Obama tells Republicans he should have worked more with them
November 30th, 2010
01:30 PM ET

Obama tells Republicans he should have worked more with them

A political summit between President Barack Obama and congressional leaders Tuesday yielded further talks on whether to extend Bush-era tax breaks scheduled to expire at the end of the year, as well as an acknowledgement from Obama that he needs to reach out more to Republicans.

The meeting, dubbed by some the "Slurpee summit" in reference to a campaign dig by Obama at congressional Republicans, involved the president and leaders of both parties from the House and Senate.

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  1. TX pilot

    Repubs hated Obama' s victory and did all they could to sabotage his term.
    They put this as a priority over doing their job as elected officials. Screw em.

    November 30, 2010 at 10:28 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Panchira

      Pelosi and Reid were so jealous of Obama that the sabotaged Obama's presidency with pety partisanship and as a result the American people voted against their party

      December 1, 2010 at 1:10 am | Report abuse |
  2. Protoman

    Yeah and I crap brown. We all know the story of the whiny children in our congress. How about just acting like adults and solving some problems for once. Banning earmarks would help, but I see the Dems voted that down. Nice

    November 30, 2010 at 10:48 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Protoman

    I would have supported the health care bill sans earmarks and I'm in desperate need for coverage. My job doesn't pay enough for me to get insurance and finding a second job will be difficult. I'd rather support an honest and simple way of conducting the affairs of our country than back a dishonest process that benefits me. I believe most Americans should be able to read and understand what's being proposed without having to skip through provisions that have nothing to do with the bill that's being passed. High speed trains have nothing to do with health care reform, so those types of pet projects should be put into their own legislation. If I acted that way at work I'd be fired.

    November 30, 2010 at 11:39 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • ybs

      Ha, ha, ha... fakking idiotic GOP sheep! You deserve not having health care coverage!

      You & the rest of the GOP mental midgets missed the forest for the trees - earmarks are a drop in the bucket!

      Listen to what David Stockman, Reagan's Budget Dir, says about Reaganomics, tea partiers & earmarks! Thanks David, the republican that brought us this financial mess! He stated, "We can't afford to extend the Bush tax cuts; and must turn around 30 yrs of failed Reaganomics." Watch it yourselves, GOP mental midgets! http://bit.ly/reagancon

      December 1, 2010 at 1:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Panchira

      yba, so how is adding health care coverage going to repair "this financial mess?" The financial mess was created in the 90's securities. You seem like the mental midget.

      December 1, 2010 at 1:13 am | Report abuse |
  4. vwrtb

    why are democrats such pushovers! I'm done! let republicans hand out more corporate welfare... ridiculous!

    December 1, 2010 at 5:29 am | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Sgt. Slaughter

    Yeah! Now that he's hitting a brick wall of Republican resistance....

    I should have done better.....

    But you didn't

    So now you want the Republicans to work with you????

    Good luck

    December 1, 2010 at 9:10 am | Report abuse | Reply
  6. oldbones2

    Tax break for the wealthy, the wealthiest in the USA are NOT Americans. Taxes on the wealthiest are taxes on foreign investors. Charity begins at home, look out for Americans first then worry about foreign investors. They get rich off of our sweat and then we give them tax breaks?? What is the GOP thinking?

    December 1, 2010 at 9:13 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • SnakeEyes

      oldbones you hit it on the head.... Foreign investors = Wealthy... tax the hell out of them ... if they want to invest, invest in the country... RUFFNUT i like your idea about Detroit or any other city for that matter. You want jobs, you want green energy, lets get both initiatives going, train the people, build the panels and windmills and lets go green.. that would tackle the problem, cause a fumble and return the ball for a TD.

      December 1, 2010 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
  7. Protoman

    I enjoy being called a Republican because I oppose a certain thing that is supported by most Democrats. Everyone hates corruption unless it gets them free stuff. I do agree that the Republicans could have compromised on health care. It seems that all Republicans want is tax cuts to solve every issue. They also called Obama a socialist for wanting to raise taxes 3% on the wealthy Americans bringing it back to levels held under the Reagan administration. During 1944-1945 the marginal tax rate was 94% yet nobody ever calls any other president a communist. Bumping taxes a few percent on the people responsible for outsourcing is a good thing in my opinion and I would specifically tax outsourcing companies to the point that it would be cheaper to move the jobs back home while offering them tax breaks for the companies that employ Americans first. The manufacturing tax is currently around 35% compared with 6% for (evil socialist) Canada and should be lowered. I'm an Independent and if you don't like it too bad. Keep playing partisan games here in America and I will find a new country to live in while you wait in line for government cheese.

    December 1, 2010 at 11:17 am | Report abuse | Reply
  8. shay

    We have a president ok ok i voted for him so i guess im a democratic american dang oh well because of wiki were gonna go to war anyways so then we will be worse for awhile then we snap back ok ok im dreaming were screwed bottom line

    December 1, 2010 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    It took Republicans only one day after their meeting with President Obama to say they aren't going to work with him which means they aren't working for anybody. Get them off the payroll and out of Washington.

    December 1, 2010 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. shay

    Hey maybe the 4.6 trillion dollar thing they are giving the indians and black farmers could go to helping the country before paying that out oh and now there gonna approve one for women and something that was discrimnated againist i think most people would agree make jobs not just help certain people we all need help

    December 1, 2010 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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