February 14th, 2009
11:15 AM ET
6 years ago

Schneider: Bipartisanship? What bipartisanship?

President Obama didn't find much bipartisanship over the stimulus bill or his pick for commerce secretary.
President Obama didn't find much bipartisanship over the stimulus bill or his pick for commerce secretary.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - "It is time for Congress to act, and I hope they act in a bipartisan fashion," President Obama said when he went to Peoria, Illnois, on Thursday to argue for his economic stimulus plan.

Congress acted. But bipartisan? Not so much.

The plan passed the House of Representatives without a single Republican vote, and got only a token number - three - of Republican votes in the Senate.

"All the talk about bipartisanship that we have heard over the last several months went down the drain," House Republican leader John Boehner complained on Friday.

Obama also ran into a wall in his effort to build a bipartisan cabinet when his choice for Secretary of Commerce, Republican Sen. Judd Gregg, withdrew his name from nomination.

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  1. Joe the Troll

    Republicans couldn't even pronounce "bipartisan" until Obama was sworn in. They got the useless tax cuts they wanted, so why are they still whining? "Bipartisanship" doesn't mean getting your way 100%.

    February 14, 2009 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  2. A More Perfect Union

    Any clinical workplace psychologist will tell you that it takes at least 2 years for a ill-behaving worker to change their ways ... and that's after you've threatened them with termination and they have committed to a behavior modification program.

    It's WAY TO EARLY for Schneider or any other impatient American to be crowing about the end of bi-partisianship.

    SLOW & STEADY will win this race. In 8 years, I believe that a more efficient and civil Washington DC will be 1 of Obama's top 5 legacies and America will be better off for it.

    February 14, 2009 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  3. Alfred E. Neumann

    This is the same rhetoric that we got from George W. Bush that we are now getting from Barack Obama.

    Bush would have Ted the mad drunk Kennedy over for movies at the start of his administration and then it stopped.

    Transparency with legislation on the Internet for all to read has now been twisted.

    Obama – same old tired politician, nothing new here. But remember, he is half white.

    February 14, 2009 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  4. Bob

    Regrettably Congress has NOT acted bi-partisanly...and it appears to be mainly the Republicans who are the leaders in this...very regrettable as I am a registered Republican!!!!!

    February 14, 2009 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  5. Mike in Ca.

    The country can't wait for the Republicans to forget their obstructionist ways and come around. Move on!

    February 14, 2009 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  6. Sumar

    Well it takes two to tango.........come on republicans, what more do you want, Obama came to you, asked for your support, had you over to the White House, that didn't work so they gave in on 1st bill to satisfy you but that didn't work.......so what more do you want, you either come to this game and play or get off the field......better yet we will remember this lask of support to help the country and will vote you all out at your next elections........you all want to see Obama fail like your leader Rush Limbaugh and you aren't going to do anything to support him and help this country get out of this mess, you are all for yourselves and the rich, to heck with the rest of the people.....sorry but you guys are going to find yourselves sitting on the curb.........

    February 14, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  7. chris

    baaaa libs baaa its hilarious how are are in fact by voter percentage and you can look this up the most unedgucated and most easily sawyed voted america has ever had and you are destroying our nation

    thank you for wasting what real men and women worked hard for over 200 years to creat ruining it in one fell swoop with this waste of a obama hes not a president hes the leading special intrest group lobbyist in america

    February 14, 2009 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  8. New Yorker

    Obama thinks the Republicans are going to abandon their ideology and patriotism to the country we knew before the Socialist agenda made headway. No; we are not going to abandon the country that our forefathers fought for.

    February 14, 2009 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  9. Jason

    John Boehner, what a joke. Now the GOP are crying wolf because no one wants their output. They are a dying breed. Good riddance. It's the GOP's fault we're in this mess in the first place!

    How many times did George Bush as for a bipartisan from the Dems?

    EXACTLY!

    February 14, 2009 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  10. JAD

    i think he did try like no one before him but the gop wants his failer so bad they see the good of that bill but i will say goodbye gop will see u in 2010 and u ll get what u deserved out and out for good.
    LOVE MY COUNTRY

    February 14, 2009 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  11. Obama - NOPE

    Pelosi and Reid run the government now. Obama is just their sales pitch guy.

    February 14, 2009 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  12. Mitchell from MS

    Why should the GOP be part of any bill that is going to further hurt America? Oh no Mr. President this will be the mess of the dems and yourself. You will have no one to blame if it fails!!!

    February 14, 2009 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  13. The lonely Libertarian of Liverpool

    Congress acted. But bipartisan? I say yes since there is really no difference between these two major parties. They are all elected using the money donated from PACs, corporate contributions, special interest groups, and lobbyists. Not the people from their own districts.

    February 14, 2009 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  14. Had It

    The Democrats bent over backward to remove what the Repukes said (education) and allowed more taxes the Repukes wanted.

    The Repukes want a democrat to fail, even if it brings down the country. It's disgusting.

