November 4th, 2010
02:02 PM ET
3 years ago

Obama plans 'Slurpee summit' with dinner

Washington (CNN) - President Obama is readying for what the news media are now calling the "Slurpee summit." Following a post-election sit-down with his Cabinet Thursday, President Obama said he called Republican leaders Rep. John Boehner and Sen. Mitch McConnell, and Democratic leaders Rep. Nancy Pelosi and Sen. Harry Reid to come to the White House November 18th - at the start of the congressional "lame duck" session - for talks.

The President said the discussions would be substantive, not "just a photo-op." White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said the get together will be a mix of getting down to business, as well as a social occasion. The group will discuss legislative items in a working session at the White House, but then have dinner in the Obama's private residence upstairs. It will be a congressional party of eight, including House Majority Leader Rep. Steny Hoyer and Senate Majority Leader Sen. Dick Durbin, Republican House Whip Rep. Eric Cantor and Senate Republican Whip Sen. Jon Kyl. Gibbs said the bipartisan summit would be "the first of many" efforts to get the White House and Republicans on the same page.

One of the issues that "will take up a big chunk" of the bipartisan session, Gibbs said, is taking action to extend the Bush tax cuts, set to expire by the end of the year. Some Republicans are lobbying the White House for a two year extension of the tax cuts for everyone, not just for families making less than $250,000 a year as Mr. Obama favors. Gibbs said the President "would be open to that discussion."

Gibbs also said the President would be open to serving Slurpees for dessert.


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soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. Video Guy

    Please Mr President have reporters at the whole event. Make sure Fox news is represented as well as reporters from Press and other outlets.

    November 4, 2010 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  2. vic nashville tn

    President doesn’t get GOP is targeting 2012 they will say no to every thing

    November 4, 2010 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  3. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Mr. President stay the course! You've ALWAYS been open to input from anyone that had viable ideas to help our country. If there is a lesson to be learned from this past Tuesday is that Americans have a very short retention span. Based on the immediate comments made by Boo-Hoo Boehner, and Mitch you should have NO DOUBT what their agenda has been and still is: to see you, and by default, the country fail. So nothing much has changed sir, except that America will be reminded, at a very steep price, why they elected YOU and not one of their jokers.
    Do not hold your breath for a more patriotic and cooperative GObP. Keep your eyes open. And do not forget that for the Rethugs it is NOT about helping the country recover, but dissasembling, and setting you back.

    I pray that I am wrong. However, everything they've said since Tuesday does not lead me to think that I am.

    November 4, 2010 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  4. November 2, 2010 - The Day Progressive Socialism was STOPPED! Rollback to continue in 2012!!

    Instead of the "Slurpee Summit" it should be called the "Crow Conference" where crow will be served up warm to the arrogant Obozo, Reid and Pelosi. Compliments of the American people! ENJOY!!!

    November 4, 2010 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  5. Republicans are Destroying America

    Do not extend the faIled Bush Tax Cuts. The cuts have done nothing to help job growth, and have only added to our national debt. There are job initiatives that could get our country moving, but the only job growth republicans are interested in is in China.

    November 4, 2010 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  6. Republicans are Destroying America

    Now that republicans will take over the house in January, I wonder how soon they will vote to invade Iran for our next unfunded war.

    November 4, 2010 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  7. Davos

    Yes, we know the teabaggers loves their slurpees' LOL

    November 4, 2010 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  8. ChumBucket

    Obama, you got nothing to say that us Americans want to hear.

    I would not sit down with him, the true enemy of America.

    November 4, 2010 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  9. kat

    This guy just doesn't get it. For almost 2 years the Republicans have tried to have their ideas heard and all they got was a smug I Won. Now he wants to talk. Too little too late in my opinion.

