Obama Thanks Top GOP Congressional Leaders For Unity On U.S. Embassy Crisis

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barack obama us embassy protests middle eastABOARD AIR FORCE ONE  — President Barack Obama is thanking the four top leaders in Congress for supporting the nation’s diplomatic corps amid violence aimed at U.S. embassies in several Middle East countries.

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Obama phoned the leaders as he flew home Thursday from a campaign rally in Colorado.

White House spokesman Jay Carney says Obama and the lawmakers also discussed a plan to keep the government funded after the fiscal year ends Sept. 30.

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The two Republican leaders – House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell – refrained from joining several other Republicans who criticized Obama’s handling of the Mideast unrest.

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Obama also called Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, both Democrats.

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