February 13th, 2009
05:00 AM ET
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Obama makes 11th hour push for stimulus package

 President Obama makes 11th hour push.
President Obama makes 11th hour push.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Taking no chances, President Barack Obama is exerting last-minute pressure on Congress to approve his stimulus plan by highlighting stories of people affected by the economic downturn.

The Democratic National Committee and Obama's Organizing for America will use Obama's vast e-mail list Friday to contact the president's political supporters and point them to a new Web page where several of these stories can be viewed.

The goal is to drum up public support for the measure as Congress prepares to vote on it.

The stories were collected last weekend from Obama supporters who attended one of 3,600 meetings held across the country to discuss the situation, according to the DNC. In all, 31,030 stories were submitted to the DNC and OFA.

"The stories we've collected put a human face on the economic crisis and underscore the urgent need for action," Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine said in a statement set for release Friday morning.

Kaine, who heads the DNC, said in the statement provided to CNN before it was distributed publicly that "Congress needs to move swiftly toward final passage of the economic recovery plan so the president can sign it into law and we can prevent this economic crisis from becoming a national catastrophe that costs millions more Americans their jobs, homes and health care."

With the support of a few Republican centrists in the Senate, the $789 billion bill is expected to be approved by Congress as early as Friday and then head to the White House to be signed into law by Obama.


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  1. Tom in S.A.

    Congress needs to get it right, swiftly or not, a bad bill will do no good, take your time and get it right.

    February 13, 2009 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  2. Lori

    I hope that President Obama and the Democrats are satisfied with this stimulus package and that he is not pandering to the Republicans(who don't deserve bipartisanship and who bought us into this mess in the first place).

    The Republicans want the President and Americans to fail and I hope the President realizes this.

    February 13, 2009 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  3. Mike in VA

    Move quickly! Hurry! Vote for the Trillion-Dollar-We're-All-Going-To-Die-Unless-The-Government-Pays-Off-Liberal-Interest-Groups Bill.

    A 'NO' vote is the only way to stave the catastrophe

    February 13, 2009 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  4. Kevin in Ohio

    Obama is making this HIS plan. Lets remember that in 2012.

    February 13, 2009 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  5. Steve

    Never has there been a President and a man so sincere about his mission and so committed to fulfilling as many promises made. But he's learning very fast that his road to success is paved with HYPOCRITS call REPUBLICANS.

    IDIOLOGY FIRST is the REPUBLICANS mantra. Not PEOPLE FIRST. These obstructionist will NEVER GET MY VOTE. They are the party of losers, rich fat cats, and WARS.

    I hope they lose all their seats in the upcoming elections. WHAT A USELESS PARTY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 13, 2009 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  6. A Kickin' Donkey

    I like the concept of keeping up the pressure by energizing the constituents of these Congressmen and Senators to deliver the message to support President Obama's initiatives.

    However Team Obama, you need to DEVELOP other, more direct ways to bring IMMEDIATE accountability to any legistator that opposes you.

    For example, research what their state needs the most; what are the top 3 legislative accomplishments that these representatives want to claim? Then tell them unless they support exactly what Team Obama wants, you will veto ANYTHING they want for their constituients if only to show how ineffective they are to their home districts.

    Work first in those states where the demographics are changing to more college educated, progressive minded people. Virginia, North Carolina, Georgia (around Atlanta), Florida, Colorado, New Mexico, Louisiana (around New Orleans)

    February 13, 2009 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  7. Bill

    I went to the web page and read about the first 15 stories. One poor women owns two houses and fell a month behind on a payment.

    To see real hard times, I suggest these folks take a trip to New Delhi and tell the family of 8 living in a canvas lean-to on a sidewalk and starving while the sacred cows walk amongst them and deposit their greenhouse emitting, should be carbon taxed refuse in the family's front yard.

    In America we think poverty is only having 2 TVs when our neighbor has 6. Or that, as many of the folks on the web page have 2 cars, if our car is not brand new and we don't have our own fleet that times are rough.

    Two chickens in every pot won an election once, perhaps now two plasmas in every living room is the motto.

    February 13, 2009 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  8. Scott, Tucson

    Obama and the dems needs to be worried, the longer this bill sits, it's likely that more Americans would study it and realized that it is nothing but PORK, and unless you want to dig ditches on some National infrastructure work projects which won't get off the ground for at least two years at best, it offers no real employment opportunities.

    February 13, 2009 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  9. Mark

    The American sheep will understand the mistake of this stimulus when we can longer pay China back!

    February 13, 2009 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  10. Typical White Person

    The MSM is completely ignoring the health care council being set up by this "stimulus" bill.

    From Bloomberg dot com:

    The Federal Council is modeled after a U.K. board discussed in Daschle’s book. This board approves or rejects treatments using a formula that divides the cost of the treatment by the number of years the patient is likely to benefit. Treatments for younger patients are more often approved than treatments for diseases that affect the elderly, such as osteoporosis.

    In 2006, a U.K. health board decreed that elderly patients with macular degeneration had to wait until they went blind in one eye before they could get a costly new drug to save the other eye. It took almost three years of public protests before the board reversed its decision.

    If the Obama administration’s economic stimulus bill p@sses the Senate in its current form, seniors in the U.S. will face similar rationing. Defenders of the system say that individuals benefit in younger years and sacrifice later.

    The stimulus bill will affect every part of health care, from medical and nursing education, to how patients are treated and how much hospitals get paid. The bill allocates more funding for this bureaucracy than for the Army, Navy, Marines, and Air Force combined (90-92, 174-177, 181).

