By Daniel Strauss - 03/14/13 10:18 PM EDT
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) said Thursday that he hopes President Obama's recent outreach efforts to Republican lawmakers are sincere.
Cantor's comments come a day after the second-highest House Republican and a number of his GOP colleagues sat down with Obama in a closed-door meeting. The lawmakers questioned Obama on the federal budget, White House tours and the Keystone XL oil pipeline project.
Obama's sit-down is part of a series of meetings he held with Democrats and Republicans in the House and the Senate. On Thursday Obama finished the meetings with closed-door sessions with Senate Republicans and House Democrats. Obama met with Senate Democrats on Tuesday.
A week earlier Obama also hosted a private dinner with a dozen Republican lawmakers.
Cantor described the tone of the Wednesday meeting as "appropriate."
Everyone wants to "do right by the people that elect us," Cantor added.
"There's a lot of disaffected Americans out there, working families, who just want to see their life work again," Cantor continued. "And I believe that all of us want to see folks who are in failing schools to have parents have the ability to give their children an opportunity to a quality education."