Everyone likes bowling, right? Kick back, relax, chat with your buddies, pass a national health care reform bill …
In one of his most innovative reach-out-and-touch-someone initiatives to date, President Donald Trump has invited skeptical conservative Republican members of Congress to the White House to discuss the American Health Care Act, Trump’s proposal to replace the 2010 Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare.
The unusual meeting location? The White House bowling alley, according to the U.K. Daily Mail. President Trump’s blue-collar outreach to the right-wing House Freedom Caucus may be a calculated move to bring the discussion down from the clouds to the level of what’s important to the average voter.
Trump, an expert negotiator if ever there was one, hopes for support in the relaxed atmosphere of knocking down a few pins, according to CNN. Word from the inside says that pizza will be served. Because what’s bowling without pizza?
If there’s one thing President Trump understands, it’s the concerns of Americans who elected him. And a lot of us like to bowl. While Trump may not do any bowling himself, he reportedly planned to have Office of Management and Budget director Mick Mulvaney on hand to discuss Trump’s health care plan with attendees.
The White House bowling alley, originally located where the Situation Room now stands, was a 1948 gift to President Harry Truman, who promptly announced he didn’t like to bowl. President Dwight Eisenhower had it removed. President Richard Nixon, an avid bowler, had it reinstalled.
It is a simple, one-lane affair with mirrors and two score-keeping tables to one side, located in the White House basement.
The Trump administration is making overtures wherever it can to solidify support for the AHCA. Trump and first lady Melania dined with Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and his wife Heidi on Wednesday. Vice President Mike Pence met in his office with several conservative legislators on Tuesday.
Trump also met with Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, a vocal opponent of the AHCA, according to Bloomberg. “I think we’re wooing each other,” Paul said.
These low-key meetings are not only a good “soft touch” approach for our intense, high-energy president, but also a great example of rejecting extravagance for authenticity. Trump is known for rolling up his sleeves and getting to work, and these events are a picture of that ethic and commitment.
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