Obama to finally meet with Speaker Paul Ryan

posted at 1:01 pm on January 30, 2016 by Jazz Shaw

There’s a meeting coming up this week at the White House which will draw some media attention, but probably not accomplish much more than generating a few headlines in the back pages of the paper. President Obama will meet for the very first time with Paul Ryan since he became Speaker of the House, as well as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. I know you’re breathless with anticipation. (Washington Post)

President Obama will hold his first meeting with House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) next week when he welcomes Ryan and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to the Oval Office, the White House said.

Ryan, who took over after John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) unexpectedly stepped down in October, has been running the House chamber for three months.

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said the men will discuss the president’s fiscal 2017 budget request and areas of common legislative interest in Obama’s final year in office. Asked why it took so long for Obama and Ryan to meet, Earnest cited schedule disruptions from holidays and the recent snowstorm.

First of all, it’s worth noting that a lot of things seem to get blamed on that snowstorm. First it was able to delay the release of the last batch of Clinton emails by an entire month, and now it’s stopped the President of the United States from making time to meet with the person who is third in the line of succession for a quarter of the year. Sure, he also blamed “schedule disruptions” caused by the holidays, but if you are past the half century mark and can still be surprised by the arrival of Thanksgiving and Christmas then you might want to work on your general awareness of your surroundings.

So what are they going to talk about? If it’s a victory lap on the spending bill that probably won’t work very well for Ryan and McConnell. There are rumors that they want to hash over the the Trans-Pacific Partnership deal which is probably low hanging fruit for these three, but will be a much harder sell for the Democrats’ leadership. When you’ve got both of the leading Dem candidates for Obama’s job claiming to oppose it right now, votes may be hard to come by. There’s also talk of a potential criminal justice reform bill on the table and I suppose they could round up some votes for that if it’s not too focused on the demands of the SJW.

So will this be a beer summit? Nope. Not even the bourbon summit that McConnell wanted. The White House doesn’t endorse the idea of day drinking.

Obama and McConnell (R-Ky.) have talked about having a “bourbon summit,” but Earnest played down the likelihood that they’ll crack a bottle next week.

The meeting will take place in the “late morning, early afternoon,” Earnest said. A reporter suggested with a chuckle that that is a perfect time for a shot.

“In some offices that may be true, but not in the Oval Office,” the spokesman replied.

I was going back and looking at some of the meetings between Boehner and Obama over the years and there really weren’t that many of those, either. There was the occasional golf match in the beginning, but after that they seemed to have only met a few times per year at most. But once Ryan was sworn in, it seems like there might have been a good will gesture of a sit down in the Oval Office just to get things started on a positive note. For his part, the new Speaker has talked about finding areas of common ground to get things done. Let’s see what comes of that, even though the phrase gives me chills after watching the past decade or so of cross-party efforts.

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One bird, two feathers

Schadenfreude on January 30, 2016 at 1:03 PM

They’ll discuss how to eliminate the evil influences of the radical right.

GaltBlvnAtty on January 30, 2016 at 1:07 PM

How shall we screw the people this year sir?

wifarmboy on January 30, 2016 at 1:09 PM

We go back in time, to the InFamous
HealthCare Summitt:

Hopey/Changey was p*ssed:
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“I will not sign a plan that adds one dime to our deficits — either now or in the future.”
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canopfor on January 30, 2016 at 1:09 PM

two liberal putzes walk into a room…a nation suffers

DanMan on January 30, 2016 at 1:09 PM

but if you are past the half century mark and can still be surprised by the arrival of Thanksgiving and Christmas then you might want to work on your general awareness of your surroundings.

25th Amendment, Section 4. Dear Liar is too incompetent to be president (and malignant as well). Joe Biden is the less worse option.

rbj on January 30, 2016 at 1:12 PM

They’ll get together and smoke a doobie. See recent pictures of Ryan and his bloodshot eyes.

Ruckus_Tom on January 30, 2016 at 1:13 PM

The meeting will take place in the “late morning, early afternoon,” Earnest said. A reporter suggested with a chuckle that that is a perfect time for a shot.

No shots before breakfast.

wifarmboy on January 30, 2016 at 1:14 PM

Maybe Hopey could take Ryan golfing,
and Ryan can take Changey sledding,
er, snowmobiling for you patriots,
south of the northern border.

canopfor on January 30, 2016 at 1:14 PM

Ryan picking up his orders in person.

