February 5th, 2009
01:20 PM ET
6 years ago

Obama takes a tougher tone as stimulus stalls in the Senate

WASHINGTON (CNN) - After spending his first days in the White House wining and dining the opposition — literally — President Obama took a tougher tone Wednesday, reprising some of his harshest trail rhetoric over criticism of his stimulus plan as its Senate fate remains in doubt.

“In the last few days, we've seen proposals arise from some in Congress that you may not have read, but you'd be very familiar with, because you've been hearing them for the last 10 years, maybe longer,” he said in comments delivered at the Department of Energy. “They're rooted in the idea that tax cuts alone can solve all our problems, that government doesn't have a role to play, that half- measures and tinkering are somehow enough, that we can afford to ignore our most fundamental economic challenges: the crushing cost of health care, the inadequate state of so many of our schools, our dangerous dependence on foreign oil.

“So let me be clear: Those ideas have been tested, and they have failed. They've taken us from surpluses to an annual deficit of over $1 trillion. And they've brought our economy to a halt. And that's precisely what the election we just had was all about. The American people have rendered their judgment, and now's the time to move forward, not back. Now's the time for action.”

Press Secretary Robert Gibbs confirmed that the president was increasingly unhappy with the holdup. "He said the time to talk is over," Gibbs told reporters. "I think it’s fair to read impatience into that."


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  1. Majority Rule Moral Majority

    Already contacted my Reps and Senators to make sure they vote no on any bills put forth by the Democratic-Communists.

    February 5, 2009 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  2. G from RTP

    Thank you , it's about time you got back to the reality of who won. The Republicans are attempting to play politics instead of helping the President help America. The reason the democratic congress became so unpopular is because they were put in to get Bush out in 06 and flaked out

    February 5, 2009 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    "So let me be clear: Those ideas have been tested, and they have failed. They've taken us from surpluses to an annual deficit of over $1 trillion. And they've brought our economy to a halt. And that's precisely what the election we just had was all about. The American people have rendered their judgment, and now's the time to move forward, not back. Now's the time for action." – President Obama

    I couldn't agree with the president anymore. The republicans have had it their way for 8 years and they've gotten us into this mess. Out with the old ideas and in with the new.

    February 5, 2009 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  4. Sniffit

    That's right...Republicans' answer to everythign is the same-old "tax cuts for the rich, tax cuts for the rich!" I've got news for you:

    Tax cuts are the same thing as tax refunds are the same thing as unsupervised bailout money....and WE ALREADY TRIED THAT.

    The ONLY way corporate america is going to do something other than pocket money that we either give them or let them keep is if we tax them then attach plenty of conditions to it if they want it back, then sufficiently oversee and enforce the whole thing. Suck it up GOPers. Your trickle-down trust-the-rich tax-cutting days are over.

    February 5, 2009 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  5. joe

    finally....barry is back......no more of this republithug b.s .....

    February 5, 2009 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  6. red

    give obama a chance..trim whatever is not needed and get the bill done.... repubs need to stop whinning and get on board.

    IT WAS THEIR PRESIDENT 8 YRS AGO WHO DISTROYED THIS COUNTRY ECONOMICALLY........

    IF ANYONE AGREE WITH ME GIVE ME A THUMBS UP!!!!!

    February 5, 2009 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  7. Steve (the real one)

    G from RTP February 5th, 2009 4:18 pm ET
    Thank you , it's about time you got back to the reality of who won. The Republicans are attempting to play politics instead of helping the President help America. The reason the democratic congress became so unpopular is because they were put in to get Bush out in 06 and flaked out
    --------
    We all know he won the presidency. What he did not win is a dictatorship! The republicans still have every right to fight for a bill that actually creates jobs and stimulates the economy. The writers of this jacked up bill (dems) are the ones who flaked out!

    February 5, 2009 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  8. Cornell

    I've been reading many comments about this stimulus bill and I don't see ANYONE talking about what is really going on here.

    Our elected officials are telling us the American people to go out and spend money. What are we going to buy? a bunch a "China" made crap…..So saver "Nations", like China and Japan can keep making stuff for us to buy! And they can SAVE their money and buy our "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA" Treasury Bills.

    WAKE UP PEOPLE……………………..
    WAKE POLITICIANS………………………

    I hear these politicians saying "this bill is not perfect". Can we the American people elect our politicians and make sure they can get ONE bill through congress thats PERFECT!

    Hey, We can perfectly land men on the moon, Why can't our elecected officials get a stimulus bill through congress thats PERFECT!!

    February 5, 2009 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  9. margaret

    Sorry Red, no thumbs up from me. You think Bush was bad, wait till Obama has been in for a while. It will be apparent he is not the saint the media and other people made him out to be. Change??? I doubt it.

    February 5, 2009 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  10. Smart people

    @ Majority Rule Moral Majority

    Some people never learn i guess.

    February 5, 2009 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  11. kayla

    YOU REPUGS SHOULD BE ASHAME OF YOURSELVES. WHATEVER YOU WANT DONE ON THE STIMULUS DID NOT WORK FOR 8 F-NG YEARS. THIS IS A NEW ERA. THE EARTH HAS SHIFTED UNDERNEATH YOUR FEET. YOU HAVE TO CHANGE WITH TIME. THE WORLD IS CHANGING AND AMERICA THE ONCE POWERFUL IS BEHIND THE REST OF THE WORLD. WAKE UPYOU DINASAURS. AMERICA SHOULD BE THE HEAD, NOT THE TAIL. THAT IS HOW BUSH HAVE THIS COUNTRY.

    February 5, 2009 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  12. Grace, MD

    NO more Mr. Nice Guy, President Obama. These REPUGS are getting out of control with their spins on the stimulus.

    The Republicans WANT YOU TO FAIL, they are doing everything and anything to do just that.

    Let's start playing hard ball and taking this fight to the streets. We're ready to do battle.

    February 5, 2009 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  13. Big Mark

    It is no shame that most all of the right-wing conservatives WILL ALL BURN IN HELL. they think they can say/lip-service words in church then live the other 6 7/8 days of the week being selfish, judgmental, hateful and black-hearted individuals.

    for those who constantly claim the "moral high ground," they do not walk in the Lord's footsteps; rather, they step on others less fortunate, with hate and fear in their hearts, never truly realizing what the teachings of the Bible, God, Jesus really, really mean. it IS a shame, that there are so many sinners walking around claiming to be righteous. look in the mirror, conservatives, you're *going down*.... a long, long and dark way down. shame on all of you right-wing fanatics! you have betrayed and shamed your very own God and Savior you purport to serve and love. he cries when he sees how lost his children [like yourselves] are: judging others, hating others, worshipping other gods before him ($$/money/wealth), coveting thy neighbor's wife/daughter or son!! haha!, there's not very many of the Lord's commandments you self-righteous conservatives do NOT break or pervert!! "'there is no AC in Hades"

    February 5, 2009 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  14. Mike

    The republicans are a one trick pony.

    February 5, 2009 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  15. gwendolyn mitchell-byrd

    In agreement with the voice of the country that spoke on November 4,08 (CHANGE) . Enough of the business as usual (8Years), and on forward with the seriousness regaining the greatness of America again. Forward with leaders that gives a hoot about each and every citizen. I am apalled that these same people (GOP Party) continues to screw with our lives. I am hopeful that everyone of those individuals are voted out of office and have an opportunity to make a living like the rest of us have aspired to do. There is nothing like the taste of one's own bitter medicine!!!

    February 5, 2009 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |

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