September 25th, 2008
06:39 PM ET
15 years ago

Obama: There needs to be a sense of urgency

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Sen. Obama returned to Washington Thursday to discuss the bailout plan."]
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Sen. Barack Obama said lawmakers will eventually agree on a bailout plan but said that there needs to be a "sense of urgency for everybody."

Watch: Sen. Obama says there needs to be a sense of urgency

Obama told CNN after a White House meeting that some progress was made Thursday but he was concerned that the attendance of the two presidential hopefuls in the negotiations could cause problems.

Watch: Congress reaches bailout deal?

"I've been concerned for some time that when you start interjecting presidential politics into delicate negotiations, you could actually create more problems than less," Obama said. "It is amazing what you can get done when the cameras are not on and people are not looking to get credit or allocate blame."

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (168 Responses)
  1. MikeH

    'Cut and Run' McCain has handed the Presidency to Mr. Barack Obama.

    DJ, you've got to be kidding me. What are your thoughts about John MCCains Campaign Manager being on the secret payroll of Fannie May? Anything credible? No? I didn't think so.

    DJ, I hope you and other dishonest Republican trolls are economically nuked by the financial crisis. It's the least you deserve.

    September 25, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  2. carlo

    Why do people think that McCain, a man with an absentee record higher than a fellow member of Congress who has missed almost 500 days because of a life-threatening stroke, a man who does not sit on either the Banking Committee or the Finance Committee, can sweep into D.C. and present a bill? This man says that he doesn't know much about the economy, so what makes people think that he can solve anything? This was a dog and pony show, and all McCain, facilitated by Bush, did was delay what is supposed to be a most urgent matter.

    September 25, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  3. Michael

    A contentious meeting that wasted time. This is a perfect example of two things:

    1. The broken politics in Washington and

    2. McCain's inability to effect change and reform the broken politics of Washington

    It was a bad instinct for McCain to act upon.

    September 25, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  4. I Just Said Thanks, but No Thanks to Another 4 Years of g.o.p. corruption, arrogance and incompetence

    Mike for Syracuse: You are a g.o.p. operative, proud member of the
    "FIghting Bloviating Keyboardists", who states: "What a self-centered loser". Look in the mirror, my friend.

    September 25, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  5. Gail

    Why should Obama suspend his campaign or postpone the debate? H e obviously can do multi tasks at the same time. Unlike McCain who apparently can do just one task at a time –

    what's McShame gonna do – suspend a crisis because he has something else on his plate?

    Come on people – the ONLY clear choice is Obama/Biden

    September 25, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  6. milo

    Wise statements from Obama.

    McCain proved his point – things are going great until Mac shows up and tries to turn the whole thing into a campaign stunt.

    September 25, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  7. t.baker

    'Photo Op First' should be McCain's slogan!

    This stupid stunt should not be let go. What good does the man do dropping everything and injecting himself into negotiations that have been ongoing for DAYS without him?

    Let those who do the negotiating do their jobs, and stay out of the way! McCain said himself he doesn't know about the economy, so what's he going to add to the conversation that's worth anything???

    September 25, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  8. Liz in NW ohio

    I expect my president to be able to handle several crisis simultaneously. McCain has proven he not ready to lead by running from the debates. As for Palin, Joe Biden will handle her quite smartly.

    September 25, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  9. jm from sc

    You must be one of the "Bubbas" they have been talking about. Obama's knowledge is far beyond that of McCain's. If McCain placed the country first all the time, he would not have voted for the Iraq war before reading the intelligence report. If McCain were really thinking about the country, he would have taken the time and read the proposal before trying to help make a multi-billion dollar deal.

    People needs to leave the BS in the cow pasture.

    Obama/Biden 08

    September 25, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  10. Mack

    Obama says that "having candidates in these negotions may not be useful" are a senator first and a candidate second. Your job is to protect the American people who elected you. I am so disappointed in you.

    September 25, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  11. Viet Vet

    People, it's the congresses job to hammer this out. That's why Obama said to call him if you needed him. They didn't need McCain,
    he's using this as political fodder. They are senators!!!!
    Of Course Bush has to be involved (He at least has to pretend)

    September 25, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  12. McCain for Pres.

    I thought Obama knew how to bring people together. All he did when he came out, just like all the other democrats, was try to blame John McCain for wanting more questions answered before they signed on to such a huge bill. He had all his demands in hand. Is that the kind of President he will be??????Nobody can ask questions except his party without being called a trouble maker.

    September 25, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  13. Jessica, Miami FL

    Thank you Barack for being presidential, for selecting Biden (a serious candidate for VP) and for being a great representative of America.


