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Hey remember the president's charm offensive where he left the White House -- wine and -- Republicans -- dinner back in March well.
Two months and a few scandals later and some Republicans are feeling a bit jilted.
Apparently concerned the president is not following through on his plans to negotiate a deficit reduction package or reforms.
For Social Security health care programs and the tax code.
Joining us now Bob Cusack managing editor of the hill I know Bob you are not the president's schedule keeper.
But what happened the charm offensive was big news for about a week.
Where to go.
It was John and that's Republican say this is no follow through that they had a very nice meal a couple meals actually.
But with most senate Republicans attended at least one of these dinners.
And what has happened is that we're now closer to a grand bargain.
And -- the time is running out I mean that the nation's debt limits going to be hit either in the fall and maybe late fall.
And we are no closer to any type of deal -- Democrats say John that well.
The president put in that this Social Security change to change CPI and Republicans just said OK well we're not willing to compromise so.
But the bottom line is is that.
It's gonna have to be a deal made at some point and the charm offensive at least to this point has not.
Yielded results more than any other president at least in my memory he he has often taken to the microphones when he's got the bully pulpit and blamed.
Republicans especially in congress I mean on on on on the house side.
For the lack of progress in in getting his agenda and active.
Why not continue the charm offensive why not have some of these folks back to another dinner at the White House and trying to get something done.
That may happen -- has surprised Republicans that it's not the president hasn't asked for that yet but there hasn't been kind of an exchange of people work -- of trying to reach some type of compromise and you know.
That's some of the criticism on the left against President Obama -- -- and closing gitmo -- we give a great speech on.
And closing Guantanamo Bay but then he won't follow through with it so we'll see if he -- through -- on that issue.
But that's -- thing is that -- say it's up to the White House to call those meetings.
They had a nice meal couple months ago.
There's a lot work that he's -- up.
It has been widely reported that this is a president who.
Who likes to make the big pronouncement sort of come up with the grand scheme -- does not like to personally get involved in the negotiations.
You know -- and get its hands dirty in the -- some of what it takes to make legislation.
-- and and that's where you could see maybe vice president Joseph Biden get involved he he was the one who really struck the fiscal cliff deal.
It late last year early this year.
And Biden has very good relationships with Mitch McConnell and I'm Mitch McConnell the Republican leader in the senate has not been to either one.
Of the two dinners that Obama has hosted so but -- as the relationship with.
With McConnell as well as speaker John Boehner but.
One way or the other there's gonna have to be some type of deal or it's gonna get as ugly in Washington as it did in the summer of 2011 and that was pretty ugly you have this fall has the process.
That's I mean we were just talking about -- this morning we're gonna need another debt ceiling increase pretty soon.
It has the potential to get pretty ugly of these -- you know opposing political parties can't find some common ground.
Yep that's right and of course.
That the Republicans are investigating the the recent scandals and that could put more distance between.
The White House and congressional Republicans just when you thought -- couldn't be any more distance.
There could be in the months -- all right Bob Cusack from the hill Bob thank you.
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