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

Obama presses Republicans on stimulus plan


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. an american first

    change we can believe in... Bipartisanship

    With 68% approval rating, 365 Electoral College win, 2 million people at the inaguration in 20 degrees temperature, and almost a clean swip for the democrats on the election based on "No more tax cuts for the wealthy few", what does he do? He goes and speaks with the Republicans in congress – three times in one week.

    This man is serious about "Bipartisanship".

    January 27, 2009 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  2. Laura

    Wow! I'm extremely impressed with Obama's ability to actually communicate with mutual respect...amazing..a grown up in the White House. Now let' see if the children in the Republican party actually want to get ANYTHING accomplished that is even close to a thing called "progress" or if they just would like to sit there and listen to themselves talk like every other windbag in the party..

    January 27, 2009 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  3. Dont blame me

    This is a BAD PORK ladden package that is stimulus in NAME ONLY.

    There is very little in this package offered up by Obama and the democrats that will actually jump start the economy and it WILL drag out the recession.

    This plan is worse than the one Bush offered up and that one wasn't any count either.

    Vote NO and vote often.

    January 27, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  4. dray

    Do as he say's and follow what he does and America will be ok. We did it the way the GOP wanted us to for 8yrs and look where that has taken us. All I can say to them is shut up hold on and come along for the ride while Obama leads us on the path that this great country should be on.
    We look forward to Palin running in 2012 so that we can have another 4yrs to right the wrongs that the GOP has done over the years. Your days are done GOP and so is Rush and his crap. We are moving on so if you all want to live in what you call back in the good ole days have at it but as for us the good days are in front of us.

    January 27, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  5. facts are facts

    I watched the Daily Show with John Stewart last night where he played clips of speeches made by Republican politicians on the closing of Gitmo.

    These clips among others Obama showed of American prisoners completely exposed these Republicans as idiots and morons.

    There is no logical way anyone can expect to achieve anything constructive in a bipartisan way with people who aren't capable of making any more sense than these mental midgets who were revealed in these video clips.

    January 27, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  6. Helene

    The GOP has become totally irrelevant. 8 years of abysmal policies and they want more of it ? Please !

    January 27, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  7. Richard S

    President Obama should be commended for his efforts to include everyone in his economic stimulus program. He is giving Republicans more of a say than his predecessor ever gave Democrats when they controlled the Congress for 6 years.

    January 27, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  8. freda

    President Obama is doing a fantastic job. The GOP so-called leaders think they will be a thorn in the President's side but they will not succeed. They could care less about doing the right thing. With their 15 minutes of fame and their desire to share in this historic time, they want to be able to brag about the fact that they voted against the President's most important request for the people. I wish they would stop playing politics with peoples lives. I am praying they will become anointed and will show their respect for the people and not for the GOP Company. They should let the President be the President and should not allow their bruised feelings deter President Obama from doing what's best for the Country. They need to throw their egos under the bus and get about the business of what's good for all, not just Republicans.

    January 27, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  9. Randy, San Francisco

    It is time for the Republicans to present something that work or shut up and stand on the side lines. Pushing the same old cut taxes arguments without major spending is not going to sell to the American people. Even economists with a conservative bent are in agreement with the size and scope of the economic recovery proposal put forward by the Obama administration.

    January 27, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  10. Baze

    The amount of political wrangling that's going on is insane. Obama needs to halt discussions, send Biden after dissident Democrats, create a rock hard argument, and then call a closed door session that no one can leave until there is either a deal or a clear understanding that the next step is political war.

    January 27, 2009 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  11. Todd

    It's amazing how this POLITICIAN is expecting everyone else to put politics aside! Hail to the Chump!

    January 27, 2009 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  12. Aaron Spindler

    Why don't we offer stimulus to people that actually own homes? 500 billion dollars would offer 50 million title holders $10,000 dollars per person. Which would definetly be a more effective use of our money, than the current dissapearing act we keep witnessing.

    January 27, 2009 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  13. Swalker327

    I love you Obama!!!

    Please don't let those loser repubs. slow you down!! I'm all for the bipartisan movement, however, please keep in mind that the repubs. are "programmed" to say no to everything you propose. Stomp them if they get in your way! THEY are the reason we are in dire cirumstances today!

    OBAMA MAMA '09!

    January 27, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  14. cpa in atlanta

    Read the fine print people...this bill contains nothing in it at all that will provide stimulus to the economy. NOTHING! All is does is try to drive through lousy campaign promises and leaves the bill for our children and grandchildren. Spending for politician's pet projects will not jump start the economy. Only allowing folks to keep more of their own money will.

