Today’s meeting at 11 am between President Obama and the Congressional leadership is one of those Washington things in which nothing gets done but which is specifically designed to tell the public that something is getting done.
It’s a photo-op, and not surprisingly, photographers will be invited in to take pictures, and a couple of people will give statements.
The problem is, there are too many people in the room, they’re all politicians, and they have too many competing interests. The real work has been going on behind the scenes, including at a couple of secret meetings between Obama and Speaker Boehner.
In the Cabinet Room today will be the top Republican and Democratic leaders from the House and Senate. Are Obama and Boehner going to discuss things that might infuriate Nancy Pelosi with Pelosi in the room? Is Harry Reid going to say what he really thinks when conversations from the meeting are sure to leak to the press?
No. What might be interesting though is the body language and statements we hear coming out of the meeting. Hopefully the participants will stroll onto the White House driveway and wander toward the microphones. We’ll be there if they do.