POTUS meets with Dem Govs
Gov. Martin O'Malley talks to reporters outside the White House
February 25th, 2011
01:41 PM ET

POTUS meets with Dem Govs

President Obama and Vice President Biden today met with Democratic Governors "to discuss the ways Washington and the states can work together to grow the economy and create jobs."

The White House made the event "closed press," but some of the governors, including Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley stopped by the stakeout location to talk to reporters. 

"We just emerged from a very productive meeting," he said, adding they had a conversation about their local business communites.

North Carolina Gov. Bev Purdue added, "We talked about capital access, we talked about infrastructure, we talked about rules and regulations – all the things that are real to working Americans across this state and country. And then we focused on what the great job creator is in long term, and you all know that's education."

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick said the meeting focused on jobs, and stressed that investment in infrastructure was crucial.

What they didn't talk about? Wisconsin. When asked if they discussed the stand-off in the midwest, O'Malley responded, "No, not really."

He reiterated that the focus was jobs. "We didn't talk about whatever it is they're doing in Wisconsin today."

Topics: Economy • President Obama • The News

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soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. Jay in NC

    So let me get this right, Barry only invited Dem. Governors, (not both Republican & Democrat, ) to discuss ways to work together. He has got to be the most divisive President in modern history. Full campaign mode 24/7. So much for turning the page on the ugly partisanship in Washington.

    February 25, 2011 at 3:58 pm |
  2. Liz Carter in Georgia

    Jay, REPUBLICAN GOVERNORS have an association too! They meet in WASHINGTON when they get ready! Stop trying to fan the fans of divisiveness! This is the DEMOCRATIC GOVERNORS ASSOCIATION and this is their ANNUAL WINTER MEETING! I watched the meeting on C-SPAN and heard your intelligent GOVERNOR BEV PURDUE who's the VICE PRESIDENT of the association, speak very well of the PRESIDENT, what he's trying to do and has done! She and all of them were intensely focused on job creation and the economy!

    February 26, 2011 at 4:44 am |
    • Jay in NC

      The White House made the event "closed press," so much for a transparent government.
      Read what Barry says about this issue on http://www.whitehouse.gov

      SUBJECT: Transparency and Open Government

      My Administration is committed to creating an unprecedented level of openness in Government. We will work together to ensure the public trust and establish a system of transparency, public participation, and collaboration. Openness will strengthen our democracy and promote efficiency and effectiveness in Government.

      February 26, 2011 at 7:19 am |
    • Jay in NC

      Here is the full link. http://www.whitehouse.gov/the_press_office/TransparencyandOpenGovernment/

      February 26, 2011 at 7:21 am |
  3. Liz Carter in Georgia

    It's still an 'unprecedented level of openess'! There's been more transparency than ever before in any other previous administration! No other administration has ever been so beat and trodden down as this one has; and that's because of it's openess and transparency! Most times the masses already know what the PRESIDENT is going to say before he even says it! We know his thoughts and plans before he even can annouce them! Some meetings are held without media presence, but governing needs SOME privacy! GEEZ!

    February 26, 2011 at 5:02 pm |