February 16th, 2009
02:39 PM ET
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CNN Radio Political Notebook: The stimulus and Obama

 The president's legacy may be defined by the success of the stimulus bill.

The president's legacy may be defined by the success of the stimulus bill.

A development just a third of the way through President Obama’s First Hundred Days may come to define his presidency.

In today’s CNN Radio Political Notebook, CNN's Bob Costantini talks with Professor Julian Zelizer of Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School, who lays out the stakes Obama faces following the passage of the stimulus plan.

In his commentary for CNN.com, Professor Zelizer wrote, “The huge size of this legislation raises the stakes beyond what many presidents confronted in their Hundred Days.”

Related: Zelizer: Stakes are huge for Obama

Listen: CNN Radio's Political Notebook

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  1. Tristan


    February 16, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  2. obama-mama

    Maybe the huge mistakes and mismanagement of the previous administration any president has been confronted with within their first 100 days warrants a enormous size legislation.

    February 16, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  3. gary, gpp

    Nothing new about Sarah Palin? Slow newsday , huh.

    February 16, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  4. Kevin in Ohio

    The spendulous package WILL fail. As will Obama ultimately. Maybe the resultant depression Obama is causing won't be so bad....we can get Conservatives and Moral Values back to leading this country.

    February 16, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  5. Jacque Bauer

    I agree with the WSJ that the biggest threat and downer to our economy right now is Barack "Dr. Catastrophe" Obama himself. Hey, you are elected now, you don't need to keep trashing the country and economy. You are deliberately trying to set as low of expectations for yourself as possible – we get that. Whatever happened to hope?

    February 16, 2009 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  6. change in America

    Thank You President Obama for caring for our country forget what the Republicans saying about you.........Vote Republicans out the office

    February 16, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  7. Griff

    And?What is this Idea, about the "Vegas Line"; in your Stimulus Plan.
    They won't Gamble!! You will get no Tax Dollars that way.

    February 16, 2009 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  8. The Truth

    Obama has no idea what's in the bill because he doesn't run the show. He's just the stooge that goes where he's told to go and say what he's told to say.

    February 16, 2009 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  9. Gene

    Once again, spend a trillion dollars destroying another country and rebuilding it, that's ok.

    Spend a trillion dollars on ourselves, our infrastructure, creating jobs.. that's just economic suicide! We're putting ourselves in a debt that our great grandchildren will have to burden!

    Paying for this war in Iraq is a debt that our grandchildren will have to pay for... and it did nothing but bankrupt us... created no jobs, created no opportunities... just showed the world that our country had the might to destroy another country who's decades behind in technology and 1/10 our size.

    Obama had the perfect line in his speech.. we will be judged by what we create, not what we destroy. Probably the best line in any speech that he ever gave.. and if he bases his presidency on that statement, we will be in good shape.

    As far as the people who don't want any part of this recovery package.. do your part.. when you get a stimulus check.. send it back.. donate it back to your country in protest that you want nothing to do with it. When people in your town start working on projects that were paid for by this bill.. go protest the projects. If you go collect unemployment benefits... you should automatically be denied because you're opposed to "socialism". If you have a farm that needs subsidization, you should be denied for the same reason. It's ironic that the people who would most benefit from this package are the ones who protest it the most.

    February 16, 2009 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  10. Obama 2.0

    And all the Republicans can do is nothing, nothing but watch on th sideline, hoping for this President to fail. With the exception of three that rolled up their sleeves and worked with Democrates to get something done. I wonder, what will the Republicalns run on???
    Bipartisanship, reaching across the isle, new ideas, solutions? What will they run on, besides hoping that the President fails, knowing good and well that if he fails many Americans fail, many.

    February 16, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  11. Michael M, Phoenix AZ

    At least Pres. Obama is trying to do something about fixing the economy. All Bush 43 did was keep saying how "great the economy was"....yeah as long as his buddies kept making money at the expense of the average wage earner!

