March 13th, 2013
12:37 PM ET
5 years ago

House GOP warily holds out hand to Obama

Washington (CNN) - When President Barack Obama enters the conference room in the Capitol basement Wednesday to sit down with House Republicans, he'll be met by a group that says it's willing to listen but deeply skeptical of the president's so-called "charm offensive."

"There is clearly some healing to the relationship that has to happen on all sides. You don't solve that with one nice dinner and one nice meal. That's the equivalent of thinking you're going to take care of a problem relationship just by sending flowers," Michigan Republican Rep. Bill Huizenga told CNN.


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  1. rs

    Interesting take. Given the Ryan Plan (the one that they lost the election with) simply got dusted off and re-printedais their opening salvo, I'd say the GOP is still in "Hell no!" mode.The only irony- is that while they maintain their "crush the poor and elderly" plank, the Ryan Plan now balances the budget sooner because of the meager tax increases the GOP rejects.
    Yes, both sides HAVE TO WORK TOGETHER, but until the GOP end their war on Americans (in their embrace of the 1% only), there really isn't much to work with here.
    Maybe after 2014. If the Republicans can last that long.

    March 13, 2013 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  2. Rudy NYC

    Ha. I guess these bad boys must be tired of so publicaly painting themselves into political corners. They're self-checked.

    March 13, 2013 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  3. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    The President's been reaching out to the GOBP. You're a sad excuse of a journalist if you don't report that! Whenever he reaches out to the them, they either have a scheduling conflict or they make up some fabricated excuse. I recall an invitation for the viewing of Lincoln and the Superbowl and they stiffed the President.

    March 13, 2013 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  4. SB Atl

    If I were Obama I would be very wary of them. They are a bunch of snakes.

    March 13, 2013 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  5. Rudy NYC

    Fair is Fair

    There should be a law that outlaws he Chief Executive from picking and choosing the laws he decides to enforce.
    I'm sure liberals would approve of it. No doubt that they will be eager remind Republicans about enforcing environmental laws, financial regulations, and most especially the US Constitution.

    March 13, 2013 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  6. Anthony

    At least Obama is trying. That is the real point of Obama's charm offensive. In 2014, are you going to vote for the party who did not know that they lost the 2012 election and want to double down on the same policies (like the Ryan budget) that lost them the election, or for the party that is at least trying? It is really funny that the losing party in the 2012 election is skeptical that the winning party wants to change its approach. Why will the winning party want to change its approach?

    March 13, 2013 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  7. Rudy NYC

    rs wrote:

    ... the Ryan Plan now balances the budget sooner because of the meager tax increases the GOP rejects. ...
    I'm not so sure. I think he bumped up the date because the Tea Party told him to. But, you're correct about the rest. Ryan is still making overly optimistic projections regarding "economic growth" and unemployment rates. I'd like to hear him explain where these hundreds of thousands of extra jobs are coming from. Nobody was paying attention under Bush. While his admnistration oversay 8 million manufacturing jobs being shipped overseas, he nearly doubled the number of government employees so that people wouldn't take notice. It kept his unemployment rates down, way down. Now Republicans want to cut government. I cannot wait to hear what's next.

    March 13, 2013 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  8. Wake up People!

    So President Obama is FINALLY reaching out to the GOP? Is that the ish you expect informed people to believe? This is getting ridiculous. The POTUS (bless his good heart) has been attempting to reach out to the GOP for more than 4 years now. He has done everything besides kiss their feet. They have done nothing except obstruct for more than 4 years now. Unfortunately our POTUS was a little naive when he first came into office. The whites he was raised around accepted him for who he was not the color of his skin. I do believe he truly thought he could be the one to bring everyone together. Then he won the presidency and the right wing nut jobs lost their collective minds. They opposed everything he put forth, they attacked him and his family but when he fought back they cried foul, and the media never ever told the truth. The GOP and the TP have refused to do anything to help this President succeed, and they are praying that things go from bad to worse.

    I also must say how disgusted I am by this BS term "charm offensive". 47 years old and I have NEVER heard that before.

    March 13, 2013 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  9. critical thinking

    Mr. President, we need to return to the time when receiving government assistance was considered an embarrasment not an entitlement. When people took pride in refusing help from the government.

    March 13, 2013 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  10. Larry L

    The GOP is going to get hammered hard in 2014 – and rightfully so. All of the "fiscal cliff" and sequester nonsense was manufactured by Republicans searching for ways to make the Obama Administration fail. Republicans only protect the very wealthy while generating fear in their right-wing base of bigoted, Fox News drones. It's a house of cards that is certain to fall as the American middle-class tires of the political hostage-taking.

    March 13, 2013 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  11. Sniffit

    How cute. Obama's spent the past 4+ years having every overture he's made to compromise renuffed...hand slapped GOP/Teatroll tantrum throwers who have moved further to the right in order to radicalize their base and give themselves political cover for their obstruction, which they justify with rigid, dogmatic ideological demagoguery...and yet the headline CNN comes up with is "House GOP warily holds out hand to Obama."

    Laughable. IOKIYAR

    March 13, 2013 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  12. Rudy NYC

    critical thinking

    Mr. President, we need to return to the time when receiving government assistance was considered an embarrasment not an entitlement
    It is an embarssment. Haven't you noticed that conservatives don't want to admit that red states consume the most "entitlements" by far? Besides, it was conservatives who came up with the nickname "entitlements" in order to demonize them.

