January 23rd, 2009
04:25 PM ET
11 months ago

Obama's week 1: Sales pitch begins

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden met with Democratic and Republican congressional leadership to discuss his stimulus proposal, trying to sell both sides on a plan that includes both tax cuts and massive spending efforts.
President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden met with Democratic and Republican congressional leadership to discuss his stimulus proposal, trying to sell both sides on a plan that includes both tax cuts and massive spending efforts.

NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) – After a call for "bold and swift" action on the economy in his first moments as president on Tuesday, President Barack Obama got right to work, maneuvering to reach a bipartisan agreement on his sweeping economic recovery plan.

On Friday, Obama and Vice President Joe Biden met with Democratic and Republican congressional leadership to discuss his stimulus proposal, trying to sell both sides on a plan that includes both tax cuts and massive spending efforts.

The president offered more detail on his plan to restore economic growth. He said he'd take a three-pronged approach to recovery: stabilize the financial system, fix market regulation and pass the stimulus plan.

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  1. Matt

    @ Jan

    We called Bush "Bush" or "W" all the time. Unclench for crying out loud.

    January 23, 2009 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  2. Albo58

    This stimulus bill is packed full of pork that will not contribute one iota to the current economic down turn! Before we go throwing good money after bad, this bill should be re-examined with a fine tooth coomb! Throwing money at a problem and hoping it will go away directly led to the fiasco of Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac!

    January 23, 2009 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  3. Obama 2.0

    Everyone at the table better get it together and start producing results. Everyone of them has money and can retire if they like, BUT there are millions uf Americans that are strugling even to the point that they can't afford to get on line to post to CNN. But those of us that can are on it. and we will write and call our ellected oficials until they fix the economy or get voted out. It's called trust in one hand and verify in the other. This is the only way forward.

    January 23, 2009 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  4. Pat J

    Obama is piddlin' around on the "small stuff" - 'cause he has NO idea how to handle the BIG stuff - surprise, surprise!

    January 23, 2009 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  5. Obama 2.0

    We don'tcare about party. Party is for campaigning. The only color we want to see is GREEN.

    January 23, 2009 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  6. Jan

    In this picture - what does Obama's expression reveal? For me, it shows "desperation."

    January 23, 2009 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  7. Mike

    Hey Tim, maybe you didn't notice, but the economy didn't start going down hill until the last two years.........wonder if that had anything to do the the democrats taking control.....things that make you go hmm.

    January 23, 2009 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  8. Jon in CA

    Proud Liberal Independent,

    3 out of 5 = 60%. What school did you attend where 60% earned a "C"?

    Liberals! A place where rainbows and butterflies are the weapons of choice against plotting terrorists.

    January 23, 2009 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  9. Seattle

    Jon in CA, You are in sane.

    OBAMA ROCKS!

    January 23, 2009 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  10. I told you so

    He selling but I am not buying!

    January 23, 2009 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  11. Renee

    @iamcracking up.

    1. No lobbyist on my staff, one day later, lobbyist being considered for staff position and staring down the reporter that "dare" ask the question, the audacity!

    1. Hired "former lobbyist. Looked at the reporter for follow up questions.

    2. Tax cheat in charge of the IRS, our soon to be Tresuary Secretary.

    2. Recognized that some of us aren't perfect and do actually make mistakes.

    3. Closing Gitmo, no more torture…well almost, loop-holes left for "other" intitites to use "different" methods if needed.

    3. Returning to the laws written and supported by the UN on how prisoners should be treated.

    4. Can't wait to learn the details of how they plan to spend a trillion dollars on our behalf. Does anyone else find it odd the most of that will kick in on the back half, 3 to 4 years from no, can we say re-election time?

    4. It takes to make a difference, but until I see the entire plan, I can't make a judgment. I hope 4 yrs from now we are once again welcoming President Obama back in the White House.

    5. After one week my enthusiasm for Obama is gone, he is EXACTLY the same as all the rest of the politicians. On the flip side, guess that makes him just as good as any other. I personally am sick of ALL politicians, Democrat and Republican, none seem to have a moral code they ask of the American people.

    5. Were you ever enthused about President Obama, surprising since he's only been in office two days.

    January 23, 2009 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  12. Jan to Jan

    Jan January 23rd, 2009 6:23 pm ET
    I think this has been a very productive week for President Obama.
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    What has been productive about it? And is the need for a "sales pitch" really THAT admirable?

    "Sales pitch" is ALL Obama has done throughout the primaries and eleaction. I think it's finally wearing thin.

