This is via the WSJ’s Washington Wire:
Congressional Republicans were unable to accept President Barack Obama’s invitation to a bipartisan leadership meeting today because of their busy post election schedules, so the the meeting had been postponed until Nov. 30.
But House Democratic Leader Steny Hoyer (D., Md.) saw that as a rude snub to the president as he was extending an olive branch. Mr. Hoyer said at his weekly briefing today that, to the best of his recollection, he and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) always adjusted their own schedules to accommodate requests from President George W. Bush. He called it a matter of “respect’’ for the presidency. Just days after Democrats won control of Congress in 2006, Mr. Hoyer said, he and Ms. Pelosi were at the White House for lunch with Mr. Bush.
“I was disappointed,’’ Hoyer said, that House and Senate Republican leaders said they could not meet with Obama because of the demands of the lame-duck session and their party’s meetings to organize for the new Congress and the demands.
Don Stewart, a spokesman for Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) said that the White House’s mistake was to announce the Nov. 18 date for the proposed bipartisan meeting without first checking with congressional leaders, who knew weeks ago how busy this time would be.
Gee, maybe it was a little rude of the White House to have announced the meeting before the GOP leaders had RSVP’d.
And maybe after two years of Obama’s lies and bullying, Republicans are not inclined to say, “how high?” when he says, “jump”.
Just a thought.
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