Obama calling: The president on his rather pedestrian office phone in September.
Getting shellacked in the midterm elections has evidently motivated President Barack Obama to consider his strategy for the next two years, and he’s taking the bold new step of—wait for it—arranging a group huddle with eight big players from the two dominant parties. Sigh. —KA
Voice of America:
On November 18, Mr. Obama will host eight top lawmakers, from both parties, to discuss what can be done in the final days of this congressional session.
“This is going to be a meeting in which I want us to talk substantively about how we can move the American people’s agenda forward. It is not just going to be a photo op,” he said.
The president has invited Boehner to the meeting, along with the outgoing Democratic House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi, as well as Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and top Republican Mitch McConnell.
Also invited are Eric Cantor, the number-two Republican in the House; Republican Senator Jon Kyl; Democratic Senator Dick Durbin and Democratic Congressman Steny Hoyer, who has been mentioned as a possible Minority Leader if Pelosi steps down.