Sour Grapes: Nancy Pelosi And Harry Reid Skip Obama’s Signing Of Bush Tax Cuts Deal

WASHINGTON - APRIL 14: (L-R) House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD), Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) talk to reporters outside the West Wing after a bipartisan meeting with President Barack Obama and Congressional Republican leaders at the White House April 14, 2010 in Washington, DC. The leaders discussed a report about the affects of the stimulus, jobs and the financial reform package now before Congress. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)


House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will skip President Obama’s bill-signing ceremony for the tax-cut compromise at the White House on Friday.

Spokespeople for both offices said the Democratic leaders would be taking care of business on the floor of the Senate and the House and wouldn’t be able to make it.

“Senator Reid cannot make every bill signing and right now he is focused on taking care of everything we need to get done before the end of the session,” said Regan Lachapelle, a spokesman for Reid.

Meanwhile, I’m told that North Dakota’s Senator Kent Conrad, who for years railed against the Bush tax as creating deficits, will be standing immediately behind the President as he signs the bill.

Update: Senator Conrad wasn’t behind Obama, but he was in the front row.

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