February 14th, 2009
10:31 AM ET
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Obama planning ambitious road ahead

President Obama waves as he boards Air Force One for Chicago, where the Obamas were to spend the weekend.

President Obama waves as he boards Air Force One for Chicago, where the Obamas were to spend the weekend.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Fresh off victory on President Obama's signature $787 billion economic recovery plan, several top White House aides say they're planning an ambitious agenda for the rest of February.

The Senate had waited for the return of Democrat Sherrod Brown, who was returning from his mother's wake in his home state of Ohio, to close the voting late Friday.

For the rest of the month, the White House agenda will focus on addressing the housing crisis, cleaning up the banking mess and laying the groundwork for reform of the health care system and entitlement programs like Medicare.

Obama's economic stimulus plan, which top aides say will be signed into law as early as Monday at the White House, received no Republican votes in the House and just three in the Senate despite his heavy emphasis on drawing bipartisan support. There have also been several Cabinet miscues in the early days, but top White House aides are confident the president has gotten off to a strong start.

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  1. Ohnoyoudidnt

    when and where has any spending bill even half this size helped any economy? Do your research and you'll see it has always hurt, and prolonged failing economies. Picking at a scab doesn't help it heal faster. Defend our country Obama whether you choose to from withen our borders or not, but other then that step aside of every other aspect. The wool has been pulled eh comrade Obama

    February 14, 2009 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  2. Obama 2012

    To: "annie – Palin 2012" what in the world was Busch doing to this country?!! yeah right!!! Please shut-up!!!

    February 14, 2009 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  3. Independent

    Now, thats a president we can believe in.

    February 14, 2009 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  4. Anon

    @Obama-Nope: Your handouts .... more food stamps coming your way. But, I don't think you deserve to eat!

    February 14, 2009 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  5. Fran

    I would also love to see no stimulus money go to any of the states or districts that the GOP members of Congress represent. But we all know that that is not how it works. The Bible says "It rains on the just as well as the unjust". Their states and districts will benefit even though none of them voted for the bill.

    President Obama has already accomplished more in his 3-1/2 weeks than George W. Bush did in his eight years.

    February 14, 2009 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  6. Griff

    Mister Obama's, Visit to the Zoo.

    February 14, 2009 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  7. Angie in Pa


    February 14, 2009 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  8. mw

    Republicans do not want to know the meaning of the word -bipartisan. They do not care if Americans are angry and frustrated by their lack of concern and cooperation. They just do not care about anything except special interests, the greedy, the thieves, the filthy rich, the jerks who just don't get it. They are out to please Rush, Coulter, hannity, Rove, goldberg, the boners and boneheads, and such ilk. Middle Americans have NEVER been a priority for republicans. They don't want to "get it"--It might offend Rush, and heaven forbid their savior be upset.

    February 14, 2009 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  9. Hall for Obama

    Obama – NOPE
    Sorry, but you must get out and work for your handout. He said WORK; he said he would put people back to work, that’s not a handout.

    February 14, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  10. Ed

    Obama has made the best out of a bad situation. It is the Republicans, the George Bush cohorts that have left this mess for him to clean up. And now that he tries to, people are blaming him. Where the hell have they been for the last 8 years? And what else would they do? Let the country go to hell just to prove a point?

    February 14, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  11. chucky1169469

    Annie- let me guess you are one of the Rush followers that hopes Obama fails.....well please tell me that if there is a rebate check sent to help Americans that you'll gladly return yours because you DO NOT want Obamas help.

    February 14, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  12. Hall for Obama

    Annie – Palin 2012
    Why is it the end of our country? If Palin can build a bridge to no where, and Bush can bail out Big Banks, and pay off the Oil company, why can't Obama give the American people Jobs, Schools, Health Care and other thing to make our life a little better while we are in this Mess that Bush created.

    February 14, 2009 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  13. Pepper Hanrahan

    To me this just comes across as Republicans acting childish and whining. They didn't get picked to be the top guy on the team so they are taking their football and going home.

