This would be the same meeting at which The One told them to get bent if they think he’s going to add any more tax cuts to the bill, inviting them to “whack me over the head” about it if it makes them feel better. Instead, this.
Don’t worry, they’re still voting no on the stimulus. I think.
Rep. Bob Inglis (R-S.C.) said that Obama was sincere and “impressive” during his meeting with Republicans Tuesday afternoon.
“There’s real desire in this room to figure a way back to prosperity,” Inglis wrote on Twitter. “[The president] and Republicans here [are] expressing deep concern about unemployment.”
“If [the] President carries this on it does open door for a new tone!” Rep. Pete Hoekstra (R-Mich.) exclaimed.
“Sharp differences are muted,” Rep. Michael Burgess (R-Texas) Twittered.
Inglis said that a comment by Obama that he would rather be a one-term president who addressed the economy than a two-term president who did not went particularly well.
Another attendee called him the, er, “Charmer-in-Chief.” I assume this is all just a veiled slap at Pelosi, who hasn’t met with the leadership even though Obama has (three times). They more effusive their praise for The One’s collegiality, the starker the contrast with Madam Speaker’s autocratic tendency. Or, have they come down with a sincere case of Hopenchange? Queasy exit quotation: “A GOP source to TIME’s Jay Newton-Small: Nearly as many House Republicans sought to get their photos taken with Obama as questioned him about the stimulus during their meeting.”