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. Albo58

    This President is a politician first and foremost and he wants to get a headstart working with the party that's going to kick a lot of the rats out of Congress in Nov 2010!

    January 12, 2010 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  2. Dave

    Why should he bother? If anyone thinks this invitation was extended in good faith, I have some swampland to sell you. The only reason the GOP did this was to dare him to show up. He shows up and they will berate him. If he declined, he would be berated as well. Obama has given them plenty of opportunities for bipartisanship and all they do is try to torpedo him at every turn. This event will be no different.

    January 12, 2010 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  3. rick Atlanta

    Make sure that he wears his bullet proof vest! I dont trust any GOP

    January 12, 2010 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  4. Mike in MN

    Obama will reject any Republican ideas and stick with his own that have unemployment at 10% and growing and deficts a record levels know one ever dreamed of and more spending increases on the way and health care bill know one wants but he brags about.

    January 12, 2010 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  5. StevieB

    So, which Republicans will announce they are boycotting the event because Obama will be speaking – you know someone or some few will.

    January 12, 2010 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  6. Censoring again? Callahan

    I'd check to make sure he takes out the earplugs. Just sayin'

    January 12, 2010 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  7. Chuck Anaheim, Ca

    He will work with them but they will still be like snakes in the grass when all is done. They will still be obstructing whatever the President does. I am willing to bet my first born that if President Obama told them that all US debt had been forgiven, each citizen was going to get one million dollars cash, and there would be no more personal income tax, the republicants would still object because the poor don't deserve money.

    January 12, 2010 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  8. Lee, California

    Better wear a vest, we know how they really feel about him!

    January 12, 2010 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  9. Willy Brown

    Barry you are starting to "get it".

    January 12, 2010 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  10. Jeff

    Bravo, our terrific President Obama again tries to reach across the aisle to the Republicans. These same Republicans who have been nothing but obstructionists in all major legislation, have hindered economic development and continued to court greedy corporate oligarchists and only the elite wealthy. Yeah, I'm sure our great President will get some good ideas from here..."Obama (not respectfully Mr. President), we need more corporate welfare, less regulation, more for the rich...to hell with everyone else."

    January 12, 2010 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  11. They call me "tater salad"

    Funny how suddenly the GOP has all the answers to all our issues, but, when they HAD control for all of those years they.........Well,........I'm sure I don't have to spell it out for anyone............You all know what I'm trying to say...........At least you should by now.........It's just not possible to be THAT ignorant........I refuse to believe it!!!!

    January 12, 2010 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  12. Maggie

    You don't seem to realize that the writing is on the wall for the Republicans and this is their desperate last ditch effort to make themselves look as though they are working and can work with the President, whom I think is a fine man who has tried to engage the Republicans in dialogue which would benefit all Americans and I am stumped to figure out why people are so negative. He, Obama, is doing an incredible job with no help from the Republicans. You are fortunate to have such a leader. All the best to you America from Canada.

    January 12, 2010 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  13. Mike

    Here we go again, CNN fanning the political waters with so many hostile comments against the Republicans. It was good of the Republicans to ask for the time and gracious for the President to accept. CNN does nothing to enhance the political discourse in the country and for that CNN is disgusting.

    January 12, 2010 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  14. sara

    A RETREAT? That's ALL they've done for a year!!!! Watch your Back, Prez. Stay true to America's need to Progress!

    January 12, 2010 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  15. ib

    Another photo op for Obama; unless he changes big time from what he is now it will only be a show. It's his way or the highway is his thinking so far.

    January 12, 2010 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  16. RogerD

    Does the President have a choice? The American people recognize that he betrayed our vote during his first year in office. The writing is on the wall for the Democratic party in the upcoming mid-terms. The Presidents knows if he doesn't "mend the fence" now, the Dem's can't win in November!

    If it were me, I'd walk out of the conference as soon as the teleprompter boots up!

    January 12, 2010 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  17. Greg, San Francisco, CA

    In all seriousness, if the House GOP extended this invitation in earnest then I will be hopeful that this is the beginning of better relations between right and left. My fear is that the House GOP will just badger him with the same right wing rhetoric, remain completely deaf to his take on the issues and then complain that he didn't listen to them when he doesn't suddenly embrace their point of view.

    January 12, 2010 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  18. m smith

    The president has so much class of course he will speak unlike the repo nut jobs he is trying to bring the congress togeather. Im sure they will be obnoxious to him and make a big deal afterward but i am sure he knows this. Im sure they expected him to say no so they could rip him apart some more.

    January 12, 2010 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  19. T'SAH from Virginia

    President Obama – just say NO whenever they suggest something they need to pass. Give them a taste of their own medicine....

    Well, it shows that our president is trying to be bipartisan!!

    January 12, 2010 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
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