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Monday
May022011

Obama Highlights 'Same Sense of Unity' Felt After 9/11

SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Speaking before a bipartisan group of House and Senate members, President Obama called for the unity felt in the wake of the killing of Osama bin Laden to be extended to the upcoming debates on Capitol Hill.

“I know that unity that we felt on 9/11 has frayed a little bit over the years, and I have no illusions about the difficulty of the debates that we’ll have to be engaged in in the weeks and months to come,” Obama said from the East Room of the White House. “But I also know there have been several moments like this during the course of this year that have brought us together as an American family.”

The president referred to the shooting in Tucson, Ariz., in January and the recent storms that swept the South as times when both parties came together.

“Last night was one of those moments," he said. "And so tonight it is my fervent hope that we can harness some of that unity and some of that pride to confront the many challenges that we still face.”

The president had scheduled a dinner with bipartisan House and Senate Leadership, Committee Chairs, Committee Ranking Members and their guests, senior administration officials and members of the Cabinet weeks ago because he thought it would be a good opportunity for leaders of both parties and their spouses to spend time together, outside of politics.

“Tonight seems like an especially fitting occasion to do this,” he said. “Obviously we’ve all had disagreements and differences in the past. I suspect we’ll all have them again in the future, but last night as Americans learned that the United States had carried out an operation that resulted in the capture and death of Osama bin Laden ...”

The president was then interrupted by extended applause and a standing ovation from the members of Congress in the room.

“You know, I think we experienced the same sense of unity that prevailed on 9/11," he said when he resumed. "We were reminded again that there’s a pride in what this nation stands for and what we can achieve that runs far deeper than party, far deeper than politics.”

Obama thanked Congress for giving support to the military and the intelligence officials.

“Without your support they could not do what they do,” he said.

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Wednesday
Nov172010

John Boehner Elected Next Speaker, Nancy Pelosi Will Lead Democrats

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Despite an election that saw a wave of Republicans sweep the GOP into the House majority, when Congress convenes early next January both party's teams will closely resemble the current House leadership of the 111th Congress.

Republicans unanimously picked Minority Leader John Boehner, who ran unopposed, as the next Speaker of the House, while Minority Whip Eric Cantor, R-Va., was selected as Majority Leader.

"The job of the next Speaker is to work to restore the institution...restore it to being the People's House," Boehner told the Republican Caucus. "It's not about us; it's about them. And what they want is a smaller, less costly, more accountable government. More jobs, less spending. It's that simple," he said.

The House Democratic Caucus elected Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi as Democratic Leader for the next session of Congress.

Pelosi, D-Calif., was challenged by moderate Blue Dog Rep. Heath Shuler, D-N.C., and won by a vote of 150-43.

Pelosi defended the caucus's decision to keep its current leadership team in place despite a landslide election earlier this month that saw more than 60 House Democrats suffer defeat at the hands of the GOP.

"I am proud to be part of this leadership team. Our consensus is that we go out there, listening to the American people," Pelosi said. "It's about jobs, it's about reducing the deficit, and it's about fighting for the middle class. So I look forward to doing that in this great leadership team."

Majority Leader Steny Hoyer was elected the Minority Whip, the Democrats' second-ranking post in the House. Hoyer was unopposed, while Rep. James Clyburn, the current House Majority Whip, was nominated by Pelosi to serve as the Democrats' first Assistant Leader. Clyburn had initially expressed his intent to run for minority whip, but seems to have backed off after Pelosi brokered a deal with the South Carolina Democrat to retain his rank in the party and stay on as "assistant leader."

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