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What’s Behind Obama’s ‘Charm Offensive’ with GOP?

First, it was buying senators a nice dinner and having Paul Ryan over for lunch; next, the president heads to the Hill.

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Bill Straub

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March 10, 2013 - 12:05 am
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Now, with the process known as sequestration slashing $85 billion from the budget this fiscal year, $1 trillion over the next nine years, Carney said “there is an opportunity here to do what some members of Congress and leaders have said they would like to do, and we agree, and that is return to some sense of normalcy here, regular order, engage in a budget process and negotiation and debate that hopefully produces a bipartisan compromise.”

Carney acknowledged the two sides “don’t have to agree on everything, we don’t have to resolve all of our differences in order to move forward on finding solutions to the challenges that we face, and recognizing that there is a bipartisan consensus in the country on so many of these issues.” The president is encouraged, he said, “by some of the progress that we’ve seen — on gun violence, on immigration reform — on Capitol Hill, and he hopes to build on that moving forward.”

Thus far the two sides appear to be operating under a white flag. Rep. Eric Cantor of Virginia, the House Republican floor leader, said this week that “we remain committed to trying to focus on resolving problems — we remain committed to trying to help those who are unemployed.” But Carney acknowledged that the White House is “not naïve about the challenges that we still face.”

“They exist and there are differences,” he said.

And those are coming up quickly. In lieu of a budget, the House this week passed a continuing resolution to keep the government funded to Sept. 30 – the end of the federal fiscal year. It includes the dictates of sequestration and won’t pass the Senate intact, setting the stage for bruising negotiations. Failure to pass a CR could force the federal government to shut down on March 27.

Van Hollen said the package passed by the House comes “at the expense of job creation and economic growth.”

“The GOP is dead set on balancing the budget on the backs of working families, seniors, and kids’ education – everything is on the chopping block except tax breaks for special interests and the very wealthy,” he said. “The American people were given a clear choice during the last election cycle and they rejected the plan advocated by House Republicans. But instead of listening, they seem to be doubling down on a failed approach.”

Obama, meanwhile, is hoping the two sides can get together on legislation replacing sequestration, which he fears will boost unemployment and, perhaps, lead to another recession. His concerns are not matched by Republicans who are unwilling to consider alternative legislation if it increases taxes in any way.

“As I’ve made clear many times, sequestration will remain in effect until cuts and reforms are put in place that put us on a path to balance the budget over the next 10 years,” Boehner said. “There are smarter ways to cut spending, and that’s why the House has acted twice over the last year to replace the sequester.”

Regardless, Carney said the White House will “continue to engage with Republicans as well as Democrats.”

“He (Obama) will continue to speak clearly about what his priorities are,” Carney said. “He will make clear that, for example, we’re disappointed that the choice was made by Republicans to allow the so-called sequester to take effect, with all of the negative consequences that result. But he also believes we can move forward and try to address these other challenges, and that’s part of what’s happening.”

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Washington freelancer Bill Straub is former White House correspondent for Scripps Howard News Service.

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"What's behind Obama's "charm offensive" with GOP?
Community organizing that's what! Obama's "charm" wore off a long time ago; so simply cannot mount a charm offensive. Nobody trusts Obama anymore ... unless they willingly collude with him; joined at the hip to bring America down.
This is a last ditch effort to gain control of the situation ... not any different to Morsi's tactics; and they won't work. Obama has lost his authority as POTUS ... he's a moron.
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It's easy. He will schmooze Repubs, knowing they will block him, then he will blame them for things not getting better. "I reacheed out to them, but they just want to stop everything."

"Beware of Greeks bearing gifts."
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Whats behind the USURPERS charm offensive you ask. DECEPTION and game playing is the answer. He will now present this as his 'attempt at cross Party negotiation' which of course will FAIL because HE has absolutely no intention of changing or giving away anything . But of course he has created the 'OPTIC' and all the Left Wing moonbats and the Lame Stream EneMedia will jump to protect and promote his LIES as usual,
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-and of course the dumb bastards will fall for it.
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Eternal GOP boobs and RINOs are behind it. Ready to be used and abused by the Democrats, Obama Administration, and the MSM. Rope a dope only works if you get off the ropes eventually.
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Only a fool would sit at the same table and dine with a snake...
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1. Keep your friends close, keep your enemies closer.
2. Never let a good photo op go to waste.
3. If you can't dazzle them with your brilliance, baffle them with your B.S.
4. He will be their best buddy right up until he slips the knife in their back.
5. Remember a few short months ago when he was all but advocating outright attacks on Republican candidates.

Do not trust this man, everything he does has an ulterior, hidden agenda. He has history, do not ignore it.
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Perhaps the WH could begin by ordering Congress to do its job and give him a budget. Fat chance of that. This is all political spin, and Republican lawmakers are participating in the charade. Despite cutting $44 billion from FY 2013 budget, the deficit will approach $900 billion. And if you believe the CBO, the federal government will again be over the $1 trillion level in a year or 2.
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The House has offered budget after budget, but the Senate can't be bothered to dance. Someone needs to ask Reid why this is.
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My guess is he's doing this for optics - a purely defensive move to shore up his image among his press sycophants - who have begun to break ranks here and there. And to be able to point to evidence of his 'leadership' during his inevitable hectoring rants which will surely come if things don't go 100% his way.
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"What's behind Obama's "charm offensive" with GOP?
Community organizing that's what! Obama's "charm" wore off a long time ago; so simply cannot mount a charm offensive. Nobody trusts Obama anymore ... unless they willingly collude with him; joined at the hip to bring America down.
This is a last ditch effort to gain control of the situation ... not any different to Morsi's tactics; and they won't work. Obama has lost his authority as POTUS ... he's a moron.
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He met with them because, they reported...he wants fiscal peace in our time.
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What chance does Obama have in raising taxes further? I think the reality is he has little leverage and he knows it. The issue now is spending cuts. He may be looking for an agreement to close loopholes but knows that argument did not carry much weight when pushing Republicans to avoid the sequester.
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The President who know does not give up. He is luring the GOP into a trap. The Republican House and Senate leadership will get sucked in and before they know it, they will be caught in a trap. I predict, within 8 months they will cave and give into The Grand Bargain (significant tax hikes). The President will get his tax increases and split the GOP. Mission accomplished.
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