In addition to the anchors, the President also briefed Congressional leaders. NBC's Chip Reid characterized Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Majority Leader Harry Reid as "highly perturbed when they left the meeting--they were consulted by the President only after the speech was written." ABC's George Stephanopoulos conducted a head count and estimated that "there are majorities in both Houses of Congress against the President's policy." NBC's Reid agreed: "Non-binding votes opposing any troop increase are expected to pass."
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