It was President Obama’s day for showing the business community he cares. He invited CEOs to Blair House across the street from the White House to discuss ideas for creating jobs and revving up the economy.
Republicans tried to turn the olive branch into an inconsequential twig. House Speaker-to-be John Boehner (who wasn’t invited) tweeted while the meeting was underway that it amounted to a “nothingburger.”
Honeywell CEO David Cote, who attended the meeting, had some sympathy for Obama: “We avoided a depression largely because of the actions of the president … I think he gets zero credit for it in the business or political community, because it seems like you get zero credit for the problem you avoid, even though that may be the biggest thing that you do.”
On Capitol Hill, Democrats and Republicans were trying to make a contest out of who had more Christmas spirit.
Faced with the prospect of a legislative session going into and beyond the Christmas holiday, Republican Senator Jon Kyl said it was impossible to get everything done that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid wanted “without disrespecting one of the two holiest of holidays for Christians…”