President’s Charm Offensive Mocked By His Own Advisers

Source: Eliana Johnson / National Review

President Obama for the first time appears to be making a full-fledged effort to extend an olive branch to congressional Republicans, dining with a group of GOP senators last week and penciling in a lunch date with House Budget Committee chairman Paul Ryan. His advisers are not pleased by the move, according to the National Journal’s Ron Fournier.

“This is a joke. We’re wasting the president’s time and ours,” a senior White House official told Fournier of the president’s outreach efforts. “I hope you all [in the media] are happy because we’re doing it for you.”

Another said that, if the president finds common ground with Republicans, “it won’t be because we had steaks and Merlot with a few senators.”

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