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WASHINGTON — His domestic priorities stalled in a divided Congress, President Barack Obama is looking for allies among America's governors.

The president plans to meet Monday with governors of both parties at the White House, after a Sunday dinner in which he told state leaders their cooperation "is vital to make sure we're doing right by the American people."

"I look forward to working with each of you, not just in our meetings tomorrow, but throughout this year — what I hope to be a year of action," Obama said at a black-tie dinner with dozens of leaders who were in town for a meeting of the National Governors Association.

"When we've got a Congress that sometimes seems to have a difficult time acting, I want to make sure that I have the opportunity to partner with each of you in any way I can," the president said.

It's unclear whether some Republican governors are willing to collaborate with the Democratic president ahead of the November midterm elections.

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  • DontDrinkDatKoolAid
    February 24, 2014 at 11:54 a.m.

    This is not leadership, this is begging. His economic policies have tanked .. well really they were just a pipe dream.

  • FreeSpiritMan
    February 24, 2014 at 12:20 p.m.

    You say he does not want to be bipartisan, yet when he reaches out you say he is begging. But, we just have to take it as SOP, since we know the source.

  • Populist
    February 24, 2014 at 12:24 p.m.


    My 401k has soared since Obama has been in office. I could not be more pleased.

  • lazybar
    February 24, 2014 at 12:30 p.m.

    then you should be pleased at your taxable amount and not ask for a refund

  • Packman
    February 24, 2014 at 2:53 p.m.

    @Populist - What's a 401k? If BARACK! gave you one, I want one too.

  • 000
    February 24, 2014 at 3:20 p.m.

    BARACK! the State's Rights Killer Man asking Governors for help?

  • dman
    February 24, 2014 at 3:21 p.m.

    He's going to the governors because he refuses to reach out in a bipartisan way to Congress. Working with Congress does not consist of saying "I want to work with you on this problem, and I want it done my way or else."

  • 000
    February 24, 2014 at 3:22 p.m.

    Take THAT, oh scorner of the rights of States. meat head.

  • GrimReaper
    February 24, 2014 at 4:44 p.m.

    The best way the government can help the economy is to stay the hell out of it. A Milton Friedman favorite: "If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara desert, in five years there'd be a shortage of sand."

  • DontDrinkDatKoolAid
    February 24, 2014 at 4:56 p.m.

    Pop, ... the reason your 401K is doing so well is due to the QE of Wall Street. Welfare for sure.