May 14th, 2009
04:50 PM ET
5 years ago

Obama: Public will force Republicans to compromise

President Obama spoke in a town hall-style meeting today in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
President Obama spoke in a town hall-style meeting today in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico (CNN) - Public pressure eventually will force congressional Republicans to cut deals with the Obama administration on big issues such as health care, President Barack Obama predicted Thursday.

Speaking at a town hall-style meeting in New Mexico, Obama noted many Republicans have basic philosophical differences with some of what he has proposed since taking office. But he said his administration has had extensive talks with Republican leaders in Congress and would welcome their help.

"I think that we'll see more and more agreement over time as the Republican Party starts to realize that the American people want results right now," Obama said. "They don't want bickering. And when they realize that, they'll have an open, outstretched hand from me."

The Republican Party largely has resisted Obama's agenda in Congress. No Republicans in the House of Representatives and only three in the Senate supported his economic stimulus program, while filibuster threats have slowed down other measures or nominees.

But Obama said about 100 Republicans voted with House Democrats to support the overhaul of credit-card regulations now pending in the Senate, and several others voted to support an expansion of state children's health insurance programs.


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soundoff (246 Responses)
  1. Jeff- Texas

    What public is he talking about? The socialistic, non job holding welfare public? He needsto quit spinning his mouth and really listen to the Americans that pay taxes.

    May 14, 2009 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  2. Larry

    You have the White House.
    You have the House of Representatives.
    You have the Senate.

    YOU DO NOT NEED REPUBLICAN APPROVAL ON ANYTHING.

    This is just like the CNN Headline of Republicans halting Obama's Supreme Court Nominee. The Democrats needed 60 votes to confirm... only 57 Democrats voted... but... you guessed it

    REPUBLICANS BLOCKED THE NOMINATION.

    May 14, 2009 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  3. Cowboy in West Texas

    Sounds like – "My way or the Highway" from President Obama – he is just way to liberal for me!

    May 14, 2009 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  4. human being

    yeah W the messiah is not big brother at all?

    May 14, 2009 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  5. Robin

    Mari,

    Hate to break it to you, but the GOP will take back the houses in 2010. And that is the right thing.

    Which ever party is in complete power, (White House, Senate, House) gets drunk with power and careless. We need to have checks and balances.

    It will be detrimental to our Country to have Senators and Congressmen that do nothing but tell the President how wonderful he is.

    May 14, 2009 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  6. Lowell

    Given how divisive and partisan Bush was, Obama is the complete opposite. He's trying to promote bi-partisanship. He's trying to bring the warring factions within the US government to the negotiating table. One day, the GOP will grow up and stop acting like children who have been kicked out of the sandbox and ran whining to mommy.

    The GOP are pushing themselves into extinction. If they want to remain a viable political party, then they'd better remember that they're in Washington at the taxpayers' behest. WE are the ones who call the shots, not them. WE are the ones who determine who is in authority at any given time. The GOP had better remember just who it is they work for and stop trying to gain personal power.

    May 14, 2009 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  7. Reatte Beaumont, Texas

    I will die a republican rather than join a group of free loaders and a bunch of whinners about who said what and how they done it. Look a the dump speaker she has been caught in a bald face lie and is trying her best to get out of it they all need to be fired and we need to start all over again and have people to help us and not take pay raises for themselves when we have poeple living out in the streets because they lost there jobs and homes because of there stupidity

    GOD HELP US ALL FROM THE WHOLE BUNCHES OF DUMMIES!!!!
    They are legends in there own minds and plain dumb!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 14, 2009 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  8. Vic of New York

    Hey Bob of PA;

    Get a brain before you shoot off your mouth. You sound too much like a Republican lacky, know-nothing zombie.

    May 14, 2009 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  9. jeff

    If you are a demcrat or republican you have to compromise with the other party.
    I did not agree with how the Bush administration pushed its agenda and they did not have a mandate .
    I also disagree with Obama now that he is in power.
    He should find common ground.
    remember the country split its vote 54% Obama 46% McCain.
    Obama even though he has ALL the power can't forget about the 46% of Americans that don't like or believe in his policies.
    He has to push his demicratic values but he also has to take into account he has to be president for ALL americans

    May 14, 2009 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  10. Kurt C.

