Disgruntled Republicans Livetweet Obama's Closed-Door Speech

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Reporting on Politics and Policy.
March 13 2013 5:30 PM

Disgruntled Republicans Livetweet Obama's Closed-Door Speech

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President Barack Obama leaves the U.S. Capitol after a meeting with the House Republican Conference March 13, 2013 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.

Photo by Aude Guerrucci-Pool/Getty Images

The typical way to report on a House Republican conference meeting is to wait until the off-the-record affair is over and prod members for details. That was less useful today. Members, reacting to the president's offer of a Q&A, livetweeted the whole thing. It started as they walked in.

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It continued with some predictions.

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The first question that animated the room?

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At this point, Rep. Jeff Duncan tweeted a photo of his vantage point.

After this, Republicans started responding, with shock, to the president's recitation of his budget stance. Keeping the GDP-debt ratio stable was a goal; balancing the budget in a hurry wasn't.

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Republicans (specifically, Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana) asked about the Keystone pipeline. Again, Obama restated the administration's position. Again, there was shock.

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And it ended, like everything else today, with Pope jokes.

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David Weigel is a reporter for Bloomberg Politics

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