Is President Obama's GOP outreach genuine?
Fox News' Political Insiders weigh in
- Duration 7:49
- Date Mar 11, 2013
Fox News' Political Insiders weigh in
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Well a sudden rather magical change in tone in Washington DC is the frosty relationship between President Obama and congressional Republicans appears to be warming up just in time for spring.
And your tax dollars.
One example the president hosting a big -- Would GOP senators at the fancy hotel -- Wednesday night don't you know you picked up the -- that.
On this surface the ice looks like it's melting just a bit is this really a genuine law.
Is it stage craft.
President -- is charm offensive nothing more than cosmetic.
Let's bring in our political insiders to ultimately -- former Republican congressman for New York Doug John into a Fox News contributor and former pollster.
For Bill Clinton -- -- is out sick today would hope he gets well soon.
Are right so after four years -- The president finally decide.
He's -- -- meet with the other side well that's exactly right and I think guys will get two and a second -- his poll numbers are starting to drop.
The scare tactics on sequester.
Not to -- worked if not backfired.
And the American people are saying.
We need to government we need to get results not just play the blame game bottom line the president decided to reach out.
-- wanted to take four years.
200 the first two years he had control of the house and senate so -- so why bother why bother.
Then the Tea Party took over the Republican side of the house reelection of the president was on -- announced the first real period.
Of no campaigning when we can actually do some governing.
He tried for January and February to -- the old way by Justine rolling the GO pay it right the GOP has done nothing really.
To commend themselves except set.
On their shares and stand firm we're gonna cut spending and we're not raising -- well.
It it seems to be working if you take a look at some of the polls -- take a look at the CBS news poll sequestration who do you blame look at the numbers.
Nearly as many blame Obama as Republicans.
It's right and -- I think the point that people need to understand.
Going into sequester it was about 49 to thirty that people would blame.
The Republicans not the Democrats so in actual fact the fact that the gap is now not nineteen.
But five points between your two suggests that the president is losing support and losing it.
-- -- here's the other thing the government accounting office came out of the 700 page report in which they identify.
Billion in -- Waste on stuff like that it's.
Robotics -- how they interact with snakes like who cares -- climate change musicals pet shampoo products eating more caviar.
Don't do it.
Seniors playing you know these are like having just look at this list here it is patently absurd -- -- got people like.
It John corner coming out and studying the Pentagon budget has -- -- it.
Their budget isn't getting caught it's actually going up and knocked down.
-- -- we've got to be adults about this thing that stuff is emotional and we read it without really knowing how.
That's spending goes on there's not there's no we can just like any of that -- -- the real money is -- entitlements.
And neither side right gotten to that neither side is talking about it and unless and until I get up there would.
Let's talk about us -- -- at the dinner the other night right we fat twelve Republicans and conservative Republicans sitting with the president.
What went on there to -- tell them what you just said that.
In order to fix this budget problems to president Medicare Medicaid Social Security need to be adjusted to save them -- here that he might have.
Heard it once or twice but he didn't hear it in his serious and sustained way John.
With that programmatic plan a budget.
And -- clear commitment by the Republicans.
To get it done one happy talk dinner ain't gonna do that's to show and you know he's also looking in addition to this equation sequestration and gets a blind.
He's in his personal poll numbers -- put it to him.
This one probably should come up a little bit quinnipiac and eight point drop since December the -- and this is the latest we came out what four hours ago.
A drop of six points in his approval rating in one week.
He viewers what's going on.
Bottom line the president and his people.
Monitor these polls daily they do their own polls they typically mirror what you're seeing in public.
And they see that the charm offensive was a necessary counterweight.
To the president's brinksmanship.
Aren't sequestered right.
But and plays we're gonna fall out of -- -- -- people we're gonna die children we're gonna starving when it didn't happen.
The president shut down the White House the people's house to two words take a listen to his own wife Michelle Obama.
This is really what the White House is all about and I say this all the time it's the people's house.
It's a place that is steeped in history but it's also a place.
Where everyone should feel welcome.
And that's why -- her husband and I have made it our mission to open up the house.
Two lives and many people as we can.
-- a couple of months later he shuts it down is that backfired aria that that said -- now know that to keep it open for these tours is 181000.
Dollars and weaker.
But we also found out this week that if you donate 500002.
Americans for action Obama's new.
-- -- -- You -- 500 grand you get.
For face to face meetings with the president also actually sort of it all away and -- would I -- what happened -- the president just for a couple of hours decided not to go out and campaign.
Because the use of Air Force One costs a hundred in 80000 dollars an -- great opera.
That if the president said the following look.
I want the Republicans in the democratic leadership.
Over in the White House to get past.
To deal with the debt ceiling the continuing resolution so we have a real budget -- Or that that's what we want that's we want informant I think the American people -- at a White House did announce this way that they want a grand bargain.
By the end of July when the next debt ceiling vote is do not that's what we all its -- what are they gonna do to get there.
Well they're gonna have to go against type they're gonna have to reform Medicare that's the biggest driver of our.
Annual spending and debt.
And Medicaid and talk about Social Security flexibility on the revenues and the proof's in the putting the president has never brought these things up in a constructive -- Simpson is it really and if you look at -- -- -- is it really that unrealistic and offensive.
To people if you raised -- retirement age by a couple of years so it's in sync -- longevity.
You means test social security and Medicare.
You raise the retirement night.
You fix the CPI and Social Security -- all easy fixes.
And you show some flexibility on tax reform and raising.
Raising or lowering rates to try to have a seamless system.
What the president just got a 650 billion in tax hikes -- really gonna get any more congressman know he's -- he might get revenue hikes by tax reform they have instant.
He hasn't been willing to talk about that in now and the Republicans are not eager to doing so.
-- but I you know I'm still little hopeful that the that the things are pushing the two sides towards our declared our optimism one correction Simpson -- does not do Medicare that's not partisan some balls and he still ran away.
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