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This week! For three days only! President Obama plans to spend three days on Capitol Hill trying to make nice with lawmakers who’ve been feeling neglected and hoping that Republicans will accept that he’s serious about cutting big deals on tax reform, spending cuts, gun control and immigration.
The president’s high-profile lobbying effort begins with Senate Democrats on Tuesday, followed by a visit with House Republicans on Wednesday. Finally, Obama plans to visit the Hill for meetings with Senate Republicans and House Democrats on Thursday. (When he meets with Senate Republicans, he’s expected to dine on Maine lobster, potato chips and blueberry pie, according to Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), who’s responsible for the Thursday luncheon.)
After dining last week with selected Senate Republicans and House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), are we entering a new era of good feelings? Not so fast.
“The proof will be in the coming weeks as to whether or not it is a real sincere outreach to find common ground,” Ryan told “Fox News Sunday.”
On NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Rep. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) put it in terms the kids could appreciate: “I don’t think we’re going to be doing the ‘Harlem Shake’ anytime soon together. I think that we can actually use this chance to see what’s going to happen.”