    February 16, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  12. Obama Cares

    can any one believe what a MESS the LAST ADMINISTRATION left for our new President, the republicans created this disaster and now they are trying every dirty under handed trick in the book to put the blame on the new administration, IT WON'T WORK SILLY REPUBLICANS, why not step up to the plate and admit your mistakes, show a little common sense, you played with American lives for the last 8 long years, it will take more than a few weeks to clean up your MEGA MESS.

    February 16, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  13. Republicans are ankle biters

    Good job PRESIDENT OBAMA.Cleaning up eight years of trash wont be easy,but the job will get done.

    February 16, 2009 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  14. No Hillary = No Obama

    Passage of the stimulus bill is not going to define his Presidency – whether it has any substantive impact at all, will. And that remains to be seen.

    February 16, 2009 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  15. Maurice McLaurin

    Do the math.. The Stimuls Package is almost $800,000,000,000 and there are around 350,000,000 peolple in U.S. That is over $2,000 per man, woman and child. If you want to STIMULATE the Economy give everybody $2,000. Just think how a family of 4, spending $8,000 would jump start the Economy.

    February 16, 2009 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  16. Dianne

    Lets give him a chance, a year at least. Obama is doing something unlike those Republicans who are still crying in their milk. They lost because they don't have any ideas other than tax cuts. The $13 I will get won't help me, but the infrastructure projects will help everyone. I hope the Repubilcans continue to complain and we can vote more of them out of office. if this stimulus package works, will the GOp take credit?

    February 16, 2009 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  17. RLE

    I agree with you Obama-mama had some of these questions been ask of Bush that are being asked of President Obama perhaps we wouldnt be in this mess. I don't understand why Bush was given carte blanche well maybe I do

    February 16, 2009 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  18. No Hillary = No Obama

    Passage of the stimulus bill doesn't mean squat – it's whether it will have any substantive impact at all.

    February 16, 2009 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  19. No Hillary = No Obama

    Passage means squat – it's whether it will make any difference a year from now.

    February 16, 2009 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  20. Don Fitzgerald, Chicago

    Not only did he do something about the terrible job situation with the stimulus package, but he managed to sign, or shortly, will sign, the biggest tax-cut in the history of our nation !! Now, let's not get carried away, just yet !! He still isn't a messiah, I don't care what those ridiculous Republicans want to call him. He is still, just plain Barack Obama, 44th President of the United States. That's all, folks !! Stick with him and I do believe, he can make you forget George Bush and all of the many blunders, he left, for President Obama to sort out !! With our help, we the people, I think President Obama will help our economy, our health insurance and our educational system. Good luck, President Obama !!

    February 16, 2009 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  21. Anonymous

    obama-mama – just give it a rest. The previous administration was under the Democratic led infamous do-nothing congress. Once Nobama signs the horrendous spendulus bill, the economy is solely his burden, no longer able to blame the past administrations. I don't wish the man to fail as if that is the case, we will all fail, but I do not have high hopes of the great big, huge Pelosi/Reid-led spending package doing much in the way of creating permanent jobs or "stimulating" the economy. Queen Pelosi's little fish project and Prince Harry's Las Vegas choo choo train to Disneyland, being high on the list of pure ol pork, pork that the great messiah said the spendulus bill contained none of. Do you have a job to pay higher taxes to pay this bill back or are you one of the one that will be "given" $$? One wonders.

    February 16, 2009 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  22. lonchik

    7th worst??? He should be THE worst president

    February 16, 2009 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  23. obama-mama

    GOP = Goofy Old People

    February 16, 2009 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  24. CA Indie for Obama

    I see some posters are drinking the rupert "faux news" kool-aid now spewed out by the WSJ... the economic policies of the past 8 years got us here; something else at least has a chance to succeed. If not, Pres Obama has acknowledged he will be a one-termer.
    So, Kevin and Jacque, you are hoping this nation fails in order to get your preferred party back in power. why do you hate America?

    February 16, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  25. Dutch/Hampton Roads, VA

    This legislature will play a vital role in his presidency. But I believe if he can get other things accomplished such as ending the war in Iraq, finishing the mission in Afghanistan and bringing healthcare reform, his presidency should be a good one.

    February 16, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
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