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November 07, 2012

Obama stays at home, calls congressional leaders

President Obama has yet to emerge from his Chicago home -- but he's been on the horn with congressional leaders already.

The White House says overnight and this morning, Obama called House Speaker John Boehner, Senator Majority Leader Harry Reid, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi to "talk about the legislative agenda for the remainder of the year.'

The White House says Obama "reiterated his commitment to finding bipartisan solutions to: reduce our deficit in a balanced way, cut taxes for middle class families and small businesses and create jobs."

And it notes, he "said he believed that the American people sent a message in yesterday’s election that leaders in both parties need to put aside their partisan interests and work with common purpose to put the interests of the American people and the American economy first."

An earlier White House pool report noted that Obama was still at home, but a small crowd had gathered on 50th street, "gazing in the direction of the Obama home."


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