Clark1 on January 30, 2016 at 1:16 PM

good. in the same place at the same time. shackle them together and throw them in the dungeon.

let them eat peas.

renalin on January 30, 2016 at 1:17 PM

They’ll probably discuss how they can continue to pull the wool over the countries eyes that there really is an opposition party in Washington D.C.

bflat879 on January 30, 2016 at 1:17 PM

he does not need to meet with him. Ryan already gave him everything he wanted without a word needed, cuz lyin’ Ryan is a GOPe lefty, and a Chamber puppet.

and now TPP, another anti-American Obama bill that Ryan supports.

and where is the omnibus outrage from HA? they save that for Trump

Senator Philip Bluster on January 30, 2016 at 1:20 PM

I’m glad Speak RyINO will finally have a chance to grovel in person to thank Obama for giving him such a generous budget bill for him to pass

They can all sit around and bash Trump and Cruz and joke about who’s going to get cushier Wall St board gigs when they’re done

thurman on January 30, 2016 at 1:23 PM

“How may I serve you, my master?”

— P. Ryan

fossten on January 30, 2016 at 1:24 PM

I was going to try to wax sarcastic, but Clark1 on January 30, 2016 at 1:16 PM and bflat879 on January 30, 2016 at 1:17 PM covered everything concisely. It is less a working meeting and more an offering of formal submission and allegiance.

Subotai Bahadur on January 30, 2016 at 1:24 PM

areas of common ground

“Come into my parlor”, said the spider to the fly.

Cleombrotus on January 30, 2016 at 1:27 PM

Endless delays blamed upon the snow.
Are these people the weakest, most delicate and lazy human beings in America?
Problem: Snow.
Solution: Shovel your sidewalk and then go to work.

No wonder this country is so sc***ed up with a bunch of work-intolerant delicate little flowers in charge.

orangemtl on January 30, 2016 at 1:28 PM

Dropping off the blank check?

artist on January 30, 2016 at 1:35 PM

“Alright Paul, this is what I want you to do this year, ok?”

“Yes boss”.

“In your new role as speaker of the house you will be reporting day-to-day to my surrogate, Nancy Pelosi. Harry and Mitch will also play a role.”

“Yes, of course”.

“I don’t want to have to come down there if they tell me you are being difficult and not following the plan exactly as I instructed”.

“Never, sir, you have my word”.

“Ok, I think we’ll make a fine team. Just keep your mouth shut and do as your told”.

Redstone on January 30, 2016 at 1:37 PM

But once Ryan was sworn in, it seems like there might have been a good will gesture of a sit down in the Oval Office just to get things started on a positive note

Oh I saw plenty of positive note right before Christmas. Made me so happy.

arnold ziffel on January 30, 2016 at 1:37 PM

You’re

Redstone on January 30, 2016 at 1:39 PM

One bird, two feathers

Schadenfreude on January 30, 2016 at 1:03 PM

How can you say that? Have you forgotten how he took on The One and revealed the lies behind Obamacare?

TBSchemer on January 30, 2016 at 1:49 PM

Obama meets with co-conspirator who sold out America. Trump has exposed all of the sell out faux conservatives.

they lie on January 30, 2016 at 1:54 PM

Obama won’t meet with anyone who opposes him.

22044 on January 30, 2016 at 1:57 PM

…two peas…one pod…

So will this be a beer summit? Nope. Not even the bourbon summit that McConnell wanted. The White House doesn’t endorse the idea of day drinking.

…choom summit…

Hey Paul don’t bogart that joint will ya

Pelosi Schmelosi on January 30, 2016 at 1:58 PM

How can you say that? Have you forgotten how he took on The One and revealed the lies behind Obamacare?

Yeah, what has he done lately about Obamacare? Fully funded it, then held a show vote against it.

Kabuki theater. They’ve been talking on the phone for weeks or months. Maybe Obama is having him over so he can show Ryno the embarrassing pictures and recordings he has on him in person.

Merthin on January 30, 2016 at 1:58 PM

How can you say that? Have you forgotten how he took on The One and revealed the lies behind Obamacare?
TBSchemer on January 30, 2016 at 1:49 PM

…and then got his head handed to him by Slow Joe Biden?

Cleombrotus on January 30, 2016 at 2:00 PM

Late morning -early afternoon meeting. Obama’s gonna get up early?

Exninja on January 30, 2016 at 2:01 PM

So what are they going to talk about?

