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. disgruntled republican

    Help! The sky is falling!!! Only John McCain can save us now!!!!

    Pay no attention to the fact that he's had 26 years to show leadership and put the country on solid footing. Until yesterday, he didn't really understand the economy very well.

    I am appalled by his self-aggrandizing shenanigans.

    September 25, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  2. Give me a breake

    Keep politics out of this

    September 25, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  3. aaa

    i agree obama is the man for president

    September 25, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  4. melissa

    Obama stated from the beginning that he did not want to interject himself into the situation to avoid the grandstanding which appears to have happened with McCain.

    People do not want to admit that Obama is a leader with not only intelligence but common sense, something that does not appear to a readily available characteristic between McCain or Palin.

    September 25, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  5. Jesus Praising & Freedom Loving Patriot

    Let's see if our ATM cards work by the end of next week

    September 25, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  6. the other jd

    OBAMA 2008!

    September 25, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  7. Rich

    Very true. But then McCain won't get a photo op, and don't you know that he only says he puts country first. He puts his ambition first in my opinion.

    McCain is a road to nowhere.

    September 25, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  8. Jesus Praising & Freedom Loving Patriot

    Let's see if our credit cards work by the end of next week.

    September 25, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  9. joel

    I watched part of Palin's interview with CBS: Somebody please tell her that you dont answer a question by repeating the question!!! Meanwhile, McCain is playing politics with Americans livelyhood!

    September 25, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  10. Independent NV Voter

    I honestly am very impressed with Barack Obama. I had my doubts about him but not any more.

    September 25, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  11. Lauren in California

    I think mccain needs to not only suspend his campaign, but drop out.. He has shown himself to be totally clueless (he and palin both, what a joke), a flat out liar, forgetful, and uncertain of what to do in an emergency. "The fundamentals of the economy are strong" what a riduculous statement that was.

    He could have at least chosen someone who was qualified to be his vp. Instead he chose someone who has no more brain power than he has, "guys, gals" (who the hell says that to a room full of adults? I am fed up with mccain and his sideshow.

    September 25, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  12. Belle2

    Not so urgent that Obama feels the need to attend to his day job!!

    September 25, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  13. Leah,Texas

    McCain makes rash decisions and doesn't think of the consequences. The debate tomorrow is costing Ole Miss 5 1/2 million dollars and McCain didn't even think about that – I guess when you have 100 million dollars you don't care if you blow 5 million of someone else's money!

    McCain should be ashamed of himself for causing all of this fuss just in order to get a photo-op at the White House.

    O and Joe '08

    September 25, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  14. Sandy

    There is a sense of urgency...yes but He can still do His debate. The Dems are not to be the only ones to blame. Keep in mind everything must be approved by that Repub Bush. So be careful who you point the finger at.

    September 25, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  15. KATHLEEN

    I think Mississippi just went blue.

    Caption, McCain may not attend debate. It is his debate!!!!!!

    Can you even imagine the DRAMA that McCain would create should
    he be President. Our heads would be spinning. This man demands
    attention by acting like a little boy in a toy store.

    Change this, Change that. And Lieberman, puppy dog, right on his
    coat tails. I have lost all respect for Linsay Graham and Joe Lieberman. Like John McCain can't stand on his own two feet.

    Yep, Mississippi just went BLUE, Folks!

    September 25, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  16. sa

    Here is a problem, there was a bipartisan committee negotiating and almost completing a deal for the bailout. It had details close to both Obama's and McCain's plans released earlier this week. Then we had a mess of a meeting immediately after McCain comes into Washington. Calling off the campaign was a pure political move and delayed any help for the economy. McCain is acting erratic and Obama is acting presidential.

    September 25, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  17. Estelle Aversa

    Oh Boy, I can't wait to bail these morons out. I struggle day to day with my business because of the eight horrible years of Bush. Now, I get to help Wall Street out because of their poor choices. I live in PA where we have had to bail out PAT and have the state tell my customers they can't smoke in bars anymore. Our food costs are almost doubled and utilities have all gone up. I, as a business person , have had to manage my own finances or go under. The government or the city wouldn't bail me out if I went under. I resent always giving and not getting anything from this administration. I think we should all quit out jobs and go on welfare and let the government take care of us. My portfolio has dropped significantly since the stock market has taken a dive, so I'm not too far away from destitution. Thank you, Mr. Bush

    September 25, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  18. PALIN can I ask you a question? Yes, after the election

    Video conferencing could have gotten more accomplished and could have saved Obama and McCain tons of time and money. I agree with Obama this is a easy multitask item using modern technology.

    OOOps I forgot, McCain doesn't know how to send an email forget about using video communication equipment.

    September 25, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  19. Well Said

    Once again Obama looks presidential and McCain looks desperate.

    I'm voting for Barack in November and I can't wait to do so.

    Obama/Biden 08

    September 25, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  20. Paul, Riverside, CA

    Thank GOD,

    No, seriously, THANK GOD for creating Obama.

    Be angry at GOD for his sense of humor in creating Bush, and scarred of GOD for creating McCain.

    September 25, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  21. Emily

    Normally three cooks in a kitchen do not help.

    Cook Bush
    Cook Obama
    Cook McCain

    McCain, send in Palin to the debate tomorrow. VP is there to do things on behalf of President in emergency. It is time to show your trust in your VP candidate that she can take your place tomorrow night in the debate.

    September 25, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  22. Call me if you need me -Obama 2008

    So Mr. Call me if you need me, why don't you turn the cameras off and go DO SOMETHING!!!!!!

    You flipping fake idiot, Campaigning is not a way to earn Executive Experience and NO you cannot make a freaking CAREER out of it!

    GO – TO – WORK- YOU SLACK OFF!

    September 25, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  23. Debbie Joyner

    Running ads about the issue – isn't injecting presidential politics – I call BS!

    September 25, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  24. Democrat Voting For McCain !!!

    We Know Obama , Being Expected Too Go Back To The Senate and Work For The American people Is An inconvience To You !!!!! . Being Interupted By A National Crisis , Just Gets In The way Of You Campaigning !!!! ,

    Democrat Voting For McCain/ Palin 2008 , Maybe 2012 !!!!!

    September 25, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  25. Joslyn, MD

    The next president of the United Staes of America.

    Obama/Biden 08

    September 25, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
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