01/03/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Obama Charms Dem And GOP Governors In Private Meeting

No one could remember a meeting quite like this.

President-elect Barack Obama met with the nation's governors Tuesday to hear their tales of economic pain - and won some points by telling Republicans in the room that he welcomed disagreements, "so feel free," one participant recalled.

"He said, 'I don't know you as well, let me get to know you, give me a chance, you might be surprised how helpful I can be,' " said New York Gov. David Paterson, a Democrat who recounted Obama's words to the Republicans.

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