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. Meg Ulmes

    If this isn't a change in procedure and policy from the Bush Administration, I don't know what is! Yes, we can!

    January 27, 2009 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  2. go away mongers -Ventura ca

    I was hopeful listening to some republicans talk about how we need to act for the good of the Country...hoping it would turn into ACTION. I guess most of them will always stay stuck-on-stupid and that's why their party is dying a slow death. After watching some good ole boys from Georgia and South Carolina last night, my hopes for bipartisan effort has diminished.
    'President Obama: we don't need them- that's why the People gave you a Democratic Congressional MAJORITY!
    We need CHANGE- with or without the conservative blowhards that got us into this mess in the first place! Let them and rush limbaugh continue their circle jerk- Let's get on with the business of CHANGE!

    January 27, 2009 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  3. Uncle S.A.M.

    The GOP needs to stop nay-saying and offer some solutions. There is no purpose of them being a party if they can not provide solutions to fix the problem. Get to work and stop the partisan bickering.

    January 27, 2009 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  4. Tom in S.A.

    I applaud his willingness to at least listen to republicans. I don't like this bill one bit but all the so called experts say we need it. I just don't see a lot of jobs being made for those that need it most and we know those politicians are throwing all kinds of crap in there for their districts vs doing what's best for the whole country.

    January 27, 2009 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  5. Tom Eyemdaman

    For all you people who derided the GOP for naysaying the bill and not offering solutions, they ARE offering solutions. But, you know who controls the flow of information to the public....

    The GOP should stick to their principles of less government, lower taxes. The "stimulus" may stop a beating heart. Just because times are bad doesn't mean you should compromise your principles and sell out because you want to be popular. Do what's right for our country, think about our future and not about the next quarter.

    January 27, 2009 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  6. Bloody Monday /casualty

    Bought a house two years ago ............Laid off yesterday,

    Screw around at your own peril

    Repubs if your concerns dont include me possibly losing my home?

    We are done here, You are done here......mark my words

    January 27, 2009 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  7. Phil

    Thanks for trying but don't trust the repubs. They are snakes.

    January 27, 2009 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  8. Beverly, NYC

    Republicans can you put aside your ego and need to be relevant to do what's right for America and Americans. Remember who you work for, and it's not your political party. Being against this bill without ideas to make it better serves no one. For 8 years we have tried it your hand off the private sector, do nothing, deregulate way, and it did not work out. Please act like adults. If this election has taught you anything it that the people are engaged and paying attention, WE put you in and can take you out. Moderate Republicans please show true courage, remember it only take one.

    January 27, 2009 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  9. Stacy from Leesburg VA

    I am certainly excited to see President Obama reaching out to conservatives because it demonstrates the ability to listen and compromise. The GOP, however, appears to not want to play according to Tweedle Dee (J. Boehner) and Tweddle Dumb (E. Cantor). While they choose not to offer any alternatives and have shown no willingness to compromise, they have shown that they are against it for no specified reason other than the fact a Democratic President proposed it. They would rather see America burn than work with President Obama, now that is patriotism boys.

    January 27, 2009 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  10. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    Allow me some humor! Why is it that every time we want to please the republican it always has to do with contraceptive pills!:) Which reminds me how Mr. McCain could not answer during the election why is Viagra paid but not contraceptive!

    January 27, 2009 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  11. Marilyn

    Let's hope the Republicans and some Democrats have the guts to just say NO to this complete waste of taxpayer money.

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

    By being obstructionist, the Repuglicans are hastening their fate to the dustbin of history...go ahead...keep it uyp...

    January 27, 2009 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  13. Snake eyes

    My God what a different approach than the last administration! I sure hope both sides of Congress get the message–working together is the key to getting us out of this economic jam!!!

    January 27, 2009 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  14. Jim Johnson

    I hope the bipartisan issue is kept aside and mainstream is saved

    January 27, 2009 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  15. Moderates Unite!

    Actively reaching across party lines to forge a solution this is well vetted and in the interest of the country as a whole...now this is a good change I can believe in!

    I hope he keeps it up...

    January 27, 2009 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  16. The Sun Sets in the East

    The GOP only stand to be against EVERYTHING that President Obama proposes ... that's their strategy.

    From them, it's politics as usual. They are not interested in solutions because they have guaranteed government jobs.

    Have you paid attention to John Boehner lately? Every other word out of his mouth reflect a bad attitude and he has no solutions... ZERO.

    January 27, 2009 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  17. Johnny C.

    Tom in S.A,

    I couldn't agree with you more.

    Johnny C.

    January 27, 2009 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  18. New Day

    I have no doubt that Obama will come to a compromise with Republican members of the House and Senate... ...just like Clinton and Reagan did. This is the difference between the afore-mentioned 3 presidents and Bush. Btw, Boehner, where were you when W was spending us into record deficits? I'll tell you where you were, you were on his desk with your legs behind your neck. Isn't it funny how NOW he suddenly has a backbone?

    January 27, 2009 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  19. Jan - Or

    I am a democrat agreeing with those Republicans voicing their disagreements against Democrat’s adding into the stimulus package, contraceptives, wasteful spending, non-related items that won’t be of help our economy or create jobs.
    Our fate is on Congress. The stimulus package is supposed to be used strictly to create jobs and jump starting our economy!

    January 27, 2009 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  20. Consensus Anyone?

    Change is great. I truly appreciate a grown up who recognizes the bottom line when he sees it because he knows people can't eat ideology. Great that is listening to the other side and I trust that he will come up with a best of breed solution.

    January 27, 2009 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  21. Bipartisan Piggies

    I sure hope the Dems do not get all the pork I'm heaering is in this stimulus bill. This country has seen enough pork to last a lifetime and we have to put an end to it.

    Some of the projects I'm hearing that are in the bill are totally worthless to the nation as a whole. We have to get pet projects out of it if this nation has a chance to survive.

    We also do not need protectionism like in the steel requirements. America quite being a steel maker years ago and we aren't coming back to where we were ever. Buy American may have a place, but companies must remain competitive...remember what the Dems are saying about our auto makers? Who can afford these $50K green cars everyone is talking about. Who will be able to pay their light bills when everyone leaves Starbucks and goes home to charge up the little buggy?

    January 27, 2009 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  22. geeeeeez

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

    Wow – a president that shows respect for the other side. There's something we haven't seen in 8 years!

    I just hope the Republicans aren't just buying time so that they can throw in a lot of PORK like they did with the last stimulus package.

    January 27, 2009 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  23. obama-mama

    I know this is a tough job for Obama especially with what he was left to work with. I am very proud of the strides he has had made in such a short time. I pray that he will keep the faith and not let anyone knock him off his square

    January 27, 2009 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  24. TX_C

    The GOP/Republican are playing politics. Obama is reaching out but without cooperation then there will be no bipartismship.

    We (the people) need JOBS.....

    January 27, 2009 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  25. Brad

    I'm glad that there's at least communication between the president and the republicans. Hopefully when the two sides work closer, we might actually get good legislation for a change, even if it's not popular legislation.

    January 27, 2009 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
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