February 14th, 2009
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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. Joan , Ontario

    Your country and administration need support and confidence right now not negativity and backstabbing. Can you just imagine what would be happening if the Republicans had won in November? Pres. McCain would be trying to solve the economic mess with more of the same tax cuts to the wealthy and big businesses. VP Palin would be the one oversees making crucial foreign affair speeches instead of VP Biden. That's kind of scary. Pres. Obama has the confidence of the majority of Americans and countries around the world. Let him do his job.

    February 14, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  2. Anne

    To all those toutng Obama's successes – if he isn't going to sign this until Monday after he returns from a weekend in Chicago with the family, then why couldn't the House and Senate have delayed the 48 hours as they promised so officials could read the bill? Where is the 5 days on the govt website of the final bill before Obama signs it as he promised he would to promote transparency and public input? Why is no one questioning the spending in here that does not promote jobs or stimulus? Why is it that this must be great just because it is Obama and not Bush? And since some of this money won't beven be spent for a year or two, just how long are people going to wait until they decide whether this has been a good or bad idea of borrowing again and spending money the govt. doesn't have?

    February 14, 2009 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  3. Deb

    God bless our President!!!!

    February 14, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  4. Bill

    John Pa February 14th, 2009 11:52 am ET
    To all conservatives, luckily there is treatment for you.
    Psychotherapy is usually the most effective help in person suffering from delusional disorder. The overriding important factor in this therapy is the quality of the patient/therapist
    ---------
    I'm sure there are lots of psychotherapists in PA, John, to help YOU out - however, I must warn you - PATHOLOGICAL LIARS are hard to cure!

    February 14, 2009 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  5. Harry, GA

    Barack has ambitious plan for America. Dear fellow citizens, do not go to work, Sit at home and Barack will send your checks, your food stamps, in the mail. No need to work at all. Government will take care of you. Socialism at it's best. You can of course watch the President on TV every day talking big and sweet to the people. He got what he wanted without bi-partisanship and with fear mongering.

    February 14, 2009 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  6. john

    I think obama is a joke an soon we all will find out, this guy never had a job in is life so how could know what best for us.

    February 14, 2009 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  7. NC

    i agree with annie, we are in Big trouble, and no we won't shut up. Republicans in 2010 and 2012.

    February 14, 2009 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  8. elana

    Here we are three weeks into the new administration and President Obama and the Democrats plus (3) Republicans have accomplished more than the Bush administration ever cared to even try to accomplish in eight years! I can only imagine what McCain/Palin would have accomplished in three short weeks. More than likely, Sara Plain would be spending time "shopping for beauty" at the high-end department stores, taking her kids along for the ride, and John McCain would be sitting at the desk in the oval office reading "Administration 101" procedures! Thank you to the American people who were intelligent and voted smart! Let's do it again in 2010, when we oust the Republicans who are up for election, and then AGAIN in 2012, when we reelect Barack Obama for another (4) years, and get rid of more Republicans!

    February 14, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  9. Lilly Rose

    For all of you naysayers and sarcastic idiots: Please be patient. There will no handouts, no magic bullet. President Obama is trying to undo 8 years of neglect and ignorance and this will not happen overnight. I mean, even those of you who LOVE the Republicans must admit that they could have left this country in better shape. The Republican tax cuts came courtesy of China. Smoke and mirrors, that what it was. Go ahead Mr. President, try your best to help America back to her former self. Naysayers, just shut up!

    February 14, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  10. yuri

    The skeptics will do well to give the bill a chance to work. If somebody wants his or her money, let a trip be made to DC and the claim nay be presented thru proper channel. If there is no success, voicing opinions might be worthwhile.

    February 14, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  11. Elaine

    Shame on every one of the the Republican senators who didn't have the heart and guts to extend a hand to a grieving colleague. Any one of them could have made a public "proclamation" that they only voted yes to allow Sen. Brown to stay at home to be with his family for his mother's wake and funeral. But once again, the Republicans have shown themselves to be just a group of petty, nasty blowhards consumed by bitter self-interest.

    Get real, Republicans! Haven't you done enough damage to this country? 2010 can't come soon enough!

