Obama, Paul Ryan to Lunch
The president's charm offensive continues today
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Mar 7, 2013 10:01 AM CST
In this Nov. 5, 2012, file photo then-Republican vice presidential candidate, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., gestures as he speaks during a campaign event at Johnson's Corner in Johnstown, Colo.   (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)

(Newser) – President Obama has invited Paul Ryan to come have lunch with him at the White House today, the latest step in his post-sequester charm offensive. "I appreciate the president's invitation, and I look forward to our conversation," said the House Budget Committee chair in a statement, per USA Today. It reports that they won't be dining a deux: The committee's top Democrat, Maryland's Chris Van Hollen, will join.

Obama is trying to revive hopes of a "grand bargain," and Ryan would be a powerful ally in that push. But Ryan's budget, which is due within days, is expected to resemble his past efforts, which Obama has vigorously criticized. In particular, it'll include his controversial Medicare voucher idea, Politico reports. The powwow comes after Obama's dinner last night with a number of GOP senators at the upscale Jefferson Hotel. John McCain and Tom Coburn each emerged from the meeting flashing waiting reporters a thumbs up, the New York Times reports; beyond that, we know precious little about what transpired.

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Mar 7, 2013 3:37 PM CST
Who in their right mind would believe a single thing the pathological liar Obama would tell them. The man bring lying to artform. Even when he's caught on tape from day to day its always that was taken out of context. That in itself should tell you never to believe a word that comes out of his because I guess you need some code book provided by the WH to know when the context is right.
Mar 7, 2013 12:25 PM CST
Awesome the two guys who voted in favor of extending the Patriot act, NDAA, CISPA are going to have a "private meeting" about how NOT to screw us over.... LOL What a big joke.
Mar 7, 2013 11:52 AM CST
Speaking of lunch, I think I'll have a horse dog.