    February 14, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  14. Tom in S.A.

    Leave my healthcare, medical records, alone, those are mine. Those that need the help let there's be run by the gov't.

    February 14, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  15. Lynda

    What is the matter with President Obama? Why hasn't he fixed the mess this country is in? Afterall, he has had 3 weeks now, hasn't he? If my facts are correct, the Republicans have owned both the Senate and the House from 1997 – 2007, except in 2001-2003 when the Senate was split 50-50, which means they also own the economic mess we are in now. Rather than show any consternation or regret for this, as far as I can determine the Republican's have become nothing other than the party of whinners and backstabbers! Absolutely and utterly unbelievable! As a Republican, I would like to remind all Republicans, most of you whom are very vocal and very anxious for our new President to fail, that should he fail (i.e; the stimulus fail), our country will fail with him. This also applies to CNN and all news media who seem intent on continuning the contentious campaign rhetoric and talking points which consumed our country this past year. Be done with talking points. The election is way over. As a country, we need to come together, not continue to rip each other apart. I am not sure who is more responsible, the media or the pundits, but it needs to stop.

    February 14, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  16. lizz

    What's wrong of government use money for development?
    They are not "pork" !!! US is way behind time in many places and tax cuts only will not create prosperity. It only make the rich richer and the poor poorer.

    If you Repugs still don't think the bill helps you, you can refuse to accept help and try your best to survive if there are still jobs around. Then, the money can be channeled to other better use.

    Remember, not everyone is so lucky to be able to keep his job. And that is not because they are lazy. Don't you know that the economy is getting worse and you may be the next one to be axed. So, please be considerate to the unfortunate people.

    February 14, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  17. Tom in S.A.

    Lot of you out there screaming about republicans not voting for something they didn't have time to read, that tells me a lot about you. Just sign here please, you do, then wonder why the interest just went up on your credit card, BECAUSE YOU DIDN'T READ the fine print. Morons.

    February 14, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  18. AAA

    Extreme Partisanship on both sides of the aisle. How likely is it that there are only three independent thinkers in Congress who differed with their majority or minority leaders?

    February 14, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  19. Sue

    I have read parts of the stimulus package. I am impressed by some of the funding. We needed someone to take a chance on the American People. That is a Change I firmly believe in.

    February 14, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  20. Over Stimulated

    Congrats to all who will be receiving $13.00 tax credit per paycheck. You can buy two medium size pizza's per month now. Just heard postage is going up and gas prices too, so don't order your pizza's just yet.

    February 14, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  21. Meka

    For someone whom has been in Office--Less than 30 Days . . . President Obama, has accomplished more than BUSH did in 8 years!

    February 14, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  22. Scott

    You heard it here first. In a surprise 2010 election Reublicans regain control of the Senate due to voters upset with the handling of the economy by Democrats. With the country deep into what is now being called a depression and unemployment at 14 percent. Republicans are brought back into power to save this country.

    February 14, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  23. lizz

    Nothing wrong to give handout to people who are suffering in this crisis even though you have to borrow from somewhere. Saving people and getting out from the crisis is the priority. No doubt about that.

    It is like a child is sick and parents are poor. If you are the parent, would you do whatever it takes to find funds to save your child?

    Please CNN, be more fair to your reporting..... cause people have brain to think of what is right and wrong. Let them decide. And your job is to report news and you may put your own opinions is separate forums.

    February 14, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  24. Meka

    @annie – Palin 2012

    President Obama wanted more funding for Education, but the Republican's SLICED that. . .

    Education would have helped you . . . as we all see that you need it!

    February 14, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  25. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    I sense that the President is moving with such haste so The People and Congress will not have adequate time to digest and debate his ambitious and aggressive proposals. If that deliberative process occurs, I believe he will lose public support and the slim political margin he now relies upon to force his will upon us. I amnot optimistic.

    February 14, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
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