February 9th, 2010
09:09 AM ET
4 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. Obamadable Snowman

    After doing some trash-talking following the last meeting with the Republicans..................... nice!! So much for bipartisanship Bams

    February 9, 2010 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  2. franco

    I am totally baffled why these two parties cannot give in to each other and work for the American people. There is fault on both sides. These clowns and the tone deaf president need to be run of of town as soon as their term is up. I am afraid for this country with these corrupt folks in charge.

    February 9, 2010 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  3. If you want something ruined, put a republican in charge

    It is a waste of time to include republicans. Now they want to remove reconciliation if they attend. Majority rules is not a republican ideal.

    February 9, 2010 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  4. Zaggs

    I wonder if Obama will cconsider Republican health care proposals like he considered the Republican stimulus proposals, by telling the republicans to shut up because "he won"?
    Also what good is looking at Republican proposals on health care while refusing to start over on health care? By his own words Obama says he is going with the democrat bills which allow no room for republican proposals (as they've already tried). This is nothing more then a photo ops but I'm sure Obama's servants on CNN and MSDNC will gladly portray this as some bipartisan measure even though its a farce.

    February 9, 2010 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  5. seebofubar

    As long as Obama listens to what BOTH sides have to say, these meetings will be productive. If he chooses to lecture instead, he will have wasted everyones time again. I sincerely hope he leaves his ugly ego at home and tries to understand what the people really want not what he wants for the people.

    February 9, 2010 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  6. Angela Tacoma Washington

    I understand your intentions are good however,"Good Luck with that," Mr. President...

    February 9, 2010 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  7. If you want something ruined, put a republican in charge

    Freedom Works is holding a closed meeting (rally) for their cabana boy, Marco Rubio in Fort Myers tomorrow. At least we know whose side Marco will be on if he gets elected, and it won't be taxpayers. Special interests will make him a rich puppet.

    February 9, 2010 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  8. Wmscot

    Well folks,we have them all in one spot at the same time. What do we do with vermon that want to take over our home ?

    February 9, 2010 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  9. jp,michigan

    Mr. President this is just another photo op. You have no intention to except any ideas for any changes from any one except from democrats. You will though use these meeting to state, " I tried to be bipartisan." I have watch the televised debates and the democrats shot down any republican ideas. The democrats still have the majority in the house and senate. Until some democrats really stand up for what the American people really want, and quit playing politics with our lives, there will never be any thing that looks like bipartisan.

    February 9, 2010 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  10. T'SAH from Virginia

    Now we will see what the RepubliCAN'Ts are all about!!!

    February 9, 2010 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  11. Terry from West Texas

    Conservatives are getting their ideas ready for the meeting. I happened to get an advance draft of Conservative proposals. Here is the introduction:

    "No! No! No! No! No! No! No! No! No! No! No! No! No! No! No! No! No! No! No! No! No! No! No! No! No! No! No! No! No! No! No! No! No! No! No! No! No! No! No! No! No! No! No! No! No! No! No! No! No! No! No! No! No! No! No! No! No! No! No! No! No! No! No! No! No! No! No! No! No! No! No! No! No! No! No! No! No! No! No! No! No! No! No! No! No! "

    February 9, 2010 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  12. Jan

    As someone who applied for health insurance and was not even given a quote because of pre-existing conditions I would love to see a healthcare bill.

    It is interesting to see all these people who receive government healthcare making such inane comment.

    Do the people realise that it is the goverment that builds schools, hospitals maintain road and provide a number of services that we all enjoy.

    It is a great insult to the literate people in America to keep blaming President Obama for political reasons. It is so sad that all politicians do is want to get elected.

    They need to solve problems for people in need. One individual can only spend so many million in their lifetime. Give something back to the real wealth creaters, the labourers who along with capital create wealth.

    February 9, 2010 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  13. JC from Kansas-40 years a Republican :(

    Just remember it takes at least two to have a discussion. I wait to see if any members of the GOP show up willing to discuss anything in a bipartisan fashion, or if they show up making their demands and saying that they were not permitted to voice their views because silly people expressed views that were not on the GOP national platform. Bottom line, its time the GOP either put up or shut up, are they going to behave in a bipartisan fashion or are they going to contiune to support anything "NOT" on the table and say "NO" to everything that is on the table regardless as to who has placed it there.

    February 9, 2010 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  14. call me crazy

    I admire the president's attempt to give congress a nudge in the right direction (as opposed to a kick in the ass), but am skeptical that congress will cooperate. The republicans will sabotage any deal they try to come up with and continue the strategy of slash and burn. They see this as only benefiting them in the coming elections. They don't care that the country will suffer.

    Obama and the democrats need to show the republicans using this strategy and maybe it will backfire.

    February 9, 2010 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  15. Ken K

    Memo to the Grand Obstructionist Party: Now's the time to put up or shut up.

    February 9, 2010 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  16. If you want something ruined, put a republican in charge

    How about Alabama's senator Shelby holding up 70 of Obama's nominations because he wants more pork for his state? Now that is republican bipartisanship.

    February 9, 2010 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  17. Minnesotan

    I find it hilarious that the Republicans were criticizing Obama for not televising the health care meetings, but when he suggests televising the meeting he'll have with them, they show their true cowardly nature and refuse to be televised. What a pathetic bunch of nancies!

    February 9, 2010 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  18. If you want something ruined, put a republican in charge

    If FDR had stuck by today's republican principles, there would have been no TVA. Bringing electricity to rural areas at taxpayer expense would have been stopped by the current republican congress. Without electricity, how would the right wingnuts get to watch Fox lies?

    February 9, 2010 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  19. Terry

    Hussein Obama is a snake! He cannot be trusted, and the american people are turning on him by the thousands everyday. America is not Chicago dirty politics, and people take great offence to someone who grew up in Indonesia and Hawaii telling them they he knows what they are going through. This experiment has gone terribly wrong and the nation can't wait for it to be over.

    February 9, 2010 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  20. Moderate

    Wonder if the party of "NO" will even show-up?

    Nice move Mr. President

    February 9, 2010 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  21. Wilhemena March

    There is no bi-partisanship in DC. These meetings are just another Obama TV exposure time. Means nothing.

    February 9, 2010 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  22. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    The republicans will sit there like rocks.... that's the intelligence level they're at.

    February 9, 2010 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  23. Conservative Voice

    Neither can we.... here is what most of us would like to see...
    1> Quit spending our $$$$
    2> The federal govmt provided health care is against the Constitution...any Con law lawyer knows that it is direct violation....oh wait a minute...Who is a con law expert?
    3>Quit blaming Bush for everything.....
    4>Quit spending our $$$$$$

    February 9, 2010 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  24. Mark

    Funny how when he didn't need any Republican votes he ignored them, now he wants them to forgive and forget.

    February 9, 2010 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  25. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    I like this idea of bipartisan meetings. Many things can come out of these, among them: 1. The Reps. will now find themselves in a position where their continued opposition to getting anything accomplished will be irrefutably documented. 2. The Reps and the Dems can have a discussion as to how tomove this country forward.

    Having the input of just ONE source is NOT the best way to get things accomplished, anyone will tell you that. BUT when the other source has nothing POSITIVE to add to the discussion you're left with little choice but your own ways and means. It is ALWAYS more productive to have the pros and cons thrown into the mix and hopefully come to some viable compromise or agreement.

    February 9, 2010 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
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