January 19th, 2010
10:15 PM ET
4 years ago

President Obama has 'very relaxed conversation' with Brown

President Obama called Scott Brown after his victory.
President Obama called Scott Brown after his victory.

Washington (CNN) – President Obama called Scott Brown on Tuesday to congratulate him on his victory in the Massachusetts Senate race, the White House said in a statement.

A Brown adviser told CNN the two men had a "very relaxed conversation" and said the president joked about playing Brown and his daughter, Ayla, in a 2-on-2 basketball game. Ayla Brown is a starting guard for the Boston College women's basketball team.

According to the White House, "The President congratulated Senator Brown on his victory and a well-run campaign. The President told Senator Brown that he looks forward to working with him on the urgent economic challenges facing Massachusetts families and struggling families across our nation."

The president also dialed Democrat Martha Coakley to thank her and urge the Massachusetts Attorney General "to continue her advocacy on behalf of working people."


Filed under: Massachusetts • President Obama • Scott Brown
soundoff (41 Responses)
  1. Just Me

    He's not a senator yet. He has to be sworn in before he's officially a senator.

    January 19, 2010 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  2. DickyMills

    What a man, that Obama...

    January 19, 2010 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  3. John in Indy

    classy. maybe they can create a bi-partisan reform bill that actually reforms...

    January 19, 2010 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  4. Jay Parks

    I don't believe the media, republicans or democrats fully understand what just happened in Mass. vote. The real mandate is that all incumbents beware, not just dems. The revolution has begun and its time that Washington understand the people's wishes.

    Jay

    January 19, 2010 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  5. DAVID

    hopefully brown told the POTUS, getting ready for a new day in health care talks...... tear it up and start over or see it fall by the wayside with the rest of your agenda.... there will be career politicians in the democratic party that will now second guess themselves and their support for this monstrosity...... time to pivot to the center and in a hurry.....

    January 19, 2010 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  6. Chris Peeler

    uh...wow...the two best things I've heard about Obama in the last week is that he sent the first ever presidential tweet and he had the most relaxed conversation with the republican senator who was never suppose to win. I'm sorry, Barry you lost big tonight. Libs can say what they want. Blame it on Bush. But since Obama took office unemployment has skyrocketed, Washington is as partisan as ever, the debt has tripled, Obama lost VA (supposedly a blue stronghold after 08) and NJ. It's horrible how the democrats can just sit up there and push this health care bill when close to 60% of the country does not approve. Oh yeah, they know that it's going to be a good thing and we're just stupid? yeah right...

    January 19, 2010 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  7. Terry

    Its not only Health Care It is Jobs... we need to create jobs
    JOB Cuts because of the economy ... We need jobs I cannot afford my medications but I have to survive on unemployment that only pays for food on the table... unemployment does not cover my rent or car payment Thats why people are upset all they are doing in congress and senate is fighting stop the fighting get us jobs for americans

    January 19, 2010 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  8. DA

    It is time for the Democrats to get their act together. They need to stop all the stupid visible fighting and vote like a party in control!!! OMG!!! I hate to see what is about to go down in November!!!

    January 19, 2010 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  9. Sheila

    Thursday morning Obama needs to announce that he is going to delay the Health Care issue. And devote that time on getting our economy growing and get Americans back to work!

    Thank you Massachusetts for giving us this first step in moving us in the right direction..

    January 19, 2010 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  10. JB

    Oh my god. I like you, Barack, but for God's sake put down the bottle of Xanax and DO SOMETHING about this outrage.

    January 19, 2010 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  11. Maxine Brookner

    It seems to me that the Obama victory a year ago and the Brown victory in Massachusetts tonight are really the same: populism. Average people are not seeing anything from the stimulus and everyone knows that most of the money has been used to bailout fatcats who created this mess and now are profiting from it. I am an independent who leans Democratic and I think it is preposterous to think that the Republicans are going to look out for the average person. But if people don't believe that Democrats will look out for the average person then anger will swing to the Republicans out of pure frustration. That's called populism and it has a strong strain in American history.

    January 19, 2010 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  12. WoW

    Mr. President,

    With all due respect, take this election as a sign that the American people do not want your bills that raise our taxes, shoved down our throats.

    January 19, 2010 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  13. Steve in Las Vegas,NV

    President Obama has 'very relaxed conversation' with Brown reads the headline...Afterwards growling could be heard in the White House!

    January 19, 2010 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  14. McEmtol

    It's a challenge! Not the end of the road!!!

    January 19, 2010 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  15. Art

    Despite the relaxed conversation, the President and the Democrats better open their eyes. How can they allow a seat to go without any efforts? Taking the people and their votes for granted is an arrogant behaviour that received due punishment today.

    January 19, 2010 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  16. McEmtol

    It's a challenge! Not the end of the road!!! Change is never going to be easy....cos people everywhere love the status quo...Go on Mr. President....we still got you and you got us!!!

    January 19, 2010 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  17. Drive The Nation

    We've seen this before. Obama tries to reach out to Republicans, moderates who might be willing to support the President, but the fact is- is that Republicans are so partisan, that any Republican who sides with Obama is ruined, because the GOP and all the special interests groups who have their agenda at stake, facing liberal reform, will be sure to ruin anyone like Scott Brown- if he did try to honor the late Senator Kennedy and push Health Care Reform through. He won't do that, and he won't support the President on anything unless it's to fund the War in Afghanistan.

    January 19, 2010 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  18. Big Joe

    He has more experience than you do, Obama. Better watch out or he'll take your job from you!

    January 19, 2010 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  19. scott whitehill

    .. probably the most relaxed moment Obama will have in the next 10 months..

    January 19, 2010 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  20. D Flores

    Your lack of coverage during his acceptance speech speaks volumes, as does your profits. What ever happened to running a business to serve its investors? Liberals investment in the welfare state and a candidate simply because of his color is OVER. Hope you staff gets the message.....

    January 19, 2010 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  21. Allen

    Watch him Scott .He is sneaky, sneaky like a snake! Crafty would be another good description.Just like his father!

    January 19, 2010 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  22. liberal wingnut

    Brown should have thanked Obama for getting him elected in a liberal state!

    January 19, 2010 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  23. denise

    Massachussetts voters, how could you betray Ted Kennedy's legacy by voting in someone who doesn't support health care reform? Your state may already have health care reform, so perhaps you do not care about the rest of us. 30 million people have no health insurance. Your vote helps keep it that way. Shame on you! Ted Kennedy is turning over in his grave.

    January 19, 2010 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  24. josiah

    way to go Obama – real great – someone or many should be fired for their lack of creativity and foresight in predicting this – if this is how Boma runs his ship then they deserve to lose the majority – I'm a Democrat and I'm sick of the LAME, weak, and pathetic way Democrats are conducting themselves and the people's business – way too busy playing crap politics and blustering form an incoherent mob of idiots – do you realize what your slack attitudes and vision have just allowed to happen – really OBAMA – where is the CHANGE – you ain't done nothin!

    January 19, 2010 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  25. Bill Obama

    With Brown getting the seat, this sends a message to Washington. Start listening to the voters!!! I hope this is the year that the bums are voted out!!!!!

    January 19, 2010 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
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