Boehner at White House for debt talks, despite dramatic walk-out Friday

By Kase Wickman
Saturday, July 23, 2011 11:47 EDT
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Despite a dramatic announcement that he would no longer negotiate with the White House to hammer out a solution to the nation’s debt crisis, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) is back at the White House Saturday morning.

Yesterday, Boehner released a letter to his colleagues in the House, explaining that he would negotiate directly with Senate Democrats.

“A deal was never reached, and was never really close,” Boehner wrote of the talks. “In the end, we couldn’t connect. Not because of different personalities, but because of different visions for our country.”

In a hastily called press conference Friday evening, President Barack Obama expressed anger at Boehner’s tactics and stressed the importance of raising the debt ceiling before the country goes into default on August 2.

“I want them here at 11 a.m. tomorrow,” he said of congressional leaders. “They are going to have to explain to me how it is that we are going to avoid default.”

Sure enough, according to the White House press pooler, Boehner is at the White House Cabinet Room this morning, along with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), Vice President Joe Biden, Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY).

According to the pooler, who was allowed in the room for one minute before talks started, the atmosphere is strained and tense.

Kase Wickman
Kase Wickman
Kase Wickman is a reporter for Raw Story. She holds a journalism degree from Boston University and grew up in Eugene, OR. Her work has been featured in The Boston Globe, Village Voice Media, The Christian Science Monitor, The Houston Chronicle and on NPR, among others. She lives in New York City and tweets from @kasewickman.
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