“Closing comment from Pres. Obama: He’d rather be a one-termer who addressed real issues than a two-termer who didn’t. That went over well.”
– Rep. Bob Inglis (R-S.C.) tweeting from Obama’s meeting with Repub lawmakers

Here’s more from The Hill:

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. […]

“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.”

Another big complaint coming from Repubs? Dem leaders haven’t met with them yet…

“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 spe nt with us on this,” Burgess said.

Note to Pelosi, Hoyer and Reid…wake up! If you want the tone in Washington to change, you can’t undermine Obama’s bi-partisan outreach by ignoring the other side and appealing solely to your constituents. You have an unprecedented opportunity to mend fences here…use it or lose it.

More as it develops…

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