Shorter Obama to GOP: Help me help you
After President Obama visited Capitol Hill Wednesday to meet with House Republicans, Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz tweeted a photo, saying "Good mtg with POTUS today. I took this shot."
March 13th, 2013
06:50 PM ET
5 years ago

Shorter Obama to GOP: Help me help you

Washington (CNN) - The way administration officials describe it, President Barack Obama's message to congressional Republicans can be summed up as "help me help you."

On issues ranging from the debt to immigration reform, White House officials said the president told House GOP lawmakers in their closed-door meeting that he is no longer interested in the next election cycle.

For example, on immigration reform, administration officials said Obama cautioned Republicans in the room that it's more in their interest than his own when it comes to striking a deal on the contentious, long-simmering issue.

But White House officials also took note of the standing ovation offered to the president by lawmakers in the room. Warmed by the gesture, Obama tried to hammer home the point that he understands both sides won't be able to overcome all of their disagreements.

"He noted that they did not need to resolve all policy differences to make progress on challenges facing the country where there is agreement," a White House official said in a statement on the meeting.

Contrary to initial reports that the president signaled the administration would approve completion of the Keystone Pipeline in the near future, officials said Mr. Obama did not tip his hand on the controversial project.

Despite the upbeat assessment of the meeting, White House officials remain somewhat dubious about the prospects of reaching a grand bargain on the deficit.

The president remains committed to seeking new revenues in the form of closing tax loopholes and deductions, the officials said, knowing full well it's a proposal many House Republicans are sure to oppose.

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  1. cr

    Perhaps this was a good beginning to a new and more open relationship between the President and Congress. Perhaps we will see both Speaker Boehner and Sen. McConnell leading their colleagues into this session of Congress with a renewed sense of bipartisanship with give and take by both parties.

    March 13, 2013 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  2. Wake up People!

    Queue the right wing hate in 1, 2, 3, 4......

    March 13, 2013 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  3. becky

    reading through the ticket today gives one a sense of the problems facing us all. The photo which includes Sen. McConnell and Speaker Boehner show that both men have their jaws clenched and they definitely were not happy to be there. It will take a big push from all of us to get them moving forward and attempting to bring about a consensus on different pieces of legislation; The Speaker and Senator have stated more than once that they will not compromise even though polls show the American people to be in disagreement with them. Unfortunately, they will probably ignore us and do as they please. Perhaps their fellow Republicans can get them to move forward. They still do not believe the election results and will continue on as if a Republican was elected President. WE need to bombard them with the truth.

    March 13, 2013 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  4. Larry L

    The most telling fact about Republicans is their willingness to cut Medicare and gut Social Security benefits but their unwillingness to eliminate tax loopholes, deductions and subsidies for corporations and the ultra-rich. That says it all...

    March 13, 2013 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  5. Dennis

    Obama already got his revenue increases once, now he wants more... and we haven't seen a dime in real Federal cuts yet.

    Anyone surprised?

    March 13, 2013 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  6. Disgusted

    Give me a break!! He isn't interested in the next election cycle??? I'm sure Michelle is. How do you know when a politician is lying?

    March 13, 2013 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  7. Leopold

    "The president remains committed to seeking new revenues in the form of closing tax loopholes and deductions, the officials said, knowing full well it's a proposal many House Republicans are sure to oppose."

    Its proven FACT that revenue is not the problem. Our govt takes in excess of $2.5 trillion, $1.8T from taxes alone. Simply quit hemorrhaging money!!!!!!

    March 13, 2013 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  8. nintex

    It's encouraging to see how hard President Obama is working to come to some common ground with the Republicans. What more can he do? It's obvious to all but the tea people that he really does have the best interests of all the American people at heart. Yet they continue to criticize his every move and find something to be paranoid about in his every action. I'm so sick of all the negativity – the only thing to do is to vote against every Republican come next election. That would be a positive!

    March 13, 2013 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  9. jkane sfl the gop national disgrace party will be swept out like the trash they are in2014 ?

    I say,let them sink on the titanic that they sailed ,why throw them a life raft that they won't fund. It's their ice both , let um sink !!!!

