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. Bill Charlotte, NC

    What this country really needs is a bunch of former "do-nothings," who sat on their inept minds for eight years, to suddenly become economic experts, grabbing every camera in sight, to tell the world that those who are now trying to recover the economy are all wrong. This bunch who have for eight years have continually wrecked the bus, somehow want all of us to get back on this bus with them.

    January 27, 2009 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  2. Will-South Dakota

    The Republicans will be OBSTRUCTIONISTS to any reform to our economy, how come they never challegened Bush when he was in office they skipped hand-in-hand with him then to get us into this mess, now they don't want to take the responsibility for what they helped to create a melting economy. Come Boenher and McConel step up and be for America for once.

    January 27, 2009 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  3. rena

    It's sad that we are still so divided in this country; we can't even come together for the common good of the American people. I would like to know what brought this country to the point of being divided by titles such as democrate and republican. We are known by the United Stated of America, yet we act like the Divided States of America.

    Therefore, this lead me to say our leaders had no problem with handing out 700B dollars to wall street for them to turn around and spend tax dollars on lavish spa treatments and polished bonuses, while the average American is still suffering. So, my question is how is it that they have a problem with spending billions on helping the American people who keep this country functioning?

    To those who say this is socialism and big government spending, well it's going to take government to intervene at this point, because to many Americans have suffered grave loses and can't turn this country around by opening new businesses or by hiring people. Major companies are being hit so how will a small business be able to stay a flot unless it get some type of help. Unfortunately, most Americans would prefer to stand on their own two feet, but a this point it is a little hard to do. Many Americans received stimulus checks last year during the spring and that money went on credit card debit, because people can't afford to pay their bills anymore. So I say again, don't knock something if you don't have clue to what many Americans have been hit with in the last few years. I'm sure many of you who are bad mouthing this government spending to boost the economy got those stimulus checks as well. Did you send those checks back to Washington or did you keep them? If you are going to reject the spending of tax dollars to help America then you must reject any checks sent out to you in your name to support your convictions.

    Just some thoughts of a woman who loves America and what we are suppose to stand for a United people.

    January 27, 2009 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  4. NEL E BELL

    I'VE FINALLY GOT A HANDLE ON PRESIDENT OBAMA, FROM NOW ON HE IS "BLANK CHECK OBAMA". I BLAME BOTH PARTIES FOR THIS FINANCIAL BLOW TO THE BACK OF THE HEAD. UNDER BUSH THE DEMOCRATS STRATAGY WAS THE WORSE THING GOT THE BETTER THE CHANCES FOR THE WHITE HOUSE. THE REPUBLICANS WERE DRUNK LIKE POWERHOLICS SO THE DEMS JUST LET THEM GO WILD NOT EVEN A BOO TO STOP THEM. DO I TRUST OBAMA? HE IS A POLITICAN, SIMPLE TO UNDERSTAND BY THE VOTES STEAL THE VOTES BUT GET THE VOTES. AS A FISCALLY CONSERVITAVE DEMOCRAT I AM WATCHING HIM AND THE CONGRESS FOR MY OWN MONIES SAKE.

    January 27, 2009 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  5. Rob

    Well he's already honked off Pelosi, getting the Dems to drop her abortion / make the world a better place by killing off the unwanted segment of the bill. Gee, what is Obama's problem? Doesn't he realize Pelosi is simply trying to look out for for herself...I mean America? As she said herself, abortion would cut down the number of people the government would have to take care of.

    Glad to know Pelosi thinks of babies probably the same way she does cattle, I mean used kleenex, I mean illegal workers at her California business, I mean, well, you get the idea.

    January 27, 2009 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  6. cesar

    Obama does not need their permission or opinion to go ahead. The fact the he is even talking to them say a lot about the type of person he is. Did bush do the same?

    January 27, 2009 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  7. Fred the moderate

    We are 1 Nation and this is the time we must stand together. Obstructionist, stand aside while we, as a nation – work to fix these problems together. Change has come to Washington.

    Now you see what not taking lobbist money can do for a President. He only owes the American people, not big business and lobbist

    January 27, 2009 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  8. Chuck, Tennessee

    We as Americans, not Democrats or Republicans, should unite against the continued growth in the size of government, inturusion of government into the private sector, and the ever-growing national debt that we can never repay. Call your representatives and tell them to vote NO to this collosal waste of money.

