January 13th, 2009
02:00 PM ET
12 years ago

Obama rallies support for bailout, recovery plan

 Barack Obama met with Senate Democrats for the last time before next week's inauguration.

Barack Obama met with Senate Democrats for the last time before next week's inauguration.

(CNN) - President-elect Barack Obama went to Capitol Hill on Tuesday to meet with Senate Democrats and make his case for how he wants to spend the second half of the $700 billion bailout.

Obama attended the weekly lunch of Democratic senators in what was his final visit to the Senate before his inauguration next week, according to the transition team. He also had been expected to push for his economic stimulus plan.

Obama has been making phone calls to senators asking for their support.

Some Republicans and Democrats said they were upset by how the Treasury Department spent the first allotment of $350 billion.

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soundoff (58 Responses)
  1. Cori from Colorado

    Obama will get the money. He needs to do something quick before we implode, and this stimulus package is a good start.

    January 13, 2009 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  2. mark


    You are creating infrastructure jobs that will not last forever...construction gigs last a few years maybe 7-9 at best...then what, back to square one unemployment???
    And don't get me started on you "saving" jobs...exactly how is your Bill Clinton Cabinet calculating that one?
    I mean, if you still have a job, it has NOTHING to do with you earning or deserving it...just know, the ONLY reason you are allowed to keep a job now is because Barry saved it for you. Complete joke.

    January 13, 2009 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  3. Proud American

    Go get them Mr. Obama.... 7 more day til change, and I can't wait.

    January 13, 2009 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  4. mark


    What about the cost for all of this? YOu sure don't have a problem spending my generation's financial future into shambles. You promised change and you are "more of the same". You are a big spender, big government, little experience.

    January 13, 2009 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  5. steve

    We should not be spending future generation's money to fix the problems current generations created. We made this bed, we should lie in it instead of stealing from our grandkids. Where is our morality?

    January 13, 2009 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |


    January 13, 2009 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |


    January 13, 2009 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  8. mark

    Proud America-

    What in the world do you know about the economy, the market and Barry Hussein for that matter? What do you think Barry will do with the $? You have no clue what he will do, you're just a Hussein following sheep. It's pathetic.

    January 13, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  9. AnaB

    "Some Republicans and Democrats said they were upset by how the Treasury Department spent the first allotment of $350 billion."

    Only SOME? How about ALL should be upset that there was apparently no oversight.

    January 13, 2009 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  10. Virginia

    Yeah, changing his mind and nothing else!

    January 13, 2009 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  11. flybyshoeing

    I think Obama will not be easily pushed around. The story up the page says he will veto a threatened disapproval resolution. He will get what he wants. When they finally figure out he is in charge they will back off of their power trips. After all, it is what is good for the country and all Americans. Even those creepy Repuplicans.

    January 13, 2009 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  12. obama-mama

    Woooooooooooo look at my President go.

    January 13, 2009 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  13. Dr. Joe

    Give Mr. Obama a chance to make a difference. It's time for all of us to get on board and support this President. We can not afford to wait, the urgent of need is now, not later. The American people are crying out for help, let's do it. That's what makes us Americans.... We care!

    January 13, 2009 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  14. matt


    January 13, 2009 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  15. matt

    Proud American, You're seriously so naive. You have never seen Obama do one thing as far as a politician (other than be a good speaker) so how in the world do you think you know what obama would do with this money. You have no clue, sheep.

    January 13, 2009 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  16. Frank

    President Obama should bring over as many moderate Republicans as he can with such reasonable compromises as he can make. The rest, he needs to stop worrying about.

    And as for the yipping and yapping from his own party, Democrats need to sit down, shut up, and enjoy the ride.

    January 13, 2009 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  17. Obama Victim

    Why would The Messiah need to rally support..................just walk across the Potomac and get it done

    January 13, 2009 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  18. JT Johnson

    So here's this know-nothing PE about to ransack the future earnings of American citizens and he could care less, as long as he gets what he wants. He has a pay-to-play rebate in mind, to give everyone who voted for him money from people who did not vote for him. We're in a big mess, thanks to the blacks who voted for him only because he is black and the college-age dummies who never have earned one dollar in their lives. They are too dumb to realize it's their future, too, that's in jeopardy.

    January 13, 2009 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  19. ran

    Soon people we will see what a real POTUS will act like. 1/20/09 can't get here fast enough for me.

    January 13, 2009 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  20. Cricket

    Hang tough Mr. PE and make believers out of all congressmen-Dems. & GOP. I feel certain you will have the support of the vast majority of Americans. God bless you and God bless America-we'll pull together and get through this-no red or blue states-just United States.

    January 13, 2009 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  21. NV, NYC

    Obama didn't get that American people against of this bail out. O sorry, people so stupid and hateful....

    January 13, 2009 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  22. Peace.....

    Someone is very upset after coming out of that meeting. Take a look at the man face that is standing to the left of Mr. Obama in the back.


    Go get them Mr. President.

    January 13, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  23. Boston Irish

    I am really getting fed up with CNN Ticker. All the comments I make are "Awaiting Moderation". I don't know if this is relevant or not, but I'm not an Obama supporter at all, but I am not rude and nasty with my comments, just not pro Obama.

    January 13, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  24. Meka

    President-elect Obama=A True Leader

    January 13, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  25. Susan

    The bailout will not solve our economic problems. The government should stop trying to manipulate the economy and let it reach equilibrium using supply and demand.

    We really do need to rethink what it means to be 'successful'. It doesn't always mean this year's profits are 10% greater than last year's profits.

    January 13, 2009 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
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