January 12th, 2010
03:07 PM ET
4 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.


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soundoff (119 Responses)
  1. kyle from ohio

    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."

    And why have you not already offer this to the president or how about just tell the the american people. Instead of NO NO NO, 9 years later after 1st having the power to do something now you got ideals, up into you are in power!!!!!

    January 12, 2010 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  2. dak

    That's something I never expected to hear. Good . . . maybe there's a chance for bi-partisanship yet.

    January 12, 2010 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  3. RCasson

    Be careful Mr. President!!!

    January 12, 2010 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  4. georgio

    Will Rep. Joe Wilson behave this time or which Republican will call some names to get get publicity for funding racing I wonder!!!!!!!

    January 12, 2010 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  5. Vic of New York

    What Arrogance!! After stonewalling the President's and the American agenda, after near treasonous behavior regarding Latin America and the security of our country, after setting our nation ablaze with lies as despotism – in the face of indisputable facts, Republicans now want to present the President with their "proposals".

    Do you really think this President or the nation is so stupid (unlike George Bush) as to believe that this is anything more than a play in an election year? I credit Obama for his indefatigable conviction. However, I wouldn't give a Repugnican the time of day.

    January 12, 2010 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  6. unemployed by Obama

    MORE SMOKE SCREENS FROM A LIER>

    January 12, 2010 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  7. Charlie in Maine

    This is an example of change we can believe in. He is reaching out to the GOP I like it. It is like he said to Hillary in regards to overseas bad guys." We should never negotiate out of fear, but we should never fear to negotiate".

    BTW I did not mean to imply that the GOPers are "bad guys" I meant to infer it.

    January 12, 2010 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  8. 'RUB' THE CLOWN

    Bravo. The Repubs should realize that we can pull together or pull apart. The status quo "wedge" approach might make good local politics in certain parts of the country, but is a formula for our ruin. Hopefully this marks a new focus on working together.

    January 12, 2010 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  9. mh

    Obama may speak but he will never listen.

    January 12, 2010 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  10. Where's socialism? Oh, that was just a GOP scare tactic

    Kind of weird having a President in the WH who is willing to listen to the opposing party, but I'll give it ten minutes before southerncousin, TCM and the likes to come in here and spew negative garbage.

    Meanwhile I have yet to see these supposed "proposals" that the GOP claim to have, but maybe that's because they are so focued on judging other people's work.

    The End.

    January 12, 2010 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  11. PEACE ON EARTH

    PLEASE, tell me he's taking PLENTY OF BODY GUARDS.

    THOSE Rethuglicans like to 'show up armed and dangerous'. They very well could have someone waiting in the rafters to take out OUR PRESIDENT.

    I wouldn't trust a Republican as far as I could throw one.

    January 12, 2010 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  12. Mike

    I would decline to attend if I was in the GOP. Doesn't the lame brained media give him enough exposure?

    January 12, 2010 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  13. Kerzell

    As the GOP would say..."NO".
    The GOP ideas don't work. They are costly. Cowardly. They only want to send our young men off to die and those that survive, they don't want to supply affordable healthcare for.

    Just say "NO" to the GOP.

    January 12, 2010 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  14. Steph

    The GOP wants the President to come so they can tell him what they want, but they won't listen to him at all. I'm glad he's going, but the GOP doesn't seem to want a two-way discussion. Bi-partisanship needs to go both ways.

    January 12, 2010 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  15. Moderate

    This is rich: "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." All the things they never even noticed before, now they have some ideas (I doubt they are real proposals – you know how much they lie)!

    Mr. President, you are walking into a trap. Avoid them whenever possible. All you do is give them excuses such as "We tried but he wouldn't listen to us – some big change" and some form of political hay.

    We have enough to fix from their mass to have to weather this one too!

    January 12, 2010 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  16. aware

    Don't expect an authentic, active listener or any followup action! :(

    January 12, 2010 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  17. Get Serious

    President Obama is intelligent, articulate and well-spoken. Now this is a speech would love to hear....not Silly Sarah talkin to a bunch of alcoholics in Vegas.

    January 12, 2010 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  18. Al in Chesapeake

    If President Obama does in fact go it will be interesting to hear his
    comments. This shows that the Republicans are at least
    ready to talk and listen to a democrat. Not like Pelosi that kept
    them out of the talks on Health Care, etc.

    January 12, 2010 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  19. Marie MD

    At least he is trying unlike the repugs even if he got an invitation.

    January 12, 2010 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  20. Big Ed

    I think this is a big step in the right direction.

    January 12, 2010 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  21. ugogrl

    Yes that is great that our President has accepted the GOP invitation to speak at this event. Its good to have someone to put differences aside to speak. Now tellem Mr. President to GeTwItHpRoGrAm! The party of no will always be the party of no! They are all about the fat cats and lining their own packets! At least the democratice party fights for all the Americans not just to the wealthiest Americans. We are all equal!

    January 12, 2010 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  22. TT

    Wow, wouldn't it be nice if the Pres started listening to the solutions that the Republicans have to offer instead of the idiot Dems that he has surrounded himself with. His approval ratings have dropped so low I guess he is desperate.

    January 12, 2010 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  23. Matt

    Good for Obama for accepting and good for the House Republican members for inviting him. I'm surprised this story doesn't have any comments yet...maybe because it's mostly positive and neither 'side' has anything to complain about and accuse the other 'side' of.

    I hope some good dialogue comes out of this conference. Maybe we'll see all these 'fix our country proposals' the Republicans keep talking about but that never seem to materialize.

    January 12, 2010 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  24. Average Guy in Red-State Kansas

    I'll bet THEY were surprised when he accepted their invitation!

    This president has real class, unlike the members of the GOP who are collectively the punch line of a bad joke.

    January 12, 2010 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  25. Irma

    Why go, so they can just find fault with his opinions after he leaves , I doubt if they even respect him as President.

    January 12, 2010 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
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