The make-nice that the White House and the GOP have talked about since they came to a tax cut agreement last year may finally be coming to fruition, as House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia, and Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy of California will all join the president for a mid-afternoon meeting Wednesday.
President Obama has invited the House Republican leadership to the White House Wednesday for lunch and a policy discussion, Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said in his briefing Tuesday afternoon.
The topic door is wide open, says Gibbs, "I think that the president looks forward to discussing all issues foreign and domestic."
But with a presidential budget due soon and a Congress antsy about the increasing deficit, the talk will likely center around the economy.
"Obviously, without a doubt, there will be a heavy discussion on the economy and on spending and I think the president will have a chance to talk through with them many of the things that he outlined in the State of the Union and I have no doubt that they have their cares and concerns, as well," Gibbs said.
However, asked if Obama will hint at budget specifics, Gibbs said, no. The White House wants that conversation reserved for Monday, when the president will release send his official budget to Capitol Hill.
Boehner spokesman Mike Steel says his boss has in mind what he'd like to talk about, "The speaker is pleased to have an opportunity to speak with the president about our plans to reduce economic uncertainty and create jobs by cutting spending and breaking down barriers to private sector investment."