... Keep your enemies closer!
And Senator Gregg announced that he would .... would not ... would ... could not .... attend.
that picture is horrible..it shows several NECKS on Gregg and also that he can't even look the PRESIDENT in the eye...sign of a guilty conscious from being TALKED OUT of a job HE WANTED by his REPUBLICAN FRIENDS...I wouldn't look at him either though knowing I sold my soul to my party....
Good job Obama...keep making him uncomfortable..no doubt he'll back out of the summitt too....
Gregg cant even look at him in the Eye,Just like Mccain. President Obama your too nice I say you tell these Pathetic Republicans where to go but I know your not like that your too good of a man unlike Gregg he let himself be bullied by the Republicans!
Obama keep your back to the wall! Know what I mean?
if it was up to me, the republican party would be banned..... not that the president has the corner on good ideas, but all the republicans are now is an obstacle and impediment..... the problems we have now go beyond ideology and are so fundamental that a united effort is needed to solve them, but the republicans just balk at every meaningful attempt to include them..... yeah the democrats won, but thats because we elected them, and the republicans cant change that.... all they do is carp.... they ruined this country and now they wont even help us get back on our feet.... good for us we have a man like obama as president......
oh come on now Judd, just say NO. remember thats what Rush said to do
So Judas reemerges!!! Seat him at the children's table!!!
Sen Gregg's actions were unprofessional. I dont care if you are Dem or GOP, you don't snub OUR president like that whilst our country is in a financial crisis. Mr. Gregg, our president called upon you to work for America. You said YES. Then say NO? Very unprofessional, maybe even un American...
Is he coming back to retrieve his knife? I would look just under the President shoulder blades and a little too far to the right.
Any conservative OR moderate needs to stay away from this white house. He is going down the wrong path big time!!!
Gregg was smart to distance himself from these fools!!!
Just watch out. Can't trust the repubs. Especially Cantor.
He's looking for a real meal. It's tough on the congressman when the local establishments are no longer open for business.
WHAT IS UP WITH YOU PEOPLE. YOU ARE NOT POSTING MY COMMENT, IS IT BECAUSE AM TELLING THE TRUTH?
Isn't is ironic that Gregg made his decision after a meeting with Republican "leaders." I think he was shamed into withdrawing his name.
Judd had to quit when it was found out he is a TAX PAYER!
I am glad that President Obama is making the effort to talk to Sen. Gregg. He is demonstrating that it is OK to listen to those who have different opinions.
This Cregg asked for the job. Then he quit under the pressure of his Republican friends. Where is his principle? Where is his responsibility for his country as a senator?
Remember McCain said "country first"? What are McCain (leader of his party) and his Republican friends doing now? Helping our country our prez? Or destroying our economy and creating division, and further the current crisis. Do you call this country first, love your country? I don't.
Is there a reason that he cannot look Barak in the eye while shaking hands. You betcha!
Gregg is a dipstick, he looks drunk all the time.
I admire the president for keep trying to reach out to the GOP, but as you can tell by posts from the Obama haters here it just isn't appreciated. One thing since Obama has been elected has NOT changed.......those who do not support nor like him for whatever reason STILL do not support nor like him. No matter what he does they will find fault in it from his stimulus package to picking out a puppy for his kids. I attribute most of this to sour grapes and bitter right wing pundits that worship the likes of Rush and Sean and refuse to give this man a chance. Perhaps one day these GOPers will give him moreso the benefit of the doubt and slack up on their "red wall of opposition" to most anything he tries. Yet the president with a 70% approval rating could also tell them to "kiss where the sun don't shine and the raindrops never fall"! That's what I would do, but that's just me.