Probably how much they hate the little people who live between the east and west coasts.

darwin on January 30, 2016 at 2:06 PM


Neil Young & Crazy Horse – Roll Another Number

Think I’ll roll another number for the road,
I feel able to get under any load.
Though my feet aren’t on the ground,
I been standin’ on the sound
Of some open-hearted people goin’ down.

Pelosi Schmelosi on January 30, 2016 at 2:06 PM

For his part, the new Speaker has talked about finding areas of common ground to get things done. Let’s see what comes of that, even though the phrase gives me chills after watching the past decade or so of cross-party efforts.

This is why so many have had it with the GOPe’s collaboration and enabling of the Obama fundamental transformation progressive agenda. The kabuki. The contempt towards the voters.

The Speaker is supposed to be leading the opposition party. The party that was elected to it’s largest Congressional majorities in 90 years. How many times this year will we be told that this isn’t the hill?

Athos on January 30, 2016 at 2:08 PM

Please WI, primary Ryan.

Mr. Arrogant on January 30, 2016 at 2:13 PM

Little Feat – Don’t Bogart That Joint

Roll another one,
Just like the other one.
You been holding onto it,
And I sure would like a hit!
Don’t bogart that joint my friend,
Pass it over to me!
Don’t bogart that joint my friend,
Pass it over to me!

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canopfor on January 30, 2016 at 2:15 PM

Ryan better bring along plenty of bleach, rubbing alcohol, and paper towels. Ovomit will have ryan on his knees first, then all fours, then on his knees again, and ryan will gobble and take every millimeter ovomit has to offer.

Disgusting yes, that’s my opinion of ryan and the rest of the progressive traitor ‘republicans’.

Andy__B on January 30, 2016 at 2:22 PM

How many times this year will we be told that this isn’t the hill?

Good question. Even I finally gave up on that argument and I held on to it for a long time.

Jazz Shaw on January 30, 2016 at 2:23 PM

“Yezzer mista president. Anything you want, mista president.”

Kafir on January 30, 2016 at 2:34 PM

Ryan has been doing a lot of toe touches so he doesn’t strain his back when Bubble Boy bends him over the Oval Orifice couch.

vnvet on January 30, 2016 at 2:36 PM

Meeting Minutes

10:00am: Meeting begins

10:05am: Ryan endorses Obama agenda

10:06am: Ryan agrees to defend Obama against conservatives.

Whitewolf7070 on January 30, 2016 at 2:37 PM

So is this technically their morning after breakfast? Did it take Ryan that long to clean up?

TAARP on January 30, 2016 at 2:37 PM

Paul Ryan as Soeaker of the Houseis “the person who is third in the line of succession” ~ Jazz Shaw

Jazz not sure why people say this. The Speaker is second in line of succession. The president doesn’t succeed to be president because he already is the president.

Conservative4Ever on January 30, 2016 at 2:55 PM

OT, the real meeting

America :)

Live

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DUlJGZAMFNI&feature=youtu.be

Schadenfreude on January 30, 2016 at 2:56 PM

Correction:

Paul Ryan as Speaker of the House “the person who is third in the line of succession” ~ Jazz Shaw

Jazz not sure why people say this. The Speaker is second in line of succession. The president doesn’t succeed to be president because he already is the president.

Conservative4Ever on January 30, 2016 at 2:57 PM

Nailing all their azzes, in the cold.

Schadenfreude on January 30, 2016 at 3:15 PM

Nailing all their azzes, in the cold.

Schadenfreude on January 30, 2016 at 3:15 PM

Schadenfreude: Heres a linky for you:)

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canopfor on January 30, 2016 at 3:30 PM

How can you say that? Have you forgotten how he took on The One and revealed the lies behind Obamacare?
TBSchemer on January 30, 2016 at 1:49 PM

Some opposition, he fully funded it despite have way more than eough votes in the House to get a better deal. Why do you bother to defend him? Did Rand put Ryan on his VP shortlist?

nobar on January 30, 2016 at 3:55 PM

Oh…. yeah… and thanks for the unlimited allowance check Ryan…

… and thank Romney for taking the fall with my aide Candy Crowley.

viking01 on January 30, 2016 at 4:35 PM

I have a protocol question. Given the various positions of power, who is supposed to bring the KY to the meeting?

David in ATL on January 30, 2016 at 4:53 PM

…who is going to be the first one to grab who’s leg…and start dry-humping him like a dog?

JugEarsButtHurt on January 30, 2016 at 5:09 PM

He needs to tell Ryan what to do.

alanstern on January 30, 2016 at 5:33 PM

Correction

Obama to finally meet have a publicized dog and pony show with Speaker Paul Ryan

this meeting is for public consumption

These two have been coordinated since the dog and pony they held together at the end of the last government shutdown supposedly instigated by Cruz

entagor on January 30, 2016 at 5:49 PM

Obama’s other “first” next week…

Obama to make first visit of his presidency to a U.S. mosque next week

Brat on January 30, 2016 at 5:50 PM

Obama to finally meet with Speaker Paul Ryan

It will be hugs and kisses all around celebrating Ryan giving Obama everything he and the Democrats wanted in his omnibus spending bill.

Republicans got nothing in that omnibus bill, except the bill, so they need not meet with Obama or celebrate in any fashion other than to happily vote for Cruz or Trump.

RJL on January 30, 2016 at 6:23 PM

Ryan will hump King Putt’s right leg McConnell his left leg….

HatfieldMcCoy on January 30, 2016 at 7:09 PM

I’m surprised Obama took this long to give him a big sloppy-wet kiss for giving him everything he wanted (plus).

Alabama Infidel on January 30, 2016 at 8:35 PM

Sure, he also blamed “schedule disruptions” caused by the holidays, but if you are past the half century mark and can still be surprised by the arrival of Thanksgiving and Christmas then you might want to work on your general awareness of your surroundings.

Obama only learned about them from reading the news.

AesopFan on January 30, 2016 at 9:43 PM

For his part, the new Speaker has talked about finding areas of common ground to get things done. Let’s see what comes of that, even though the phrase gives me chills after watching the past decade or so of cross-party efforts.

You got that one right.

This is why so many have had it with the GOPe’s collaboration and enabling of the Obama fundamental transformation progressive agenda. The kabuki. The contempt towards the voters.

The Speaker is supposed to be leading the opposition party. The party that was elected to it’s largest Congressional majorities in 90 years. How many times this year will we be told that this isn’t the hill?

Athos on January 30, 2016 at 2:08 PM

Good question. Even I finally gave up on that argument and I held on to it for a long time.

Jazz Shaw on January 30, 2016 at 2:23 PM

I remember reading your mea culpa; we forgive you for being a flip-flopper on that one and wish more people would follow your example.

And people wonder why Trump ….

AesopFan on January 30, 2016 at 9:46 PM

http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/politics-government/election/article57273748.html

Schadenfreude on January 30, 2016 at 1:30 PM

Interesting story, especially this, in the context of Jazz’s final graf.

Yet if Americans agree that their elected officials make them furious, they’re divided on the cure: Fifty percent say elected officials who are not willing to compromise are the cause of the problem, while 40 percent say elected officials who don’t stand up for their principles are to blame.

Of course, both complaints have merit, and are not mutually exclusive at all: people are just divided on who they think should compromise (the other side) and who should stick to principles (their side), so there will never be a meeting of the minds on this one.

“We have reached the point where many feel that the opposite side of the political aisle poses an existential threat to the country itself,” said Patrick Murray, director of the polling institute in West Long Branch, N.J. “It is not clear how Washington can be fixed when Republicans and Democrats don’t even agree on what the problem is.”

They all agree the OTHER side is the problem.
That’s the problem.

And it’s not the opposite side of the aisle (the Dems get on fine with most of the Congressional Republicans, apparently); it’s the idealogically opposed blocks of voters.

http://slatestarcodex.com/2014/09/30/i-can-tolerate-anything-except-the-outgroup/

I inhabit the same geographical area as scores and scores of conservatives. But without meaning to, I have created an outrageously strong bubble, a 10^45 bubble. Conservatives are all around me, yet I am about as likely to have a serious encounter with one as I am a Tibetan lama.

(Less likely, actually. One time a Tibetan lama came to my college and gave a really nice presentation, but if a conservative tried that, people would protest and it would be canceled.)

RTWT; it’s by a liberal who is finally getting a clue (not changing ideology, but realizing that another universe does exist).

AesopFan on January 30, 2016 at 9:53 PM

I can hear it now : “I won.”

unclesmrgol on January 31, 2016 at 10:59 PM

Hey, 5:00 was 16 hours ago…

The Schaef on February 1, 2016 at 9:54 AM