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For Obama and House Republicans, a rare visit

Obama Continues Talks With Congressional Leaders On Deficit At White House President Barack Obama (2R) meets with (L-R) House Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA), House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Speaker of the House Rep. John Boehner (R-OH), and Senate Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) in the Cabinet Room of the White House July 11, 2011 in Washington, DC

As President Obama makes his way over to the Capitol Wednesday for a meeting with the House Republican Conference, it's worth noting how rarely this sort of group hug happens.

Last year, the president didn't meet a single time with the GOP Conference.

On June 1, 2011, a group of House Republicans went to the White House to meet with the president in the East Room.

The meeting before that took place a year and a half earlier, when Obama journeyed to a Republican members' retreat in Baltimore on Jan. 29, 2010.

And if you're looking for the last time the president met with the entire House GOP conference in the Capitol, that takes you back to Jan. 27, 2009, not too long after he first won the presidency.

They must miss each other very much.


Juliet Eilperin is The Washington Post's White House bureau chief, covering domestic and foreign policy as well as the culture of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. She is the author of two books—one on sharks, and another on Congress, not to be confused with each other—and has worked for the Post since 1998.



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