January 28th, 2009
06:37 PM ET
4 years ago

Obama toasts bipartisanship

Above: Obama lifts a cold one during the campaign season.

Above: Obama lifts a cold one during the campaign season.

(CNN) –- Even if they disagreed on the stimulus bill, President Obama and a dozen bipartisan members of Congress can agree on the post-vote agenda: the group will raise their glasses at the first cocktail party in the new president’s White House on Wednesday night.

The president and first lady were slated to host a reception for the leaders from both houses of Congress and their spouses this evening, after the House voted on Obama’s $819 billion economic stimulus package. The cocktail reception is scheduled to start around 7 pm.

On the Democratic side, invites have been extended to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin, New York Sen. Chuck Schumer, Washington Sen. Patty Murray, West Virginia Sen. Robert Byrd and New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez. Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Maryland Rep. Steny Hoyer are also reportedly invited.

The list of Republicans invited includes Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Tennessee Sen. Lamar Alexander, Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl, Texas Sen. John Cornyn and Nevada Sen. John Ensign. House Minority Leader John Boehner and Virginia Rep. Eric Cantor are also reportedly invited.

- CNN’s Ed Henry and Ted Barrett contributed to this report

Filed under: Congress • President Obama • stimulus plan
soundoff (146 Responses)
  1. marge

    jerry January 28th, 2009 6:51 pm ET

    Spend , Spend , Spend —-Not sure my tax dollars should be used to buy beer for you though—you get paid ,buy your own like the rest of us.
    What have you been saying for the last 8 years ((jerry)) . This ecomonic crisis didn't just happen in the last 9 days you know!

    January 28, 2009 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  2. seattle

    thats a trillion dollar drink he is sipin. lets hope its going to work.

    obam 2012!!!!

    January 28, 2009 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  3. ellington7

    When are people going to realize that republicans are a joke party who care nothing about them. For example: When people lose jobs and need a little help to get out of the jam what do they do? Well they become obstructionist who vote against helping those people and then say they did it to for their good. They take us to wars we don't need to be in and justify it with lies and forged information that they drew up for profit. They turn allies into enemies by speaking in terms which are degrading to them, ignoring them, and then trying to take the role as an honest broker who can navigate the fragile ship through rough waters. How foolish is that! Rebublicans call people unamerican if they don't share there opinions (Rush, Hannity, foxnews), but there the ones who support unamerican morals, and ethical practices such as torture, and wire tapping. Why in the heck are these band of thugs allowed to decide anything, much less policy which guides the lone super power on earth? All they do is bring us problems, and I want it to stop, and stop now!!!

    January 28, 2009 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  4. Lu

    I sure hope the Republicans stay home and save us some taxpayer money. Don't join in with the Democrats' decadence and debauchery. please.

    January 28, 2009 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  5. Harv

    By God, these men shouldn't be allowed to have a cocktail party! They should never be allowed a time to relax, ever! They should be working like machines, tirelessly working to fix our problems, like robots. As a matter of fact, why don't we replace these people with machines? I mean they don't have the desire to rest, eat, or drink: it's perfect. Well there is one problem; they wouldn't BE HUMAN, which is kind of what our President and Congressmen are. I would love to see any one of you go to work, facing the problems he's facing, and not relax, EVER. And yes, he's still a politician, who still has to keep on good terms with other politicians in order to get anything done. In short, get over it.

    January 28, 2009 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  6. Tumen


    January 28, 2009 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  7. Get Real!!

    When you guys realize that Obama does NOT walk on water and get over yourselves remember that the Democrats NEVER gave one thought to the American people – STILL DON'T.

    January 28, 2009 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  8. GuyInVA

    Hey Matt,


    January 28, 2009 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  9. FreeNLovIt

    Throw these WHITE ELEPHANTS away!! The Rachel Maddow had this one analyst on her show and it was reported that for every $1.00 of tax cut, there's no return, but for infrastructure, for every $1.00 spent, we get $1.5 back.

