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President’s Charm Offensive Mocked By His Own Advisers

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.”

Former Obama aide Tommy Vietor echoed those remarks on Twitter: 

Republicans, for their part, appear to be relishing the leaks out of the West Wing. Boehner spokesman Brendan Buck broadcast the remarks on his Twitter feed earlier today and mused, “I wonder if the president agrees w/his senior aide who tells National Journal the charm offensive is a ‘joke’ and only done for the media.”  


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