January 27th, 2009
02:03 PM ET
9 years ago

Obama presses Republicans on stimulus plan

CNN

Obama speaks with reporters about his meeting with house Republicans.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - In the first real test of bipartisanship for his new administration, President Barack Obama met with Republican representatives on Capitol Hill Tuesday to discuss his proposed $825 billion economic stimulus plan.

"We had a wonderful exchange of ideas, and I continue to be optimistic about our ability to get this recovery package done to put people back to work," Obama said after leaving a meeting with GOP House members.

"There are some legitimate philosophical differences" between Democrats and Republicans on how to stimulate the economy, Obama noted, "and I respect that."

"I don't expect 100 percent agreement," he added. "But I hope we can put politics aside."

Obama is meeting with Republican senators this afternoon.

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  1. TJ

    Here the Republicans go...screwing things up again.

    January 27, 2009 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  2. Missouri Mom

    Will the insanity ever end? There is a reason Jon McCain and Sarah Palin did NOT win the election. It was because WE THE PEOPLE did not want them in office! McCain was in the news saying he wont be a rubber stamp for President Obama well I have news for you John we picked him because we LIKE his ideas now shut up and get to work for America because now is not the time to play angry old man to "that one"! in case McCain/Palin haven't noticed, our country is failing thanks to the misguided policies of the right-wing nuts that have called the shots for the last eight years! We need CHANGE and we needed it yesterday!

    January 27, 2009 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  3. R in Maine

    Who needs these Evil people?

    January 27, 2009 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  4. BB

    Obstructionists beware the next time you're up for re-election. Those of us who have lost our jobs can spend hours watching your every move --- and we won't forget. (Ask Liddy Dole).

    January 27, 2009 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  5. jackie ohio

    polotics rep or the dems should already have been put to rest now they are to work for the people and our country. They need to negociate and find a middle ground our country is in the hands of those who are still tring to win for the rep. like Obama said game over he WON!!!!!!!! now get down to work and fix our country before we lose it

    January 27, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  6. Duh-uh

    Why the Republican mantra of "lower taxes" is horse feathers: Taxes get paid by people with income and companies with profits. The problems we face are unemployment and companies going broke! So how would lower taxes help those who pay no tax? And we need action NOW, not more "trickle down horse feathers"!

    January 27, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  7. PEACE ON EARTH

    The Republicans will bite off their own noses to spite their faces. They have NO interest in providing jobs for the American people. The ONLY interests they have, are making sure the downtrodden STAY downtroden. They HAVE NO INTEREST in HELPING THEIR FELLOW MAN in ANY WAY, SHAPE OR FORM.

    January 27, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  8. Loyal Democrat in MD

    Gobama! This is the way to actually get things DONE in Washington!

    January 27, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  9. Rick in WA

    Putting politics aside is really kind of an ignorant statement. If politics has a purpose it is just this–checks and balances. It is this same party opposition that forces debate and analysis, regardless of which party has the majority. Both major parties have shown over the past few decades that neither has all the answers.

    January 27, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  10. MaryJo Bruce Surprise, Ariz

    Stimulus is giving me lower taxes like an extra $300-$400 a month more so I can go out and buy something on a one time basis or on time. Not just giving me a one time $500 check. That did not do anything in the past and it will not do anyting now. People saved it or paid a bill. We need monthly money to get things. A car, a new roof,
    some new appliances, and the list goes on. Even if it was $1000 sure thats nice. But once spent, its over. Now, a monthly figure is whats needed. Government waste is whats been going on for 50 years and looks like will continue. This government pork just doesn't stop. The Gov must think the average american is so stupid they will never be able to figure out whats pork and what isn't. The Gov needs to get out of the business of some of these programs that the states should take over. get out of our lives. We can handle alot of stuff without their interference.

    January 27, 2009 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  11. Patty in the CA mountains

    These guys just can't put down the shovel.....

    I find it interesting, if not laughable, that the Republicans are now expressing such grave concern regarding spending, tax cuts and the effect they will have on future generations. These are the same sheep that were not concerned about any of those things and stood by grinning while bush was throwing our money down the toilet!! ....bi-partisanship is as important now as it was for the last 8 years....NOT.

    Boner and his boys needs to remember that the reason they lost is because the American people are SICK of the egos and want those elected to actually do their job.....Obama is doing his, the republicans need to do theirs.

    January 27, 2009 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  12. Bill in DC

    Obama is fulfilling his pedge to rise above politics and put the interest of the pepole first.

    If he continues on this course he will be viewed as a great president in time because - even if he sometimes fails - the American people will understand and respect what he is trying to accomplish on their behalf.

    It feels good to finally have a selfless, rational, understanding and smart president at the helm of our government.

    January 27, 2009 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  13. sandee in Portland

    I find it irresponsible that the republicans are trying to hold up the stimulus bill. All that aside, however, I do think that the stimulus bill not contain any probjects that will not provide jobs for the general public. The trickle down theory doesn't work anymore and won't work at all in a depressed economy like ours. It's not that I wouldn't like a tax break, but the tax break won't be large enough to make me spend any more money than I currently do. I'm slightly mollified that President Obama wants to include money out of his bill that goes overseas to support family planning. The stimulus money should only be used to help our country not other countries.

