The White House has always contended that President Obama is eager to talk to and work with Republicans. In the interest of bipartisanship, the president invited Republican Senator Rob Portman to the Oval Office Thursday for a signing ceremony for the Energy Efficiency Improvement Act of 2015, a bill Portman had sponsored. To commemorate the event, official White House photographer Pete Souza took a picture of the two talking after the ceremony. The photo may not find its way into Portman's scrapbook, however:
Silver lining: If the law turns out to be a dud, Portman at least has a plausible shot at deniability.