Pres. Obama spoke to House Republicans at their two-day retreat in Baltimore, MD. He repeated his State of the Union address plea for bipartisanship on health care and other economic issues. GOP leaders commented later, following shortly after a question-and-answer session with the President.

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20 Responses to “House Republican Retreat with Pres. Obama”

  1. W_Nelson says:

    I _DO NOT_ understand this. He had a supermajority in the Senate and nearly that in the House for nearly a year. And he is wining? REALLY?? They had no trouble with the piggy banker spread and getting the bankers paid: like a duck on a Junebug. And now this wining about healthcare — like John Stewart quipped: the Democrats could have made gay marriage _mandatory,_ had they so chosen.

    The effective mendacity and functional ambivalence of this man defies description.

  2. eightnine2718281828mu5 says:


    He had a supermajority in the Senate and nearly that in the House for nearly a year.

    Specter switched parties on April 28, Franken was seated on July 8.

  3. eightnine2718281828mu5 says:

    actually July 7th for Franken

  4. eightnine2718281828mu5 says:

    And the whining I heard was from the Republicans disingenuously claiming that they were ever interested in any rapprochement.

  5. W_Nelson says:

    *He had a supermajority in the Senate.

    *He had nearly a supermajority in the House for nearly a year. (Same with the Senate.)

    The Republicans are irrelevant, given that context.

    He promised, and he promised, and he promised — he was given huge majorities in the Congress to keep those promises — and he’s done little to nothing. It defies explanation. (Except the obvious explanation, that this is a game of getting the right elites paid.) Everything else, the SOTU, the press conferences, the chatter coming out of the Congress is disingenuous bullshit.

    What’s the point of listening to noise anymore?

  6. eightnine2718281828mu5 says:


    The Republicans are irrelevant, given that context.

    Except of course for the fact that the Republicans took a giant dump on the economy and now complain about the smell.

  7. Paul Jones says:

    The GOP is still the same botox & haircut mask for despotism.

  8. David Merkel says:

    Neither party understands economic reality. The Tea Party folks may be worse, though. They expect that there is an easy solution.

    We are at the end of 50 years of deferring obligations as a culture and as a government. We have made government bigger in areas that it has little competence.

    Every reform is painful, but no one wants to take pain. Delaying the pain pushes us closer and closer to a Japan-style liquidity trap, and eventual sovereign default.

    Few want a real solution, because it would hurt.

    http://alephblog.com/2009/01/15/what-i-would-do/

  9. bsneath says:

    I see nothing but positive developments. Obama has returned to the centrist positions that got him elected and he out debated the Republicans which sends the message that they had better begin to cooperate or they will quickly lose the advantage of the Brown win.

    Perhaps the year of gridlock and extremism is over and Washington will begin the business of governing again.

  10. Northern Observer says:

    Nelson,
    To answer you question the Senate Republicans are abusing the rules of the filibuster to impede regular business in that chamber. The current partisan frenzy in conservative circles means that a sitting republican Senator can not even be seen to co-operate with the administration let alone actually vote for closure an any issues. Even Olympia Snow is running scared of her right flank.
    Given all this the only way Obama can succeed is if the Democratic Senate leadership mans up and either uses reconciliation to get bills finalized or uses the “nuclear option” to break the filibuster. It’s funny but Obama;s agenda is struggling because the rump Republicans are having an ideological purity purge. The American Senate is not designed to deal with such events. The last time it was this logjamed (1850-1860) a Civil War followed. Not a good sign.

  11. bsneath says:

    Obama admits Dems snuck in health care provisions
    By Tom Bevan – RCP 01/30/10 at 2:11 pm

    A surprising but underreported comment by President Obama at yesterday’s House Republican retreat acknowledges that Congressional Democrats ’snuck in’ provisions to the health care bill and violated their promise to voters.

    “The last thing I will say, though — let me say this about health care and the health care debate, because I think it also bears on a whole lot of other issues. If you look at the package that we’ve presented — and there’s some stray cats and dogs that got in there that we were eliminating, we were in the process of eliminating. For example, we said from the start that it was going to be important for us to be consistent in saying to people if you can have your — if you want to keep the health insurance you got, you can keep it, that you’re not going to have anybody getting in between you and your doctor in your decision making. And I think that some of the provisions that got snuck in might have violated that pledge.”

  12. Simon says:

    @bsneath

    I agree. Very impressive performance. It’s not too late.

  13. Trainwreck says:

    Very impressed with BO’s performance. And I think the republican side of the House is looking for something, even if ever so small, they can bring back to their constituents that can claim as a victory. I think deep down most of them want to work with BO they just don’t know how to without pissing off their base.

  14. victor says:

    Since 2006 the Dem’s have had an absolute, veto proof majority in both the house and the senate. And here we are in 2010 blaming either the Bush Administration for all the current ills, and/or the Rep minorities in the Congress. Here’s a Jewish lament popular in Europe throughout the centuries: “goi (gentile) kill goi, blame Jew”…..So, why not this one: “Dem screw Dem, blame Rep” ….. Pelosi, Reid and Obama are the best “things” that ever happened to the Rep political scene…

  15. victor says:

    to bsneath:

    be careful what you wish for: “ending gridlock in DC”? you must be kidding, it’s gridlock we need most of all for our economy to get going..remember Mark Twain’s: “No one’s life, liberty, or property is safe while the legislature is in session.” long live gridlock!!!!

  16. Wow. What a difference a website makes. I was reading the HuffPo site about this event and they were hanging from the rafters screaming how the president owned the GOP. Yes, he got in a few good shots but any good debater could have taken his points down. Unfortunately, there weren’t too many of those standing for the GOP. I guess that’s what happens when you don’t really believe in what you claim to be fighting for.

    At least the democrats can claim that. They actually believe in the s0cialism they are fighting for. Does the GOP believe in families and the middle class? I doubt it

  17. Moss says:

    Hopefully this performance will remind those doubters as the why this guy is president.
    The GOP must move away from the birthers and other half cocked ideas, which they fuel, that purposefully attempts to paint Obama as illegitimate. That is the whole premise of their BS. That he is not legit and therefore nothing he says or wants to do is credible or deserves their consideration. This is what the ignorant base has ‘bought’ and gives them purpose. The fact however is that most of what the GOP says and does is not credible when analyzed with any critical thought.

  18. Northern Observer says:

    victor,
    The American Senate does not work on majority rule for many of its procedural votes, so in essence you need the good faith participation of the minority party in the Senate to get basic business accomplished. Many Americans don’t understand that. They think it is 50 votes and you can do anything. This is not so.

  19. davossherman@gmail.com says:

    Obama is an utter and absolute moron. Working together to solve a problem is not taking a notebook of ideas and deciding which is good or bad and using that suggestion.

    It is a bogus 2 party illusion and the lobbyists and the corporations yank these guys strings and we get shafted.

  20. Darmah says:

    Obama made some excellent points, like the Republicans have left themselves no room for negotiation; about all they can do is say “no.”

    Nothing will change any time soon until the filibuster rules change. Senators trying to block a vote do not have to hold the floor and continue to speak as long as there is a quorum. Today, the minority just advises the majority leader that the filibuster is on.

    Republicans are reaping major points with many because not many realize they are blocking everything. Just look at the doubling of cloture votes since 2006. Make the SOB’s stand in the senate and speak. Maybe then the public will see what they are doing and just how little substance there is to the GOP. And maybe the Repubs will start acting in good faith.

    The Dems are still pussies though, so I doubt much will change.