June 30th, 2009
04:24 PM ET
9 years ago

Obama congratulates Franken

(CNN) - President Obama issued a statement Tuesday congratulating Al Franken's victory in the Minnesota Senate race.

"I look forward to working with Senator-Elect Franken to build a new foundation for growth and prosperity by lowering health care costs and investing in the kind of clean energy jobs and industries that will help America lead in the 21st century.”

Filed under: Al Franken • President Obama
soundoff (108 Responses)
  1. Jefe

    Chuck in TN: June 30th, 2009 4:49 pm ET

    Keep in mind that within 15 years, under our current system, the US will have to abandon having a military, having food, housing, appliances, vehicles, and energy, all to pay for healthcare costs which will eclipse the entire GDP. Without drastic changes, the entire U.S. system will collapse as over 100% of our economy will be dedicated to healthcare.

    Also, "taxing the rich so that they can't create new jobs"...please tell me nobody above age 5 actually believes this after it has been demostrated for decades to be untrue. We need to stop the practices which, for the past 8 years have encouraged a drastic increase in American job exportation in favor of corporate profits.

    June 30, 2009 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  2. GuyInVA

    A majority in the House and a filibuster proof majority in the Senate. This is the president's latest "inheritance". No more excuses.

    June 30, 2009 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  3. Frank, Las Vegas

    It's about time! How much has the GOP spent and forced the Franken campaign to to spend just to affirm what we already knew. The one very nice thing about this whole ordeal is that the Party of No was told NO.

    June 30, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  4. Tina, NC

    For all of you who think that 60 means an easy road for Democrats I have three words for you:

    Blue Dog Republicans..uh.. I mean Democrats

    June 30, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  5. Steve (the real one)

    @Stay Active June 30th, 2009 4:31 pm ET
    We want health care! We want clean energy! We want Peace!
    We have 60! You better get this done!!!!!
    You forgot one: We want to keep more of our own money!
    Oh wait! Wrong party, my bad!

    June 30, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  6. Change_Has_Begun

    yeah baby!!! now we have a fillibuster proof senate...lets pass the laws we have been dying to pass...time to think about the environment...time to let people marry whoever they want as long as both are of legal age...time to nullify all of Bush tax cuts...time to bring the greedy corporations to their knees...time to give amnesty to hard working people...time to make America a better place and the best place...

    June 30, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  7. jt

    "With great power comes great responsibility"


    "Can't blame it on Bush now..."


    June 30, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  8. jennifer

    WELCOME AL! So glad my vote has been counted! Amy, thanks for the excellent job the last 5 mts. Help is on the way.

    June 30, 2009 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  9. queene4theday

    Being that there has only been 7 months since the new adminisitration you have very many right wing folks screaming socialism. 6months people!!!! And the reality is no other right wing commenter has been able to come up with any ideas to dispute the current administration. We didn't get into this mess overnight and we aren't going to get out of it. Oh and before I forget....that last time we had a surplus in this country was under a DEMOCRATIC controlled congress and a DEMOCRATIC president. So let the hatred begin....I am ready for it

    June 30, 2009 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  10. Limbaugh is a liberal

    Republicans still have a long way to go to make up for the stolen election of 2000, when Bush lost the popular vote by 300,000 people and still got selected as president. Why is America the only western democracy without runoff elections? Why are we the only country where the person winning the most number of votes still loses? And on what grounds do we dare criticize other countries for their elections?

    June 30, 2009 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  11. gloria

    I'm one "lib-bot" who is very glad to hear that Al is now a bona fide Senator. The only hate I have is for neo-cons like Doug who say liberals are hateful and selfish, which is very ironic considering the opposite is true. They are so fearful of "socialism" that they would prefer to see our country go completely down and collapse before they would ever consent to helping their fellow Americans. Their precious tax dollars means more to people like Doug than human life does. So, to him and all the other Republican, conservative, right wingers, I say HAHAHA, we won this one and your day is over. You've just about ruined this country in the last 8 years, but no more! If you don't like it, leave.

