President Obama today drew concern from Senate Democrats that he might give away too much to Republicans on Social Security and Mediare reform, a sign that the president may be serious about trying again to strike a “grand bargain” with Republicans on the deficit.
Not to worry, though, he assuaged Democrats during that he would force Republicans to raise taxes as part of any agreement, according to reports.
The meeting is the first stop of Obama’s Grand Tour of Capitol Hill. Wednesday and Thursday he’ll meet with the other three caucuses – the House Democrats, the House Republicans, and the Senate Republicans.
And then in a final meeting on Friday, Obama and all the members of Congress will stage a singalong in the rotunda beneath the Capitol Dome.
Okay, not that last part.
Tomorrow he gathers with House Republicans. Each Republican, upon entering the room, will put his hand on the Constitution and read aloud the Bill of Rights. If you see white smoke rising from the chamber, it means they have a deal. Black smoke, no deal.
Well, actually, if you see any smoke coming up at all, it means they have a FIRE.