February 11th, 2009
06:23 PM ET
9 years ago

Obama praises news of stimulus deal

Obama is praising news of a deal on the stimulus bill.

Obama is praising news of a deal on the stimulus bill.

(CNN) - President Barack Obama on Wednesday praised members of Congress for apparently reaching a deal on a stimulus package.

“I want to thank the Democrats and Republicans in Congress who came together around a hard-fought compromise that will save or create more than 3.5 million jobs and get our economy back on track," he said in an issued statement.

Obama also highlighted comments from Caterpillar's CEO that he would rehire some laid-off workers if the bill passed.

"Just today, the CEO of Caterpillar said that if this American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan is passed, his company would be able to rehire some of the employees they’ve been forced to lay off," he said. "It’s also a plan that will provide immediate tax relief to families and businesses, while investing in priorities like health care, education, energy, and infrastructure that will grow our economy once more."

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  1. Republicans Are the Pork in Washington

    Congratulations President Obama! You have proven you are the great leader we knew you were and you are delivering on your promise to put Americans first.

    The Republicans have behaved with total disregard for the welfare of our nation and even have the gall to claim the economic crisis is not real and only a "media stunt" – sounds like the moron Palin.

    Republicans refused to help the people who vote for them and they will soon pay the price of losing the rest of their seats come the midterm elections next year. Since they are NOT "country first", we need to get rid of them and find serious intelligent people who will work for restoring America and moving it forward towards a better future.

    The old white guys like McCain just proved again how clueless they are and they need to be retired. They acted with total irresponsible and inexcusable behavior. They made hate speeches and told complete lies about the content of the stimulus package. They did nothing but criticize but did not offer one single solution. Their whole game was to block Obama and slow down the help Americans have been dying to receive.

    The only PORK I have seen are the Republicans left with seats in Congress. We need to cut that fat in 2010 and 2012.

    Goodbye GOP – you betrayed America with your games and lies and you will have hell to pay in the next election cycle.

    February 11, 2009 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  2. alvino

    legal in nc-

    We actually supported Bush until he invaded a country that had nothing to do with 9-11. Then he began his domestic spying, torture, putting people in Guantoanamo without charges being filed, attacking the environment, no bid contracts to his cronies, etc. to name a couple of "W's"programs.

    February 11, 2009 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  3. Kelby In Houtson TEXAS!

    The stimulus package is too small, but I believe this is a first step.
    But, I have two words that can solve that problem that rethugs should shudder when they hear them...SIGNING STATEMENTS!!!
    Didn't Bush use the hell out of signing statements much to the chagrin of Congress?

    February 11, 2009 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  4. wildflower

    Independent, Illinois, there is a major flaw in your math. Your $156 million will allow you to give a million bucks to exactly 156 people. Not 156 thousand, or 156 million. 156 People. If you want to give everybody a million bucks, it will cost 156 TRILLION DOLLARS. There is not enough paper to print that much money.

    February 11, 2009 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  5. person

    HEY CNN<
    You are not going to post the comments made by republican Sessions of Texas?? How very biased of you. The guy should be known to America for the nasty comments he made that the GOP should act like the TALIBAN!!!!!!!!

    February 11, 2009 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  6. person

    GOPS blocked bill because they are angry with GITMO closing and IRan talks with the Obama Administration.

    And most of all because the bill will work, and they dont want our POTUS to succeed because it might allow another biracial president in the oval office. Simple as that.

    February 11, 2009 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  7. person

    GOPS blocked bill because they are angry with GITMO closing and IRan talks with the Obama Administration.

    February 11, 2009 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  8. Texas Teacher

    No Incumbents 2010, how about making jobs so that people can pay their bills and stay in there homes. And obviously you did not live through FDR era! You might have a different story if you had!

    What is sad to me is that some of Obama's best bits of the package got cut out! I guess Kids and Education do not matter.... I mean, they are just the future! Also no need to work on health care issues. For one thing, the insurance companies, the pharmecutical companies, and the AMA.... on and on... do not want to lose their gravey train! Thank

    February 11, 2009 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  9. tk in IL

    Isn't it a bit too soon for celebrating and patting each himself on the back? NOTHING has actually happened yet. It's the implementation that will make a difference, not just a piece of paper.

    February 11, 2009 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  10. person

    people who are still crying socialism are uneducated. Why didnt they bother saying anything when social security was started or when we pay local taxes that pay for schools when I dont even have a kid. This is not considered socialism? But when a biracial prez does something they have to paint him as a boogeyman so they call him a secret muslim or a socialist. Get outta here!

