February 17th, 2009
01:03 PM ET
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CNN Radio Political Notebook: Obama heads West

President Obama goes out West today to sign the economic stimulus bill, and to talk about rescuing homeowners who are in trouble with their mortgages.

Why the Western swing? CNN’s John Lisk gets some answers from CNN Political Editor Mark Preston in today’s Political Notebook.

Listen: CNN Radio's Political Notebook


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  1. bsmith171

    why is he wasting FUEL?

    February 17, 2009 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  2. Sal Lindsburgh

    I hope he stays out West, away from the politicians in DC which he cannot manage. Didn't he sell himself as the leader? Well, he has already failed in that.

    February 17, 2009 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  3. Simmy

    "Why the Western Swing".....The air is fresher out there....if you know what I mean.

    February 17, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  4. frodo

    It is moronic to talk about rescuing people with mortgages at the same time you're offering an $8000 tax credit to first time homebuyers!!!!

    Incentives and a philosophy that "everyone should own a home" created the mortgage mess we are in. the governement has no place incentivizing people to buy homes!!!

    This bill is the worst thing to ever hit our country....the pearl harbor of bills...this will create a war of the taxpayer vs. government. remember the stamp tax and boston tea party....!!

    February 17, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  5. isamu nakao

    What happen to obama green?
    If he keeps flying every where he is using more fuel and more bad air.
    Is A F 1 running on green air.
    How much dollar's it cost to fly this plane all over just to sign this stupid spending bill.
    Obama is a kid who likes to joy ride in his new toy.

    February 17, 2009 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  6. Matthew, Detroit

    Forever Campaigning. Get back behind the desk Barack. You have a lot to do and flying around is just a stunt.

    February 17, 2009 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  7. Peggy - TX

    Obama is doing the right thing for all Americans. In a rising tide all boats float. He must spend as the consequences for not acting quickly are desatoriose. At least we have a President that will direct the spending in a manner that helps most Americans. In less the then a month he has already made major strides in undoing the mess created by the last Administration.

    I am shocked by the derogatory comments spewed by Republicans on these blogs with seemingly no agenda then to simply tear down our Democratically elected President. These comments reflect extraordinary ignorance and arrogance and are fueled by deep seated anger and hatred.

    February 17, 2009 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  8. LIP

    Do you think Obama will check out the route for the new high speed Billion dollar train from LA to Las Vegas that is part of his stimulus package? How about the other high speed train whose route no one seems to know about? Were these part of Nancy's desires or some other fat Democrat?

    February 17, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  9. 1/20/13

    Keep him out West.......I would like him to stay as far away as possible.

    February 17, 2009 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  10. demwit

    In light of the new fairness doctrine being discussed..

    CNN Radio should lead by laying off half its oversized liberal staff for neo-conservative types like Hannity and Limbugh. Fair is fair..

    February 17, 2009 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  11. Baze

    Why the western swing? Maybe because the west coast is in freakin' shambles right now, DUH!

    February 17, 2009 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  12. Rick

    Looks like Obama's instructions are to head west, north, south....anywhere but Washington, D.C. because he will just be in the way there.

    February 17, 2009 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  13. Bob in Pa

    How about stoping the raping of the credit card consumer with 18% + interest rates. That would do way more that helping a few people with mortgage problems.

    February 17, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  14. steve long

    Well he hasn't offered to help with my mortgage. What's up with that?

    February 17, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  15. steve long

    What I really want to know is which private sector companies are going to miraculously start hiring the moment magic Obama signs the bill? Over 1000 pages of government spending and very little incentive to start hiring US citizens and no mention of eliminating the use of H1-B's.

    February 17, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  16. Proud American

    Rescuing homeowners, whose own greed led them to buy more than they can afford? I don't believe the majority of this country wants to rescue those people; who in large part, are the ones crying for help....it was a sad day when this socialist became our president...now, he'll tell us what medical care we can get, what loan we can apply for, where our kid can go to college, what car we need to drive....wow! FREEDOM! CHANGE!

    February 17, 2009 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  17. Proud American

    @ LIP –

    I believe Reid had his own agenda about the rail, a "TRAIN TO NOWHERE...."

    It's purpose? To bring in people from other states, so they can waste their entitlement check on gambling in his district....

    February 17, 2009 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  18. Mike O

    Heading west so he can burn up 15,000 gallons of jet fuel while signing legislation full of 'green' initiatives? The plane definitely is loaded with irony, if nothing else.

    February 17, 2009 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  19. Reality Check

    And he has to go West to sign this bill ~ why? He is wasting fuel to fly there to sign a bill. He does not back his talk with the walk!

    February 17, 2009 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  20. mw

    God bless you Mr. President.

    The Godless (Ann coulter type talk) Republicans need to search the scripture to learn how to possess the fruits of the spirit. They are all so ugly, negative, heartless, whiny, arrogant, stubborn, obstructive, obstinate, dumb to think America likes them, unattractive, and they feel and are so impotent. We really don't like you ugly repugs. You are all on your way out. You all are just hoping tooooooo hard that President Obama and His America will fail. We prefer the positive spirit, the building up of hopes, not the tearing down of each other. WE REALLY DO NOT LIKE YOU REPUGS AT ALL. NOT ONE IOTA DO WE CARE TO LISTEN TO YOUR OBSTRUCTIONIST IDEAS. GO AWAY AND SHUT UP.

    February 17, 2009 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  21. Clara, CA

    Head our way Barack, we love you.

    February 17, 2009 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  22. Marc

    So, now I have to pay for people who got themselves into house they can't really afford? I was disciplined, worked hard and didn't over extend my family. But I have to pay for those who lived high on the hog and will, evidently, get to keep on doing that. You're welcome. I guess...

    February 17, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  23. Obama Cares

    President Obama is right here with America, not sitting in some mansion wondering, wich one will i stay in this week, Obama cares about AMERICA.

    February 17, 2009 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  24. worriedmom

    I dont have a problem of helping someone in trouble who lost their jobs and cannot pay their mortgage as a result of it, but I have a problem with helping people who knew darn well they could not afford the houses they were buying and now want us to help them. You should have to learn like I did, how to manage your money. If you are gonna reward those who got themselves in their own mess, then you better reward those who played by the rules and worked hard and paid on time to keep their houses!

    February 17, 2009 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  25. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Obama is doing the right thing, he's also going to Arizona also to explain to the people why Sen. John McCain can afford 8 houses and they can't afford one.

    February 17, 2009 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
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