    January 23, 2009 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  13. Angie-OH

    bush and crew (repubs) had 8 yrs to make the surplus disappear and run the country into the ground. Now when President Obama & his crew is trying to fix the economy they want to call the spending excessive. and while they are calling it excessive, have they come up with any ideas? NO!.

    January 23, 2009 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  14. I told you so

    No money for white construction workers? So much for a all inclusive government. Democrate scum.

    January 23, 2009 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  15. amt

    Obama doing great for the first week, I give him excellent. I also like the press secy Gibbs much much better than Bush's press secy.

    January 23, 2009 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  16. Renee

    David, it's funny how you manage to remember to refer to Vice President Biden with his proper title, but your memory lapse with PRESIDENT Obama. Maybe, you need to get some lessons from David Gergen or Candy Crowley about proper address for the president of the US.

    January 23, 2009 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  17. linda from South Dakota

    madsell,,, i agree,, lets show some respect here,, hes president obama,,, and his plate is so full, he told us it would take time to begin to fix things and hes doin it the best way he can,, people need to give more credit instead of critize,,,, learn a lesson here and teach it to your children,,, respect and be patient,,,,

    January 23, 2009 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  18. Alice Newman Center Harbor NH

    Thanks to Tim of Oregon for a thoughtful, articulate posting.

    The Republicans, the party of "borrow and spend" have piled the deficit as high as the sky and now pull somber faces and warn of dire consequences... the party of "mistakes were made" and "I don't recall."

    The tax cuts the GOP doesn't want are for 95% of Americans ... the tax cuts the GOP wants is the same ol' breaks for their rich friends...the GOP ideas of job's program is no bid contracts for Hailburton and Blackwater. Now the GOP is concerned about spending? It was a GOP Bridge to Nowhere.

    The GOP leadership created this mess: and now all they can do is drag out failed policies from the last century. Shame on them: GOP sour grapes = whine.

    January 23, 2009 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  19. DavidinCA

    Let the spending begin! I wish I was a Democrat because it would be so much easier to just have one answer for everything.

    January 23, 2009 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  20. Regenia Holmes

    I am so disappointed right now. I feel that our President is not getting a chance to begin to do the things he needs to do to get things moving. I know we all voted for change but, as we all know change in any situation does not come over night. I feel that the press even some of you at CNN show no respect to our president. Most time when you speak about him or speak of him and you call him Barack or Obama, you almost never say President Obama, as if you refuse to accept the fact that "he" an African American is president. I wonder is it intentional or, are you all so used to calling him Obama that it will take time to change, if it is the latter, I hope you all change your ways soon.

    If everyone work together we can get things done but, like Rush Limbough there are those who don't want him to succeed.
    At least Rush has the audacity to speak how he really feels. I have no respect for someone who throws stones and hide their hands. This man desires to do many things. However, unless we all come together support and help he will have an even tougher time. I have no doubt that he will succeed but, the least we can do is support him and be PATIENT!

    January 23, 2009 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  21. Alice Newman Center Harbor NH

    Then there is the old chestnut "wonder if that had anything to do the the democrats taking control….." with a 49 -49 split in the Senate (Lieberman as an "independent) + the president with his veto pen at the ready .... doesn't sound like "Control" to me!

    Just a comfortable way for the GOP to evade responsibility:

    January 23, 2009 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  22. Ray Fisher

    Call it a sales pitch or whatever, he now must convince those who began and profitted from our nation's collapse that he has an escape where they can all make out without too much pain. There is absolutely no way America can be convinced that both parties were not involved in this enormous $multi-trillion heist called the economic meltdown!!! So Obama chose to become President in the middle of it all yet neither party will slack off till they get what they want. Politics knows no mercy even for a nation in depression as they continue holding out their hands regardless!!!

    January 23, 2009 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  23. Leah Walentosky

    It is upsetting anyone would belive Obama's stimulis plane does not cover women and minories, their are tons of minorite construction workers, they won't show them because people think it would be a racel sterotype. Women have the ability to work in construction work, and many do. NOW needs to let girls know if they don't won't to be stuck behind a desk to prove equaltiy they don't have to. Obama wants to help the women who are not scared to break a nail. Maybe these feminest should stop limiting choices of what women can do.

    January 23, 2009 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  24. Rick Sutter

    Madsall, I will...Obama, Barry, BO...hows that? No worse than "dubya" or W or Bushie, right? Go barry.

    January 23, 2009 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  25. Jack in VA

    Man this is so frustrating. You work hard trying to get ahead, and some joker comes up with all kinds of gimmicky plans that you know will not help you at all. Just lower my taxes, give me a fair shot and get out of the way.

    January 23, 2009 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
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