From NBC's Mike Viqueira
The 10 or so House Republicans that we spoke with coming out of their meeting with the president were uniformly impressed with him as a person and a speaker, but that's as far as it goes.
"No blood drawn, no minds changed," said one southern conservative who went on to praise Obama as "a nice guy." At the mics later, John Boehner allowed that the president is "sincere."
Another Texas conservative admiringly referred to the president as "The Charmer-in-Chief," as well as "personable" and "funny." But when asked if any minds were changed on the bill, he and a colleague together laughed and, without saying anything more, got on the elevator.
I spoke with Rep. Jim Gerlach, he of the 59% Obama district in Pennsylvania who has been invited, along with other "Tuesday Group" GOP moderates, to meet this evening at 6:30 at the White House with Rahm Emanuel. But he says he is voting against the House bill tomorrow, schmoozing or no schmoozing.
Rep. Peter Roskam is said to have gotten into a friendly back and forth with Obama over the funding for repairing the National Mall. The two know each other from their days together in the Illinois legislature. Roskam told the president, according to a GOP aide, that he won by rising above "Republicans" and Democrats," but that House Democrats are not living up to the Obama standard. They have written a bill that spends more on re-sodding the Mall than small business tax relief.
Bottom line, the differences are both ideological and political. The House GOP, fresh off big losses in two cycles and trying to reestablish their fiscal conservative bona fides, isn't going to vote in large numbers for an $825 billion big-government measure that includes measures like the EITC, provisions that essentially give tax breaks to people who don't pay taxes, in their view.