Obama Vows To Shmooze More With GOP

Prez Admits He's Too Boring for Sasha and Malia

Can We Talk? President Obama says he wants to spend more time hanging out with Republicans, even if they still think he’s a big-spending socialist at heart.
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Can We Talk? President Obama says he wants to spend more time hanging out with Republicans, even if they still think he’s a big-spending socialist at heart.

By Reuters

Published January 14, 2013.
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In December, the Republican leader declined to appear in a receiving line for a photo with Obama at a White House holiday reception, at the height of a showdown over tax cuts and spending.

“I like Speaker Boehner personally. And when we went out and played golf, we had a great time. But that didn’t get a deal done in 2011. You know when I’m over here at the congressional picnic, and folks are coming up and taking pictures with their family, I promise you, Michelle and I are very nice to them, and we have a wonderful time.

“But it doesn’t prevent them from going onto the floor of the House and, you know, blasting me for being a ‘big-spending socialist,’” he said.

The bottom line, he said, is that policy differences will exist whether there is a personal relationship or not.

But there may be more time for socializing, he said, because daughters Malia and Sasha are getting older and “they don’t want to spend that much time with me anyway.”

“So I’ll be probably calling around, looking for somebody to play cards with me or something, because I’m getting kind of lonely in this big house. So maybe – maybe a whole bunch of members of the House Republican caucus want to come over and socialize more,” he said.


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