Obama remarks after bipartisan summit
November 30th, 2010
03:07 PM ET

Obama remarks after bipartisan summit

Delivered in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building after meeting with Bipartisan Congressional Leadership

Hello, everybody. By the way, for those of you who are curious, we're using this room because we've got about a hundred volunteers decorating the White House. So we're spending a little more time in the EEOB.

I just wrapped up a meeting with leaders from both parties. It was our first chance to get together face to face since the election to talk about how we can best work together to move the country forward.
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Obama admits mistakes
November 30th, 2010
02:59 PM ET

Obama admits mistakes

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Barack Obama told GOP leaders behind closed doors Tuesday that he had failed to reach across party lines enough
during his first two years in office, a senior administration official told
CNN. He promised to do a better job of bipartisan outreach in the days ahead,
the official added.

"The president said he had to do better, and the president is ready to do
his part," the official said.

The list of attendees at Obama's long-awaited post-election meeting with
the newly empowered congressional Republicans included Vice President Joe
Biden, Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, House
Minority Leader John Boehner, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate
Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. Boehner, the top Republican in the House, is set to become speaker in January.

Boehner also said Obama told him that he "didn't spend enough time"
working with the Republicans since taking office. The president said after the meeting that he has invited Republican and Democratic congressional leaders to meet with him again several times in the future, including for a Camp David summit - an idea considered by the administration for several weeks.


Topics: President Obama • Slurpee Summit • The Buzz • The News
Bo takes a stroll
November 30th, 2010
10:50 AM ET

Bo takes a stroll

The first pooch takes a stroll in the morning rain as lawmakers descend on the White House to talk bipartisanship.


Topics: Bo • Slurpee Summit • The Family • The Visuals
November 30th, 2010
08:50 AM ET

For Obama, Boehner, how about cigarette summit?

Editor's note: John P. Avlon is a CNN contributor and senior political columnist for The Daily Beast. He is the author of "Wingnuts: How the Lunatic Fringe Is Hijacking America."

(CNN) - On Tuesday afternoon, President Obama will meet with Republican Congressional leaders for the first time since the midterm election. The White House meeting had been dubbed the "Slurpee summit," but it's going to take something stronger than a flavored ice shake to cut through the deep distrust that's accumulated between these two parties.

The Kool-Aid that gets passed around Washington most often these days is the belief that our political opponents are sworn enemies. It is an idea compounded by partisan media that demonizes even minor disagreements.

Read CNN Contributor Jon Avlon's full article on CNN.com

November 30th, 2010
08:16 AM ET

Obama, congressional leaders to tackle issues in 'Slurpee summit'

Washington (CNN) - President Obama will hold a meeting with congressional leaders from both parties on Tuesday, less than a month after Republicans won control of the House of Representatives during midterm elections.

The meeting, which is expected to last about an hour, is expected to address numerous topics, including whether Bush-era tax cuts should be extended beyond the end of this year as well as the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START).

Read the full story at CNN.com

The cool history of the Slurpee
November 30th, 2010
08:10 AM ET

The cool history of the Slurpee

(Mental Floss) - When President Obama commented that the Republicans were standing around drinking Slurpees while the Democrats were busy creating real change in Washington, it caused quite a storm. Now that he's sitting down with the new Republican leadership this week, the so-called "Slurpee Summit" is the talk of the nation.

While most of us have had one of 7-Eleven's frozen concoctions, there's plenty more you probably don't know about this too cool drink.

Read the full story at CNN's Living page


Topics: Slurpee Summit • The Buzz