    January 27, 2009 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  9. j jackson

    i think that the president is bending way too backwards to the republicians who died and gave them majority rule . they should embrace bi-partisanship it was not like that in their time they could not even agree among themselves. so explain how they will agree with the democrats

    January 27, 2009 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  10. cake

    this guy will be my all time favoret president.... his on the point to change this country

    January 27, 2009 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  11. j jackson

    this back and forward it does not do the country any good mr obama promised to listen to the people try that for a change

    January 27, 2009 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  12. ari from virginia

    I applaud President Obama's humility, when was the last time the president himself walked through the hallways of the Capitol without having to, like for the state of the Union address?

    He is clearly making an excellent effort to "dust of his pant, roll up his sleeves" and get to work.

    More power to him,

    Lead by example Mr. President.

    Good Luck!!!

    January 27, 2009 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  13. DAVE IN CA

    i would like to know what makes these guys experts??? if you look at GEITNER he is such a genius with finances but can't figure out that he owed the IRS money..... and he is the leading genius(crook).... all i can say is that this is very sad.... as MRS. OBAMA would say " For the first time I am truly ashamed of my Country".... i have had just about enough and on the verge of breaking point......

    January 27, 2009 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  14. David in Dallas

    If Republicans are seen as just throwing up partisan road blocks without offering any reasonable solutions of their own as to the economic crisis then they will continue to pay a price at the polls.

    January 27, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  15. Carl from MI

    All Obama has to do to get the GOP on board is to give Dubya-style tax breaks to the wealthy. That'll get them all on board...

    January 27, 2009 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  16. Matt

    @ Rob

    We get the idea? There's was an idea in that mess of a post?

    January 27, 2009 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  17. Death of America by Obama

    This is all for show you scumbag.

    January 27, 2009 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  18. Matt

    It's all just an effort by the GOP to make it look like Obama and the Dems are pushing their weight around and engaging in thug-politics. So transparent. Nobody's going ot buy it except for right-wing nutjobs who woul dbelieve the GOP leadership is they said something 100% crazy like "there's no such thing as evolution".....oh wait....

    January 27, 2009 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  19. Unshrub

    The republican's idea of compromise is where they get everything.

    January 27, 2009 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  20. ran

    If the Republicans do not want to get on board then leave them at the station. Obama has done his part to include them and ask for their input. Now is the time to come up with solutions and once a bill has been made everyone needs to get behind it to make it work. Both Dem. and Rep. Need to work for the best interest of the people and not for their power/ideologies. We the people need to make sure our elected officials work fr us all.

    January 27, 2009 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  21. ran

    If the Republicans do not want to get on board then leave them at the station. Obama has done his part to include them and ask for their input. Now is the time to come up with solutions and once a bill has been made everyone needs to get behind it to make it work. Both Dem. and Rep. Need to work for the best interest of the people and not for their power/ideologies. We the people need to make sure our elected officials work fr us all.

    January 27, 2009 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  22. Meh

    Tom in S.A. – I agree w. you in part. I do like that he is a Listener. We need that in a president. However, I do think this stimulus bill will have some good effects...and this is why: where I live, 1000's of people have been laid off from Catapillar. With the stimulus plan including infrastructure, this may get those people back their jobs. It's worth a shot!

    January 27, 2009 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  23. Chris

    What folks need to understand this economic mess was not an over night affair and there is no over night fix for it. The Presidents plan will take time to work, but it is only a part of a long term plan to fix some of the problems. So, for the Republican not to vote for it or at least come to some mutual agreement on it is crazy. I mean seriously how many everyday Republican are feeling this economy? I mean some of these Congressional Reps and Senators are about themselves and not the folks they represent!!! Get on board with the plan!!!

    January 27, 2009 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  24. janet, ohio

    You want bipartisanship? (That's a rhetorical question, BTW, since we all know very well that he doesn't) Here's bipartisanship: the Republican candidate got 46% of the popular vote, so give 46% of the stimulus money to the republicans to spend as they see fit. It doesn't get any more bipartisan than that, but of course, Obama is not interested in that.

    January 27, 2009 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  25. Irma in North Carolina

    Wonder what all the republicans would do if they were laid off and their were no jobs for them. Maybe then they would not act so high and mighty.

    January 27, 2009 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
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