March 10th, 2009
06:05 PM ET
14 years ago

Obama plans regular meetings with Hill leaders

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="The president plans to meet every Wednesday morning with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority leader Harry Reid, sources tell CNN."]
WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Barack Obama's Wednesdays are filling up fast.

In addition to regular Wednesday night parties for lawmakers, now comes word he's planning semi-regular Wednesday morning meetings with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, according to administration and congressional officials.

The officials said the president sees considers semi-regular Oval Office meetings - including one slated for this week, at 8:45 a.m. Wednesday - as a chance to have a direct pipeline to the congressional leaders.

The Wednesday confabs come amid growing signs that Obama's agenda may face major hurdles put in its way by some of his fellow Democrats, who have different priorities on some details in the president's budget.

"They want to maintain their open lines of communication and talk about progress they need to make on the big issues," said one senior administration official.

A senior Democratic congressional official added that both sides see "daunting challenges" coming and want to meet on most Wednesday mornings at the White House to "coordinate strategy" in the months ahead.

While the Obama team has pledged to have the most open administration in history, the Democratic officials said the leaders do not plan to discuss the details of the White House meetings with the media, but instead will keep the deliberations private.

soundoff (23 Responses)
  1. Had It

    Here come the right-wing-nut hate bloggers -----------

    March 10, 2009 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  2. No Incumbents 2010

    Please don't go Mr. President. Don't you know bad company corrupts good character?

    March 10, 2009 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  3. aliou FL

    Great!!! for once we have a president who cares about what we think and what anyone else thinks.

    March 10, 2009 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  4. SC

    Tell them who the boss is Mr. President!!!

    March 10, 2009 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  5. Lilly Rose

    Excellent. This man is the most hands-on president of our time. The Republicans will probably whine about this too, but President Obama has it right. A president should not be isolated, he should be out talking to the Senate and Congress and all leaders because they are in this together. America is counting on them. And to the Pelosi-Reid haters – buzz off. After 8 years of Bush/Cheney, Hitler and Stalin look almost affable.

    March 10, 2009 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  6. Typical White Person

    It's easier to get your marching orders from Nancy that way...

    March 10, 2009 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  7. Ernie in LA

    Real good Mr. Obummer. He talks out of both sides of his mouth and his rear end.

    March 10, 2009 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  8. Little too late????, THIS legal??? The President talking with members of the House/Senate??? More DemacRAT indoctrination for the young, impressionable mind of BO!!

    Who knows...maybe some of the Chicago Politics will rub off of BO and stick to Nancy/Harry!! THAT way, they can feel bigger than life, openly do something illegal and we can expedite getting them out of the 'RAT nest called Washington DC!

    Party like ROCK STARS, you crazy kids!!! WE are alllll watching.

    March 10, 2009 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  9. Impartial

    More federal level jobs.. Jobs are jobs yes, but bigger gov't is not going to solve any problems...

    March 10, 2009 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  10. Dan, TX

    I support you Barack!

    March 10, 2009 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  11. Rick S.

    Had It – Why so hateful?

    March 10, 2009 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  12. mother of a soldier

    your right. here we come. Obama has a history of bad company...why stop now! Here go more tax dollars, more wasteful spending and socialism.
    Had it....join the army and see the world. Maybe a little political education will open your eyes.

    March 10, 2009 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  13. Misery Missouri

    Bad company? Thats like the pot calling the kettle black. I wonder if he will include both liberal and conservative leaders, or just some Taliban moderates.

    March 10, 2009 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  14. 2young2vote-OR

    Throw some republicans in
    Kicking and screaming if needed

    March 10, 2009 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  15. Rob from Pa

    Let Hillary take them for a spin in Ft. Marcy park. That should get them back in line !

    March 10, 2009 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  16. Scott, Tucson

    You want to know what's wrong with this country? Just take a look at those two in the above picture.

    March 10, 2009 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  17. fearful for my country

    CNN Please...If I have to keep looking at that Botox witch everytime I sign on, I'm just gonna have to go to fox.

    March 10, 2009 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  18. Peter (CA)

    You mean you won't just go on vacation half a dozen times a year and clear brush?

    March 10, 2009 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  19. tess

    transparant – private – which is it going to be o'bama? you really can't have it both ways, because eventually even the media will get tired of being made to look like the fools they actually are. i give you about another couple of months before a majority of americans aren't fooled by your talk because it will become sooo obvious it doesn't match the walk!!!!!

    March 10, 2009 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  20. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    A scary triumvirate of three "Old Politics" types even though one is young.

    March 10, 2009 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  21. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    I did respect Pelosi in her position but she has proven me wrong. The more I see this woman she reminds me of someone who wanted to be a rock star, she is greedy for attention and her way. President Obama needs to watch Pelosi carefully.

    March 10, 2009 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  22. Perusing-through


    With GOP announcement that their new strategy to win back congressional seats in 2010 is to WIN THE MESSAGE WAR; and to do that the GOP plans to daily savage the Presidents so as to bring down his very high poll numbers. Therefore the Democrats must set up a Wednesday morning 2010 Party Defense Strategy. Makes sense to me.

    March 10, 2009 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  23. Ula Nejad Sacramento, Ca

    oh please ! least give Princess Ann Coulter some credit for telling it like it is. Pelosi and democrats have been gushing over their new baby boy and is spending money like water to welcome him home . He has created new posts to have all his nannies around at all times to dote on him. And the brat still wants more attention.

    March 10, 2009 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |