ABC News' Betsy Klein reports:
After a tough day following the failed gun control vote in the Senate, President Obama met 12 Democratic senators for dinner a few blocks away from the White House at Washington's Jefferson Hotel.
The group discussed the economy, gun control and the Boston Marathon bombings for two hours. Obama told the senators he would continue to fight to reduce gun violence, following today's failed background check proposal, which was defeated 54 to 46 in the Senate. The president also said he had confidence in the FBI-led investigation of the Boston Marathon.
Senators Michael Bennet of Colorado, Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island, and Mark Warner of Virginia were spotted enjoying beverages on an outdoor patio following the meal. When asked about the meeting, Whitehouse gave reporters the "thumbs-up," saying, "Two thumbs up, very well."
Asked to elaborate further, Bennet added, "We talked about not talking about it."
The White House has also held dinners with Republicans in recent months, part of an effort to expand communications with lawmakers.