    WAKE UP! Stop blindly following and do your homework. If the media won't do their job, you have to do it for yourself...and for you parents!

    Look at this legislation before you spout off the Democrat talking points about how the Bush administration was terrible for 8 years. If you can only defend your plan by criticizing the past you must not have much of a plan. And all I'm hearing from the Democrats and the Koolaide drinkers is criticism of Bush, not justification for this huge, invasive, bloated, debt-ridden legislation they are trying to sell us.

    February 13, 2009 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  11. Nonpartisan

    Why do most of the posters on this site condemn anything Republican? You would think the election victory would have soothed the savage beast.

    February 13, 2009 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  12. pete

    Don't read it, just vote yes.

    Change you can believe in.

    February 13, 2009 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  13. BURNS

    ITS A NO BRAINER, THE LEAST ABLE OF OUR PEOPLE WILL
    SUFFER THE MOST–SO WHAT IS NEW. OUR CONGRESS IS
    TOTALLY SELF SERVIING AND THE VOTER WILL AGAIN LOSE.

    VET IN NH

    February 13, 2009 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  14. southerncousin

    Anybody know what happened to the pledge to have this monstrosity on the web for review by the public within 48 hours? Another shuck & jive, by the libs?

    February 13, 2009 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  15. Virginia

    Give it up, Barack-you got your way, no go back to the White House and do some more wheeling and dealing on some other pork barrell projects.

    February 13, 2009 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  16. BMDPD

    I want an explaination on how we are going to pay for this "Stimulus" package. Obviously, credit is "the life blood of our economy". Well, we have now proven that this economic method does not work. If we don't take the hit now, then our children and grandchildren are going to take it. If we bail ourselves out, then we are re-inforcing our bad behavior. The problem will only exponentiate, and occur sooner next time. We must change our entire behavior as a nation. If we don't, we will fail! We cannot continue with our consumers in debt, our businesses in debt and our nation in debt. Most of you will argue that we need to protect our environment for our children. We also need to protect to financial stability of our nation for our children. This stimulus plan is wrong!

    February 13, 2009 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  17. Terry

    Lincoln would switch party affiliation, if he were alive today. Not one Lincoln Document suggests what the GOP has managed to do the American People over the last eight years. "We the People" is actually "We the Wealthy" when it comes to the GOP and their supporters.

    February 13, 2009 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  18. Evan Caruthers

    ...and Americans happily going for it. I guess Americans like high taxes after all. Or, is it that Obama is preaching his poison to teen agers on EMail mostly (you know, people who don't pay any taxes)?

    February 13, 2009 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  19. Mike in Houston

    The joke continues.

    February 13, 2009 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  20. blair

    "The stories we've collected put a human face on the economic crisis and underscore the urgent need for action," Right!! we can believe those stories as we can the story of little red riding hood. he and his will print and say anything.

    February 13, 2009 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  21. Felix chah

    I very much appreciate president Obama's endeavor to "jump start" the economy but I equally wish to make the following observations.

    – "When a person is sick , there are couple of things that need to be done:; Consult with a doctor first, get the necessary test done, let the doctors analysed the test results, a prescription done before the necessary medications are bought".
    Therefore the causes of this US recession must be look into first , let the economists of this great nation analysed these causes and ofcourse make their recommendations before these billions of dollars are pumped into the economy.
    If you don't know the cause of an illness, no matter what , you can't get the cure.
    If we are not careful all these billions may disappear into thin air as the first 350 billion dollars. The same CEOs who help to put the country into this mess are still there and will continue with their mismanagement behavior. How can some of the banks use part of the stimulus package to pay bonuses to employees? When do companies pay bonuses to shareholders.....? Is it ok during bad times like this? It tells me the degree of the CEOs mismanagement and bad intentions. The whole system needs to be clean, such CEOs with bad intentions send to jail..............

    As for the "foreclosure", I will propose that the president should send an emergency bill to the senate to put an end to the adjusting mortgages before seeing how they can befix. If not the forclosure rate will still continue and things will get worst. This is one of the first thing that he would have done inorder to keep home owners facing this adjustable rate of mortgages, in their houses. If the banks can exploit the law makers representating the American people , get money and pay bonuses to their share holders.... what about exploiting the ordinary toothless home owners? Please Mr President do something.

    I am just a layman in the streets of washington DC.

    FELIX CHAH

    February 13, 2009 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  22. maf

    As the Republicans line up to the microphones slamming the President's Stimulus Package, it concerns me that they all claim that President Obama is mortgaging the livelihood of future generations. When the stimulus packages (and I mean a plural, as there will likely be at least one more) start to loosen the grip of this depression, and the economy starts to roll again, THIS generation has the opportunity to start paying down the deficit! It is pretty pathetic that the Republicans are so adamant against this economic venture when they so uniformly and wholeheartedly supported the Iraq conflict which has a price tag that continues to rack up a debt that contributed to this mess. Where was the outcry then?

    The people will remember this OBSTRUCTIONIST play and when the economy is working again and the time comes for you to be re-elected, well, good luck is all I can offer.

    February 13, 2009 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  23. rob

    I think you're being a bit overzealous mr. President. You have majority in both houses, just tel whomever don't like the stimulus to get on board or get rolled over. Period.

    February 13, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  24. Folagbade yisa

    My comment goes to american politicians, i wcnt dem to co-p with obama's era thanks fr (NIGERIA)

    February 13, 2009 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
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