President jocular but unforthcoming during brief photo op topping Monday budget meeting.
Pool Report 1:
Pool was ushered into the Cabinet Room at 2:11 p.m. The president and congressional leaders were already in their seats around the table, the president flanked by Speaker Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Reid. Many attendees of both parties were laughing. POTUS could be heard saying something about “luxury boxes.”
As the pool gathered in the room, the president said to the poolers, “Alright, guys, this is the same shot you had yesterday, except we’re wearing ties today. Alright? Thank you very much.”
A reporter called out, “Are you closer to a deal, Mr. President?”
POTUS smiled broadly and said again, “Thank you very much.”
Another reporter called out, “What happened to the spirit of compromise?” POTUS replied, “Thank you very much.”
Pool was ushered out after 38 seconds.