Obama Urges GOP Leaders Not to Repeat Debt Limit Crisis
President Barack Obama recently invited congressional leaders to lunch at the White House. They include House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. The president told them that there should be no repeat of last summer’s debt limit fiasco.
President Obama’s message to Congress is to act to build and sustain the momentum for economic recovery. He added that there will be enough time to campaign for the November election but they should act as soon as possible so that people would remain optimistic about their financial future.
According to White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, the president made it clear to those present in the meeting that he refuses to allow a repeat of what happened last year that hurt the nation’s economy. He will try his best to avoid another debt ceiling crisis. The president added that it is not acceptable to hold the American and global economy hostage by one party’s political agenda.
The president’s statement was said to be a response to a speech made by House Speaker Boehner, who in turn denied making it. But for the record, the speaker’s aide said that Boehner was pleased with the sandwiched served during lunch at the White House.
The president has presented a to-do list and has made an effort to show bipartisanship on various bills. The Republicans have been at the White House to sign measure proposed by the president. Observers say that inviting the Republican leadership to the White House is good for the president.
White House Press Secretary Carney expressed some frustration after the lunch meeting. He said that the primary stumbling block to bipartisan cooperation is the absolute narrow-mindedness of the Republicans. They fail to accept what the bipartisan commissions already accepted.
Some analysts said that President Obama and John Boehner share a certain amount of respect for each other. According to polls, Americans like the president. Even those who don’t want to vote for him, like him.