GOP Senator on Obama: 'He Needs to Take a Valium'

Capitol Hill meeting doesn't go so well
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted May 25, 2010 5:10 PM CDT
GOP Senator on Obama: 'He Needs to Take a Valium'
President Obama waves as he walks across the South Lawn of the White House Tuesday.   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

President Obama visited Senate Republicans today, but bipartisanship wasn't exactly overflowing, reports Politico. GOP Senator Pat Roberts' take: "The more he talked, the more he got upset. He needs to take a valium before he comes in and talks to Republicans and just calm down." The White House, for its part, characterized the meeting as "civil in tone."

Bob Corker reportedly lit into the president for pushing ahead with a mainly Democratic bill on regulatory reform, and Obama and McCain got into a "frank" discussion over border security. Afterward, Obama announced he would send 1,200 National Guard troops to the border, and McCain made clear that wasn't enough. All in all, the fence-mending visit may actually have made relations worse, writes Manu Raju.
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