    Forgive the Republicans if they don't want to triple the national debt. I see CNN is saying Bush double the national debt.

    Well, Obama is on pace to possibly triple the national debt and will almost certainly double down on what Bush did. But... you see it was bad for Bush to doube the debt, but it's just grand what Obama does it.

    Spending as a % of GDP under Bush – 2%. Spending as a % of GDP under Obama – 13%.

    I believe that says it all.

    May 14, 2009 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  11. stormerF

    When the people wake the Hell up and ask who is going to pay for it?Nice to have all these freebies but even a child can understand some one must buy the food one eats..Obama does not make good decisions for someone suppose to be so well Educated.Has anyone seen his degree or his Birth certificate? Why is he always asking question from Teenages or children,and not from those who are going to pay the bills for all this crapola.

    May 14, 2009 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  12. human being

    every single action by the president has been boycotted by the GOPS how is anything going to get done?? Stop cryin rethugs, it';s so unbecoming.

    May 14, 2009 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  13. Deb

    While many Americans may want "results" right "now", many Americans will begin to understand that much of Obama's plans entail massive future inflation, debt, and taxes for generations to come. Now is NOT the time to spend enormous additional monies on health, education, and energy; get our country out of its financial dark hole first. Our creditors will begin to walk away from us, otherwise.
    I hope the GOP continues to be the party of NO to such plans. Stand firm Republicans, demand fiscal restraint, and be the loyal opposition to such recklessness. Let Obama and his party fully own their disaster of grandiose spending plans and its consequences.

    May 14, 2009 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  14. MichelleL

    Kurt C., you are so wrong sir. President Obama has Republicans in his administration, he has reached across the table and listened. He has done so much more than the last one or his father ever thought or would think of doing.

    May 14, 2009 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  15. Sara

    Republican politicans DO NOT care about the poor, and the middle class.

    May 14, 2009 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  16. Wrong This Time

    President Obama is right most of the time, but I think he is wrong on this one. 100% of Americans can vote yes on an idea stemming from the Democrats, but the Republicans are still going to try and derail it. Republicans don't want Obama & the Democrats to suceed when all of Washington is being contolled by Obama & the Democrats right now.

    May 14, 2009 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  17. Tammy Berens

    Yeah, we'll have a hand out.... looking for the gov't to feed us (those of us who work) because we can't afford his tax and spend policies. That's exactly how barry wants us to be... dependent on him.

    May 14, 2009 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  18. MESA MICK

    Hey Bob in PA @5:05pm...

    Lemme guess – Your a Rush Limblow ditto head right! Silly, unintelligable comment with no meaningful substance. And that's why the rethuglicant's are gonna go the way of the Wig Party...

    May 14, 2009 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  19. Old white lady in Birmingham, AL

    Obama has a much higher opinion of the GOP and the power of the public than I do. What an optimist. Hope he is right.

    May 14, 2009 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  20. Ryan Wing

    Wouldn't it be nice if the Republicans had this sort of attitude? Rather than 'You're with us or you're with the terrorists'

    Go Obama! Show 'em what America can be :)

    May 14, 2009 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  21. reggie

    I don't think so, Barack. The hard working public doesn't want you to take all their hard earned money and give it to the lazy sit-at-home folks whos votes you are trying to buy. Shame on you!

    May 14, 2009 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  22. The Broker.

    Never Mr Obama. Where do you do your Drinking...

    May 14, 2009 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  23. gary davis Harbor Oregon

    yes this will come to be true

    and it has been along time comming , please keep up the great job you are doing as president . our thoughts and breath of waiting and crossed fingers . that you will prevale gods speed and safety to you in each day .

    May 14, 2009 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  24. ib

    Bow down and kiss my butt so says Obama. I hope that the GOP stands up to him. I don't want the gov. telling me what dr. to go to. I am sick and tired of the far left wingnuts trying to have everything in this country run by the gov. Enough is enough say NO.

    May 14, 2009 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  25. AB in USA

    How ripe - coming from the most partisan Senator in recent history.

    May 14, 2009 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
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