    Unfortunately, the real irony of the word choice is that it has been lost to most Americans. Most folks do not realize that people like Mitt Romney call their investment income from captital gains "entitlements" also.

    March 13, 2013 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  13. steveo

    The repubs granted obama 600 billion more in taxes but only got 85 billion in spending cuts. I think another 500 billion in cuts are in order before adding any more new taxes

    March 13, 2013 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  14. Ray E. (Georgia)

    Obama ran for the job but doesn't want to do it. When two sports teams take the feild they have to play the game.Back in his first Adminstration he submitted a budget. No one voted for it. Republician or Democrat. The Republician's are trying to get common sense into the Budget. He thought the Sequester would die on the Vine. Somebody called Obama lazy. Being President calls for more than sitting on the sidelines. You have to get in the game. The Republicians are trying. Now it is time for Obama to stop voting present and do something.

    March 13, 2013 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  15. Sniffit

    "Mr. President, we need to return to the time when receiving government assistance was considered an embarrasment not an entitlement. When people took pride in refusing help from the government."

    This is your fundamental brain damage. People on social assistance are not generally proud of it and "loving that they can do nothing all day but sit in their Cadillac, smoke dope and watch Oprah reruns on their iPad while shoveling HoHos down their throats." It's STILL horribly embarassing. It's STILL disheartening and leads to widespread learned helplessness. It's STILL a cause of significant psychic pain, depression, low self-esteem and self-confidence, loss of hope in the future and debilitating frustration. Psychological studies show this time and time and time and time and time again. Cherry-picking a few anecdotal cases of some nincompoop who is trying to "game the system" doesn't disprove the results of those studies just because it's what you'd rather believe that accept reality. Your gross and offensive overgeneralization of everyone receiving social assistance (61% of whom are white, by the way) as lazy, feckless, mooching scammers...and the attendant (and incorrect) assumption that most of them are minorities, which assumption is writ large in the language and imagery used by the GOP/ just further evidence that the GOP/Teatrolls stil are not serious about doing what they need to if they wish to avoid their demographic armageddon. Evolve and adapt OR learn to evolve and Learn to enjoy irrelevance. Choose.

    March 13, 2013 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  16. Tony D

    Obama's definition of comprimise: Republicans give Obama everything he wants. Obama promises Republicans he'll do something (undisclosed and unspecificied) later. He is President Wimpy. You all remember Wimpy from the Popeye cartoons don't you? "I'll pay you on Tuesday for a hamburger today." or in Obama's case "I'll cut 100 dollars of spending in ten years, for a trillion dollars in tax hikes today."

    March 13, 2013 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  17. Sniffit

    oops, edit hehe

    "Evolve and adapt OR learn to enjoy irrelevance. Choose."

    March 13, 2013 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  18. Sniffit

    "for a trillion dollars in tax hikes today.""

    There's no such thing. You complain that the cuts would be measured over a decade but then ignore that the revenues raised by closing loopholes would also be measured over a decade. GROW. UP.

    March 13, 2013 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  19. Curly

    President Obama has the repubs on the run so at this time he should be crushing them. Make them come to him on their knees and begging forgiveness for their opposition to his policies. If President Obama continues to handle this situation with the budget and debt correctly He will be able to have a majority in the 2014 election. Then at that time He should be able to lead the democrats and progressives to finally crush the idiots on the right down to the point that they will not be in a position to interfere with the development of the US into an international showcase of what a world state should be.

    March 13, 2013 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  20. James Russell

    Obama doesn't need to negotiate with the Republicans. He only has to continue to be reasonable and appear to reach out and hopefully keep Ryan in the headlines. The Republicans are becoming so unpopular and self destructive thus irrelevant so quickly, in a few weeks they'll be begging to co-sponsor Obama's agenda to prevent imploding all together. Republican congressional approval polling is less than cockroaches. Do nothing to the Do Nothings and like the Spring they'll be gone in a few weeks.

    March 13, 2013 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  21. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    If a person spends a lifetime paying into Social Security and Medicare, how is it considered an "entitlement" when they are legally ready to collect it?

    March 13, 2013 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  22. Woman In California

    "There is clearly some healing to the relationship that has to happen on all sides. You don't solve that with one nice dinner and one nice meal. That's the equivalent of thinking you're going to take care of a problem relationship just by sending flowers,"


    No, you sure don't. You also can't heal a relationship with people who want NO relationship with you at all. When people have sworn an oath to your failure, worship a greedy god by the name of Norquist, and love the god of hate, prejudice and revenge, the best the president will get out of this is a nice dinner. Nothing is going to change and worst of all, your republican enemies will hate you the more for trying. Nice try but a waste of time.

    March 13, 2013 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  23. Tony

    Ray E., Republicans are like a sports team that loses on the field (they lost the 2012 election), then demands that the rules of the game be changed (Republicans want the states that voted for Democrats in 2012 to split their electoral votes), AND that the winning team acknowledges the superiority of the losing team (Republicans think that Obama is on the ropes now, even though his approval rating is 30 points higher than Congress).

    March 13, 2013 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |