Obama, Cantor tout friendship with Coburn, Biden in Time 100

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Obama writes that he and Coburn became friends after Michelle Obama and Coburn's wife, Carolyn, "hit it off."

"Pretty soon, we did too. Since then, we’ve bonded over family and faith. And we’ve harnessed our friendship and mutual respect to find places where we can agree and work together to move this country forward," Obama writes before listing the times he and Coburn worked together.

"We co-sponsored the "Google for Government" act, which made government more transparent and more accountable to the American people," Obama continues. "We worked together to cut down on earmarks. And we continue to agree on the need to reduce wasteful spending and close tax loopholes that benefit only the well-off and well connected."

Obama goes on to say that Coburn's friendship with Obama resulted in Oklahomans sending "dozens of letters" criticizing their friendship.

"Tom’s response was 'How better to influence somebody than to love them?' Each of us still hopes the other will see the light," "But in the meantime, we’ll settle for being friends."

In Cantor's essay about Biden, the Virginia Republican says that Biden understands the importance of building trust.

"Too often in Washington, opposing sides don’t speak to one another. The best way to find solutions and common ground is to build personal relationships based on trust," Cantor writes.

Cantor says that Biden builds relationships with "kindness and respect" and by speaking honestly. The majority leader specifically cites working with Biden during the tense debt ceiling negotiations in 2011. Cantor eventually walked away from those negotiations.

"Working closely with him during the 2011 debt-ceiling debate, I experienced this firsthand," Cantor adds. "Since then, the Vice President has become a friend. I value his insights and understanding of how Washington works — and how it can work better for all Americans."

Others named to the list include Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), National Rifle Association CEO Wayne LaPierre, former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.), and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R).

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