    January 27, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  15. Priscilla California

    Republicans are still smarting from their loss and want to do anything possible to stand in President Obamas' way. Great a clue you do not control anything. Stop TRYING to flex your presumed muscle and get to work. The American people want to see action in a positive way. Keep fighting GOP and come next election you will be joining millions
    in the unemployment lines. To: McLame McCain The President do not want you to rubber stamp for him. Have you forgotton that your campaign was a disaster. Go to the Senate and try to gain some respect if thats still possible.

    January 27, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  16. Ula Nejad Sacramento, Ca

    "I don't expect 100 percent agreement but I hope we can put politics aside"?. He's dreaming. His inexperience is glaring by the day. He would do better on issues like his aunt's immigration status though he has never won a court case in his lifetime as an attorney.

    January 27, 2009 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  17. montag24

    Why should President Obama give a rat's behind what the Republicans think? They're never going to support him or his efforts no matter how correct he is. And they are the ones primarily responsible for this mess we're in.

    So the heck with them. You can't make nice with a rabid dog. It'll go for your throat everytime, so it should be put down.

    The Republicans are rabid dogs.

    January 27, 2009 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  18. Sandra Day

    If the Republicans keep up the approach of "just say no," then I guess we will all have to "just say no" to them in 2010, 2012, 2014. . . . Get the picture?

    January 27, 2009 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  19. Obama Victim

    President Obama...here is your chance to show you meant when you said you are are about change and unity.

    Will you accept some of the Republican proposals.....which certainly have merit..................or will you pander to the kool-aid crowd on the left?? Here is you chance to "walk the walk" and be President of all the people

    January 27, 2009 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  20. Sue, NY

    They are acting like babies....time to grow up ...the people voted for someone other than a republican to be running the country...they need to open their eyes....

    January 27, 2009 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  21. EBC

    I'm glad our President is working toward bi-partisan relationships.

    Having said that however, when I hear John Boehner and the old Republicans talking about how they are going to vote NO on President Obama's stimulus plan because of a recent CBO Report from the Congressional Budget Office. I realize what LIARS the Republicans truly are. I work in the CBO office. This report the Republicans are siting DOES NOT EXIST!!! I repeat, DOES NOT EXIST!!!! There is no such report, only a pack of lies being spinned by the REPUGS yet again.

    John McCain was on FOX NEWS reporting that he too will be voting agains the stimulus plan based on a 6 Billion Internet Broadband Infrastructure bill. What Johnny boy FAILED to tell the American people is that he SUPPORTED and PROMOTED this very same Internet Broadband Infrastructure plan while running for President!!!! He spoke about in on his Presidential campaign stump in Kentucky!!!!
    What a TWO-FACED REPUBLICAN LIAR yet again!!

    It's NO wonder why based on their Republican IDEALS when it comes to the economy, THEY LOST THE WHITE HOUSE!!! These Senior Republicans are clueless beyond belief. John McCain LOST his Presidential run because of his lack on knowledge when it came to economics!!! DAH.

    Are we to continue to listen to these baffoons? I think NOT.

    President Obama has been MORE than courteous when it comes to pacifying these idiots, but don't get it twisted, he DOESN'T NEED their approval. He's being very gentlemanly, but these Republicans are going to cut their own noses if they don't get a clue!!!

    January 27, 2009 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  22. katiec

    President Obama should just forget about the republicans.
    After the American people voted for change, they still just do not
    get it. They continue to poster,finger point, take ego trips and support their out of touch party and ideals. They refuse to acknowledge or admit that it was their policies and leading of our government these last eight years that almost destroyed our country. Why in the world would anyone give any creditibility to their suggestions?
    They will never unify as they are incapable of doing what is right
    for our country.

    January 27, 2009 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  23. JL

    Right......................President Obama, how many "ideals" can republicans really offer you. They (republicans) were the majority in Congress and in the W.H. for 8 years and look at the total MESS this country and the World is in, thanks to "republican leadership". I say you President Obama are better off NOT relying or looking to the republicans for the "time of day", they are WORTHLESS to say the least. What a JOKE, looking to same sorry group of "do nothings" that got us in this mess.

    January 27, 2009 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  24. RJN

    Everyone please put all the bitterness aside. A plan has to be done to fix this country. I don't care who comes up with the ideas ( Rep or Dem) just make them sound and realistic.
    Senators do what the people voted you in office for, compromise, and solve our issues.

    Once everything is somewhat back to normal then you can battle it out to see which party is better????

    January 27, 2009 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  25. j.

    How dare the Republicans after all the money that government has spent in the last eight years on their watch, balk at spending money now. Like they never did!!!! They are responsible for the huge debt the government now has and all the problems we need to get out of.

    January 27, 2009 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
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