    November 4, 2010 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  10. Ted

    That's right Mr. President. Keep them in the light. So that the voters can have proof that the Republicans aren't satisfied with
    winning the opportunity to help take on the challenge of getting the economy fixed helping the American people. But primary
    goal is to "make sure that you're one term" as Mitch stated. After all, you're still President of the United States despite their
    "taking back government" victory on Tuesday. I guess they don't consider their primary goal met. So their further obstruction should be there for public observation.

    November 4, 2010 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  11. The reality is...

    It would be right on par for him to serve Slurppies for dessert. Just like his imbecile gift of DVD's to Gordon Brown, Obama proves again that he lacks the common sense needed to be President of this floundering nation. It would be nice if he would learn some manners and put them into practice.

    November 4, 2010 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  12. Monster Zero

    I think Boehner and McConnell will be having steaks while Nancy and Barry dine on some crow...Be advised Tan Man and Tall Tortoise, there are Zips in the wire, I repeat Zips in the wire! Make sure you have a liberal taste testers check your food and slurpee prior to consumption!

    November 4, 2010 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  13. Laverne

    It is my hope he do not go overboard when it comes to Boehner and McConnell just because they won control of the house. He is President and they have never cooperated with him, not once! Please Mr. President don't allow these two to make you look weak!

    November 4, 2010 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  14. S. In California

    PLEASE Mr. President STOP BEGGING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm really getting fed up. Please read the Book of Samuel, Kings, etc., and see how David took care of his enemies. He LEAD. He didn't ASK. He eliminated the majority of his enemies and left his country in good shape. YOU SIR SHOULD DO THE SAME. PLEASE STOP IT! I can't take it anymore. So what if they view you as an angry black male? GET ANGRY. Please. We want to see ACTION. WE HIRED YOU FOR CHANGE. PLEASE CHANGE. These bastards won't like you no matter what you say or do so give them a reason. The tea baggers wouldn't be so noticable IF YOU SIR would fight back (WE WILL BACK YOU) and PLEASE don't let anyone tell you EVER AGAIN that YOU LIE on national t.v. Enough. People want a STRONG leader. YOU ARE ONE but you keep it all buttoned up inside. Throw it ALL out there. WE WANT CHANGE. GIVE IT TO US.
    A Sincere Voter.

    November 4, 2010 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  15. terry, va

    Slurp on this Obummie. YOU are done no matter what kinds of smoke and mirrors you try.

    November 4, 2010 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  16. Sherri W.W.

    THE PRESIDENT CALED&EXTENDED HIS HAND TO mcCONNELL&BOEHNER~so what does McConnell do? ATTACKS THE PRESIDENT FOR THE 3RD TIME IN 3 DAYS! HE KEEPS SAYING"Americans dont want health care bill"~Of COURSE THEY DO~JUST THAT MOST FOLKS DONT UNDERSTAND WHAT IS IN For THEM!~Already,as of Sept,MANY GOOD THINGS ARE LAW NOW,BECAUSE OF THE HC BILL~AND I for one,DO NOT PLAN TO LET MCCONNEL AND BOEHNER TAKE IT AWAY FROM ME!~the cost will go DOWN,as soon as EVERYBODY has to have ins!~IT IS THE SAME AS THE LAW THAT WE ALL HAVE TO HAVE CAR INS~WHY?~BECAUSE THE REST OF US PAY FOR PEOPLE WHO DO NOT HAVE IT~simple as that!By 2012,ALL the goodies of the Health ins will be kicking in,so if McConnell purposes to elect REPUB president to get rid of it,then its time for MCconnell &Boehner to go NEXT! PRES.O.HAS Done GOOD THINGS FOR US "little guys"and will do MORE,if we let him! FOR SURE THE TEPUBS HAVE NO PLANS TO HELP ANY OF"US"~ONLY THEIR RICH FRIENDS! I PRAY PRES.O.WILL START SHOUTING FROM ROOFTOPS TO LET AVERAGE AMERICANS KNOW HOW MUCH PROTECTION HE AN DEMS HAVE GIVEN US IN JUST 2 YRS!

    November 4, 2010 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |