McKeon: Good Discussion With Obama; No Fancy Writing on Place Cards

By Susan Jones | October 11, 2013 | 8:27 AM EDT

Rep. Howard "Buck" McKeon (R-Calif.) (AP File Photo)

( - Howard "Buck" McKeon (R-Calif.), the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, says Republicans' meeting with President Obama on Thursday was "very positive."

"We had, I thought, a good meeting, a good discussion. I think a lot of air was cleared of things that we're working on. And we left the meeting with the decision that the president would talk to his people, we would talk to our people, they wouuld talk to each other, which they did through the night.

"And I'm hopeful. I'm anxious to hear from our leadership this morning as to the progress that was made during the night, but I think that uh, I felt good, better than I've felt for a few weeks about where we're heaaded."

McKeon didn't want to give details: "We kind of decided that it would be best moving forward if we just kind of focused on going forward."

Asked if anything funny or dramatic happened at the White House meeting,  McKeon said he noticed that the little name cards telling people where to sit were different than usual:

"Normally, you go to one of those meeetings, they have your name written in fancy writing. And I noticed that it was just kind of handwritten-quickly name. And I turned it over, and it had the fancy name of somebody else at a prior meeting."