Obama to House Republican caucus: I'm not an ideologue
Three days after President Obama delivered his State of the Union Address, before the Joint Session of Congress, he spoke to the Republican Congressional caucus on Friday at their annual retreat in Baltimore.
According to the Washington Times, Obama told house Republicans at the caucus, "I'm not suggesting we're going to agree on everything, but if the way these issues are being presented by Republicans is that this is some wild-eyed plot to impose huge government in every aspect of our lives, what happens is you guys then don't have a lot of room to negotiate with me."
Mr. Obama, speaking to the House Republican caucus at their annual retreat in Baltimore, said he is not an ideologue and urged Republicans -- most of whom have voted against every major piece of his agenda -- to set aside politics and help him find common ground.
At one point, Mr. Obama said congressional Republicans were characterizing even moderate, centrist proposals for health care reform as "some kind of Bolshevik plot."
"From the start, I sought out and supported ideas from the Republicans. I even talked about an issue that has been a holy grail for a lot of you, which was tort reform, and said that I'd be willing to work together as part of a comprehensive package to deal with it. I just didn't get a lot of nibbles . . . ."