September 25th, 2008
06:39 PM ET
6 years ago

Obama: There needs to be a sense of urgency

Sen. Obama returned to Washington Thursday to discuss the bailout plan.
Sen. Obama returned to Washington Thursday to discuss the bailout plan.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Sen. Barack Obama said lawmakers will eventually agree on a bailout plan but said that there needs to be a "sense of urgency for everybody."

Watch: Sen. Obama says there needs to be a sense of urgency

Obama told CNN after a White House meeting that some progress was made Thursday but he was concerned that the attendance of the two presidential hopefuls in the negotiations could cause problems.

Watch: Congress reaches bailout deal?

"I've been concerned for some time that when you start interjecting presidential politics into delicate negotiations, you could actually create more problems than less," Obama said. "It is amazing what you can get done when the cameras are not on and people are not looking to get credit or allocate blame."


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (168 Responses)
  1. Barney

    We need to take this country back for US by voting for the Constitutional Scholar – not the inept ex-pilot from the 60s

    Obama/Biden '08

    September 25, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  2. Independent but Leaning

    Obama: "What? The economy's in crisis? Tell them to call me if they need me–I'm too busy trying to get elected president to deal with the problems of the common people. Shouldn't I be giving a speech right now?! Where's McCain?! What do you mean he's 'doing his job'? What is that supposed to mean?"

    September 25, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  3. jm from sc

    Obama/Biden, the only true way to go!!!

    September 25, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  4. Karen

    Agree with Obama - continuing to politicize the extremely urgent issue with more distractions of presidential politics will not help. McCain is living up to his reputation as a loose cannon.

    September 25, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  5. Amy in Woodstock, NY

    You are so correct Obama. This is all about political posturing for McCain who is taking a dive in the polls. It is about getting something done for America. Not getting political theatre points by and for McCain.

    September 25, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  6. John

    Didn't he want to ramble about foreign policy while McCain was full steam ahead in trying to make sure we get the Paulson plan right?

    September 25, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  7. Beverly, NYC

    "It is amazing what you can get done when the cameras are not on and people are not looking to get credit or allocate blame."

    Gee I wonder who he's talking about, I will guess it's the gray haired guy at the other end of the table. Your move John!

    September 25, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  8. A CANUCK

    Brack Obama makes so much sense.....why can't ALL you Americans see it !!! OBAMA/BIDEN2008/12

    September 25, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  9. A-Man

    WELL it is obvious what McCains and the republican's agenda is. Funny how it is a republican bill but republicans are not supporting it, just so McCain can come in and gain the support. That really is pathetic, media, and the democrates and the people need to point this out to eveyone and hammer McCain and the republicans for this on such an important issue.

    All he ever needed to do is say it is urgent and I fully support my party in a result. Instead the whole party is holding out on their own document in order to wait for his command so he looks good. This will give the Dems no choice but to make that not work and stall the whole process.
    This is why again Obama shows wisdom in saying we need to support but stay out of the process politically. But watch the ignorant people and the media spin this to make McCain a hero again when he realy is the biggest problem.

    September 25, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  10. R.

    Yeah, like when John McSame goes poking his nose into things he knows nothing about... like the economy.

    September 25, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  11. Jake

    Thank you, Senator Obama. This is the first thing I've read today that makes any sense.

    McCain is wasting your time, he is wasting Congress's time, and he is wasting the time of the American people with his silly sideshow act.

    Obama-Biden '08

    September 25, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  12. Amy in Woodstock, NY

    How come Bush and McCain just discovered we were having an economic crisis just before the debate? Crap!

    September 25, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  13. Keith Maloney

    I find it ironic that in McCain's ads it always questions whether Barack Obama is ready to lead. Obama has made it very clear in the past few days he has what it takes and is ready to step in and get more than one thing done at a time. I'm very dissapointed in what you have become since 2000 John McCain and I will be moving out of the country if you are elected. Good Luck!

    September 25, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  14. Chelle in Fla

    I'm still trying to figure out what John McCain intends to accomplish and if he thinks he can make a positive difference why didn't he do this last week? He can't expect me to think he is being genuine

    September 25, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  15. 45 yo white female democrat for McCain

    Obama is just afraid of having his vote questioned by voters. Once again he wants to either vote present or avoid having to make a decision all together because he can't make a stand on his own without a telepromter or the DNC telling him what to do. Typical view of what to expect if he is elected President. Senator McCain has been trying to get him into townhall debates for months but now that he has one memorized he's afraid to miss it before he forgets. It's pathetic that so many people are falling for his smooth talk and they can't see his inability to lead. We are in BIG trouble if he makes it into the White House. Frankly, I suspect that after he loses this bid that he will not even be re-elected as Senator.

    September 25, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  16. Dj

    Amazing indeed. The cameras will be on in Mississippi tomorrow night. It seems that one candidate isn't excited about being in front of them. I won't mention any names, but his initials are:

    M.c.C.h.i.c.k.-C.a.i.n.

    September 25, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  17. the other jd

    Thank you Obama for showing true leadership. Staying calm in a crisis, and not running off all willynilly like McBush.

    September 25, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  18. Jesus Praising & Freedom Loving Patriot

    McCain is DIVIDER not a Uniter

    September 25, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  19. Lauren in California

    I agree, get rid of the presidential politics. This is a problem that has to be worked on without photo ops, and posturing by the campaigns. Mccain could hae worked on this behind the scenes and without making a scene / announcement. This reminds me of the fact that mccain contantly reminds us he was a war hero. Can't he just do something for his country without constantly saying "look what I am doing for you, now you owe me" That seems to be where mccain is coming from.

    September 25, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  20. Brandon in Indiana

    "It is amazing what you can get done when the cameras are not on and people are not looking to get credit or allocate blame."

    Exactly, the reason Obama has run the most tightly controlled and effectively run presidential campaigns in history is because he surrounds himself with dedicated and highly intelligent people that aren't motivated by personal praise or petty political points, but by getting things done.

    September 25, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  21. Scott in PacNW

    Hey Obama haters, here's your 'empty suit' for you.

    McCain's got nothing but cheap stunts & failed GOP policies that dang near bankrupt the country on every level.

    September 25, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  22. the other jd

    And thank you Palin for, uh, well, uh, nevermind

    September 25, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  23. david

    Good for McCain for throwing this absurd move into the ring. Clearly when he finds himself sunk in the polls he decides to bail himself out of the race. I thought he was telling us the foundations of our economy are strong..remember that?

    He's lost my vote.

    Obama '08

    September 25, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  24. Ron was a REP now a DEM

    September 25th, 2008 6:15 pm ET

    I like Obama and McCain talking on how to proceed with the issue at hand. They McCain pulling a sucker punch 10 mins. later to the press that he has been avoiding for the past 6 weeks.

    No leadership there
    No honesty
    No honor

    America deserves better than self serving John McCain

    Obama / Biden 08 Poise / Experience 08

    September 25, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  25. dbacchus

    "It is amazing what you can get done when the cameras are not on and people are not looking to get credit or allocate blame."
    THAT IS SO TRUE. McCain is only trying to earn some political points. What can you expect from a guy who by his own words "doesn't udnerstand economy"?! How would he "help"? McCain is hopeless...

    OBAMA '08!

    September 25, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
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