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. Lewis Prothero

    I remember how the meaning of words began to change. How unfamiliar words like "collateral" and "rendition" became frightening, while things like Norsefire and the Articles of Allegiance became powerful. I remember how "different" became dangerous. I still don't understand it, why they hate us so much.

    November 30, 2010 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jim Brieske

    Lewis Prothero. Hey nutjob, what the fuk are you talking about?
    jim

    November 30, 2010 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Sally

    Dear Mr. President,
    Stop being weak! The Republicans don't want to work with you! They want their power back, so no matter what you do it will never be good enough. Grow some balls, you're the President for goodness sakes!

    November 30, 2010 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • TorC

      He tried the "I'm the President" line early on. Didn't work out so well for his party at the last election.

      November 30, 2010 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  4. mcoville

    Dear President Obama, Forget working with the Republicans and work with the American people. We don't want anyones taxes to be raised to pay for your pet projects. Stop listening to the progressive minority and let Americans rebuild the broken economy. GET OUT OF THE WAY!!

    November 30, 2010 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • TorC

      Yes! Yes! Yes!

      November 30, 2010 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  5. historian

    All democrats, republicans and independents happen to be AMERICANS. You can teel the president to stop working with Republicans. They are Americans, too.
    Working with 'Americans' includes republicans.
    Democracy is all about negotiating and compromising.
    I am a democrat, but we must all be willing to work together if the welfare of all americans is to be taken care of.

    November 30, 2010 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • a415man

      How appropriate that as a stand-up Democrat, you managed to slip the words "Welfare" and "all Americans..to be taken care of" into your post.

      November 30, 2010 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • mcoville

      I identify myself as an American. The fact you identify yourself as a Democrat goes to what I was saying. The President should not be listening to a political party, Republican or Democrat, and should listen to the people. The majority of which voted for small government, so now it is time for him to get the government out of our way of creating new jobs.

      December 1, 2010 at 8:28 am | Report abuse |
  6. Rocketship

    He should be more subtle and say, " I am the decider" more people would vote democrat.

    November 30, 2010 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Rocketship

    Jim Briskit,
    Where have you been. Missed your keen discernment on these matters.
    Don't worry about Lew. He's an angrily Englishman who hasn't had kippers for breakfast for some time.

    November 30, 2010 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  8. historian

    All democrats, republicans and independents happen to be AMERICANS. You can tell the president to stop working with Republicans. They are Americans, too.
    Working with 'Americans' includes republicans.
    Democracy is all about negotiating and compromising.
    I am a democrat, but we must all be willing to work together if the welfare of all americans is to be taken care of.

    November 30, 2010 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  9. RUFFNUTT

    let's keep pushing the stupid health care.. no need to focus on jobs.

    obama are you listening? jobs! we need jobs!

    we dont need to raise any taxes on anyone.. just cut the welfare off

    everyone knows or atleaast where i live that the welfare mom always has the baby's daddy stay there at the section 8 apartment.
    most of them work jobs on the side baby sitting and selling drugs.

    as far as the unemploment goes.. i've been laid off before and have always been able to get a job,, even if it sucked. id rather have a job that sit around makeing up fake job application forms.

    most the guys i knew that were on unemployment had it down perfect.. they would get fired on purpose then sit home and get paid, work for cash on the side...then when the benfits ran out get a job for a month or two and start over again..

    you detroit would be a good place to start. they are all outta work. why not make a big factory making solarpanels or something. ay every one 12$ an hour and start retro fitting all the goverment buildings or something like that.

    November 30, 2010 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Bearded Marxist

    Republican Decision Making Flow Chart:
    1. Does Obabma support? If "yes" immediately condemn (retract previous support if required) If "no" move to 2
    2. Does Tea Party support? If "yes" immediately approve. If "no" move to 3
    3. Does Sarah Palin support? If "yes" immediately approve on Fox News. If "no" move to 4
    4. *Beep Beep system shut down... government bad.. beeeeeep.... Obama bad.... beeeep... government take over.. beeeeep..

    November 30, 2010 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Think

    Obama has sold out everyone that believed in him. What a major disappointment. This guy keeps "reaching out" (giving in) to the GOP. What an intellectual masochist. Thank you sir! May I have another?.....

    November 30, 2010 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Jeff Frank

    Foreign Trade Deficit: (1) SEAT, TOILET – PO#46285558904 $400 FOB IOU #9L772954444-Seat Yeah! Woulda..Coulda..Shoulda

    November 30, 2010 at 7:10 pm | Report abuse |
  13. edward

    Sally I like the way you combine grow some balls with the phrase for goodness sake. If Obama had not tried to push a radical agenda and then go it alone with just the democratic majority he would not have lost so many seats in the house.

    November 30, 2010 at 7:16 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Jeff Frank

    "There it goes again"...We're sorry, but Windows has to close...exception at 3F00000000X0. page fault: obama.exe. You may lose some or all of your work.

    November 30, 2010 at 8:18 pm | Report abuse |
  15. MaEarth

    The republicans did not even try to work with him. They acted like stubborn brats and the public rewarded them for that. Of course, the republicans used money and PACs like no other to fund their agenda and spread their spin. The public should not complain about money or about immaturity in politics after this election.

    November 30, 2010 at 8:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Panchira

      So Democrats never use PACs? never spin? How about negotiating behind closed doors and giving out special favors to only "friends" who vote for your projects – that isn't childesh? Pelosi and Reid re-defined partisan and passed some really crappy legislation, and they were punished by the american people by having democrats voted out.

      December 1, 2010 at 1:08 am | Report abuse |
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