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Obama's Afghan Meeting Leaves Lawmakers Sounding Bipartisan

The meeting between President Barack Obama and House and Senate leaders Tuesday on Afghanistan was described positively by lawmakers as they left the White House.

The Democratic and Republican lawmakers appeared satisfied the president listened to them at length, telling them at the end of the meeting, according to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, that he would personally take their calls if they wanted to further discuss aspects of the evolving Afghanistan policy not brought up at Tuesday's meeting.

But from the way lawmakers described it, there appeared to be very little real news from the meeting. The president reiterated his desire to have the right strategy before significant new resources were invested. He said it would be a matter of weeks not months before he makes his decision on how to proceed.

Worth noting, however, was something Reid said he heard not from the president but his Republican colleagues.

REID: ... The one thing that I think was interesting is that everyone, Democrats and Republicans, said whatever decision you make we'll support it, basically. So we'll see.

Republicans didn't contradict Reid's characterization of their position. On CNN, Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.) who was in the meeting said:

And I committed to the president to be supportive as possible in building a political case that it's necessary for us to have patience. It's necessary for us to support our commanders on the ground, to give him and his colleagues and the folks in the field what they need to secure their lives, as well as our interests.