President Obama addressed House GOP leaders at a retreat in Baltimore Friday. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
Baltimore, Maryland (CNN) - President Obama and House GOP leaders promised greater efforts to step back from the partisan brink Friday, acknowledging that Washington's toxic political climate has made it increasingly tough to tackle major problems.
The pledge was immediately called into question, however, as the two parties repeatedly expressed sharply differing viewpoints during a rare meeting at a House Republican retreat in Baltimore.
Obama accepted an invitation from House GOP leaders to address their caucus. His speech Friday was followed by an often testy question-and-answer session.
"House Republican leaders are grateful for [Obama's] willingness to come ... and have a frank and honest conversation," said Rep. Mike Pence, R-Indiana. "We welcome the dialogue with the president."
The president accused Republicans of frequently mischaracterizing his policy proposals, particularly in the health care debate.
question #1, WHY?
Funny how Mr. Obama was agreeable to open dialog with the GOP, while the GOP has been the party of NO, not even entertaining any of Mr Obama's proposals. And its not like they just said no, they said NO in a shrill and despicable manner. Whiny little dweebs, these GOPers.
How can NO be a whole party's agenda? How does that work for America?
Congratulations, President Obama for being the adult in the room!
I like the way you point out the facts of the last 8 years that Reds seem content to forget or worse, just sweep under the carpet.
We would not be where we are as a country, if this room of lockstep NAZI's had stood up to the previous administration. Now, all they can do is complain. Start 2 wars and give tax cuts? Where all cons absent on that day in Econ 101?
Lots of luck getting them to contribute, but I honor your willingness to try.
I also commend you for entering the lair of the "axis of evil" Reds, I mean these folks carry guns, and believe God is on their side of any argument.
I could watch this stuff all day. It's about time a president did something like this. 8 years we had Bush hiding in his ivory tower.
Obama, you made me proud today.
I clearly heard him state today he supports coal (clean), nuclear, and natutal gas for energy. I can't wait till he says that is simply "untrue and misrepresenting what he meant" when a liberal calls him out on it.
He still is yet to apologize to the Supreme Court for ignorantly mischaracterizing their campaign finance decision. He is either ignorant about the ruling or simply a liar.
Why do Republicans hate America?
Yet again, the Party of No, who now make it abundantly clear they don't like the name, Party of No, stick to their guns that you either accept our policies 100%, or we walk. It's our way or the highway.
Yuck. Republicans have been invited over and over and over and over to participate in the process. And it's always the same song and dance. Either the Democrats convert into Republicans, and not moderate Republicans or Party of Lincoln Republicans, but radical extremist neo-Nazi Republicans, or Republicans will do anything and everything to obstruct and prevent the party in power of accomplishing a single thing. Meanwhile, the regular folks in America can just go to he!! in a handbasket as far as they're concerned.
Why do Republicans hate America?!
And he will solve the economic crisis and bring jobs back. Like I said before in UM-teen blogs – President Obama is a very intelligent man and we all should appreciate having him in office!!!
He's African American and was raised in all colors of the world. He is more connected to everyone problems than YOU or I and we are two different shades – White or Black. Americans need to give him a chance and rally behind him – instead of showing the world WE as Americans – cannot even get along!!!