November 4th, 2010
10:31 AM ET
11 years ago

Obama invites Republicans and Democrats to White House

(CNN) - President Barack Obama has invited the leaders of the Republicans and Democrats in both houses of Congress to join him in a meeting to discuss what to do in the waning days of this Congress's term, vowing it will "not be just a photo-op," he said Thursday.

Obama wants to discuss the future of the Bush-era tax cuts, he said. They're due to expire at the end of the year, and Republicans and Democrats disagree about whether - or how - to extend them.

The meeting is set for November 18, Obama said.

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soundoff (27 Responses)
  1. Alex

    A "meeting"? I'm sure it will be more of the same old Republican whining that they don't like the Democrats ideas, while not offering any of their own. Obama's tried so hard to reach out to Republicans and they returned with completely uncivilized and Anit-American behavior. Now that they have some power, who in the world thinks anything is going to change? It's like giving a two-year-old his way when he starts crying – do you really think that will change his behavior?

    I can't wait until Summer of 2011. Then all us Democrats can start asking, "hey Repubs, how the come the economy isn't fixed yet? All of our problems should have been solved by now! You're not doing what the American people want you to do! Why isn't unemployement back at 5%?"

    November 4, 2010 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  2. tyjsha

    I pray they come to a good agreement.. For the country sake.

    November 4, 2010 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  3. Canuck

    When is Obama going to figure out that the Republicans hate him and that he is wasting his time trying to work with them,
    I wonder?

    November 4, 2010 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  4. ToGetherWeStand

    I hope that the GOP can start showing some results as well... just because the American people restore their power in Senate, it does not mean that we are gullable.

    If Dems and GOP work together, we will move forward.

    Obama 2012

    November 4, 2010 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  5. November 2, 2010 - The Day Progressive Socialism was STOPPED! Rollback to continue in 2012!!

    it better not be a photo op session! If they don't address this mess QUICK we're all due to get tax increases on Jan. 1. As it is that will probably already happen for a little while because the DemocRATS haven't done their damn job and addressed this.

    November 4, 2010 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  6. Orlando Patriot

    Obama is running scared now!! Just two years ago he was (theoretically speaking) flipping the "bird" to the Republicans and not even ALLOWING Republicans to be involved in ANY discussions. The Democrats released a Health Care Bill and gave the Republicans 24 hours to read it. Of course we will not approve something like that!! But now Obama realizes he is perceived (correctly) that he is incompetent and has done what may be irreversible damage!! What a useless partisan and incompetent president we currently have and the Republicans can start the process of repairing some of the damage with 2012 taking full power in Congress and the presidency to where full repair can be done.

    November 4, 2010 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  7. Fed Up

    Watch out Republicans. You are now Obama's "enemies" (his word). I would take a taste tester with me.

    November 4, 2010 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  8. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Okay GOP, the ball is in YOUR court, again. Here's the olive branch......again.
    Watchagonnado now? All eyes are on you.
    Make us proud (choke!).

    November 4, 2010 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  9. broderick

    Look the gop won wow! But for those won voted some power back to these clowns when u and ur kids are hit by their evil ways then guess u wil see!! This was a mistake america!

    November 4, 2010 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  10. Liam

    Guess he won't do a repeat on, "Elections have consequeces and you lost". This is the best thing that could have happened and now both parties are going to have to work together. The GOP is on probation and Dems have been thrashed so both sides will be more apt to work together. There is a large amount of Democrat Senators that are running again in 2012 and that is going to keep Reid in check as I don't think they will readily take the fall next time.

    November 4, 2010 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  11. NVa Native

    At least by now Obama knows he can't trust anything the Repubs say. The Repubs have lied to and decieved all of us so many times – it's amazing their base is so gulliable.

    November 4, 2010 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  12. Four and The Door

    I hope he provides directions and protocol tips to the Republicans. He has been so arrogant since being elected very few if any Republicans have been invited to the White House. That is, until the American people spoke on Tuesday.

