A bi-partisan breaking bread
President Obama and Rep. Eric Cantor speak at the White House last November
February 8th, 2011
12:58 PM ET

A bi-partisan breaking bread

To be a fly on the wall...at today's White House briefing Press Secretary Robert Gibbs announced the president will host a lunch for Republican Congressional leaders tomorrow. The guest list: Speaker John Boehner, Majority Leader Eric Cantor and Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy. On the menu for discussion–all issues foreign and domestic with heavy discussions on the economy. No word on the 12:30pm menu....

Topics: John Boehner • Robert Gibbs • The News

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  1. Howard

    Obama arm twisting, over some lunch ... I hope they're not going to serve the same apple slices Michelle is telling the rest of us we should be eating !!!

    February 8, 2011 at 1:21 pm |
    • Fat Redneck

      Howards right! Those socialists should leave me and my cholesterol alone!!

      February 8, 2011 at 2:08 pm |
      • Aaron from princeton


        February 8, 2011 at 8:42 pm |
      • texasbuttkikr

        Your name says it all......

        February 8, 2011 at 9:08 pm |
      • cowboy

        I bet that u r already over weight with high blood pressure and other health problems.

        February 9, 2011 at 1:05 am |
  2. James

    Hopefully, they can forge a genuine working relationship that will help move the country forward. I have no doubt that they all want to see the country succeed, but too often their political party and personal ambitions come before the country. The President is truly a considerate person, but he can not make any progress with the republicans against him on everything – including what they support.

    February 8, 2011 at 1:30 pm |
  3. Keith

    Howard, your another leming who believes that Govt is out to control everything we do. The suggestion from the firstr lady is that there should be options for our food intake when we frequent an eating establishment and grocery stores. Stop throwing your brain in neutral and listeninig to all this nonsense and maybe just maybe you can learn something.

    February 8, 2011 at 2:52 pm |
    • texasbuttkikr

      Howrd is an A$$

      February 8, 2011 at 9:09 pm |
  4. Neil

    Thing is, is that if he offers an elegent meal, he'll be accused of being out of touch with the rest of America and wasting money better spent reducing the debt, if he offers a marginal menu he'll be accused of disrespect and not REALLY treating the republicans in a serious manner.

    February 8, 2011 at 3:57 pm |
    • cowboy

      Well said

      February 9, 2011 at 1:09 am |
  5. jeff

    Obama 2012

    February 8, 2011 at 4:00 pm |
    • Greg


      February 8, 2011 at 5:32 pm |
    • texasbuttkikr


      February 8, 2011 at 9:10 pm |
  6. Jackson

    The president is in reelect mode. You can tell by how he is cleaning house bringing in more business friendly individuals. If republicans continue to stall then u can guarantee a successful reelection

    February 8, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
  7. Adrian

    I believe President is trying everything possible to be the President of every state and person regardless of whatever party...the Republicans have made it their #1 priority to try and stop progress for the American people in order to resurrect the dying Republican Party by whatever means necessary...but as history has it their plans won't work because greater is He that's within Obama. Example: the Healthcare bill and the Lume Duck session...

    February 8, 2011 at 4:28 pm |
    • Jay in NC

      Barry called his fellow Americans enemies. In fact no other time in history has a president made a speech where he referred to citizens as his enemy. He hates and is willing to destroy half of American. Tells you a lot where this guys head is.

      February 8, 2011 at 5:12 pm |
  8. Sees All Evil

    Hope weepin willie boner doesnt cry in his soup. Set a box of kleenex by his seat. Feed them shrimp and fish from the gulf.

    February 8, 2011 at 4:49 pm |
  9. Ant

    Every body can see who put US first. Good job Mr president. i'd like to hear what come from in that lunch.

    February 8, 2011 at 5:13 pm |
  10. Enitan

    Unfortunately, there are lots of people like Howard in our beloved country – not intelligent enough to see value in engaging the opposition and in healthy living. Bigotry is a desease!

