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January 27, 2009

Economy: Republicans Impressed By President Obama Despite Differences

President Obama won praise from some of the House’s most conservative lawmakers as “engaging” and “respectful” during his meeting with congressional Republicans Tuesday.

Rep. Bob Inglis (R-S.C.) said that Obama was sincere and “impressive” during his meeting with Republicans Tuesday afternoon.

“There’s real desire in this room to figure a way back to prosperity,” Inglis wrote on Twitter. “[The president] and Republicans here [are] expressing deep concern about unemployment.”

“If [the] President carries this on it does open door for a new tone!” Rep. Pete Hoekstra (R-Mich.) exclaimed.

“Sharp differences are muted,” Rep. Michael Burgess (R-Texas) Twittered.

Inglis said that a comment by Obama that he would rather be a one-term president who addressed the economy than a two-term president who did not went particularly well.

“President Obama is speaking to House Republicans right now on Democratic stimulus bill,” wrote Rep. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) on Twitter. “Good sales man, bad product.”

The Twittering lawmakers still took shots at the House Democratic leadership, drawing contrasts between Obama and fellow lawmakers.

“His speech doesn’t match the process that Pelosi and Reid are implementing,” Hoekstra wrote.

“At least Obama has talked about the stimulus for an hour. Which is about an hour longer than Dem leadership has spent with us on this,” Burgess said.



  1. At least the president is attempting to reach out … an approach that presidents seldom do … and an approach members of Congress don’t do enough. Unfortunately, partisanship is strong, and partisan attitudes are one of the reasons Washington is ineffective.

    Comment by afrankangle — January 27, 2009 @ 4:39 pm | Reply

    • Afrankangle – I agree. President Obama is reaching out but the other side has to extend their hands. Our country is in a hole and now isn’t the time for members of Congress or the House to play games.

      Comment by Paulette — January 27, 2009 @ 5:28 pm | Reply

  2. I agree Paulette … Reaching out works in all directions, not just one.

    Comment by afrankangle — January 28, 2009 @ 4:20 pm | Reply

  3. It’s nice that the Republicans seem to like Obama. Now how about WORKING with the man? He’s meeting them more than halfway, but they won’t come out of their shells.

    Comment by deannaizme — January 28, 2009 @ 5:23 pm | Reply

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