President Obama Invites Congressional Leaders to White House Dinner

WASHINGTON - NOVEMBER 4:   U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during a cabinet meeting at the White House on November 4, 2010 in Washington, DC. Obama has invited Republican leadership to the White House for a bipartisan meeting on November 18.

In the aftermath of “this week’s electoral ‘shellacking,’ President Obama on Thursday invited Congressional leaders to literally break bread later this month at a dinner at the White House as he tries to adjust to a new political order with Republicans ascendant,” the New York Times reports.

Mr. Obama invited eight leaders, four from each party, to meet on Nov. 18 and then share a meal in the residence part of the White House. He hopes to use the get-together to start afresh after two years of partisan warfare and an election that vaulted Republicans to power in the House and strengthened their numbers in the Senate.


Those invited are the outgoing speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, Democrat of California; her probable Republican replacement, John A. Boehner of Ohio; the second-ranked leaders of each party in the House, Steny H. Hoyer of Maryland and Eric Cantor of Virginia; and their opposite numbers in the Senate, Harry M. Reid of Nevada and Richard J. Durbin of Illinois for the Democrats, and Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and Jon Kyl of Arizona for the Republicans.

(credit image – daylife/getty)


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