February 9th, 2009
09:09 PM ET
5 years ago

Obama: This 'wasn't how I envisioned my presidency' beginning

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Barack Obama told reporters that pushing for a $800 billion stimulus plan to pump up the ailing economy was not the way he envisioned he would begin his term in the White House.

"Look, I would love not to have to spend money right now. I'd love - you know, this notion that somehow I came in here just ginned up to spend $800 billion... that wasn't how I envisioned my presidency beginning. But we have to adapt to existing circumstances," President Obama told reporters at his prime time news conference at the White House.


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  1. Barbara-California

    Oh for Peats sake, everyone knows how bad this bill is, and there does not seem to be any way to solve anything with money....how about all the people in the United States getting on their knees and praying?
    God said, if we would pray, he would heal our land, how about that Mr and Mrs America?

    February 10, 2009 01:53 am at 1:53 am |
  2. Rob Stumpf

    This might not be how he envisioned his presidency beginning, but I can see how it's going to end– with a failed Administration, and his tail between his legs.

    His lie about "four million jobs" which is not coincidentally something impossible to verify, is completely swallowed by the media as if he was saying his name was Barry. They don't question it. It's true because he said it, and they hope it is.

    What he REALLY needs to do, let banks fully write off all the garbage on their balance sheets, let real estate fall to market levels and stop with the bailouts....is exactly what he lacks the political courage to do. He can't do what's necessary– because he then would have to stop the never-ending campaign. (To be fair, Bush, concerned about his "legacy", didn't have the courage to do it, either). But nothing else will work, certainly not borrowing MORE money that we can't afford to pay back. And use it for pork no less!

    There WAS a guy who had a chance to be President that might have had that sort of courage. But Barry was more symbolic, he was more affirmative action, he was more "21st century". Whoopee. As we continue to crash, all of that nonsense will mean nothing at all.

    February 10, 2009 02:16 am at 2:16 am |
  3. Michael

    Great job Mr.Pesident keep moving the right direction!

    February 10, 2009 07:15 am at 7:15 am |
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