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. Centrist

    Good to see President Obama continue to extend respectful efforts to work with all Americans.

    January 12, 2010 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  2. hinckleybuzzard

    What buffoonery. Maybe next Pence and the republicans will entertain the father of the Balloon Boy to speak on the future of space travel and in turn hear their proposals for dealing with Aliens.

    And they wonder why they are known as The Stupid Party.

    January 12, 2010 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  3. Jeff

    The party of NO just might want to work with the president. That would be a nice supprise. Please bring some suggestions to the table and listen to what the president has to say. If you just say NO the entire time it will further divide this country.

    January 12, 2010 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  4. A.Darton

    We don't have to agree on everything, we can act like grown ups with common sense. The things we do agree on, like for instance keeping our country safe from terrorists, let's work together to see to it that the terrorists don't win. If the Republicans have any good ideals to put Americans back to work, let's hear them. Healthcare Reform, let's hear it.

    January 12, 2010 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  5. Minnesotan

    @TT-
    The GOP's policies are the reason things are so bad and they are doubling down on those exact same policies. So, if they want to whine about being shut out of the process that is why.

    Obama's numbers are as low as they are NOT cuz he won't work with the GOP, but because he has gone too far to the right that the Dem's are disenchanted with him. His numbers were never gonna be high with the GOP, EVER! Its the further left that is fed up at this point.

    The GOP's numbers are historically poor! They have gone up 7pts since Sept but that puts them at 38% instead of 31%. The GOP is still well out of favor with the American public. More so than Obama.

    January 12, 2010 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  6. Tre'

    hmmmm.... for all those praising Obama for "reaching across the isle"... who reached first? Oh yea, it was GOP that invited him. Did the dems do that with Bush? think before you speak.

    January 12, 2010 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  7. southerncousin

    Look at the bitter invective these libertard use. The Party of No? The party that is big enough to listen to this idiot. The Party of No was an invention of the libertards to degrade and demean a group. Thank God we won't have more than four years of this inept bozo running the country.

    January 12, 2010 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  8. W l Jones

    The Repubs is saying if cannot beat him join him. I say watch your back it a lot of thing going to be crawing in that room.

    January 12, 2010 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  9. President Barack Is The Ticket

    I love this man because he showed us how we could fall in love with America again.

    When GW was president and he said go out and shop, I saved my money. But now that President Obama is president, I saved my money and had a cash-in-hand Christmas shopping spree. I'm inspired by him, and anyone who's not doesn't matter to me. The president will have my vote in 2012.

    January 12, 2010 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  10. Bob

    Just reading the comments here make me ill. Both sides, seething with pure hatred and anger makes me proud to be an Independent. Both sides need to grow up and start acting like adults. Hurling insults at one another gets us NOWHERE. I am glad Obama is going. They can learn from EACH OTHER. No one person or party has all of the answers.

    January 12, 2010 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  11. cobra Montana

    The republicans that are going to the retreat must be brain dead to invite dimbama!!!

    January 12, 2010 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  12. HAWK TEXAS

    The only reason they want him is so joe wilson can holler you lie so he can raise more money. and get a bunch of pats on the back.

    January 12, 2010 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  13. aneanderthal

    I find it interesting that the Republicans are willing to invite an listen to diverse points of view. Not surprising, but interesting. Never heard of the liberals doing that. Oh that is right, they already know everything. And then they have they audacity to call Republicans the party of No? I kind of think that label comes from some sort of liberal think tank. Seem to me like they are open to at least listen and they actually invite Obama to their meetings. He and the Congressional leadership never invite them and then call them names. LIberal leadership displaying its traits.

    January 12, 2010 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  14. felicia

    He needs to let the repigs have at this so-called retreat.

    January 12, 2010 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  15. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    I am hoping that because it is a conference of Congressmen that the President SHOULD NOT come in contact with any of the lunatic Tea Partiers and thus have us fearing for his life.

    The Secret Service would do well, however, in straightening up their act and being totally on POINT for the next 7 years. The so-called 'honeymoon' is over for them as well.

    January 12, 2010 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  16. IVOTE

    Waste of Time and Energy......he could be in the War Room discussing strategy or the economy or health care. The party of 'NO" has not changed.

    January 12, 2010 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  17. WeThePeopleofVirginia

    Bipartisan . . . Shmipartisan . . . I'll believe it when I see it.

    Progressive LIARS ! ! !

    January 12, 2010 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  18. Debby

    Maybe Obama can finally get a good education. hahaha

    January 12, 2010 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  19. Sniffit

    "How ishe going to explain the shut out of any Republican imput to the Health care bill?"

    Would you please stop it with that tired LIE of a talking point? There are literally hundred of GOP proposed amendments to the bills that were considered in both houses and many of them made it in. That is a FACT...one that you won't catch the GOP talking about or admitting...but a FACT nonetheless.

    January 12, 2010 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  20. MikeH

    Take a good sized Secret Service contingent with you Mr President and wear body armor, some of those Right-winger Republican Representatives are one can short a six-pack, and can't be trusted.

    January 12, 2010 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  21. Dan, TX

    So the bipartisanship Obama promised has begun?

    January 12, 2010 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  22. Sniffit

    $10 says they say they were the only ones to make overtures of bipartisanship during 2010...when in fact Obama made many of them, got his hand slapped every time for being "uppity" and finally pretty much gave up. The only reason the GOP is doing this now is because by being the ones to offer after frustrating Obama's efforts to offer to them, they think they can claim all the credit and feel like they're in control.

    January 12, 2010 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  23. Run while there is still time

    Whether he will come there to honestly show up to meet the GOP House and work together is yet to be seen. He has not delivered on any campaign promises, why should this event be any different.

    January 12, 2010 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  24. Dodd Democrat...

    Good for him

    January 12, 2010 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  25. jj wiggins

    i just want to know if any of my friends on the right can honestly tell me the last time there policies worked and made the country better.

    January 12, 2010 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
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