It's been a week since Speaker John A. Boehner warned the stalled Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal backed by President Barack Obama needed help from the White House. On Thursday there were indications the president is stepping up his efforts.
Boehner and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi each used much of their weekly news conferences Thursday to temper expectations for the prospects of the trade deal. But a group of about 30 Democrats who met later in the day with Obama were more optimistic.
"I've known the president since he was a state senator," said Rep. Mike Quigley, D-Ill., who hails from Obama's hometown of Chicago. "I've never seen him this strong, this emphatic. He was on fire today. At the top of his game."