Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Obama on Capital Hill

Senator Barack Obama arrived on Capitol Hill on Thursday, Jan 22. (Photo: Yuri Gripas/Reuters). Via.

President Obama made a trip to Capital Hill today to lobby republicans for passage of his stimulus package.

Presidential trips to Capital Hill are too be sure rare, but for Obama perhaps will be a more common practice. This marks the second time in four days he has met with congressional groups.

A rare visit by George W Bush to Capital Hill in 2005

Gerald Ford made one of the higher profile visits to capital Hill in 1974 to testify before a House committee investigating his pardon of Richard Nixon.

The two sides side summarized the meeting.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: I don't expect 100 percent agreement from my Republican colleagues, but I do hope that we can all put politics aside and do the American people's business right now.

REP. MIKE PENCE, R-IND.: As grateful as we are for the president's spirit, as I told him personally, House Democrats have completely ignored the president's call for bipartisan cooperation.

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