February 17th, 2009
02:53 PM ET
5 years ago

Lessons Obama learned from stimulus deal

The President greeted supporters at an Air Force base near Denver, Colorado Tuesday before signing the $787 billion stimulus bill.
The President greeted supporters at an Air Force base near Denver, Colorado Tuesday before signing the $787 billion stimulus bill.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Obama will pitch his plans this week for dealing with record home foreclosures and trying to thaw frozen credit markets - and taking some key lessons learned into consideration.

Aides said the White House has learned several lessons from the fight over the economic stimulus plan, including that the president is better at selling his ideas when he gets out of Washington.

"He has learned, over the course of the last few weeks, getting out to the country, getting the people to remember why they elected him, and I think he's going to continue to take the case directly to the American people," said CNN contributor Hilary Rosen.

A second lesson was articulated to a handful of newspaper columnists, including E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post, who were invited aboard Air Force One on Friday.

The president suggested he will no longer let bipartisanship become the barometer of his success, telling the columnist: "You know, I am an eternal optimist. That doesn't mean I'm a sap."

Dionne said, "By talking so much about bipartisanship, he allowed others to judge him by how much Republican support he got. He wants to get things done with or without Republican votes, preferably with them. But he will be happy if he just gets it through."

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  1. ray ray

    @ Daniel

    Obama is the American version of Hugo Chavez. You libs love your charasmatic socialists leaders who buy your votes with government hand-outs.

    Unions YES!

    Capitalism NO!

    Nationalization of Industry YES!

    February 17, 2009 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  2. Joseph

    President Obama has been office for nearly a month. He is on track to doing what is right for the US and the world. We are watching and I think he has proactive finding a solution. We can at least give him credit for that. To suggest that in some ways he has failed is too early and premature. Give him two years.

    We should be pround that at the $790 billion dollars is spent in side the US and not in Iraq, Afganistan, Pakistan or Africa. This is a plus because the money will stay within the US and generate jobs and provide employment to its citizens.

    I think this president is on the right.
    Joseph,
    Port Moresby, PNG

    February 17, 2009 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  3. Joseph

    President Obama has been office for nearly a month. He is on track to doing what is right for the US and the world. We are watching and I think he been has been proactive finding a solution. We can at least give him credit for that. To suggest that in some ways he has failed is too early and premature. Give him two years.

    We should be pround that at the $790 billion dollars will be spent in side the US and not in Iraq, Afganistan, Pakistan or Africa. This is a plus because the money will stay within the US and generate jobs and provide employment to its citizens.

    I think this president is on the right track.
    Joseph,
    Port Moresby, PNG

    February 17, 2009 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  4. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    @ looking for truth

    I bet over half you people that are always yelling socialism don't even know what the HELL it is or why it might be good or bad. You just hear your so-called talk radio leaders say it and like sheep follow suite. And as far as hoping the country fails..that's pretty sad for ANY American to wish for in my book, Limbaugh included.

    February 17, 2009 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  5. chris

    At every instance continue to extend the hand, Americans love one who attempts to bring in the other side; however as stated shake with a firm grip and if they refuse to shake back say no problem, back to the American people.

    They all work for us so since we elected him the Pres, put more Dems in Congress we are ready to follow their lead. If some come along fine, if they do not fine.Those who elected their GOP leaders can deal with them and if they are ok with it then no problem; however we've wallowed long enough with the GOP leading.....

    I'm soooooooooooooooooooooooo glad McCain/Palin did not win. Imagine one who does not know economics and one who failed econ 101....

    February 17, 2009 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  6. Jon

    Lessons learned from the stimulus bill: Get rid of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi or Obama and the Democratic Party are doomed in 2010.

    February 17, 2009 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  7. Jeff from Jersey

    He also learned that the republicans don't really care about "working together",as such.They were more concerned with making a "stand" than they were about the people of this country.

    February 17, 2009 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  8. NC

    Lesson #1.........write your own bill, maybe you would have gotten more republicans to side with you, but instead he's too busy campaigning for 2012..........

    February 17, 2009 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  9. Stimulus Package to Nowhere

    He learned that this congress is easy. Well, at least the Democrats. I can't wait to see what they give him next. I guess whatever he asks for.

    Isn't it ironic that the price of gold hit a 7 month high the day he signed this? Look for $5,000/ Troy Ounce before the Democrats are done devaluing the dollar this term. By the way, that's not really a good thing.

