February 9th, 2009
08:24 PM ET
9 years ago

Salesman-in-chief makes his case for the stimulus plan

Obama is holding his first prime time news conference.

Obama is holding his first prime time news conference.

WASHINGTON (CNN) –- Tax cuts for the middle class. An extension of unemployment benefits and healthcare coverage for people “who have lost their jobs.” And a pledge to “do whatever it takes to put this country back to work.”

President Obama used his first prime-time news conference Monday to sell Americans on his economic recovery plan as well as pressure Congress to act quickly and approve it so that money can start pumping into the ailing economy.

Watch: The stimulus plan is not perfect, says Obama

Obama employed perhaps one of the most powerful tools in his arsenal –- the White House bully pulpit. Every major broadcast and cable outlet carried his opening remarks and the news conference.

The president has a lot of work ahead of him as he tries to convince Americans that this proposal is the appropriate jolt the economy needs. A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll released just hours earlier showed that 54 percent of Americans support the stimulus bill that passed the Senate, while 45 percent oppose it.

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soundoff (113 Responses)
  1. mike

    Good, its about time for the liberal media to be hard on him. They treated bush like crap now it is time to treat obama like crap. Its about time.

    February 9, 2009 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  2. GWC

    It is obvious he has done his homework. Even better, he has a grasp of the issues and is able to articulate them in 'reality' statements. The situation is not positive so hope goes on pause until the spiral downward stops. I am hopeful though because of his grasp of the situation and understanding of the alternatives, both positive and negative. The GOP needs to support our president and contribute effort towards genuine solutions.

    February 9, 2009 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  3. fiscalcons3rvativ3

    is this man seirious. WORST PREZ EVER!!! No joke I hope he dies.

    February 9, 2009 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |

    AHHH, it is soooo nice to have a President who can think and speak intelligently!!! Time to run the rest of the GOP out of Washington before they push us into another great depression!!!!

    February 9, 2009 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  5. Mike

    Start reporting the news and stop the commenting on it.

    February 9, 2009 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  6. Mike

    Start reporting the news and stop commenting on it.

    February 9, 2009 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  7. Susan

    The Replublicans & Democrats need to come together to work for the people.......the country. The economics is crucial.

    It is past time for the Senate not to be childish.........'he's a Democrat', he's a Replublocan'. The people are getting tired of the sqabbling between the two parties.

    February 9, 2009 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  8. Griff

    Washington DC. Is just a blip on the world... You still don't understand America.... Give every kid a Computer and access to the Internet... They will soon tell you America... You are History...

    February 9, 2009 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  9. Cynthia

    This guy is so disingenuous! Can someone please tell me what he means by create or save 3 million jobs? As someone who is looking for a job, I would like to know how many are going to be CREATED.

    February 9, 2009 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  10. Farnsworth

    Who sits on CNN's copy desk? If Obama is getting "grilled" by reporters, then this really is a sad state of affairs for our media.

    Wolf Blitzer is probably glowing right now.

    February 9, 2009 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  11. Ken P.

    The poll shows that about the same number of people who voted for McCain think the stimulus bill is a bad idea. Obama only has about 55 to go before a majority of people will think this is a failure. Not too great for the "great one." The economy better start getting better quickly.

    February 9, 2009 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  12. ndc

    nicely done. detailed and clear explanations even with hard questions. i appreciate that. whether you agree or disagree, you have to give the man kudos for being intelligent enough to grasp what's going on, and earthy enough to explain it to a general audience.

    February 9, 2009 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  13. Karson

    When is Obama going to stop campaigning? Hate to break it to you Mr. President but the election is over! Time to start initiating the change that you promised (and stop mentioning the previous administation – we know they were not good so lets get past it). Great campaigner but not quite the person that I thought I voted for...

    BTW – Joe Biden is an idiot! Obama needs to reel him in. Did you just hear his recent comments (read aloud by a reporter)? Unbelievable!

    February 9, 2009 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  14. Jazzi

    That's my President. So confident, intelligent and super sharp. Glad to have him representing the USA.

    February 9, 2009 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  15. K Conley

    Is this speech making anyone else want to throw up???? No pork or ear marks? Did the man even read the bill? What do you call 40.1 billion to ACORN? How will that create jobs?

    February 9, 2009 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  16. CARL

    legalize marijuana and tax it's sale. this will convert the Great Underground Economy to the legitimate economy and solve states shortcomings in their tax base.

    February 9, 2009 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  17. Listen Carefully

    to him. This dude is utterly clueless. We elected a "leader" who presumes his role is to re-arrange the deck chairs while the ship sinks. Aren't you glad he was educated as a lawyer and spent the better part of his working career running for political positions God save us! Oops didn't mean to be so politically incorrect, "Cosmos save us!"

    February 9, 2009 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  18. cbenji

    "salesman in chief'.... very disrespectful headline.

    February 9, 2009 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  19. Proud Democrat who is against this Stimulus


    February 9, 2009 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  20. Renee

    You don't HAVE to watch Mr. O on his bully pulpit. We turned on "Young Frankenstein". Much more entertaining and the characters were both more attractive and more compelling.

    February 9, 2009 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  21. Kathy

    This press conference seems so planned and orchetsrated. It appears as if Obama has prescreened the reporters questions as demostrated by the fact that he looks down as he reads the reporter's name & media affliliation instead of randomly selecting the next reporter.

    He is doing a terrible job explaining his stimulus package, probably because he did not write it. His lack of experience is coming through the longer he's in office.......and it's only been a few weeks.

    February 9, 2009 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  22. victoria gensheimer

    Each time i see our president speak to our country, i take comfort in our decision to elect him. I am a single mom of three in Evansville,Indiana. I am a big fan of CNN, every night and some days when possible. Thank you for covering our President and all news in a fair and honest manner.YOU ROCK!!!!!!

    February 9, 2009 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  23. Arleen Robles

    I'm an educator who see's what is important, the people I'm educating. What many companies do not see is the true bottom line is that if we invest in state of the art equipment and provide the tools needed without teachers having to use their own money to provide basic items such as paper for the copy machine because the boss will not order it until there is none left and the students complain. Or when teachers must buy need equipment in order to teach the skills need while the company spends $ 1800.00 is spent on a lunch for one of the top four excective's visit. I have worked in both for profit and non-profit and the same thing occurs. Putting up a front that the company is doing what it should and that nothing is wrong and that money is being used properly. Now what does this have to do with the larger picture, there are many companies doing the same and it snowballs into the large ball that is running down the hill and taking everything with it. I think that President Obama has the right idea and is trying to do something about it all. We need to look at the whole picture and not spend time arguing . Everyone needs to work together and quit throwing stones and use those stones to build something positive.

    February 9, 2009 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  24. Scott, Tucson

    The sky is falling , the sky is falling...yep that's real leadership he's showing us.

    February 9, 2009 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  25. Up Yours

    Mark Preston please try to grow up!

    February 9, 2009 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
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