    January 27, 2009 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  14. Romney2012

    ACORN payback time
    "House Republican Leader John Boehner issued a statement over the weekend noting that the stimulus bill wending its way through Congress provides $4.19 billion for "neighborhood stabilization activities." "He said the money was previously limited to state and local governments, but that Democrats now want part of it to be available to non-profit entities. That means groups like ACORN would be eligible for a portion of the funds." Moreover, if you spend a few moments reading the bill it becomes a chilling tale of government mandates in education and social engineering:

    ACHIEVING EQUITY IN TEACHER DISTRIBUTION.
    —The State will take actions to comply with
    section 1111(b)(8)(C) of ESEA (20 U.S.C.
    6311(b)(8)(C)) in order to address inequities in the distribution of teachers between high-and low-poverty schools, and to ensure that low-income and minority children are not taught at higher rates than other children by inexperienced, unqualified, or out of-field teachers.

    It is obvious that the government bureaucracy will expand at an ever increasing rate. Welcome to the Obama Politburo. WElCOME TO THE COUNTRY of MEDIOCRITY!! This way all kids will get a trophy for merely participating, and not performing! Just like little league baseball and soccer!

    Everyone should contact their congressman and scream NO on this bill; we should not be funding inner city problems; that's unAmerican, and socialistic at it's core.....Gee I hope CNN will post this and not cover it up

    January 27, 2009 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  15. Maggie SC

    I hope it all turns out in America's best interest regardless of the parties.

    January 27, 2009 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  16. Dan, TX

    Compromise. It is a beautiful thing to see. The democrats don't get all they want, the republicans don't get all they want. No one is completely happy. When the congress is sad because they didn't get their way, the American people are happy!

    January 27, 2009 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  17. Mark NJ

    These republicans have some balls. They owned congress from 1996 until 2007. In the last 7 years when they both owned congress with a republican president, they took a huge surplus and squanered it and spent it like a drunk'n sailor. They have destroyed this economy like Hoover, Reagan, and George Bushed ,only to have the democrats continually fix it (remember the depression, Silverado,Bushed and Paulson's last give away to the banks). These guys are the pond scum of the earth!!!

    P.S. Wait untill there are bread lines and they still want tax cuts for 25% un-employed!

    THE REAL TRUTH!

    January 27, 2009 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  18. Franky

    "SarahPac will support local and national candidates who share Gov. Palin's ideas and goals for our country," says the PAC’s Web site, which promises that Palin will be "a strong voice for energy independence and reform."

    You know, I don't wanna bust nobody's balls but SarahPac?? I wonder what kind of ideas she's gonna have and according to what I read, it'll be about reforming and energy independence?? YOU know, we had a good conversation here last time and at night where we talked abut one of the underrated nominees to run in history. Believe it or not, we actually talked about that to Senator McCain, considering his history is well written in politics. Senator McCain may be one of the most underrated nominees to run for President...and all I'm gonna say I'm very intrigued what she has to say or do...

    And one last thing, we've heard the news conference. It was good, the right words were said, the "photo op" is good, in terms of public relations. Pretty good start so far but that's only the beginning...

    January 27, 2009 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  19. Bill in DC

    Obama is fulfilling his pedge to rise above politics and put the interest of the pepole first.

    If he continues on this course he will be viewed as a great president in time because - even if he sometimes fails - the American people will understand and respect what he is trying to accomplish on their behalf.

    It feels good to finally have a selfless, rational, understanding and smart president at the helm of our government.

    January 27, 2009 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  20. Sharon Kitchen

    Only Obama can be that positive.
    Hopefully,those 2 rep(boehner and cantor) that have made up their minds before he has even met with them,will see this.
    They might even listen.......
    At least Obama is trying to put politics aside.
    Positive is just what we all need right now.
    We also need to see that those in congress (house and senate), care about all us little guys.
    Obama ,you are doing great........keep on.
    Your cabinet and staff are also following your lead.

    January 27, 2009 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  21. Keller

    I'm still coming to grips with hearing my new president in his first interview say "expouse." If Bush had said that we'd be all over it.

    January 27, 2009 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  22. Chipster

    Good luck, President Obama. You're dealing with the "my way or the highway" gang. That's why they're roadkill in the highway right now so maybe they'll learn something about cooperation and that Supply Side economics doesn't work. For the sake of our country, I sure hope so.

    January 27, 2009 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  23. Franky

    And one last thing...

    You guys got the link in there just so you wouldn't get all those crazy comments, huh? I don't blame you, LOL!!

    January 27, 2009 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  24. Morley Canley

    Obama is not listening to republicans. What he is doing is talking with them and hoping his big smile will win them over to his socialism. Please, republicans, don't fall for this charlatan. We are going down the tubes under his "leadership" which is his intent to CHANGE us to be the way France is.

    January 27, 2009 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  25. Florida John

    "I don't expect 100 percent agreement," he added. "But I hope we can put politics aside."

    He expects everyone to play nice enven though his party never did.

    I think we call that 2 faced.......

    January 27, 2009 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
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