This is a rush transcript from "The Five," December 20, 2011. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.
GREG GUTFELD, CO-HOST: A pile of progressives hit the White House to hobnob with President Obama. Oh, to be a fly in that room. You'd probably be in Ed Schultz's hair. It's like the BP spill in there.
Anyway, this lump of lefties included Schultz, Rachel Maddow, a few bloggers too boring to mention and the lady from "The Nation." Seriously, the crowd in this room was bigger than their collective audience.
The only group more progressive than this wore mouse suits to work.
According to ABC's Jake Tapper, the gaggle tackled strategies to fight GOP candidates, ways to highlights those achievements while fighting corporate influence. Basically, it was occupy the White House without the drum circle and a vandalized port-o-potty.
So, if you need to know where the president is coming from, or better, who occupies his brain, I don't think you could find a better stable. These folks are to left of the left, so progressive than even their Che shirts wear Che shirts.
And Obama feels comfortable around them because he is them.
I don't know what they said to each other. But here's a few things I know weren't said -- "Mr. President, we are going to hit you with some tough questions," "We need to be less like Europe," and, "Wow, 'The Five' is really kicking our butts."
Bob, I don't know what you are doing on your phone there.
BOB BECKEL, CO-HOST: I'm sorry.
DANA PERINO, CO-HOST: He's taking a call from the White House.
GUTFELD: Were you complaining that they had a bunch of lightweights at the White House and you were not there? You should have been there, Bob. Were you listening to my -- you didn't even listen to my monologue.
BECKEL: I did. I heard everything you said. I always listen to your monologue. I'm sorry, I can multitask, just trying to get the horse in before the race went off.
No, I'm only kidding.
I don't -- why do you think I wasn't invited?
PERINO: Do you think they complain to him about him not governing from the left enough?
BECKEL: I'm sure that was part of it. But I also think that, you know, it's one of these outreach things that you do with media. You know, you've been through this before. I mean, they used to have on the White House when George Bush was there, you had a lot of conservative radio people out, right?
PERINO: Once a year. That was great. Radio row was a brilliant idea.
BECKEL: And leaving aside that I defend Obama everyday on this show, and some days, I feel like the only fire hydrant at the Westminster Dog Show.
ANDREA TANTAROS, CO-HOST: But why wouldn't they invite you, Bob? You actually are the most high-profile, you reach more people than any of those people on this list every single day on our show, with our viewership. Why wouldn't they call you?
GUTFELD: You are the most famous liberal in America.
BECKEL: No, that's not the case. The case is that -- never mind. I don't want to go --
PERINO: He's getting embarrassed, he's blushing.
ERIC BOLLING, CO-HOST: Can I point something out? The group chatted with the president about the economic messaging, fine. His agenda for '12, fine. But here's the one that really gets me, the various campaign arguments against different GOP candidates.
GUTFELD: Yes, that's different.
BOLLING: Imagine if the shoe were on the other foot.
PERINO: So, it wasn't an interview, as much as a strategy.
BOLLING: How are we going to attack the various GOP candidates in campaigns?
GUTFELD: That's what I was wondering. You know, Bob brought this up. He said, you know, Bush used to have get-togethers. Is there a difference between that and this?
PERINO: Well, not really.
GUTFELD: I mean, when you hear about that?
PERINO: Not really. Well, I don't know. I've not been in the room. I do know that certainly on the right, some people were not very happy with President Bush for certain things. They ask questions in a very respectful way, possibly on immigration or on the war. I remember one of my favorite people to have in there was Charles Krauthammer, who I know you guys know I love. Kim Strassel of the Wall Street Journal and several other types of columnist. We would not just do conservatives. We did lots of different types.
And, in fact, President Obama, before he took office, he sat with all the conservatives and they were quite impressed, and then he never talked to them again, which I think is a mistake.
GUTFELD: I guess the issue with me is that the people that were there just seemed so, I don't know, marginal. I mean, what's next? "Occupy Wall Street" protesters invited there?
TANTAROS: If they can't get more than 25 people to watch their television shows, I'm not sure how they're going to get more than 25 people to vote for Obama.
This has to be a strategy session, because if you look at the names on this list, they are so far left, as you mentioned in your monologue. He already has this base locked up. Why would you go to them unless you're --
PERINO: It's good because it can help for them. It can put it the context, OK, now I understand what the president is thinking is. And how he is, you know, in context, the friend that we talked about.