January 27th, 2009
03:52 PM ET
10 months ago

Obama downplays expectations of GOP support

Obama met with House and Senate Republicans Tuesday.
Obama met with House and Senate Republicans Tuesday.

(CNN) – President Obama seemed to lower expectations Tuesday on how many Republicans he expects to vote for his stimulus package, telling CNN Radio he's not sure even 50 percent of GOP caucus will support the bill when it comes to a vote.

“We're not going to get 100 percent agreement, and we might not even get 50 percent agreement, but I do think people appreciate me walking them through my thought process on this," Obama told CNN Radio's Bob Constantini.

"I hope I've communicated a sincere desire to get good ideas from everybody. And my attitude is that this is the first major piece of legislation we've been working on the Hill, and over time some of these habits of consultation and mutual respect will take over. But, you know, old habits die hard."

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  1. indy 08

    Pres Obama,You won, they are only plotting for your failure, mark Rush's words. Just push your agenda, they can explain themselves in 2010.

    January 27, 2009 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  2. Thinking

    Look up the "Black Thirty Hour work week bill" of 1932. I really think this will help with alot our economic and social issues we have in America. Give people time to do more outside of the work place.

    January 27, 2009 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  3. Lisa

    Seriously, lowering my taxes, or IBMs taxes, or Catepillar's taxes, isnt going to create jobs with all this uncertainty...It gives me cash, but does NOTHING long term. Tell Republicans to start thinking of something new!

    January 27, 2009 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  4. Shari, NY

    Simple. Republicans do what they do best. I am glad that Obama has rolled up his sleeves instead of warming the Oval Office chair with a quizzical/goofy look on his face.

    January 27, 2009 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  5. Uncle S.A.M.

    Sen. Bonehead and the rest of the GOP scum can drag their feet all day. If they hold this bill up, the people who sign their checks(the voters) will get rid of them next election cycle. They must have forgotten that THEY are the minority.

    January 27, 2009 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  6. ginger

    Mike you are so right.

    January 27, 2009 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  7. Billy

    Obama has given the repubs multiple opportunities to provide their ideas, more opportunities than Bush ever gave the Dems, yet they're still too pig headed to see that if Obama succeeds the country succeeds and their party will be looked on more favorably. They just don't get it. Right now they just look to be obstructing for the sake of obstruction. This isn't what they're electorate wants. What good are increasing tax breaks when you have no income whatsoever? This is no time for political grandstanding. Obama is dealing with them as adults, and they're acting like whining children. Lead, follow or get out of the way.

    January 27, 2009 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  8. Robert

    I am just amazed that the people who have posted so far don't seem to mind at all that ACORN will get millions from the stimulus package...are you all really that blind??????????????

    January 27, 2009 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  9. ray

    FOR THE LOVE OF ALL AMERICANS AND ALL HUMANS, PLEASE GOD TAKE ALL THESE RACISTS REPUBLICANS OFF THE FACE OF THE EARTH AND LET IT BE A BETTER PLAVE.

    January 27, 2009 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  10. ray

    THESE REPUBLICANS ARE THE MOST DESTRUCTIVE HUMANS THE WORLD HAS EVER SEEN.

    January 27, 2009 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  11. Oilengineer

    "Now that the money is being to save the American economy the Republicans are squawking."

    Since when? They voted for bailouts and economic stimulus all last year. This new package is 50% welfare spending. NO THANK YOU!

    January 27, 2009 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  12. ray

    I SAY AGAIN TO THE LORD, DO WHAT I SAY.

    January 27, 2009 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  13. garin

    I realize I am one among 100's of writters to your ticker news items.
    What I can not realize is the fact that the GOP refuses to think about the dire and deadly economic tsunami that threatens our very existence, but keeps its partisan motives alive and kicking all the time.
    Willy nilly, somebody has to do something.

    January 27, 2009 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  14. Roy

    Since we are not allowed to comment about Sarah Palins new PAC guess we have to comment on this story......