    February 17, 2009 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  10. David

    I don't get it. If the bill was supposed to create jobs it would have been cheaper for the federal Government to hire 3.5 million people at $50,000 for 4 years than this bill. That is more money than the median US household and would have had a huge impact on spending and would have been a true stimulus. It would have generated the money for the other projects and cost less. Think about it the cost would have been spread out hopefully keeping the defecit a little lower. I am all for the government stepping in and think Obama has a grasp on what is going on. I think his own congress screwed him.

    February 17, 2009 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  11. The Watcher

    Scare tactics still work!

    February 17, 2009 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  12. Tee

    Basically he learned...he's no longer going to play nice....you had your shot Repubs.

    Were you all not aware this was your test...Grow UP!

    February 17, 2009 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  13. Gracie

    NO PLAN is perfect. At least President Obama is willing to do something, anything to try to fix the mess the GOP created for 8 long years. I commend him for trying to reach across party lines, but I think the GOP were all just too vindictive and uncooperative.

    Based on the recklessness of the former Administration, President Obama is having to CLEAN UP their mess and still the GOP behaves in such an ungrateful manner. They've been nothing but vicious and vindictive at every turn. It's despicable.

    I feel if the Republican leadership voted NO on the stimulus, then they should TURN DOWN the billions of dollars going to their state. I would love to see them step up and explain that to their constituents. Yeah exactly.

    I think President Obama is doing VERY WELL, he's accomplished more than any other President in history. THERE is no perfect plan, one can only "do their best" and hope for the best. We're all in this boat together, whether your a Democrat, Republican or Independent. When its all said and done, we ALL share the same problems and the same hopes and dreams. It's TIME we start pulling together and stop trying to tear each other down.

    February 17, 2009 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  14. Jean

    They voted Democrat because
    They believe oil companies' profits of 4% on a gallon of gas are
    obscene but the government taxing the same gallon of gas at 15% isn't.

    They voted Democrat because
    They believe the government will do a better job of
    spending the money they earn than they would.

    They voted Democrat because
    They think Freedom of speech is fine as long as nobody is offended by it.

    They voted Democrat because
    When we pull out of Iraq They trust that the bad guys will stop what they're doing because they now think we're good people.

    They voted Democrat because
    They know they are way too irresponsible to own a gun, and think that local police and judges are all that’s needed to be protected from murderers and thieves.

    They voted Democrat because
    They believe that people who can't tell us if it will rain on Friday, can tell us that the polar ice caps will melt away In ten years if
    everybody doesn’t ride a bike, take public transit or start driving a Prius.

    They voted Democrat because
    They are not concerned about the slaughter of millions of babies so long as they keep all death row inmates alive.

    They voted Democrat because
    They believe that business should not be allowed to make profits for themselves. They need to break even and give the rest away to the government for redistribution as THEY see fit.

    They voted Democrat because
    They believe liberal judges need to rewrite The Constitution every few days to suit some fringe kooks who would never get their agendas past the voters.

    They voted Democrat because; They think government welfare is better than having a job.

    They voted Democrat because; They do believe in the tooth fairy, that there is a free lunch, and that Santa should come every day.

    They voted Democrat because; They think America is racist despite the fact that in no other country does everybody have as many rights, that legal new arrivals can reach the heights of success, that peoples of all races and religions are welcomed and elected to our government as well throughout our schools, neighborhoods and culture, and have their piece of the “American Dream”.

    February 17, 2009 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  15. Meka

    PRESIDENT OBAMA, A HIGHLY INTELLIGENT–AND WISE MAN!

    HE WILL "TRY TO WORK WITH REPUBLICAN'S . . . BUT WILL NOT ALLOW THEM TO STAND IN HIS WAY"

    February 17, 2009 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  16. FreeNLovIt

    Whatevr you do, just dont put the ELEPHANTS back in Congress!!!

    February 17, 2009 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  17. matt

    can everyone quit using that word bi-partisanship.....it is a stupid word.....for the past month and a half it seems everything is a result of bipartisan ship....the word almost didnt exist until now....but since obama used it now everyone is an expert on it.....there probably a book in the making....whats even worst is there is no getting rid of bipartisanship.....that is how a the country was formed....all you idiots who think it can be wiped out of politics have fallen into the biggest bipartisan propaganda from the democrats....its like two parties using the same method of manipulation but one party says we need to get rid of the method that the other party is using and blowing smoke.....so that everyone can percieve your party to be non manipulative when in fact your guilty more than they are.....

    February 17, 2009 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  18. Obama's Black...So What?

    @ no corporate politics

    It is not racist to question our leaders when they lie. Bush lied – he was wrong. Obama is starting to lie – he is wrong for doing that too.
    ------------------------------–

    You can disagree with Barack and not be called a racist. You must be paranoid about being PC. No one was talking about racism, chill.

    February 17, 2009 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
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