    February 11, 2009 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  11. shannon

    Judy from PA, sounds like a plan, I think I'll try it to. There certainly is no reward for doing it the right way. If you pay your bills on time, take responsibility for your actions, you end up bailing people out who bought houses they couldn't afford. I agree, we should all stop paying our bills, so we can get a great interest rate.

    February 11, 2009 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  12. person

    CNN are you going to post my comments or are they too democratic for you and not republican like enough??

    February 11, 2009 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  13. Jeff from Jersey

    For his first ever important effort as President he's,already done moe than Bush ever did..Now let's see if it works.Even if it doesn't,at least this president has actually TRIED to help.

    February 11, 2009 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  14. wfu2013

    You will never hear me praise spending this kind of money, but do we have any other viable option?

    I'm also not pleased that the money is probably going to crooks who should be in jail (bank CEOs) but if we don't, then the system could collapse.

    I'm iffy on this... we'll see what happens.

    February 11, 2009 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  15. Albo58

    Pathetic! The Dimwits have begun their theft of our tax dollars and like good addicts, they'll be back very soon for yet another fix!

    February 11, 2009 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  16. Edward

    Republicans: "There's too much wasteful spending in this bill"

    Where were you over the past 8 years when Bush was spending us into oblivion? Didn't have a problem with it then did you?

    February 11, 2009 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  17. Paul

    Just remember during the Great Depression and the New Deal unemployment remained between 14.18% o 24.75%. (during the years 1931 to1940) I hope this works but who will everyone blame if it don't? The President himself said only government spending can help in this situation. So who get's the blame if this don't work. I'm sure everyone will still find a way to blame Bush. Even though this is a democratic plan. I can't wait to hear how the republicans will be blamed if this falls flat on its face.

    February 11, 2009 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  18. JerseySnob

    It is so sad to see how many nasty negative people there are out there. I for one am so glad to see that Obama is doing something and if it were up to the Republicans there would be no stimulus at all. Seems there idea is to let the ship sink and hope for survivors. With Bush, he tried to pull the wool over our eyes by telling us the economy was strong when it was nothing of the sort. Maybe my memory is failing me but it was revealed just how bad things were, I don't recall Bush coming up with anything, not even a Plan B. The only thing he made sure of was to give Obama a tour of the White House before he left.

    As for the Republicans, I would have respected them more if they would have at least come up with alternatives but maybe I missed out when they gave their bullet point briefing. McCain is just as bad, he's just a bitter old man who originally put on a team player face but he couldn't wait to go after Obama the first chance he got. What day did he meet with Obama to present his ideas? I guess I missed out that day too.

    February 11, 2009 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  19. arivera

    First off, Bush said all democrats were cowards and traitors. Obama would never go so low. I say screw the republicans, force them to filibuster the stimulus plan. Then they can explain to the country how they really only care about big business and war.

    February 11, 2009 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  20. RyanPa *R*

    After the frst stimulus did virtually nothing for our economy, it is rediculous to try again! Obama and many others are trying to feed the economy some cash to give it a jump-start, but are doing nothing for ten or twenty years down the road. As of now, this country needs one or two entrepreneurial ideas to focus on the future and not the present. In this economic "depression," polliticians are frantic and literally throwing money out to people in hopes of things getting covered up rather than restructuring the roots of our government to suit a 21st century economy.

    February 11, 2009 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  21. Barbara Ca

    Hold on there all you complainers. When this bill does work and you get your jobs back, your credit revived and/or help with your mortgage (so you can continue to live in your house), I think it would only be right (and civil) to write a thank you note to our President.

    Then while you are at it you can vote out the many-footed-single-brained "Gigantic, Gelatinous, Doorstop" called the Republican party. If they are all going to think and vote as one, I think we only need one of each in the House and in the Senate.

    February 11, 2009 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  22. rea

    I could"t have said it any better, I totally agree with you .Bobbie in Maryland. God Thank You For Blessing President Obama.

    February 11, 2009 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  23. Robin Wagner from ct




    February 11, 2009 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  24. Pat From NJ

    Lack of regulation got us into this mess starting with Reagan's reign. This President hasn't even been in office for a month and already at this critical time the Republicans are blatantly playing politics with the inherited Bush financial mess. They are not giving this President a chance to address it . Their arguments regarding the stimulus package are like old recordings played over and over again. As the country sinks they keep their heads in the sand. Shame on them!

    February 11, 2009 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  25. A Really Conservative Realist

    I'm sure he is. It will make more people depend on government. It's purely anti-liberty. It's a crime.

    February 11, 2009 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
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