The charm offensive appeared to bear some fruit last week when 16 Republicans — 13 of whom had dined with Obama — agreed to debate gun legislation. But most of those Republican votes have since peeled away from supporting the Manchin-Toomey amendment that would broaden background checks.
The president also has some wooing of Democrats to do when it comes to his proposals to reach a grand bargain on the deficit, and in particular his proposal to adopt a stingier measure of inflation for Social Security and other federal benefits.
United We Dream protesters carry a mock coffin to the office of Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Monday, July 21, 2014, to hold one of their "funeral services for the Republican Party" due to GOP positions on immigration. The immigration reform group visited several other Senate Republican offices to hold similar funeral services.