President Obama's trip Friday to the House Republican conference retreat in Baltimore still has political types talking a few days later. Asked this morning at a briefing sponsored by the Christian Science Monitor why Obama was having a hard time "getting traction" with the House GOP, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood didn't hesitate to bring up his new boss's visit with his former colleagues.
"I went with him over to the Republican retreat in Baltimore," said LaHood, who served in the House for 14 years before joining the Obama administration. "I think he was in 4-wheel drive at that meeting. I think he got a lot of traction with them."
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