February 9th, 2010
09:09 AM ET
5 years ago

Bipartisan meeting at the White House

President Barack Obama holds a bipartisan meeting at the White House Tuesday morning. Jobs, the economy, and health care are expected to be on the agenda.
President Barack Obama holds a bipartisan meeting at the White House Tuesday morning. Jobs, the economy, and health care are expected to be on the agenda.

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama holds a bipartisan meeting at the White House Tuesday morning. Jobs, the economy, and health care are expected to be on the agenda.

CNN's Ed Henry reports that the same group of leaders who will attend the February 25 bipartisan health care meeting are teaming up at the White House for this meeting and that it will be a prelude to set the table for the health care talks later this month.

Expected to attend the meeting are Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, House Minority Leader John Boehner and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer.

Tuesday's meeting is the first of what the president called for in his State of the Union address last month.

"I would like to begin monthly meetings with both the Democratic and Republican leadership. I know you can't wait," said the president in his January 27 prime time address.

- CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report


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soundoff (61 Responses)
  1. Fwed

    I gotta place for her palm. . .

    February 9, 2010 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  2. Beverly

    I'm so pleased that President Obama is doing this. I am hopeful that everyone participating will do so on a level that is above acting like a five year old. I'm weary of the "same old line" and would like to see our elected representatives really WORK TOGETHER instead of providing lip service then sneaking out and talking behind everyone's backs.

    February 9, 2010 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  3. Total BS

    Please Mr.President,call out the GOP on their obstruction..They are not good for our country !!

    February 9, 2010 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  4. Sheena1a

    Obama is a liar, just wants to try to make fools of the Republicans, they have offered bills and advice on how to make the health care reform work that is good for the people, but Obama and Crew dont want to be upstaged, so they lie. They think every bit of trash they put out is good and correct, to them they can never be wrong, what a joke, they are all for themselves and not the people, no matter how much they try to lie and say they are.
    It's really discusting watching all this bickering that is being done by the very people that are suppose to lead and help the people, its way too childish and not very professional, to hell with the politics, its sickening, you would think a bunch of bratty children were in the Whitehouse.
    Clean up your acts the whole lot of you and start working FOR THE PEOPLE that pay your wages....

    February 9, 2010 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  5. joe m

    while some see this as some kind of trap that the GOP needs to be wary of, i see this as a double edge sword that cuts both ways, the republicans now have to present their ideas and argue why they would be helpful to americans. democrats, on the other hand, need to be willing to listen and actually consider these in a thoughtful manner, than simply taking the attitude that they are still in control of the house, senate, and white house. more americans will be watching these meetings to see who actually is making an effor to solve our problems. we are not so stupid that we won't recognize the same old games when they are being played by any of these elected officials. we will be watching and be ready to grade their efforts in the ballot boxes.

    February 9, 2010 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  6. Mike in MN

    I just saw Obama make the opening comments at this meeting. He said the American people have been frustrated with the lack of progress on major issues and hopes this will help get things done.
    What a joke. The only reason things have not progressed is because Obama and the Democrats have failed. It never getes any easier to get things done than when one party has a super majority of the President, majority in the House and a filibuster proof majority in the Senate. Until Brown won Obama and the Democrats had exactly that.
    But the failed big time. Every major bill they passed is opposed by a majority of voters. And they failed to move cap and trade and health care into law because the super majority of Democrats could not agree on these bills. The Obama and the liberal/progressive Democrats have not been able to work things out with the Blue Dogs.
    If Obama is serious that adding Republicans to the mix he will have to be realistic that he is adding a lot of new players who are farther to the right than the Blue Dogs. The only way things will get done is if Obama and Pelosi and Reid move to the right. Other wise all Obama is doing is a photop to pretend he wants to be more bipartisian.

    February 9, 2010 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  7. SC-Pub "no" more

    The Pubs WON'T show! They have TOOOOOOOOOOOOO much to lose if they are exposed!

    February 9, 2010 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  8. J.P.

    Sorry chump, it's too late.

    We'll see you in November when we hand you lame-duck status for the remainder of your one-term presidency.

    February 9, 2010 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  9. philthetruth

    Bipartisan? That's funny. The game is up people, the O-hole has revealed his true nature as a radical socialist. How could 62,000,000 people not know this before the election? That's the really scary thing about America's plight...

    February 9, 2010 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  10. johnrj08

    OH, let's all hold our breath until Mitch McConnell and John Boehner agree with anything that this president supports. And, if by some miracle they come out of these alleged bi-partisan meetings with anything positive to say, let's continue holding our breath until they live up to any promises made in those meetings.

    This is a joke. These men know full well that they have no intention of negotiating in good faith with Obama. They don't even care that this will become evident for all to see in the wake of these pointless meetings.

    February 9, 2010 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  11. Beverly - NYC

    Good luck extending yet another olive branch to the Republicans Mr. President. This band on self important, entitled, ingrates are already throwing up roadblocks, they want to start from scratch on health care, need promises that the Democrats will keep the 60 vote majority, knowing full well they will continue to say NO. The Democrats should grow a pair and lead, please remind the Repubs they are still the minority party, they won one seat not a hundred. If they can't neogiotate in good faith they should be called out, enough is enough. As an American worker I cannot tell my boss under what conditions I will do the job I'm being paid to do. Hopefully some of these do nothings will be fired, and the people of their state can hire someone who recalls why they were elected.

    February 9, 2010 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
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