    September 25, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  14. NO McBush

    McCain' solution:

    1. deny problem
    2. blame Obama
    3. fire everybody
    3. lose in polls
    4. declair crisis
    5. try to stop democratic process
    6. get picture in news & hold press conference declairing victory

    We can't take 4 more years of this.

    Obama in '08

    September 25, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  15. Meryl in Portland

    Gia in LA is right. We need to hear the candidates debate for 90 minutes at least 3 times. This is the only way to hear them in real time discussing/arguing their positions. The rest is just posturing and otherwise all we get are sound bytes. The problem is that our current regime does not want us to make informed decisions about who our next leader will be. The powers that be in Washington would like us to make snap emotional decisions based on stunts like the one McCain is pulling right now (though I did agree with his decision to delay the Republican convention while the hurricane was ripping thru TX and LA; I thought that was a sensitive move, this is just horse poo).

    Debate has been an integral part of the American elections process. This debate has been planned for over 1.5 yrs, (before the candidates were even known) and it is our RIGHT to have it go on as scheduled. Havent' we had enough of our rights chipped away in the past 8 yrs???

    September 25, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  16. Gail

    Mike, Syracuse NY September 25th, 2008 6:41 pm ET

    So there's a sense of urgency, but not so much that he won't suspend his campaign or postpone the debate. What a self-centered loser

    Hey dude, McShame said he was RUSHING off to Washington because they just couldn't handle this crisis without him. Then he going on couple talk shows, stays in NY, speaks at an event this morning and moseys into Washington in the afternoon.

    If this is McClown's idea of RUSHING, no thanks.

    Obama/Biden 'till 2024

    September 25, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  17. conny

    Mcsame is playING with the american people with politics, if this is such an urgency...... i hope that the people in Mississippi, see the same things and turn this state BLUE

    September 25, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  18. Jay T.

    I hope someone gave Senator McCain a side hug and a few extra points in the poll so he can continue his campaign. I think they should give McCain a dancing monkey so everytime his numbers drop he can let it loose to distract the voters. As long as he calls it Maverick behavior, people will buy it and support it as such.

    September 25, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  19. michelle

    McCain is a train wreck. He is looking for glory that was escaping him. His status as a P.O.W. was not going to pull him out. He does noit want a debate friday as he wants to avoid a V.P. debate. He will try to substitute the debate Friday for next weeks V.P debate and will then put of the V.P. debate to never. This is all a diversion. It is to divert away from Davis, Palin and all other negatives that were building. He wants to claim "leadership" and that he puts country first. His boy Tucker has already said that McCain should be credited with the deal. This is a circus. Bush has joined ranks with the McCain and the other republicans, in an attempt to delay the process long enopugh for McCain to claim credit. I can only hope the media and real reporters will see through it and stand up and not be used. There was an agreement this a.m. but somehow it was lost when McCain arrived. I am sure it will resurface soon and will come out of McCains mouth. Good god save america from these people.

    September 25, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  20. Independent-Latina-for-OBAMA


    The financial crisis, has been coming on for a couple of years now! And now......BUSH AND MCCAIN want to RUSH...... TO MAKE A DEAL!




    September 25, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  21. Hall for Obama

    John McCain and Obama need to go on to Mississippi and do the debate. If they need their vote they will call them.

    September 25, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  22. Nj in FL

    Funny that Obama comments on how much can get done without the cameras on them. Then he can't get much done because all networks have that camera up his you know what all the time. Obama this, Obama that.
    What's the problem with you guys? Some things can't be rushed. I'm glad that the people who do all these comments, aren't on my banking committee.

    September 25, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  23. James Johannsen

    Obama is alot talk......he has had no plan, he never suggested to go to WA and work on this problem.....
    He's a talker and I've known alot of them in my 36 yrs of working w/people – they can be sincere however waste so much time on nothing and they are the "can't close a deal" type of person; I've trained alot of those kind.
    And, we want him to deal w/Foreign Leaders? I think not.
    James Johannsen
    New York

    September 25, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  24. EDW

    McCain could take time to go over and do an interview with Katie Couric and could make time to meet with the ex-Clinton supporter Lynn Forrester and could make time to talk to the Indian Prime Minister and could take time to talk to the Clinton Global Initiative THIS MORNING.
    This is all politics. McCain was playing a game of political one-upmanship by going in front of the country and making this announcement expecting that no one is paying attention to the details. Guess what! Some of us are.

    September 25, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  25. Texan for Progression

    Darko, you're delusional. Obama has endured criticism from his supporters for not fighting back against McCain's attacks (off-point and senseless attacks I might add). When Obama did toughen his rhetoric, at least it was on issues that matter.

    The fact is, Obama is right. A Presidential race and bipartisanship are oxy-morons. You Mr. Drako are a moron of ox proportion.

    September 25, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
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