From NBC's Mike Viqueira
The so-dubbed “Slurpee Summit” between Republican leaders and President Barack Obama may have been postponed, but the White House is going out of its way to say that the rescheduling isn’t due to frosty relations between the two parties.
In today’s White House briefing, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs went out of his way to play down any conflict with GOP Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Republican leader John Boehner over the rescheduling of the meeting, which was originally planned for Thursday. The meeting is intended to address issues that Congress will take up during its lame duck session – including the possible extension of the Bush tax cuts.
"Bipartisanship has happened," Gibbs said of the meeting.
The fact that GOP leaders and the White House were able to agree on a new date – November 30 -- is a sign of cooperation, he said.
"We're flexible. We're ready to sit down tomorrow, or on the 30th," he said.