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. Vote08

    What Obama actually went to Washington and didn't just vote his usual PRESENT?

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

    I can not agree more. It is a shame that McCain is trying to use this crisis as a political stunt. If anything, his presense in Washington at this point is a distraction. Both candidates can do much more by making there positions known from the campgain trail.

    September 25, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  3. Independent for Obama

    So is McBush going to attend the debates or is it too much for the old geezer to handle? We don't need another EMPTY suit in the White House like we have now, NO WAY, NO HOW, NO MCCAIN!!!

    September 25, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  4. Obama fan

    Refreshing! See what actual smart people sound like?

    September 25, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  5. Juan from L.A

    Obama means this...

    (taken from Washington Post)A visibly irritated Sen. Christopher J. Dodd (D-Conn.), chairman of the Senate Banking Committee, later said on CNN that the meeting was thrown off when Republicans brought up "some new core agreement" that supposedly had been floated by McCain and was being considered by the Treasury Department.

    McCain is hurting these negotiations due to how senile and desperate he is becoming due to losing ground to Obama...

    McCain due Americans a favor and go back to one of your ten homes and get there with one of your twenty cars you have...

    September 25, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  6. Billy

    Let's see, we had an agreement at 1:30pm, then we had this summit and now we have no agreement because some republicans are backing out (which will help McCain when he brings them back in).

    Sounds like presidential politics being injected to me.

    September 25, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  7. va woman

    He is right there is a need for certain urgency in this matter, but let the deal be done right the first time and if it takes a couple of more days to iron out the detail then so be it...you have our tax dollars that are intending to be use, so use it responsible for the FIRST TIME IN AMERICA...and for as the debate, I would want the next President to be able to be multi-task because the world does not revolve around one thing...we do not need a MICRO-MANAGING PRESIDENT....

    Obama/Biden '08

    September 25, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  8. glakcpu

    Honeymoon is officially over. McCain cannot get his House GOP to stand in line.

    September 25, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  9. White Mother for Obama!!

    Exactly what McCain was wanting... to have cameras on him. No matter whos ideas were used or who said what... McCain will use it to his advantage and take Credit.

    Just what Obama is Predicting!! Obama is usually right! Hes been right on so many things while McCain didnt think the Economy was in Crisis two weeks ago, and Obama knew it!!

    September 25, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  10. the other jd

    Barack for President

    A true leader, for these uncertain times!

    September 25, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  11. jm from sc

    Darko and Mike, suspending the campaigns are not the answer. This problem did not come up yesterday. If McCain was serious about suspending the campaign, he would not have allowed his ads to run today.

    The only reason McCain wants to postpone the debate is he does not want to debate Obama while the economy is in the present condition. He knows that his plan to talk about his experience as POW will be less interesting because of the bailout.

    People need to stop letting McCain make such a fool of them.

    Obama/Biden 08

    September 25, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  12. georgia jones

    John McCain will put politics first and try to win at all cost. He is now trying to get the republicans to disagree and then he will come along and take credit for bringing them together. HE IS A PSYCHO!

    September 25, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  13. BOOTSTOMPER

    Down in the polls McCain suspends his campaign.Last week he said the economy was strong,this week he is the great saviour. This man is to old and to out of touch. His VP selection might be able to work as a school crossing guard but vice president, i think not.

    September 25, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  14. Beverly, NYC

    DJ September 25th, 2008 6:44 pm ET
    Obama has a 6 pont plan for the bill which will protect ordinary citizens no matter who they are voting for. John McCain has proposed NOTHING, as usual, waiting to steal someone's else's ideas like the D student bottom feeder he is.

    September 25, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  15. A CANUCK

    Sorry Barack....typo!! ..Barack....Barack.....Barack......Barack.....Barack

    September 25, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  16. R.

    John McCain couldnt be bothered to show up for work for how long now? now he's freaking super economy man come to save the day? give me a breaking break! he was just saying how wonderful the economy was a few days ago, now its time to stop dead in his tracks to fix something he claims he knows nothing about? Something stinks, and i don't think its his depends this time...

    September 25, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  17. Robin

    Everything was going well until McCain stormed in. All of the effort to come up with a bipartisan bill has now be derailed the the house GOP.

    September 25, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  18. Chris from NY

    This is leadership in action. Solve the problem without excercibating the problem.

    September 25, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  19. FL4OB

    Obama demonstrates true presidential judgment and leadership.

    In contrast, McCain tries to divert his political trickery into a serious situation, that causes more hindrance to a needed resolution.

    No way, no how, no McCain-Palin

    September 25, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  20. Dem4Cynthia08

    Yeah. And Obama's Euro trip wasnt an exercise in propaganda???Enough is enough. This Democrat says to 'Vote GREEN.'

    September 25, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  21. Jesus Praising & Freedom Loving Patriot

    Definition of "SMACKDOWN"

    watch the markets tomorrow.

    September 25, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  22. No Time For No Shows

    Dear NO SHOW McCAIN,

    In order to play in the game of life, you have to show up.

    Obama/Biden 08

    September 25, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  23. BoomerNYC

    I don't know how these negotiations work but if Obama or McCain are not in the same room as the other party members hashing out specific points and weighing the pros and cons, then what is the real point of them being there. Go debate and let us hear you solutions for how you plan to lead America beyond this big mess.

    I don't believe McCain is a chicken, but he may be perceived that way if he doesn't get into that room or get to the debate. His presence so far in Washington now only seems to be a hinderance to the process considering both side said they were close before he arrived..now they seem to be further apart.

    September 25, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  24. maurice

    multi task. well campaign and be a senator like you both still are. no brainer here

    September 25, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  25. winston

    Obama;
    "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."

    Spoken like a wise man, now if McCain were only that wise. People, lets keep McBush out of the white house.

    Obama/Biden '08

    September 25, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
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