January 12th, 2010
03:07 PM ET
5 years ago

President Obama to speak at House GOP retreat

 President Obama to speak at House GOP retreat.
President Obama to speak at House GOP retreat.

Washington (CNN) – Rep. Mike Pence, chair of the House Republican Conference, said Tuesday that President Obama had accepted an invitation to address GOP members of Congress at the group's retreat later this month.

"House Republicans are grateful that the President of the United States has accepted our invitation to meet with the Republican Conference later this month," Pence said in a statement released by his office. "House Republicans look forward to presenting the president with our proposals to protect our nation, create jobs, control federal spending, lower the cost of health care, achieve energy independence and strengthen families."

The House Republican Conference is slated to meet in Baltimore Jan. 28-30.


Filed under: Mike Pence • President Obama
soundoff (119 Responses)
  1. GI Joe

    The GOP comes back after a vaction (after not working for 10 months) and then goes on a retreat?

    Are you wingnuts getting what you're paying for? If so, shame on you all.

    January 12, 2010 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  2. too out there...

    Obama ignored top business leaders in favor of his labor union thugs at the 'job summit'. I'm sure he's willing to ignore other options offered by the GOP.

    He'll use this experience as a publicity photo op, "look at me, I met with the GOP,... bipartisanship!".

    January 12, 2010 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  3. Abe

    What a way to lead by example and set an example to follow for others. It takes two tango. Hats off to the president to reach to the other side and accept an invitation. His vision for our country goes beyond party bickering. Bravo.

    January 12, 2010 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  4. Yahbut

    I do not understand why the House Republican Conference should be "grateful" that President Obama has accepted their invitation to speak with them.
    It is the president's duty to speak with ALL members of congress even though he will not work with them and fakes that he wants to be bi-partison.

    January 12, 2010 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  5. barbara

    While it will be an excellent opportunity to show the President exactly what the GOP has to offer in an effort to address all of this country's ills, it does NOT mean that he will heed the advise. In fact, I would wager that he wont give a hoot about what the GOP has to offer. He will do a great job at pretending that he cares but, in the end, it will always be his way or no way. At least the rest of America will see that the party DOES have alternative fixes that make more sense than whats being offered by the Dems.

    January 12, 2010 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  6. Raymond H. Burgoon-Clark

    "House Republicans are grateful that the President of the United States has accepted our invitation to meet with the Republican Conference later this month," Pence said in a statement released by his office. "House Republicans look forward to presenting the president with our proposals to protect our nation, create jobs, control federal spending, lower the cost of health care, achieve energy independence and strengthen families."

    ======================================================

    Obviously they're not prepared to LISTEN to ANYTHING *he* has to say.

    January 12, 2010 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  7. America

    Wow!!! I'm impressed that Obama and the Republican House members will come together and discuss ideals for bettering our Country. I hope they have some really great ideas rather than being the party of NO.

    That actually sounds promising. Like I mention above, I hope they are bring some great ideas and not the same old "cut taxes" to stimulate the economy crap. We have two wars to fund and the economy is still sputtering. Reduced revenues and spending doesn't help in this situation.

    I hope they have some good ideas.

    January 12, 2010 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  8. billy123

    President Obama please do not waist your time the GOP will always complain and do nothing to help this country.

    January 12, 2010 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  9. Fair is Fair

    Nancy and Harry must be having coniption fits.

    January 12, 2010 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  10. Jane/Seattle

    just give them one more reason to talk smack later! But then again, maybe you can get through to them, President Obama. Now getting through to you is the really hard part! MAIN STREET is still waiting! Yoohoo, Anybody Listening? Main Street needs more help than the rich guys need! But helping Main Street was only the talk, NOT the Walk! OK, America: "...It's your Party, Cry if you want to..." OR RISE UP to take our Country Back from these Robber Barons! Which will it be? Now Choose, America!

    January 12, 2010 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  11. John

    Obama deserves credit for trying to keep some cross-party cooperation alive. He seems to be the only person in America who is willing to keep trying.

    January 12, 2010 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  12. gary davis Harbor Oregon proud american

    the GOP needs to kiss his feet and start to get along with the president , they are the ones who allways say NO to everything . put up or shut up

    January 12, 2010 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  13. George Guadiane - Austerlitz, NY

    This can only go one of two ways:

    1) "Obama, AS USUAL, didn't listen to a thing we had to say, we spent a lot of time drawing up and presenting our best ideas and he just dismissed them."
    2) "President Obama was attentive and considerate, our 30 second presentation on CUT TAXES YOU MORON was very well received. We expect him to cut taxes for the rich any minute now (puff puff wink wink).

    OK, MAYBE Republicans will surrender their "Party of NO" banner and try to make suggestions that help America/Americans, other than their contributors/investors/owners... Not holding my breath though.

    January 12, 2010 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  14. dirty harry reid

    NObama ain't gonna listen to them, he may here what they are saying, but hey ain't gon listen to what's best for this country.

    January 12, 2010 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  15. Ralph

    Did Bush ever do something like this?

    January 12, 2010 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  16. WIL

    Rep. Pence to fellow republicans DAM I DIDN'T EXPECT HIM TO SAY YES.

    January 12, 2010 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  17. JT

    Seriously? You're excited to present YOUR proposals at YOUR conference only an entire year since he took office? Where have you been for the last year? This is laughable.

    January 12, 2010 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  18. Dutch The Great

    Republicans are trying to score some brownie points with the President. If that South Carolina congressman is there, I wouldn't attend. This is nothing but a tactic on behalf of Republicans to slow down your healthcare bill Mr. President. Don't give them an inch. It's been a year so far and they are still stuck in their old ways and have NO new ideas.

    January 12, 2010 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  19. Mississippi Mrs.

    He who has ears to listen.. let him hear. I hope the President is capable of listening to Republican ideas. So far his ears are just there to provide some stability to his egotistical head.

    January 12, 2010 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  20. chris24

    "House Republicans look forward to presenting the president with our proposals to protect our nation, create jobs, control federal spending, lower the cost of health care, achieve energy independence and strengthen families."

    THAT'S A HEAVY LOAD.

    WHAT A BUNCH OF CRAP.

    January 12, 2010 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  21. carlos

    give the President a bullet proof vest....those repugnants and the nra are dangerous

    January 12, 2010 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  22. Dar

    Good for Odumbo, he will throw all the notes away after saying I will look these over, but at least he is willing to go to show everyone how much he likes them. He's so kind...............................................

    Who am I kidding, he just wants to talk, talk, talk. Thats all the fool does well, blah blah blah. He isn't going to listen to crap the republicans have to say.
    2010/2012 Change is coming

    January 12, 2010 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  23. Bill from CA

    Wow, good for Obama for making a pretty gutsy move, and for the GOP for inviting him. Hopefully this will lead to some of the bi-partisanship both parties have been promising us for years.

    January 12, 2010 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  24. OldUncleTom

    Good idea, maybe the Republicans are just too shy to make proposals in front of Democrats...

    I would like to see some serious proposals come out of this, even if they aren't game-changers. We get the best results when all sides weigh in.

    January 12, 2010 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  25. Sniffit

    Should be interesting...you know, seeing as how the GOP has spent the past year telling everyone to ignore and disbelieve anything Obama says and fabricating anything they can think of to contradict him...but now, we're supposed to believe they want to hear what he has to say and have a reasonable discussion? I smell shenanigans in the works. No matter what happens at this meeting, I guarantee you the GOP will be spouting idiocy afterwards. "We told him to keep doing the exact same things that we've been doing for the past several decades, but he wouldn't listen to us, so he's being partisan." Whatever.

    January 12, 2010 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
1 2 3 4 5