    If the Republicans ever DID agree with Obama, they are terrified that it would give credibility to Obama's policies. This terrifies them because then they would lose any traction in the next round of elections.
    The Republican 2009 mantra seems to be: Heck with the country...we just want to sabotage ANY economic recovery so that WE look good in 2010.
    Really, Obama could do exactly what the Republicans want, and they would disagree just to be on the other side of the line. I APPLAUD Obama for trying to get bi-partisanship going again......

    January 27, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  15. HouseDiva

    President Obama is right...old habits do die hard, and he is realistic on how stubborn republicans will be. I hope he finds many success.

    Bush just threw peanuts to the American people as a stimulus plan. Obama wants JOBS to be the stimulus plan. GO OBAMA!

    January 27, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  16. Proud American

    Republicans must stop wasting valuable time. America cannot afford political pettiness. We need action now!!

    January 27, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  17. pc

    Why is the first thing Obama did was to give away Taxpayer money to fund abortions overseas? aren't there more important things??? this Stimulus bill is bogus and filled with so much political pork it disgusts me, I didn't like Bush but now we are getting the same BS from Obama..... Politicians have never had a real job and they don't know what its like for the American people.... What about the Car Industry? the only real industry left in this country... Starbucks and Mcdonalds are not industries.... Why not focus on the fact that the batteries used in all of these Hybrid vehicles are destroying the environment much faster than fossil fuel use... you can't even manufacture those batteries in the US because it is so toxic, the plant that manufactures those overseas has a dead zone around it from the pollution and the highest number of cases for cancer in its workers than any industry... you think Black Lung is bad for miners you should take a look at these poor people.

    January 27, 2009 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  18. Skye

    We should vote more repubs out. and crush Rush, Oreally, Savage, Beck and Hannity. These bums hate America

    January 27, 2009 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  19. Caral from SoCal

    So far we have thrown $350Billion at the problem (plus). Obama would like to throw more money at it – but no one is listening to the public. The PUBLIC was against the bailout. The people who are going to have to work off all this debt do not want to incur it.

    IF more money is going to be distributed, it better come with strings attached. The banks that received funds to bail them out should be required to turn around and bail out those to whom they made those mortgages – at least the ones who are dealing in good faith and trying to stay in their homes.

    What are the banks paying the Fed now – close to ZERO%? Gee. If they'll just renegotiate my mortgage at 3 or 4% it would help me stay in my home.

    I don't really care right now whether the jerks are Republicans, or if they are Democrats. Barney Frank & Chris Dodd absolutely failed us. so did many Republicans who were on these committees and should have been giving oversight.

    For once – stop talking ABOUT each other and start talking WITH each other – and maybe a few economic professors, too.

    January 27, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  20. obama-mama

    Shari, NY January 27th, 2009 4:40 pm ET

    Simple. Republicans do what they do best. I am glad that Obama has rolled up his sleeves instead of warming the Oval Office chair with a quizzical/goofy look on his face
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    Don't get it twisted. That was GW look....

    January 27, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  21. walter

    Hey Libs! How do YOU like the hammering??? It works both ways you know!!!

    January 27, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  22. Greg

    Hey, at least he gave it a shot.

    January 27, 2009 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  23. Pat Murphy

    I think it's obvious that the Republicans are selfishly playing partisan politics as the country is going down the tubes when you see one of their members named Eric Cantor frequently with a broad, silly grin on his face during their recent news conferences voicing opposition to the stimulous bill. He clearly is not showing concern for the tens of thousands of Americans currently losing their jobs, mortgages, etc.

    January 27, 2009 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  24. Deb

    Obama....Please realize you can not reason with the GOP they wish nothing but for you fail. They really don't care for this country only their party. President don't waste your time with the RNC (Racist Nasty Crooks)

    January 27, 2009 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  25. docrock,lewisville,tx

    All Republicans are noy obstructionist,or evil.Thet simply cater to Big Business,where the cash is,and ignore the little guy.Both parties have their morons,but you have to be a liar to be elected anyway.When you are forced to enact a bill,to stop bribery then this country no longer controls it's own destiny.If you are unhappy,call your local Rep and ask if you can come see him in YOUR office.

    January 27, 2009 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
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