President Obama and Speaker Boehner's Not-so-secret meeting
July 6th, 2011
07:26 AM ET

President Obama and Speaker Boehner's Not-so-secret meeting

Looks like it wasn't just a weekend of barbecue and fireworks for President Obama. Turns out he held a secret meeting with House Speaker John Boehner about the ongoing issue surrounding the nation's debt ceiling.

CNN White House Correspondent Brianna Keilar has the details:

(CNN) - President Obama and Speaker Boehner met Sunday at the White House as part of ongoing negotiations on an agreement to reduce the deficit, according to GOP congressional sources. 

The White House has been mum on the talks, President Obama only acknowledging them generally when he addressed reporters Tuesday, saying, "I had a series of discussions with congressional leaders in both parties."

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters today that discussing every proposal in public can threaten the process of reaching an agreement, when asked off-camera about the secrecy of the discussions.  

President Obama is hosting a meeting at the White House tomorrow with the top eight Democrats and Republicans in the House and Senate, the first group talks on deficit reduction and raising the debt ceiling since discussions led by Vice President Joe Biden collapsed almost two weeks ago.

Topics: President Obama • The News

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  1. John

    Don't do the wrong thing John – we are watching.

    July 6, 2011 at 11:28 am |
    • James, AL

      You should hope that they can work out a compromise. Lets not be foolish and 'cut off our nose to spite our face'.

      We have a TWO-PARTY system and not a one party system. Compromise is an absolute to run our country. Always have been and always will be.

      July 6, 2011 at 2:08 pm |
    • kefa34

      Speaker Boehner
      american thanks you for thinking about the poor the super rich
      I Tell Everyone you are a good christen hope jesus bless and
      your staff keep up the good work speaker Boehner
      Bless is everyone that feareth the lord
      that walketh in his way .

      July 14, 2011 at 11:25 pm |
      • kefa34

        I like speaker Boehner He cries just like me

        July 14, 2011 at 11:31 pm |
  2. jean2009

    Do the right thing for a change John.. I for one doubt you will, snce when have you ever done the right thing for working American people... but everyone is watching.

    July 6, 2011 at 11:56 am |
  3. MarineVet

    The Baggers, Birthers and Buffoons have set the tone of the political debate for the past 3 years. It's time the adults get to work and do what is right for America, rather than pander to the morons.

    July 6, 2011 at 12:02 pm |
    • John

      Marine and Jean. I consider the right thing to do is cut the over trillion dollars both parties have already agreed could be cut. I am a working class American – not a "bagger", "birther" or "buffoon". Maybe your name calling worked for you when you were three, but it sure doesn't work with real working class Americans now. We just feel sorry for people like you with your "issues".

      July 6, 2011 at 1:19 pm |
      • James, AL

        John, it is the working class Americans the president is trying to ensure get the help we need. If the republicans, who are the true ones that created this mess, would be willing to do what is fair and balanced rather than making the middle class pay for everything, we could get a deal. There would be no balance if corporations and the rich do not share in the sacrifice.

        July 6, 2011 at 2:17 pm |
      • John

        James – I am as middle class as the next guy. To be honest, I do not trust either party – they both put us in this mess. People keep talking about the Bush tax cuts. If all of those Bush tax cuts are put back to where they were the middle class people, like me, gets killed. The majority of those cuts impacted the middle class. People also keep talking about the big surplus Clinton left. Two things about that 1. a major portion of that surplus was forecasted savings, not actual dollars and 2. the last quarter of the Clinton is when the majority of economists say the recession began i.e. when the .com bubble burst. Stop listening to MSDNC and do your own research. Trust who you want, but verify. One more thing, more and more I am realizing many of the biast people on this CNN site work for the governmnet, some have no problem telling you that, others just don't say the type of work they do when you ask directly. One more thing – I am not sure who you consider as "rich", but keep in mind BO will raise over 1 billion dollars to keep his job. I hope you are not thinking these "donations" will be collected 10 dollars at a time from lower and middle class Americans. Do a little reading on "bundlers" then come back and tell me if you trust the party in power today.

        July 6, 2011 at 3:02 pm |
  4. MICK


    Time to make this country live on a real budget. Repeal Social Security, Medicare. Medicaid, food stamps and Pell grants.
    Will balance the budget. NO MORE MONEY FROM THE TAXPAYERS.


    July 6, 2011 at 5:00 pm |
    • kefa34

      all men tremble at punishment all men love life
      remember that thou art like unto them and do not kill
      nor cause slaughter.

      July 14, 2011 at 11:39 pm |
  5. Liz Carter in Georgia

    You must be one of the top 2-5% Tea Party members. You want to keep your Bush tax cuts and let the nation continue to ride on the backs, blood, sweat and tears of the little man! Most of this nations' wealth's been accrued through 'trickle up' economics! We working folks, retired social security and pension recipients, taxpayer sponsored medicare, are our 'sacred cows'! We PAY into these programs, as well as our share of taxes! Our 'socially' distributed taxes pay for medicaid and food stamps! You're wrong!

    July 7, 2011 at 1:07 am |