February 18th, 2009
12:34 PM ET
5 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.


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  1. Debby

    Interesting and not a bad move by Obama after Gregg bailed out.

    February 18, 2009 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  2. mw

    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.

    February 18, 2009 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  3. Jerry D.

    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.

    February 18, 2009 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  4. Texas Teacher

    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!

    February 18, 2009 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  5. Scott

    And Senator Gregg announced that he would .... would not ... would ... could not .... attend.

    February 18, 2009 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  6. donna

    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....

    February 18, 2009 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  7. Angie in Pa

    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!

    February 18, 2009 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  8. Ruth

    Obama keep your back to the wall! Know what I mean?

    February 18, 2009 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  9. arvind darien ct

    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......

    February 18, 2009 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  10. mary dale

    oh come on now Judd, just say NO. remember thats what Rush said to do

    February 18, 2009 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  11. Ray Fisher, Albuquerque, NM

    So Judas reemerges!!! Seat him at the children's table!!!

    February 18, 2009 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  12. Dave

    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...

    February 18, 2009 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  13. Charlie in Maine

    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.

    February 18, 2009 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  14. Mark

    Any conservative OR moderate needs to stay away from this white house. He is going down the wrong path big time!!!

    February 18, 2009 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  15. Kathy

    Gregg was smart to distance himself from these fools!!!

    February 18, 2009 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  16. Phil

    Just watch out. Can't trust the repubs. Especially Cantor.

    February 18, 2009 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  17. DIZIZI31

    He's looking for a real meal. It's tough on the congressman when the local establishments are no longer open for business.

    February 18, 2009 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  18. mika

    WHAT IS UP WITH YOU PEOPLE. YOU ARE NOT POSTING MY COMMENT, IS IT BECAUSE AM TELLING THE TRUTH?

    February 18, 2009 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  19. Lydia

    Isn't is ironic that Gregg made his decision after a meeting with Republican "leaders." I think he was shamed into withdrawing his name.

    February 18, 2009 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  20. Mickey

    Judd had to quit when it was found out he is a TAX PAYER!

    February 18, 2009 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  21. GidgetInGeorgia

    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.

    February 18, 2009 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  22. outsider

    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.

    February 18, 2009 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  23. R in Maine

    Is there a reason that he cannot look Barak in the eye while shaking hands. You betcha!

    February 18, 2009 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  24. Felicia

    Gregg is a dipstick, he looks drunk all the time.

    February 18, 2009 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  25. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    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.

    February 18, 2009 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
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