By Mark Memmott

During a surprise appearance in the White House briefing room, President Barack Obama just said to reporters that he's told Republican lawmakers he remains "open to any ideas" that help overhaul the nation's health care system.

But, he added, "bipartisanship can't be that I agree to all the things that they believe in ... and they agree to none of the things that I want."

"There's got to be some give on their side as well," Obama added.

The president met with Congressional leaders from both parties this morning, and has scheduled a Feb. 25 health care "summit" with Republicans and Democrats.

In his comments to reporters, Obama also said that if Republicans continue to block many of his nominees he may choose to make "recess appointments" when Congress goes on vacation.

categories: Politics

1:51 - February 9, 2010