Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney, 2/29/12
The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
James S. Brady Press Briefing Room
2:03 P.M. EST
MR. CARNEY: Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen. Thanks for coming to the White House for your daily briefing. Before I take questions I’d like to give you a brief readout of the President’s lunch that ended not long ago with leaders of the House and Senate of both parties.
I spoke with the President afterwards. It was a constructive and cordial meeting over lunch. It was the President, the Vice President and the four leaders. They discussed a variety of topics, a range of topics, both domestic and foreign, and they discussed ways that they could build on the bipartisan cooperation that led to the extension of the payroll tax cut as well as unemployment insurance.
And I think it’s fair to say that, as we’ve been saying for a long time and the President has been saying, that there is reason to hope that the conventional wisdom that holds that Congress held by the opposition party, or largely controlled by the opposition party, cannot get any business done with the President in an election year is wrong, and that if folks focus on the areas of agreement and work in a cooperative, bipartisan fashion, we can advance the American people’s agenda.
The President looks forward to doing just that and to continuing his conversations with the leaders of the House and the Senate.
With that, I’ll take your questions.
Q Thanks, Jay. Two topics. I’ll pick up on that one to start. We got a pretty upbeat readout from the Speaker’s office about how the meeting went, including talk of the Speaker being encouraged by what the President had to say about the jobs act and that Speaker Boehner would be happy to work with the President on a true all-of-the-above energy policy. Your readout there sounded pretty upbeat as well. Was there a specific legitimate agenda that you believed came out of this? Items that the American people can look to, to say those are actually likely to get done?
MR. CARNEY: Well, I don’t want to get
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