Obama invited Nikki Haley and other new governors to WH
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Last Updated: Thursday, November 04, 2010, 22:23
Washington: US President Barack Obama has invited South Carolina Governor-elect Indian-American Nikki Haley and other newly elected governors to the White House, saying it would be a terrific opportunity to hear from them.

Obama also invited eight Congressional leaders from both Republican and Democratic parties.

The first of these meetings would be held on November 18, after his return from Asia. Haley and other Governor- elects have been invited to the White House on December 2.

After a Cabinet meeting, Obama told reporters that he wants a "better working relationship" between the White House and incoming congressional leadership.

"We can't afford two years of just squabbling." Obama said he thinks it's a terrific opportunity to hear from them, folks who are working at the state and local levels, about what they're seeing, what ideas they think Washington needs to be paying more attention to.

"A lot of times, things are a little less ideological when, you know, you get governors together, because they've got very practical problems that they've got to solve in terms of, you know, how do they make sure that roads and bridges are funded, and how do they make sure that schools stay open and teachers stay on the job," he said.

"You know, that kind of nuts-and-bolts stuff I think oftentimes yields the kind of commonsense approach that the American people I think are looking for right now. So in sum, we've got a lot of work to do. People are still catching their breath from the election. The dust is still settling," he said.

Obama said it is clear that the voters sent a message, which is they want the leaders to focus on the economy and jobs and moving this country forward.

"They're concerned about making sure that taxpayer money is not wasted, and they want a change of tone here in Washington where the two parties are coming together and focusing on the people's business as opposed to scoring political points," he said.

Referring to his cabinet meeting, Obama said he told them and his staff that they have to take that message to heart and make a sincere and consistent effort to try to change how Washington operates.

"The folks around this table have done extraordinary work in their agencies. They have cooperated consistently with Congress. I think they are interested in bipartisan ideas. And so they are going to be integral in helping me to root out waste in government, make our agencies more efficient and generate more ideas so that we can put the American people back to work," he said.

"Now, at the same time, obviously what's going to be critically important over the coming months is creating a better working relationship between this White House and the congressional leadership that's coming in, as well as the congressional leadership that carries over from the previous Congress," he said.


First Published: Thursday, November 04, 2010, 22:23

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