The president wants it. The public wants it.

But when it comes to bipartisanship, words are easier than action — especially in an election year. OBAMA/

President Barack Obama, who met with congressional leaders from both parties on Tuesday, called for bipartisan solutions to some of  the weighty issues of the day: job creation and deficit reduction.

“As I said in my State of the Union, part of what we’d like to see is the ability of Congress to move forward in a more bipartisan fashion on some of the key challenges that the country is facing right now,” Obama said before the meeting.

“And although the parties are not going to agree on every single item, there should be some areas where we can agree and we can get some things done even as we have vigorous debates on some of those issues that we don’t agree on,” he said.

He did not mention healthcare reform in that first statement.  Obama’s signature domestic priority last year has become bogged down in election-year politics after Democrats lost their filibuster proof majority in the Senate when Republican Scott Brown won the Massachusetts Senate seat of the late Edward Kennedy.