President Obama personally paid for a dinner out in Washington for a dozen Republican senators, the White House has confirmed.


Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) chats with Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.), outside of the Jefferson Hotel following a dinner with President Obama. (AFP PHOTO/Mandel)

The dinner, which took place at the Jefferson Hotel, is part of an ongoing charm offensive as Obama looks to cut a budget deal with rank-and-file Republicans rather than GOP leadership. The meal lasted over two hours.