January 27th, 2009
02:03 PM ET
7 months ago

Obama presses Republicans on stimulus plan

CNN

Obama speaks with reporters about his meeting with house Republicans.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - In the first real test of bipartisanship for his new administration, President Barack Obama met with Republican representatives on Capitol Hill Tuesday to discuss his proposed $825 billion economic stimulus plan.

"We had a wonderful exchange of ideas, and I continue to be optimistic about our ability to get this recovery package done to put people back to work," Obama said after leaving a meeting with GOP House members.

"There are some legitimate philosophical differences" between Democrats and Republicans on how to stimulate the economy, Obama noted, "and I respect that."

"I don't expect 100 percent agreement," he added. "But I hope we can put politics aside."

Obama is meeting with Republican senators this afternoon.

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soundoff (142 Responses)
  1. garin

    OK, so you have raised your flimsy objections, dear GOPs. What's you next move? Plan a strategy to resist all the reforms by the new administration, perhaps, eh? C'mon, you can do a lot better than that.

    January 27, 2009 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  2. Sherry

    Trickle down does not and has not worked. Look at the mess we are in, by letting the Fat Cats at the top take our money to invest and then run with it? There needs to be more for the bottom in this bill and none for the top. Period! Didn't they get enough? Are they not still taking from U.S.? For example the plane Citi was going to buy? I hear they are not going through with it now.Yeah, one point for U.S. We need more for the bottom (U.S.) 60% and the rest for Governor's of every State. They can put peolpe back to work on jobs that will grow and invest in our future. No more bridges to nowhere. We need roads with bridges that will carry us into tomorrow. The banks and wall street can go you know where until they get responsible people to run their corporations to replace the Fat Cats at the top. Time for another big tea party sponsored by the taxpayers of this great country.

    January 27, 2009 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  3. Kyle

    Ken:

    300 million times 1 million = 300 trillion.

    Just so you know!

    January 27, 2009 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  4. WELCOME TO THE OBAMA SHOW!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I AM HOPING THAT THE HOUSE OR SENATE HAS ENOUGH VOTES TO KEEP HUISSAIN OBAMAS CROOKED STIMULUS PACKAGE FROM BEING APPROVED.

    IF HUISSAIN OBAMA, REID, AND PELOSI HAVE COMPLETE CONTROL THEY COULD RUIN THIS COUNTRY WITHIN 30 TO 60 DAYS.

    I AM HOPING THAT THE HOUSE AND SENATE ARE WISING UP TO HUISSAIN OBAMA AND WILL PROTECT OUR COUNTRY FROM BEING DESTROYED!!!!!!!

    January 27, 2009 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  5. Bobbie in Maryland

    I'm glad to see "politics not as usual" We need this stimulus bill NOW!
    Give the President a chance to carry out his program; we voted for CHANGE!

    January 27, 2009 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  6. Mr Magoo

    joe, billie, ken we know you will always be republicans. We know that republican's way of dong things are old, out dated and will never work, your boy bush proved that. We don't care if you hate the country. The MAJORITY has spoken and we support President Obama.

    p.s. Don't stop writing I get a good laugh every time I read your cry baby comments.

    January 27, 2009 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  7. linda from South Dakota

    if the republicans would just listen with a open ear,, they would understand that this is for the good of the people, and if they have to take a cut in pay,, so be it,,, americans have suffered enough,,, its time for then to shut up and listen,, and understand the expense to common americans,,,,,, if they care at all,, what if they lost thier job(with out any pay),, they would think twice,,,,,,,, get em,,,, ( where it hurts)

    January 27, 2009 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  8. kayla

    i wish the repugs would have acted like this with george bush,WE WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN IN THIS MESS. SO, NOW THAT WE ARE IN THIS MESS BECAUSE OF THEM. THEY WANT TO KEEP US IN THE HOLE. BUNCH OF LOOSERS.

    January 27, 2009 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  9. hmoo

    Watch it folks. The republicans are setting up their plans for failure and then blame the dems. They are voting based on the next election when the country is in trouble. So sad for all of us.

    January 27, 2009 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  10. Blogging is the legacy I leave behind!

    I didn't know everyone who posts here is an expert in economy.

    Isn't blogging fun? It makes you feel like a somebody when in fact your just another blip on the radar.

    So cute!

    January 27, 2009 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  11. Alice Newman Center Harbor NH

    "Rep. Cantor “made the case we want 100 percent against," the aide also said.

    ++++++++++++++++++++

    That quote was made before their meeting with the President: apparently they all plan to sit there with their fingers in their ears and hum... refusing to listen.

    Do the Republicans ever use their own judgment, to think, to do the research, to decide????

    Do they ever offer independent suggestions just blindly follow their foolish, but tanned, leadership into the slimy swamp?

    Do partisan Republicans ever put the good of the country ahead of the good of the country? It never seems so ... especially after the sample we've had the last 8 years'

    January 27, 2009 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  12. campaign for liberty

    Eliminate the income tax and cut overseas spending! REDUCE THE SIZE of government & allow FREE MARKETS TO WORK.

    January 27, 2009 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  13. Survivor

    The way I see it is that Obama is trying his very best to deal with the situation and including everyone – their ideas, their concerns, & their support....however, it continues to come off as nothing but Politics as usual (& Self Self Self)--The house is burning and everyone is just spitting at the fire & not acutually calling the fire department to put out the blaze...so if it burns down just look to yourselves.....the country is going down – either very quickly or slowly and painfully for a long time.

    January 27, 2009 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  14. sonya

    First of all will everyone please give President Obama respect and address him as President. Secondly, it is amazing how we got in this hell hole and now the commentators and everyone else is an expert on how to get us out. The republicans were not concerned about the debt of their " children " when they were spending like crazy !!!!! the last eight years. Ignorance can not be conquered overnight. It takes time ! How many of you have a PHD in Economics!!! NONE

    January 27, 2009 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  15. Tate

    Dont vote for this welfare program let the Dems burn with it. Nobama is going down in flames fast. Atleast he appealed to the muslims!!!!!

    January 27, 2009 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  16. nathan

    if you are laid off, then you need to quickly sold your house and rent an apt! That's the life. A lot of people doesn't have a house, you lost your job, blame it on yourself ( you are not competitive enough) . You are not capable to keep a house, why should you keep it?

    January 27, 2009 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  17. Steve (the real one)

    Larry Houston TX, You liberals are amusing! You tell us conservatives to get over the fact that "you won, we lost", but you cannot get over Bush? Double standard! Absolutely! You seem to forget that for the last 2 years your idols have been in control and it has been about 2 years the economy started to sink! Not fully the libs fault, not fully Bush's fault! In the liberal grand plan to fix this, I ask the following: Why is birth control pills and condoms apart of this stimulus plan? Why isn't there any accounting the billions already spent? Why are we funding the arts with this (I couldn't care less)? Why is Pelosi advocating abortions domestically to save government spending? Why is the President advocating spending government money for abortions internationally? Where is job creation in this foolishness? Stop worshipping at the presidental alter! I read where you asked ken to go back to Fox where he belongs. I don't know about him but, Ii like it here just fine!
    Tom in PA, the GOP has lost it's conservative soul. I agree with you!

    January 27, 2009 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
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