    February 8, 2011 at 5:43 pm |
  11. lstro

    We have a President who is doing all that he can to work for the good of the country while on the other hand the GOP is interested in one thing, do what ever is necessary to make the President look bad. I must say this President is a better man than me because if I was in his position I'd tell the GOP to shub it where the sun don't shine. How anyone can vote Republican is a huge mistery to me. You're either rascist, noncaring or quite frankly ignorant.

    February 8, 2011 at 7:09 pm |
  12. brandon

    The president is working very hard and needs all the help he can get,but doesn't need republicans campaign for 2012 already

    February 8, 2011 at 7:30 pm |
  13. Donkey Party

    To Jay in NC – And your comment tells a lot as to where your head is.

    February 8, 2011 at 7:49 pm |
  14. Laci

    This is such a waste of the President's time as no matter what he does , it will never be good enough for these "good ole boys", who act like they themselves gave Barack Obama this job. He won this election fair and square. Matter of fact, it wasn't even close, and every time you turn around he has to beg these "die-hards" to come to the table. They are so disrespectful and blatantly bias against the President. I am ready to see a tougher, meaner and unapologetic Obama in 2012.

    February 8, 2011 at 8:22 pm |
  15. Mark

    Hay JAY In NC its time too take your meds

    February 8, 2011 at 10:55 pm |
  16. vwrtb

    I wonder if they will talk about more corporate welfare... The mega rich need more profit to invest in personal stocks... How can we not feel sorry for these poor billionaires...

    February 9, 2011 at 12:35 am |
  17. NoBama

    Howard is not a bigot. If you look at what the basic principals it's that of "big government", thus a government that does have a smidgen of controll in everything (i.e Obamacare. I'll have health care IF and WHEN I want to) I do find it funny though, that right after you post about Howard being a bigot that one of your fellow dem's says something that truly is bigotesque. You want to fix this country? Don't pick a political party and swallow some hard pills. Cut govenment spending on benefits (i.e. social security, pell grants) and raise taxes to get us moving toward being out of debt

    February 9, 2011 at 12:37 am |
  18. miss laural

    If the republicants even show! Obama will be a 2nd term pres. Howard and Jay will be watching with their lard a*@?s 6pks and 5 teeth lol

    February 9, 2011 at 1:35 am |
  19. Alameda, Ca.

    It is so unbelivable that many of you Republicans are with so short memories. 8 years of Bush destoried our country. Please note that Sept 11 was one attack on our country ground tooooo many. (Cheney did you hear that!!) Bush can't even get out of the US, for he is on the wanted list (Cheney included)

    President Obama is only trying to the the clean up the mess for the last two years.

    Yes, we can again 2012
    Obama/Biden 2012

    February 9, 2011 at 2:17 am |
  20. toni

    Wow this is should be interesting!!! The republicans talk a lot crap but don't back it up, so let's see how hard they are now!! Trust obama will put them in check!!

    February 9, 2011 at 2:20 am |
  21. j-dogg

    I agree with laci, the gop is so disrespectfull and bias towards the president that they are willing to do anything they can to try and obstruct what the president is trying to do to get this economy and country moving forward.

    February 9, 2011 at 6:21 am |
  22. chris

    The sooner everyone realizEs these republicans (who are becoming more extreme conservative hence the tea baggers) are trying to implement failing plans that would throw all middle class citizens under the oil powered republican money bus!!!! Wake up america get these fools out of our lives and back into the circus where clowns belong!!!

    February 9, 2011 at 6:37 am |
  23. Liz Carter in Georgia

    @Istro; Good coment. I agree! @miss laurel; go girl! @chris; say it again! @Enitan; tell it! @Adrian; sure enough! @j-dogg; you go boy! Where have all of you been? I am so glad youre here now. Thank you for your well-worded comments on behalf of our PRESIDENT and his genuine efforts to revive us as a nation, as he tries to put us back in good standing to the world. @Jay; you have been an enemy; you seem to work overtime at it too!

    February 9, 2011 at 4:58 pm |
    • Jay in NC

      I Love you also Liz.

      February 9, 2011 at 6:32 pm |