WASHINGTON — That must be one mean steak the White House serves to impress a woman from the heart of Nebraska cattle country.
Deb Fischer was among a group of Senate Republicans invited over for dinner Wednesday night with President Barack Obama.
The menu included endive salad and ribeyes with a variety of spring vegetables. Dessert was coconut sorbet with warm pineapple and almond cookies.
And the beef was excellent, Fischer told the president.
“I said, 'As a Sand Hills rancher, I want to compliment you on the menu tonight, and it was very good,'” Fischer said in an interview. “He said he would tell his chef.”
Dinner was served in the family dining room. Despite the delicious food and historic setting, the three-hour session was pretty businesslike, Fischer said.
“Everyone was pretty focused on the issue at hand,” she said. “It was a working dinner.”
Most of the conversation was about the budget woes facing the country.
Fischer said building relationships is important and she hopes that will help the two sides come to an agreement on ways to tame the federal deficit.
She noted that the Democratic president's budget proposal released earlier Wednesday included suggestions on how to trim entitlement programs.
“I think it shows that he's willing to put ideas out there, too, and try and figure out how we're going to solve these problems,” she said.
Still, she said, “The country's polarized, the Senate reflects that. The president and I don't agree on a lot.”
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