Ex-Commerce pick Gregg still welcome at the White House

February 18, 2009

WASHINGTON – New Hampshire Senator Judd Gregg certainly irked the White House by accepting the nomination to be Commerce secretary and then withdrawing, but it seems he is still welcome at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

President Barack Obama on Monday will host a summit on “fiscal responsibility” at the White House which is aimed at addressing the long-term issues like the costly Social Security retirement program and Medicare health care system and Gregg said he has accepted an invitation to attend.
gregg2Gregg, the top Republican on the Senate Budget Committee,  withdrew last week as the Commerce secretary nominee because of fundamental policy differences with the Democratic Obama administration, particularly over the economy.
Even so, it seems that both sides have agreed to move on and even work together.
“Reform is urgently needed, especially as long-term entitlement spending threatens to strangle our economy, and action must be taken sooner rather than later,” Gregg said in a statement.
“I will certainly do everything I can to work with the president and others in Congress to set a course for the long-run that addresses the issue of how we pass on to our children a government they can afford,” he said.

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– Photo credit: Reuters/Jim Young (Obama in early February with Gregg.)


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perhaps if the republicans would try and be more responsible and be more bipartisan like our honourable friends the democrats? obama is going to try to solve the problems with social security,we should all rally around,am i hearing this correctly,have i been living in a bubble for 8 years?if bush had used water boarding shhhh.he still would not have received any more bipartnership than he did,and that was zero. this is an “audacity” but not much “hope “i am afraid.

Posted by brian lee | Report as abusive

This young administration and wobbly Democratic congress just passed an OK-but-not-great stimulus bill. It was pointlessly watered down to satisfy the rabid Republican congresscritters and their economic voodoo magic pony ideology. The idea that THIS Republican Party, who most recently wanted to privatize Social Security — I mean, c’mon. How much worse would our current state be?

Considering the level of acquiescence we’ve seen from the Dems, them mixed with these Republicans on Social Security reform is just got catastrophe written all over it.

And considering the myriad of other emergencies swarming us like locusts — yes, many brought on by the very same people who to be part of the “bipartisan” reform sausage-making — Social Security simply isn’t a priority.

This is bad, bad news.

Posted by jvill | Report as abusive

Yes, he’s welcome, because he has something to bring to the table.
Obama realizes this and wants to use his input to help things along.
I’ve known many people through the years who suffer from Anal-Cranial inversions and they come up with very good ideas. I guess they have a different perspective.

The idea is to solve problems and any way that they can make it happen is fine with me.

Posted by RealNeil | Report as abusive