According to the Washington Post on Thursday, President Barack Obama is continuing to display his change of ways by meeting with noted Republicans to attempt a meeting of the minds on the national budget trials and tribulations that have resulted since last Friday’s initiation of the sequestration out of Washington, D.C.
In the latest of attempts in recent days, President Obama has invited House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, the Republican from Wisconsin who ran against Obama and Vice President Joe Biden for vice president alongside Mitt Romney for president last year.
Besides Ryan, Obama reportedly will be dining with the top Democrat on the Budget Committee, Rep. Van Hollen of Maryland.
Obama’s Thursday lunch follows Wednesday’s dinner at the Jefferson Hotel which included 12 Republican senators. The result of that two-hour dinner was that some of the U.S. senators came away from the event stating that they were somewhat optimistic about a long-term deal to reduce the federal deficit.
These efforts of reaching out have been lacking since the early days of Obama’s first term.