September 30th, 2008
11:01 AM ET
10 years ago

Obama calls Bush

Obama called Bush Tuesday morning.

Obama called Bush Tuesday morning.

(CNN) - Barack Obama called President Bush Tuesday morning to discuss the economic bailout bill, campaign advisor Robert Gibbs said.

The two spoke about the need to push for a package that Congress can agree on, Gibbs also said.

Obama also raised his proposal to raise the amount of money the government insures in bank accounts from $100,000 to $250,000.

Obama believes "that such a proposal can broaden the coalition supporting the package," Gibbs said.

At his economic roundtable Tuesday morning, McCain also said he had spoken to the president Tuesday morning.

soundoff (267 Responses)
  1. Dameun Strange

    McCain SAYS he talk to the president but didn't provide any plan or detail as to what he wants to change in the Bill. Notice how every time Obama does something...McCain claims to have does it first or as well.

    McCain has not plan and did not help the cause by going to DC. He probably hurt the process more than anything.

    September 30, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  2. alex hogan

    See...sometimes using a pink phone is ok for a man.

    Obama/Biden 08'

    September 30, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  3. Phantom of the Oprah

    Obama is a nightmare.

    Never swiftboat your own best candidate and install a leftist puppet for a candidate.

    The void will be filled by....?

    September 30, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  4. California Gold

    Why does Bush always look like he is experiencing painful constipation?

    September 30, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  5. bobbi

    mccain you are looking much older and so worn out, could it be because you are having to clean up so much of palins BS.

    September 30, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  6. Noah

    The most accurate poll, Zogby International, has McCain with a good lead in 7 out of the 9 swing states. I don't know where CNN gets their information from.

    September 30, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  7. B2

    I don't understand why Obama has to keep focusing on trying to solve this financial crisis. He is NOT the president. This is the Bush Administration mess. Bush needs to come up with a plan to get us out of this situation, not Obama. This mess is just a setup for the next president. Oh course, he'll be blamed for not being able to solve this financial crisis, along with ALL the other Bush blunders. What a mess for the next president. Thanks Mr. BUSH!!!

    September 30, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  8. Molly KC

    Umm...what's with the pink cell phone and micro-phone? Also, did he really call Bush during a rally? That would be a funny move!

    September 30, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  9. Gertrude

    Obama, Pelosi, and Reid – the gang of three are total sleazes of the USA. As they fan the flames of the "crisis", our next pres/vp McCain and Palin will focus on solutions. The Democrats have run amok for too long and it's time for a complete Republican domination. The sleaze factor of Obama is frightening for America and his cult of followers are so blinded by his celebrity that they do not realize how devious and corrupt he is.

    September 30, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  10. YoungGrad

    Do we really need a bailout? This is the cost of doing business. 10 years ago when the steel industry was going under, there was no bailout and no one in Washington flinched. This is a market correction, and a needed one at that.

    Obama is my boy but I think he is a little off on this. Anyone with over $100k spreads their money across various banks and this is probably very good for the banks. Instead of having one bank with $250k in it, we have a 3 banks with $83k in them... Banks will then diversify what they invest in: homes, autos, boats, student loans, business loans, etc. This is a stronger way to stave off collapse.

    Consider it.

    September 30, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  11. sherma Jeremiah

    How could they possibly compare Palin to Clintor or Ronald Reagan
    what an injustice!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 30, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  12. Tired of W, OH

    Testing, testing, 1-2-3. Are you letting any comments through today, CNN?

    September 30, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  13. McHoover Would Destroy What's Left of America

    Joanne . . . The truth is your Republican cry babies didn't vote because Pelosi said something they didn't like and they all got a VERBAL BOO BOO.

    Perhaps they should grow up and do what is right for our country instead of trying to 'get back' at Pelosi.

    September 30, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  14. joe

    Mccain too old for me!!

    September 30, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  15. Dems are stuck in the fix they rigged

    Obama is just like Bush- cocky, swaggering, bragging, jeering and mockint.

    I did not vote for Bush- twice.

    No to Obama as well.

    September 30, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  16. Jean D- St Petersburg, FL

    Leaders come up with solutions not create new problems. Obama came up with a solution and shared it, collaborative people work that way... and that shows leadership!

    People rise to the occasion and it shows that Obama is a team player and a good leader.

    September 30, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  17. Ron

    Obama is the only one with the balls to take the issue to the one person who is responsible for this whole mess. It is actually the Republicans that won't sign off on this because the Democrats took away too much $$ from the Republican lobbyists and special groups including the CEO'S in this new bail out deal.

    Yea Old Bush/Mcsame want to make one more final pay out to all the people that gained from this administration during the last eight years and will once again leave the buden on the hard woking men and women of the US. This is evident in all the scare tactics by various people.

    September 30, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
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