    February 14, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  12. Proud Soldeirs Mom

    THE BIG DEM PLAN:
    Create a Stimulus Bill full of favor payback, and anything on the dems wish list that have been vetoed in the past. Then, The pres. will create a new stimulus bill that is REALLY suppose to create jobs to get us out of this recession. No one will say no to the new one. The second stimulus bill will work, but at the same time, the dems got what they wanted out of the first bill. By 2012 no one will even remember the first bad bill, and the Pres. will look good by the next election.

    February 14, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  13. Stephen, Missouri

    I am impressed by President Obama. The package ended up where he started. He got most of what he wanted. And this man is way ahead on the thinking curve. He knows what he is doing.

    The more I see Republicans go shrill, the more I know he is doing the right thing. Our President was attacked mercilessly during the campaign and still is being attacked...his response, he is still cordial and civil. One by one, he is achieving what he promised during his campaign.

    It is a joy to see this President work. Republicans attacked and he maintained his cool and when he put them in their place, it was so sweet and awesome. Go President Obama we are fully behind you.

    February 14, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  14. Capt. Smash, Salt Lake City, Utah

    Why the change on the blog site?

    February 14, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  15. darren

    annie? Plain 2012? ARE YOU ON CRACK?

    February 14, 2009 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  16. Ray Fisher, Albuquerque, NM

    I'm just hoping we can get our food inspected again so we can eat peanut butter as well as all government agncies. We have been rulled by dullards for too long!!!

    February 14, 2009 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  17. Fan of Common Sense

    HURRY DEMOCRATS! THERE'S NOT A MOMENT TO WASTE! I ONLY HAVE FOUR SHORT YEARS TO DESTROY THIS COUNTRY!

    February 14, 2009 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  18. Ambrose Smith, Borrego Springs, California

    Where's George W. Bush?

    He needs to speak up and give some opinions.

    February 14, 2009 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  19. Hammer

    Looks like the news media has another job to do, sell this trillion dollar handout. The media can not allow Obama to fail. They have made Obama to be the savior and they can not let him fail.

    February 14, 2009 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  20. Debby, NJ

    annie-Palin 2012: You my dear are a complete IDIOT!!!

    February 14, 2009 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  21. Omar

    To all of the republicans and those that are saying Obama is bringing in socialism and all of that other garbage let me say this....

    It was you and your party that brought this country to this point with deregulation and pure greed and death and warfare.

    I have had enough of republicans and want them all to just go away and never return.

    If your party was so good at running the country, McCain should have been elected in a landslide but that didnt happen did it?!!

    No because the majority of people in this country namely the smart ones have finally realized what a garbage piece of filth the republican party is.

    All you care about is telling everyone else what to do, who to pray to and who is a patriot or an american.

    Enough! Enough!!!!!!! What I really want to say I cant on this thread.

    February 14, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  22. Republicans only love children before they're born

    Lew Bransford at 11:29 and Annie – Palin 2012 at 10:37

    Happy Valentine's Day – you two are made for each other.

    By the way, Republican scare tactic words like "pork" and "marxist" and "socialist" just don't work anymore. Your party nearly destroyed this country over the last eight years. Remember?

    Next time, try a more convincing argument. Oh wait, Repubs don't have any of those.

    February 14, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  23. I'll answer that

    To Darren at 1:59pm

    Actually, it's Oxycontin. All the Repubs are doing it.

    February 14, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  24. txyank

    The Republicans are bankrupt,but they can still strike FEAR in the hearts of gullible americans. President Obama will change that in due time. I know this is a new concept...spending money ON THE ORDINARY PEOPLE instead of continuing to stuff the pockets of republicans. They have stolen their share these many years,and now that will end. I hope Obama spends all the money he can,while he can....then just listen to the helpless republicans whine and bellow! How can anyone be fooled by these greedy hypocrites who have brought down our Nation , who have stolen our self respect, and diminished the wealth of our country !
    It will take a while but we will heal .

    February 14, 2009 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  25. Larry

    The answer to having bipartisanship is simple :

    Have a bill that helps the citizens of our country.

    Republicans will vote for it—-

    February 14, 2009 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
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