House Republican leaders say White House lunch found common ground
February 9th, 2011
03:53 PM ET
3 years ago

House Republican leaders say White House lunch found common ground

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama and Republican leaders in the House agreed Wednesday that their lunch meeting at the White House yielded some common ground.

Obama considered the meeting with House Speaker John Boehner and his top deputies "constructive" and cited general agreement with them on the need to reduce spending and the deficit, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs told reporters.

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  1. ReFascisticans

    I hope the President didn't compromise on the high speed rail proposal. If he really wants to see job growth and manufacturing jobs coming back, he shouldn't cave in an inch on that project.

    February 9, 2011 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  2. michaelam

    Where are the jobs, Mr. Weeper? The American people have spoken and they want jobs! Jobs, jobs, jobs!

    February 9, 2011 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  3. michaelam

    Hey look-–it's Larry, Mo, and Curly!

    February 9, 2011 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  4. duckbutter

    good... now get jobs going... free up credit... work together for the folks....

    February 9, 2011 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  5. vic nashville tn

    Really

    There are so many big issues I bet they won’t find any common ground on those issues

    Cut spending yes they find the common ground but they don’t know what to cut next two years they will discuss what to cut.

    They find the common ground on immigration yes secure the border they will talk about that next two years but they won’t reform

    They find the common ground on 9 % unemployment yes create jobs next two years they will discuss who will create jobs government or private sector

    Next two years do nothing house, do nothing senate and do nothing white house

    February 9, 2011 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  6. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    I am sure that the number one republican issue was discussed: stopping abortion. I do not believe the GOP could have elected a more incompetent bunch of boobs to lead the house. Any chance that a republican will figure out that jobs is the number one priority of a great majority of Americans? I thought not. Still waiting to find out the CBO report on the cost of job killing republican Boner Care.

    February 9, 2011 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  7. duke

    I guess this means the tea-drinkers will be voting them out next cycle,
    How dare they compromise!
    I hope this means we'll be getting policy measures that don't just favor the haves of this world!!

    February 9, 2011 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  8. Four and The Door

    ReFascisticans
    I hope the President didn't compromise on the high speed rail proposal.
    __________________________________________________________________________
    What a joke. There really is someone out there who believe Joe Biden's contention that the trains are not about Obama's ego but that they will create jobs at less than $100 million each. Don't you remember the 4 million job Stimulus bill?!?! And then unemployment kept going up and up and up....

    February 9, 2011 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  9. 100% ETH

    Good Afternoon, Three Stooges.
    We had a delicious LUNCH that could create a Common ground with impair judgment, until the next LUNCH.

    "I felt something, after I ate. What's in it???".

    February 9, 2011 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  10. Marie MD

    Did boner cry? did cantor bring his maalox?
    I am sure the party of no already has a plan to make themselves and their rich friends and corporation even richer while screwing the middle class and the poor.
    BTW – LEAVE MY SOCIAL SECURITY ALONE. I don't want the rethugs or anyone in Congress messing with my retirement after the debacle of the shrub years!

    February 9, 2011 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  11. ~~ JULY ~~ ( Palin is the new Paris Hilton )

    I can't believe Dumb (Boehner) and Dumber ( Cantor ) are in charge ... what a joke.

    February 9, 2011 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  12. 100% ETH

    Do you remember the Chinese President, HU who got one shot with Champagne glass before he signed the trade balance agreement with US???
    HU finally, agreed everything the US President says.

    What a smart move!

    February 9, 2011 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  13. ~~ JULY ~~ ( Palin is the new Paris Hilton )

    michaelam
    Where are the jobs, Mr. Weeper? The American people have spoken and they want jobs! Jobs, jobs, jobs!

    and I say ........... jobs jobs jobs jobs!!!

    February 9, 2011 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  14. Rick in Phx

    Just wondering if they found common ground on what seems to be the most pressing issues in the Republican controlled house right now. "Re-difining rape and starting the abortion war all over again"

    February 9, 2011 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  15. AZ Dem

    The high speed rail idea is something this country needed 10+ years ago. Obama should'n't back down on this when it comes to the budget this country needs to be more connected in that manner and such a large construction project WILL create NUMEROUS jobs. Saying that we need to worry about the deficit everytime the president wants to invest in things we ACTUALLY need is childish and playing political games. Especially since these things should've been what we spent our SURPLUS on instead of 2 dumb wars and tax cuts for millionaires.

    February 9, 2011 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  16. Lynda/Minnesota

    "Don't you remember the 4 million job Stimulus bill?!?! "

    Many in Minnesota remember the Stimulus bill . . . the jobs it produced here in Minnesota kept many who would have otherwise been unemployed, employed.

    February 9, 2011 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |