January 12th, 2010
03:07 PM ET
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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.


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soundoff (119 Responses)
  1. all the news that's fit to omit

    Better late than never I guess.

    This will be considered reaching across the aisle I suppose and for that, IT IS A GOOD THING.

    Listening and HEARING the concerns however are two different things as I live with the mindest that NEITHER party is always right and neither party is always wrong.

    Hopefully something good comes out of this.

    January 12, 2010 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  2. Phil

    Will he have full use of his teleprompters there or will he actually assemble his own thoughts and responses?

    January 12, 2010 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  3. If you want something ruined, put a republican in charge

    The only thing republicans can offer that will protect our nation, create jobs, control federal spending, lower the cost of health care, energy independence, etc, is tax cuts and saying "No!."

    January 12, 2010 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  4. Greg Pottstown PA

    Maybe He can explain why they have been taken out of the legislative process all together. What a joke!!

    January 12, 2010 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  5. shmeckell

    Hopefully both sides can listen to each others and use each others criticism to better themselves. Hopefully the cameras will be off and they can interact like humans instead of politicians.

    January 12, 2010 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  6. Mike1952

    Pitiful. The only way half of the people (represented by the republicans) can be heard by the oracle is by invitation of their representatives. Wingnut is bi-partisan? If you believe that I have ocean front property for sale cheap.

    January 12, 2010 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  7. Four and The Door

    He had better get to know who they are. This is the party he will have to work with during the final 2 years of his time in the White House starting about 12 months from now.

    January 12, 2010 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  8. Rickster

    Wow, the first non-partisan thing Obama has ever done in his life.

    January 12, 2010 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  9. Traj

    That's my president.....

    January 12, 2010 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  10. The Other Campaign Strategist @ 115th & Amsterdam Ave

    It is not surprising that President Obama would attend such an event as a true example of leadership .... he is after all.... everyone's president.

    Don't know that I've ever heard of other President's going this far. I certainly don't recall George Bush reaching out in such a bi-partisan manner but I DO recall him declining an invitation to address the NAACP.

    Anyway, this is an opportunity to slam President Bush. It is proof that President Obama should be lauded. Keep leading sir, the other politicians will start to mimic your style and America will be better for it.

    January 12, 2010 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  11. robert

    the president always reaches out;will the gop reciprocate?

    January 12, 2010 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  12. Keepin It Real

    Hey GOP be on your best behavior. No more childish outburst, this is your President. RESPECT him, okay.

    January 12, 2010 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  13. D.D.

    He is a strong man. I wonder if the NO PARTY will even bother to attend. They are probably praying for an ice storm already- I mean they are asking their spouses are their mothers. They are the NO PARTY do nothing members.

    January 12, 2010 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  14. Jim

    President Obama has been reaching out to Republicans all along. I think they are the ones that have decided to do anything they can to stop him from succeeding, not the other way around. I hope they don't try some stunt to embarrass him like Joe Wilson did at his speech before congress.

    January 12, 2010 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  15. Marion/Birmingham,Al

    What is he going to say? He won? How ishe going to explain the shut out of any Republican imput to the Health care bill?What about all the Transparent Not, secret meetings and behind the door deals for the Dimocratic politicians to vote for health care?

    January 12, 2010 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  16. LacrosseMom(stuck in moderation)

    And the GOPers do not believe that President Obama has reached out to the Republicans! This is very gracious of our president.

    January 12, 2010 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  17. Jacob

    and in what way will the GOP find fault with him accepting the invite?

    January 12, 2010 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  18. Democrat

    I like the sound of this story. I like that both sides can come together and discuss ideas. Good for the GOP to extend the invite and Good for Obama to accept. I wish this story would get more attention but the media will focus more on the back and forth of Harry Reid.

    January 12, 2010 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  19. white female

    Thank you, thank you, it is so nice that SOMEBODY has stop with the stupid season on the Repub. side of the floor.
    Thanks guy, it's time to to make changes.

    January 12, 2010 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  20. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    The President is a class act, and they're ALL politicians after all. Somewhere, after all the bickering and posturing, they have their little sit-downs, talk about families and kids and cut their deals. Meanwhile, we the voters (and bloggers) are kept busy at our 'wheel' choosing sides and swearing loyalty to politicians that for the most part don't give us a second thought and could'nt care less about God, country, and the pursuit of freedom! And yes that goes for the D's AND the R's.

    They're probably laughing at us now!

    January 12, 2010 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  21. Keeth in California

    Looks like Pence finally found his brain behind the couch and has started using it. Good. The Prez and the GOP need to sit down and talk like adults, not pander via the media like cowards and spoiled children.

    January 12, 2010 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  22. S M R

    This may not be the safest place for OUR President( reminds me of President Kennedy in Texas). Please cancel this gig Mr. President,why would you go where everyone hates you with a passion?

    January 12, 2010 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  23. Party Purity will never bring Political Power!

    Careful Mr. President, these are people who think they know "God's will" and want to "weed the garden" to achieve "God's plan" for America.

    January 12, 2010 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  24. Susie

    Well, what does one make of that. The GOP, so I've read, refuse to meet with the President. Went so far as to turn down invitations to the State dinner.

    January 12, 2010 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  25. Really...

    Hmmm.... after a long 8 years of them in office they finally put something together.....interesting.

    January 12, 2010 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
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