    March 13, 2013 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  10. Catmandew

    We will see Obama has been most motivated by the elections since taking office. I doubt that will change anytime in the future. It is really too bad that is his only motivation. He has set minorities back a couple of decades with his job performance! He will go down in history as the campaigner in chief.

    March 13, 2013 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  11. Former Republican, now an Independent

    President Obama may be able to put aside the next election cycle, but that is the only thing on the minds of the republicans. They would sacrifice the well being of the entire country to win power in the the next election. As usual, their hidden motto remains "politics over people" .

    March 13, 2013 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  12. stars

    The only help they need is to get rid of Rover nitwit, Koch head brothers and fake news fruit cakes.

    March 13, 2013 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  13. Spike

    The hubris of this guy is phenomenal. Do you think he has a savior complex?

    March 13, 2013 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  14. Larry L

    The Keystone Pipeline is an endorsement to the fracking industry. Fracking does produce gas and oil but the environmental costs are yet to be determined. One thing is clear – those who put all of America's energy future into carbon-based fuel are totally rejecting the consequences of man's contribution to global climate change. We talk about our obligation to our grandchildren yet we appear willing to leave them a completely unmanageable social and environmental scenario.

    March 13, 2013 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  15. Sumsanity

    Fish gotta swim, birds gotta fly.Obama's gotta speak, So obama's gotta lie

    March 13, 2013 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  16. norma jean

    Consider the fact that President Obamas entire presidency started with the Repubs claiming no intent to work with him and their intent to limit him to one term. This has been the basis for many things that could have been done to improve our counttry but can't be done by one party with no help from the other. There is a report out that several plans that the president has given to McConnell and Boehner have stopped there and gone no further....something that is now becoming more news worthy and showing up more offten!!.

    March 13, 2013 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  17. joeinalabama

    "The fact that we are here today to debate raising America's debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the US Government cannot pay its own bills.
    It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our Government's reckless fiscal policies.
    Increasing America's debt weakens us domestically and internationally.
    Leadership means that, 'the buck stops here.' Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren.
    America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better."

    ~ Senator Barack H. Obama, March 2006

    March 13, 2013 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  18. outside view

    The G O P will oppose all measures by this President. They run their policies based on FEAR (False Evidence Appearing Real). Most adults know that in a compromise no side gets everything they want.

    March 13, 2013 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  19. zeno

    Shorter Obama to GOP: Help me help you. Yeah right!

    March 13, 2013 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  20. db

    "help me help you".................And after shaking hands you best count your fingers to be sure they're all still there.

    March 13, 2013 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  21. Carl

    Hey, I got into the comments column before they shut comments off! Like they do often after running an Obama story. Nobody, unless they are not very smart, believes the snake anymore. He's worn out his character. And he's made a big mistake, which he'll probably fix soon. For no longer is it the GOP vs Democrats paths towards reducing and eliminating the deficit. He's gone on the record in saying he is not interested in try to bring spending into balance with revenues and more so as to reduce the skytrocketing debt he's put on us. So, in terms of things you Leftists will understand its either throwing granny off a cliff, or our kids. He loses on that one.

    March 13, 2013 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  22. Pete

    Pres.Obamas sees the writing on the wall because he set republicans up so to speak..This sequester that posters here say ignorently is Pres.Obamas alamo ,but they don't realize its they the General Custards that'll get slaughtered come midterms..Republicans again putting their arrogence in front of ignorence almost voting unanamously in both houses for this sequester full well knowing it could be your political death warrents but you voted that way having it sent to Pres.Obamas desk where he happily signed it again knowing what he had done..Now he's trying to make this deal as painless as possible because you know you're going down no matter what you do so you'll fight to the end won't you thinking a good political martyr will awaken your partys spirits so others will follow in your place ..Ain't gonna happen republicans you never had any spirit anyway and your followers will be much of the same unspirited minions who will do anything for their corporate,wealthy handlers...

    March 13, 2013 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  23. facists4cnn

    Obama should focus on spending cuts in place of new revenues.... then cnn might have a real story!

    March 13, 2013 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  24. me

    not going to get much from him when he admits hat he is nott interested in balancing the budget or cuting collosal spending

    March 13, 2013 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  25. Fortinbras

    They are beyond help. Let them go choke on their lobby money.

    March 14, 2013 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
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