Today, reports the Washington Examiner’s Joel Gehrke
Obama held his first meeting with Republican leadership since the debt-ceiling fight last year — but Cantor was not invited. “The group was limited to only the top congressional leaders: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, House Speaker John Boehner and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi,” Politico reported today. “That left out House Majority Leader Eric Cantor.”
Emphasis added. First meeting with Republican congressional leaders in nearly six months? And here, we hear about how regularly Republicans refuse to work with the president. How can you work with a guy who won’t sit down and listen to your concerns?
ADDENDUM: Bear in mind, this is the guy who didn’t bother to call Paul Ryan when that thoughtful Republican put forward some reform proposals. As Michael Barone reports:
At one point [The New Yorker’s Ryan] Lizza does quote Obama writing on a memo, “Have we looked at any of the other GOP recommendations (e.g., Paul Ryan’s) to see if they make any sense?” Another president might have looked at Ryan’s proposals himself, or might even have called him on the phone.
So, when your Democratic friends rush to accuse the Republicans of refusing to work with Obama, ask them, why the Democrat has met so infrequently with Republican leadership.
UPDATE: In December, Andrew Malcolm reported that “Obama, who cares so much about working constructively with opponents that he didn’t chat with the Senate GOP leader for nearly two years because he didn’t need to and that would take leadership.“