    January 28, 2009 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  10. knowlege

    Republican or Democrat, I believe this stimulus package is gonna work because, the Republicans and their choice of president caused our economy to go down and be corrupt. They didn't have an organized plan to help stimulate the economy. On the other hand, our new president and the Democrats had a plan. When one has a plan, you can build on it, versus not having a plan, you can't change or build on it. That lets you know that the Republicans are clueless and we don't need them in getting their vote. Screw them! We are moving forward in America!

    January 28, 2009 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  11. Capital Insider

    SF Serg, and others. I hate to break this to you, but the economic woes are not the Republicans problem. There is a fair amount of blame to go around you can thank Barney Frank and other Democrats who allowed Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae to give money to people who didn't qualify for it, because they wanted to make housing more affordable.

    Sadly, this bailout goes to corporate america where we have seen their greed take over. It will be interesting to see what they do next. Citibank tried to buy a corporate jet but then when they got caught backed out. Other banks are funding their bonus pools with the bailouts.

    All in all, this bailout won't help you or me, or the average american. Sad....

    January 28, 2009 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  12. FreeNLovIt

    Look White elephants, your stupid tax cuts are not going to revive the economy. Your tax cuts= spending money we dont have on corporate welfare.

    January 28, 2009 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  13. drinksonthewhitehouseattaxpayersexpense

    what's O trying to do- lobby the house?

    no lobbying in my administration; except for me.

    O is one smart pol.

    January 28, 2009 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  14. aware

    Jeff – L'chaim!

    To Life is not appropriate here! To death would be more appropriate!

    Unless ypu are a Hitler messiah advocate!

    January 28, 2009 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  15. jeff

    I toast you all into creating the NAU in which Mexico and Canada will join the united states in one union where there will be no borders

    January 28, 2009 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  16. aware

    Jeff – L'chaim!

    To Life is not appropriate here! To death would be more appropriate!

    Unless you are a Hitler Messiah advocate!

    January 28, 2009 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  17. Pel

    Mr President,

    Be careful of the republican snakes. You see they are trying to bite you in the open. Just think what they will do if they ever feel they have you cornered.

    There is no such thing as a bi partisan republican. You can not tell me not one! not one! not one! republican represenative could not vote for the stim bill.

    If they do not want to work with you, leave them alone. They will have to come back to your way of doing things once they see the country is returning to it's golden glory.

    Keep your head up high and keep moving Mr President, in the direction you are going. You will see the republican lose again in the off year election in 2010.

    January 28, 2009 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  18. Linda

    I would be interested in hearing a proposal from the Republicans who did not vote for this recovery package. I have heard a lot of nay saying, but no alternative ideas from that side of the aisle.

    January 28, 2009 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  19. Ken in NC

    Well President Obama has extended and open hand and made concessions to accommodate the Republican Party and they responded with a slap of the fist with none of the Republicans voting to support the bill. I must admit that as a Democrat, I have some problems with the bill as it is now but we can't all have it our way all the time so I would suggest that the Republicans make a better effort to work with Democrats.

    I admit that I have no idea if this plan will work but I already know that the tax cuts by Republicans didn't work either so now we have to do something else and that is the reason the people of America voted for President Obama. Put aside your petty differences ladies and gentlemen. Everyday you spend bickering back and forth to have your way more and more Americans suffer with job losses and the losses of their homes.

    Grow up Congress and get down to work. Try it and if it doesn't work then try something else but whatever you do stop the childish games you are playing with our lives and future.

    January 28, 2009 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  20. I-Love-America

    I salute you President... Good luck....

    January 28, 2009 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  21. freda

    What a gentleman! President Obama will succeed because not only is he brilliant but because he's anointed. He knows who his enemies are. They will soon discover that no weapon formed against President Obama shall prosper. His character speaks for itself. I'm sure he will have a good night's sleep. Those Republicans who attended the affair should toss and turn all night. But, ...

    January 28, 2009 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
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