April 26th, 2009
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Bipartisanship isn't dead, says Jarrett

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Obama senior adviser Valerie Jarrett told CNN Sunday that President Obama still wants to work with Republicans in a bipartisan way on major policy initiatives like health care reform.

"He has reached out more aggressively I think to the Republican Party than I could ever imagine a president could possibly do," she told John King on State of the Union. "So I think the burden is on him to reach out his hand, and that's what he's done, and that's what he's going to continue to do throughout this administration."

After failing to secure Republican support for most of his economic plan, the president called on the Senate last week to use a parliamentary procedure that would allow legislation - including massive efforts like a health care overhaul - to pass without any GOP votes.


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  1. gary davis

    I am amazed at some of the coments . some people can closs their eyes and make the last eight years of Republican Juice adm. and say it is Obama adm. falt for getting future generations futher in to debt..
    again to those who can't look at anything with an open mind .ove on over to (FOX ) news and Rush and the group

    April 26, 2009 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  2. The Broker.

    Only now! To save his own skin.

    April 26, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  3. Obama,Queen & The Cosmos Rocks!

    »WELL said,Valerie Jarret. Good.

    April 26, 2009 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  4. Chris

    Obama should first give the Republicans NOTHING. THEN give them something AFTER they whine. For instance, the tax cuts. Obama had them in his budget to appease the Republicans and be bipartisan. But they still whine anyways and say he's not being bipartisan.

    April 26, 2009 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  5. Steve in Louisville

    The Democrats should just forget about trying to reach out to Republicans. Instead, they should focus on crushing the Grand Obstructionist Party in the 2010 elections and trying the war criminals from the past eight years.

    No matter how much Obama tries to be bi-partisan, he'll only get lock-step partisanship in return from the Republicans.

    April 26, 2009 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  6. Keith in Austin

    Does CNN and Jarrett think all Americans are stupid. The Democrat-controlled Senate and House have ram rodded their liberal agenda and social spending programs through at warped speed and have voted against any responsible GOP counter proposals routinely. Obamas words of bi-partisanship are nothing more than political hogwash!

    April 26, 2009 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  7. greg

    gary davis.. i was 14 when i campaigned for carter,, 18 when i voted 4 him.. there after i was a die hard democrat,, btw i watch both channels,, and also ,, i do not see a 56 % to a 47% a majority of people whom voted ,,,,,, a stand out....... when the door of your next door neighbors is kicked in at 4 in the morn ,,, be aware.. be very aware,,,,,,,,,,,, u might be next

    April 26, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  8. Larry

    I don't think the Republicans even know how to spell Bipartisan

    Never mind actually trying it

    I find the Republican leaders self serving, arrogant bullies ... period

    April 26, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  9. Valerie Jarrett is blowing smoke

    there is no where to go with the party of no

    acknowledge that and move forward

    Oxycotin fueled decision makers are not going to look for compromise

    April 26, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  10. Ben (Eugene, OR)

    @lived9lives Southern Oregon

    Your analogy is incorrect. Here is a better one:

    A fire station responds to a house fire. Half of the team (Dems) tells the other half (Reps) to sit on the curb and watch. When the half on the curb (Reps) demands to help with the blaze, the half in power (Dems) calls the sheriff in to hold them (Reps) back.

    This is called partisanship. If you think this analogy is inaccurate, please read the final paragraph of this story, and you'll see my point!!!

    One party rule fails. We've seen this happen before. Unfortunately we're dealing with it again, and during a time of extreme crisis...

    Hold on to your bootstraps...

    April 26, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  11. Brad, California

    There's more in-fighting and partisanship within the democratic party then in both combined. If the voters are bright enough (yeah, right) to eliminate the Chris Dodds, Mitch McConnels and Nancy Pelosis of the country, we may stand a chance for survival.

    And if the Republicans could make Dick Cheney just shut up and stop worrying about a legacy that will never exist, maybe we could get something accomplished.