    June 30, 2009 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  12. Peter E

    Filibuster, shimibuster... Joe 'I endorse McCain' Lieberman will likely play a turncoat every chance he gets anyway.

    June 30, 2009 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  13. John

    To quote Vin Scully-

    "One way or another, what a way to end it!"

    June 30, 2009 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  14. Jefe

    Now the Dems have "absolute power". We've seen what happens when one party, especially when led by folks who do NOT have the best interests of the nation in mind, has complete control. The Bush Administration and Republican Congress nearly destroyed the nation. We are still working to hold off our demise, and I would venture to say the current Administration and Congress are doing a fine job, considering. That being said, they must NOT fall into the same trap, and use their power for evil the way it has been done in the past.

    When Bushco was unveiled as a fully-corrupt, Anti-American, War-And-Bankruptcy Machine, 70% of the country whined and complained while the "Other 30%" continued their worship of the infiltrators. Let us pray it does not happen again.

    June 30, 2009 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  15. Zero.

    Does anybody in the USA know where the "Iranian Sea" is? You will do in ten years, if you trust Barack Obama.

    June 30, 2009 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  16. Jeff

    Maybe now the Senate can get down to business. Bipartisanship is way overrated. Hopefully this will spell the official end of Reaganomics and its attendant fiscal/ social irresponsibility.If we wanna advance it costs money, plain and simple.

    June 30, 2009 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  17. seebofubar

    How appropriate, the clown congradulates the court jester. ALL A SANE MAN CAN DO IS LAUGH!!!

    June 30, 2009 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  18. Proud Member..Party of No

    Fools love company. Welcome to the failed Obama era. Two trillion dollars spent to increase the Dow by 170 points. Way to go, Barry!

    June 30, 2009 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  19. gary

    oh great now we have a senator who degrades women franken, and a senator who let his girlfriend drown in a car just to save his own political carrer kennedy, and to show i am not being one sisded a senator mccain who left his sick wife when he found a rich young women

    June 30, 2009 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  20. Bill


    Now we have:
    1. Peace.
    2. Prosperity.
    3. No Hatred.
    4. No Stupidity

    June 30, 2009 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  21. gloria

    "Obama victim": That's a good one...you came up with that name on January 20th, didn't you? You gave Obama about 10 seconds, then said, "he damaged me!!! Wahhhh!!" Funny. Well, we are all Bush victims, that's for certain. But do tell...how has Obama victimized you???? There hasn't even been enough time for him to victimize anyone, you fool!

    June 30, 2009 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  22. tigerakabj

    Yeah Mississippi Mike, too many Mickey Mouses and Donald Ducks were allowed to vote.

    Keep talking about ACORN, what Obama puts on his hamburger, teleprompters, mean 'ol "liberals" (define that please), socialists, government is bad, etc. if you want to. Rush Limbaugh still runs your party. I know that hurts, but it is what it is.

    Congrats Al Franken!

    June 30, 2009 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  23. Limbaugh is a liberal

    Finally republicans face their worst nightmare! An independent thinking democrat who actually knows the facts and can out-debate any of them any time! There isn't a single republican talking point or underhanded tactic Al Franken has not seen and out-argued before! So bring it on Rush Limbaugh zombies! Keep parroting your laughable talking points that even your Supreme Leader RL is too embarrassed to use by now!

    June 30, 2009 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  24. Fla.

    Doug, New Jersey

    Gee, hypocrite much? Perhaps you might reflect on your own words before projecting such negativity. Just a suggestion.

    On a brighter note, I congratulate Senator Franken. President Obama now has more support in the US Senate to pass much-needed legislation for the American people.

    June 30, 2009 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  25. Steph

    Chuck, Tennessee,
    Buh Bye!

    June 30, 2009 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
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