    February 14, 2009 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  15. Big J

    Are we going to have to put up with four years of John Boehner looking at a camera with his sad puppy eyes because someone finally got since & rolled over him? How convienent this publicity hog is no calling for bi-parttisanship.

    February 14, 2009 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  16. Selected not elected

    Obama talks bipartisanship but remains totally partisan.

    Hillary Clinton should be our president.

    She got screwed by her own party and the Obamabots.

    We had a chance to have a REAL Leader but he haters sacrificed the country and cheated to win.

    February 14, 2009 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  17. Al Ferdwell

    It's rather hard to be bipartisan when the bipartisanee is reproachful, doctrinaire and unrepentant – which is what got the GOP where it is in the first place. Mr. Obama should stay true to his vision, and if the GOP wants to try to score points and drag its feet, leave them behind. They're not needed anyway. He has to save the country they spent 10 years savaging.

    February 14, 2009 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  18. A tired American

    Why is it that the Republicans get by with blaming Obama and Democrats for not having a bipartisan government when is the Republicans who are refusing to support bills.

    February 14, 2009 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  19. Mark

    "All the talk about bipartisanship that we have heard over the last several months went down the drain," House Republican leader John Boehner complained on Friday.

    And who did the flushing? John bloody Boehner.

    Obama met the GOP leadership a dozen times in the past three weeks, went from a predominately infrastructure spending bill to one that has three times as much in tax cuts as infrastructure, took out reasonable provisions that the Republicans whined about, and after giving all that ground he got zero support. The GOP arguments kept shifting, getting further and further away from reality, grasping at any straw for an excuse to (as Eric Cantor finally admitted) Just Say No.

    To lay any portion of the blame for a failure of bipartisanship on the Democrats is to ignore the reality of the past three weeks. The Republicans are openly comparing themselves to the Taliban now, and we can't negotiate with terrorists.

    February 14, 2009 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  20. Phantom of the Oprah

    Is anyone else tired of this constant campaigner who speechifies and fails to deliver?

    I KNEW HRC was the only hope for this Nation.

    Thanks a lot media and celebrity fest for installing this puppet.

    February 14, 2009 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  21. JB

    It's the Repubicans fault.

    Wrong, it's not. 1400 pages of a stimulus bill. 1 trillion dollars, and we can't review it. There are programs that will be invested in in 2010. What is the rush? The rush is that there is a bunch of garbage in this bill that Pelosi and Reid shoe horned in, and they don't want to the public to find out. This is politics as usual. What happened to doing things differently? 1 trillion dollars that our kid's kids will be paying for (fair?). This isn't an R thing or a D thing. It is common sense. How can you have a a vote on a bill that no one has read? Pelosi admitted she hadn't read it. No human can read 1400 pages in 22 hrs. I know all the libs on this blog will defend dems, but, truthfully, politics aside, you cannot. It is the largest spending bill in the history of man, and, no one has read it. Dumb dumb dumb. Do you know (just to remind you of what 1 trillion is), if you spent a million dollars a day starting the day Jesus was born, YOU WOULD NOT HAVE SPENT A TRILLION YET.

    February 14, 2009 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  22. JB

    Plase post CNN

    It's the Repubicans fault.

    Wrong, it's not. 1400 pages of a stimulus bill. 1 trillion dollars, and we can't review it. There are programs that will be invested in in 2010. What is the rush? The rush is that there is a bunch of garbage in this bill that Pelosi and Reid shoe horned in, and they don't want to the public to find out. This is politics as usual. What happened to doing things differently? 1 trillion dollars that our kid's kids will be paying for (fair?). This isn't an R thing or a D thing. It is common sense. How can you have a a vote on a bill that no one has read? Pelosi admitted she hadn't read it. No human can read 1400 pages in 22 hrs. I know all the libs on this blog will defend dems, but, truthfully, politics aside, you cannot. It is the largest spending bill in the history of man, and, no one has read it. Dumb dumb dumb. Do you know (just to remind you of what 1 trillion is), if you spent a million dollars a day starting the day Jesus was born, YOU WOULD NOT HAVE SPENT A TRILLION YET.

    February 14, 2009 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  23. Ray Fisher, Albuquerque, NM

    There can be no bipartisanship until the Republicans can overcome losing to a black man and begin working for our nation again. It is shameful the lack of cooperation from them after they looted and ruined our nation and left us to whither on the vine. Every time I see Boehner on TV he has the sneer of disgust by simply having to work with the President much less shaking his hand. They are truly arrogant, racist babies in the GOP putting themselves above the nation at all times.

    February 14, 2009 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  24. catmom

    Right and Republicans idea of bipartisanship is their way or no way. They have shown the American people that no matter how much President Obama and the Democrats want to include them it will never be enough. They don't seem to understand that the American people rejected their ideology and accepted the Democrat ideology. For the past eight years it was their way or no way. For eight years Republicans had the opportunity to do what they thought was best for this country and it was a failure. Now it is time to try something different-Change.

    February 14, 2009 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  25. We Shall Overcome

    Get on board or get out if the way!!!!

    February 14, 2009 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
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