    November 4, 2010 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  13. Annie, Atlanta

    I can be hopeful – we all can. The GOP is in charge of the house, the Dems the senate. The people have spoken and want the GOP more involved. Let's see if they, too, can try to accomplish some things for main street or if all those corporations who spent billions this time around get their's first. It will be interesting to watch. Sadly, most people don't, and sadly the news media won't tell us the truth. 90% of Americans believe Obama raised their taxes. That is borderline criminal.

    November 4, 2010 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  14. PalmReader

    If Congress chooses to extend ALL the Bush Tax cuts, I suggest these cuts are FULLY paid for. We are after all now facing the new dawn of a spendthrifty Congress (albeit a Congress filled with more of the same faces than not) which ran on less spending. (Bush conviently did not include his tax cuts as fully paid for in his budget, hence the crash of 2007.) Rand Paul seems to think that because we all work for the rich, we should give the rich a break and not burden them over much. Rand Paul also wants to balance the budget, and cut deficits. While Paul won't be voting on Bush's tax cuts, I do hope he continues to express himself for when HE will be voting on legislation. If there will be any legislation coming out of the newly elected Congress that is. It is becoming increasingly clear that the new Congress is even more less likely to introduce any signficant legislation at all. Trashing President Obama seems to be the name of the game. Same old, same old.

    November 4, 2010 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  15. doug

    I'm glad the Republicans are meeting with Obama at the White House, just please don't eat or drink anything given to you, as Obama stated in his interview with Univision, every American right of center is the enemy, Obama won't even say that about Al Queda or the Taliban, but hard working, honest, caring, decent, law abiding right of center Americans are the enemy according to our alinsky disciple in the WH.

    November 4, 2010 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  16. Rickster

    Republicans should tell Obama to "shove it". Remember, it was Obama who has repeatedly said that republicans should shut up and sit in the back seat and it was the democrats who would not allow any republican input since the day the disastrous Obama was elected. So now that Obama has driven the bus into the ditch suddenly he wants to make nice? I don't think so, Barry.

    November 4, 2010 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  17. Monster Zero

    Like Vlad the Impaler invited all of his "friends and colleagues" to a nice Sunday brunch....common sense in 2012 to set it right!

    November 4, 2010 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  18. Robert

    Poor Mr. President, he still thinks republicans will work with him.

    November 4, 2010 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  19. Irma in North Carolina

    Oh ya like the republicans are going to come running to him. This is going to be dangerous out there, with republicans in there. Some one has to stop these jerks.

    November 4, 2010 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  20. Video Guy

    The White House should have Reporters in the room for the whole meeting, so the public can learn how the GOP has no interest in helping with the problems we have.

    November 4, 2010 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  21. keepstufingthis

    You know, its a shame, almost 2 years and this is the first time many of these Republicans have been invited to the White House by this incompetent, inept fool, that told all of us how bi partisan he would be if we voted for him. A lot of people were fooled and he turned into Pelosis little boy,

    November 4, 2010 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  22. Love

    Let there be a open discussion. Where are the jobs Mitch. Day 2

    November 4, 2010 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  23. Laurie

    Keep trying to be a decent human being President Obama. It reflects well on your character. I am proud that you are our President.

    November 4, 2010 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  24. jules sand-perkins

    Obama is deluded!
    What's he going to offer them: their choice of beer?
    Anything Obama thinks does not matter now.
    This president is over, and he can't accept it.

    November 4, 2010 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  25. Nita

    President Obama is one of the hardest working presidents in the history of USA. Soon the money graver republicans and tea party baggers will realize what it is to be in the spot light. Soon the tabloit media will shine their spot light on them and
    will tell about all their dirty deals and sabotage. Soon the fools that voted those impostors into office will fill the shame of
    having fall for the lies of those idiots.

    November 4, 2010 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
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