    April 26, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  12. dan

    good analogy lived9lives Southern Oregon but its more like they are firefighters trying to stop others from throwing gasoline on an already out of control fire.

    April 26, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  13. Glennis

    What parallel universe is she living in? What bipartisanship? Trying to ram bad legislation through by bypassing the opposition and without compromise is bipartisanship? Give me a break. And before you lovers of all things Obama get your blood pressure up; I wasn't so happy with the last administration either. Just because the majority has changed doesn't make it any smarter; in fact, it's dumber and more arrogant than the last.

    April 26, 2009 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  14. spring flowers

    tell us more about this PANDEMIC, will they give our school children masks to wear, will they close our schools?? this is scarry stuff, the public has the right to know what's going on.

    April 26, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  15. S Callahan

    God help us all !

    April 26, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  16. To: Brad

    What, are you in 3rd grade?

    "There's more in-fighting and partisanship within the democratic party then in both combined."

    that is not mathematically possible, butt head

    April 26, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  17. Simmy

    Advisor Jarrett must have been silently praying for time to fly while sitting there with John King......

    Anyone who says that President Obama didn't reach out to Republicans is still in denial. He has done his part....It's up to them from this point on......

    April 26, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  18. Cynthia in FL

    @Ben: that's the worst analogy I've ever seen. An analogy is meant to compare two situations that are separate but alike. Your analogy twists reality. The Republicans were offered a chance to participate. They chose not to because they didn't get their way (i.e., trickle-down economics). A more apt analogy would be a fire company arriving at the scene of a fire and 59% (Dems) attempting to put out the fire while the rest (Reps) sit around and whine about how their way is better, without actually offering any concrete proof their way is better, or in fact actually picking up a fire hose. If you believe this analogy is inapt, see the Republican Road to Recovery budget–you know, the one that didn't actually contain any numbers.

    April 26, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  19. Qui-Tam Relator

    We need to throw the baby out with the bath water. We no longer need our representatives to speak for us now that almost all American's have computers's and cell phones. Empower The People, allow the us American's to vote on every issue by phone or computer and bypass our corrupted officials. This concept Scares the H... out of the Aluminate in this country / world. POWER TO THE PEOPLE ! ****************************************************************

    April 26, 2009 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  20. p smith

    Each side can argue forever about whose fault the current recession and the other problems are but now is the time to work together. For some reason the republicans do not want to take that direction. Why?

    April 26, 2009 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  21. Jenn, Philadelphia

    It's amazing to me that the Obama kool-aid drinkers can still see no wrong in whatever he does. The purpose of the minority party is not to be a rubber-stamp for the Administration. But, I guess, who needs a rubber-stamp when you remove all debate from the issues? Try to remember this, they aren't ramming this legislation down the throat of the Republicans. They're ramming it down the throat of the country. We're the ones who have to live with the laws they pass. I for one would like to see debates and votes!

    April 26, 2009 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  22. beelzebub55er

    The Rupublicans can only fool their base. They are clearly a party of obstructionists. Obstruction is their motive, focus and agenda. The rest of the country , who really want a solution to our many problems, should run right over them. They have no intention to allow a bipartisan solution. Obama has been reaching out to these evil people, and they keep slapping his hand. Hatred will get them nowhere, and their ranks will continue shrinking. They have offered no solutions, only criticism.

    April 26, 2009 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  23. ron

    Cynthia in FL..Obama is all about "trickle down economics" pass on billions to wall street and big business and "hope" it will make the economy come back. ALso send millions into the government programs hoping that the money will trickle down to the local level. His words, not mine. By the way bipartisanship was out the window as soon as Rahm Emmanuel joined the staff.

    April 26, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  24. ron

    I guess to democrats , bipartisanship means that even though you don't agree with out of control spending and new painful ways to levy taxes we should all quietly bend over and take it.

    April 26, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  25. Larry

    Republicans do not want any part of destroying our country.It has nothing to do with partisanship,wrong is wrong.

    April 26, 2009 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
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