Michael D. Shear and Peter Slevin
March 16, 2010
Air Force One took off from suburban Maryland today at 11:13 a.m. and landed 48 minutes later in Cleveland.
For Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) — who says he plans to vote no on the president’s health-care bill — it must have felt like a much longer flight.
Obama invited Kucinich and undecided Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio) to the ultimate pressure cooker as he tries to nail down a majority for his top domestic priority.
What was said at 35,000 feet is anyone’s guess, and Kucinich is — for once — not talking. The president talked one on one with Kucinich aboard Air Force One on the flight, a White House spokesman said. But Obama’s onetime presidential rival just smiled as he walked across the tarmac upon arrival in his home state.
“I’m looking forward to hearing what he has to say,” Kucinich said. A spokesman in his D.C. office said the congressman was politely declining all requests for interviews today.
This article was posted: Tuesday, March 16, 2010 at 10:55 am