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The Pivoting President

House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, shakes hands with President Obama after his State of the Union address.

February 9, 2011

President Obama has shifted his political approach since the midterm elections in a renewed effort at bipartisanship. In the latest example, Obama has invited House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., and House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., to a private lunch at the White House today to discuss a variety of issues. Here's a look at some of the other moves Obama has made to woo Republicans.

February 7: U.S. Chamber of Commerce President Tom Donohue introduces President Obama, who was praised for ordering a government-wide review of federal regulations that may be unfair to businesses. A day earlier, he invited several Republicans to a Super Bowl party at the White House.

 

January 25: The president gets a thumbs-up from both Vice President Joe Biden and House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, for delivering a State of the Union speech aimed to please both sides of the aisle. “New laws will only pass with support from Democrats and Republicans. We will move forward together, or not at all,” Obama said.

January 21: Obama names Jeffrey Immelt, CEO of General Electric, to head his outside panel of economic advisers, replacing former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker.

January 13: Obama flies with Republican lawmakers on Air Force One to deliver his lauded address honoring victims of the shooting in Tucson, Ariz. He wrote the speech himself and titled it: "Together We Thrive."

January  6: To succeed the hard-driving Rahm Emanuel, Obama names power broker William Daley of Chicago, a lawyer, ex-banker, and former U.S. Commerce secretary, as his new chief of staff.

November 30: President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden meet with bipartisan congressional leaders in the president’s private dining room. Among the Republicans who accepted the president’s invitation to the White House were Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., Sen. Jon Kyl of Arizona, Rep. Eric Cantor of Virginia and then-House Minority Leader John Boehner of Ohio.

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