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September 8, 2013 - 9:27 pm

A handful of Republicans senators dined with Vice President Joe Biden on Sunday evening as President Obama dropped in to presumably talk Syria.

Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Susan Collins (R-Maine), Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.), Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), and Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) dined on “family-style” Italian food at the Naval Observatory, according to the White House. Previous reports indicated that more senators had been on the invitation list, including Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), Dan Coats (R-Ind.), John McCain (R-Ariz.), and John Thune (R-S.D.).

Corker is ranking member on the Foreign Relations Committee and Chambliss is vice chairman of the Senate Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. Thune, as conference chairman, is the No. 3 ranking Republican in the Senate and Blunt is vice-chairman, showing a White House desire to touch bases with the upper chamber’s GOP leadership on Syria.

Of those in attendance, Graham, Ayotte, Chambliss and Corker back intervention in Syria. Collins and Fischer have expressed wariness of U.S. involvement and have publicly said Obama needs to make his case.

None of the senators tweeted about the secretive meal.

“This evening, the president dropped by the dinner that the vice president hosted for Republican senators,” the White House said Sunday evening. He arrived at 7:10 p.m. and stayed until 8:30 p.m.

Administration officials wouldn’t confirm their topic of discussion.

Congress is back from recess Monday, but neither the House nor Senate has debate over Obama’s request for authorization of military force on its calendar. The Senate has the amended legislation passed last week by the Foreign Relations Committee, but Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) just has district judges on the floor schedule.

Obama’s schedule includes a closed-door meeting with Biden and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel in the Oval Office.  Biden also has an event at the Port of Baltimore to talk about infrastructure investments.

On Tuesday, Obama plans to address the nation on Syria. Before that, National Security Adviser Susan Rice will make the administration’s case in a Monday address at the New America Foundation in Washington.

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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I knew the Republican Senators came cheap, but Italian food for Pete's sake?
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Italian dinner? MMMMM. Great. Obama stopped by? Cool.

I hope they served an Italian dessert which is a perfect emblem of Obama himself: a tartufo:

brown on the outside, white on the inside and red in its core.
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There must be some kind of parable here.

So my Italian buddy and his wife, make a real meal from time to time, to which we and some other friends and neighbors are privileged. My god it sparkles, pleases the senses, leads to good company and conversation, the courses come out each with a pairing of wine which he can all explain in history and culture.

It is a magnificent experience. Eating and drinking raised to true art and human happiness abounds.

What Obama and Biden do in foregn policy is me heating up a chef boy r dee ravioli in the microwave and calling that Italian dinner.

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House Whip Count Shows Opposition To Syria Attack Growing: 42 Yes/Lean Yes Vs. 238 No/Lean No…

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Biden is the Igor to this monstrous merican leader; his deformed looks and his slobbering utterances belie the evil that he represents.
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Let's have a war party. Break out the white zin. It sorta makes you sick.
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I knew the Republican Senators came cheap, but Italian food for Pete's sake?
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Italian dinner? MMMMM. Great. Obama stopped by? Cool.

I hope they served an Italian dessert which is a perfect emblem of Obama himself: a tartufo:

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It would at least take an Italian Babe to bribe me.
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