Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) is attacking President Barack Obama for plotting politics, martini in hand, with his fellow Democrats.
"So what's the President's big idea for helping the economy getting back on track? Well, last night, according to published news reports, he was drinking martinis and plotting his 2014 political strategy with his fellow Democrat party members," Cornyn said in a Thursday email to supporters.
The senior senator from the Lone Star state seized on a report in Politico detailing a Wednesday night meeting in the East Room of the White House where Obama was seen sipping a martini. According to the report, Obama invited the Senate Democrats to trade ideas on their agenda for the year.
Cornyn added that Obama is ignoring a chance to take a bipartisan approach with Republicans by drinking with Democrats.
"So rather than talking to Republicans in bipartisan discussion about how we could come together on real solutions to the problems that face our economy and people out of work, the President instead has defaulted in favor of poll-tested ideas and political gimmicks leading into the run-up to the 2014 election," Cornyn continued. "Now, sipping martinis and plotting politics while millions of Americans are out of work shows just how out of touch the President has become."
Obama has repeatedly been criticized for not making enough of an effort to reach out to members of Congress, including ones in his own party. But in 2013 Obama did hold a series of closed dinners with House and Senate Democrats as well as most Senate Republicans.