February 7th, 2009
05:59 PM ET
10 years ago

Obama reaches out to voters on stimulus

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(CNN) - In a video message e-mailed Saturday, President Obama calls on those who voted for him in the presidential election to throw their support behind his economic stimulus plan.

“If you haven’t been affected by this crisis, you’ve likely comforted somebody who has,” Obama says before making his case for the stimulus package making its way through Senate.

Obama says his package will create or save more than 3 million jobs, “many in your own communities,” and insists his plan is one that “America so desperately needs.”

“I know some critics are worried about the scale of this plan but if we fail to pass it promptly, our economy will fall $1 trillion short of what it’s capable of producing this year. In order to make up that difference, economists agree we must act boldly.”

Obama vows to “enlist all of you” to oversee the plan.

“As soon as this plan is signed into law, recovery.gov goes live, and you’ll be able to see precisely where your tax dollars are going, because this is your democracy, and as I said throughout the campaign, change never begins from the top down. It begins from the bottom up,” he says.

The president’s personal message comes as polls show that the public’s support for the stimulus has slipped.

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soundoff (182 Responses)
  1. LMC in Seattle

    So the government purchasing hybrid cars (as long as they are American made) isn't stimulating the economy? I am sad that cuts in education are being made from the stimulus. That creates jobs also and benefits the children who need it.

    February 7, 2009 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  2. Give me a break!

    What really bites are the big cuts from education. Teachers are already overworked and underpaid due to NCLB. We are not only educators but, in many cases, parents, psychologists, nurses – and we have to deal with idiotic parents who either think their little angel is perfect or who don't care at all. If we are going to compete in the global market in the future, we have to have students who have been well taught in mathematics, science, and languages. More red tape is dumped on teachers every year and...during this financial crisis...we are getting pay CUTS. Just remember America...you get what you pay for.

    February 7, 2009 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  3. catmom

    Oh please, I suppose you folks who have commented so far think the only way to go is tax cuts. You all gave George Bush and Republicans eight years to put forth their ideas which given the state of the economy DID NOT WORK. Give President Obama a chance to see if his ideas will work. Give President Obama the same chance you gave George Bush. If his ideas don't work vote him out. My goodness though it is more than obvious that Republican ideas aren't the answer. I mean if they were then we wouldn't be where we are now.

    February 7, 2009 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  4. Dan, IL

    Track record – look at the debt Illinois is in. We are in bad shape here.

    February 7, 2009 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  5. cheryl

    Well there you have it. My kids won't have to worry about paying for anything if they can't get an education or a job. Are you still playing into the GOP fear? Fear and untruths that's all they have anymore. Just think about the small boost to the auto industry if the Gov. actually bought new low energy cars. At least they would have a start before the gas prices go up again.

    February 7, 2009 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  6. Sammy

    If we all have to make sacrifices to get through this, why has BO turned UP the thermostat in the Oval Office? Ours is set at 60 and we wear sweaters. Also, when we take a family vacation, we don't travel by private jet. After he criticized the auto CEO's for their travel arrangements, he thinks nothing of taking Air Force One to Indiana and Fla. to lobby for his stimulus package. Put your money where your mouth is BO.

    February 7, 2009 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |

    The mathmatics is simple: get more people working while investing in public infrastructural construction. This will create and save jobs and the infrastructures so constructed, would be in use long after the debt is paid off with a booming economy. Corporate tax cuts have never worked, nor would they work today. This is a very old and tired argument.

    February 7, 2009 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  8. A Tired American

    If republicans were putting this plan together only the rich and big business would be getting anything out of it. Ninety percent of Americans did not benefit from anything that republicans did in the past, and there is no reason to expect anything more from them now.

    February 7, 2009 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  9. DanFango

    Repulican greed worship and their contempt for working America is what truly stinks. Even without a head the rotten fish odor persists . They simply don't get it.
    The Party's over

    February 7, 2009 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  10. Reese - MD Independent

    I swear. Some people need to stop being ignorant. The bottom line is there are lots of things wrong with our economy and our economy is teetering on the edge. People are losing jobs left and right and all idealogues can do is huff and puff with no answers. Republicans act as if tax cuts only are the cure. Well Bush's 1.4 trillion dollars in tax cuts and their trickle down economics didn't do anything for me or my community. Bottom line is we need to stop thinking about 20th century ideas and invest in the future. Get over your Reagonomics because he may have lowered taxes but he raised them as well. Republicans swear he limited the size of government when he actually added cabinets/agencies. I hate this piecemeal memory these idiots have and I'm tired of seeing them on my tv, no matter the channel and their arguments are forever the same. Noun, verb TAX CUT!!! Stupid...I say we get all the frat brothers out of our congress and put some pragmatic adults in there because they suck!

    February 7, 2009 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  11. katie

    Americans have short memories. We need jobs and jobs and jobs. President Obama is right. Tax cuts are not the answer. You have no idea how bad this will be if the Repulicans do not stop obstruting. For once could we just work together. America will never be destroyed by outside forces but our partisan bickering will bring this country down. Eight years of tax cuts have gotten us nothing.

    February 7, 2009 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  12. Matt, Canoga Park

    No Mr. President I do not accept your plan. I think you are wrong and going to lead us to a bad choice. What you propose is to steal from a future generation. There is no other way of looking at it as such. What happens when that generation refuses to pay that debt? All our problems come from fractionalized banking. At the turn of the last century our leaders lead us to believe that fractionalized banking and the Federal Reserve where the right way to go. They were wrong and to go deeper into debt to this system makes you wrong sir.

    There was a better way and it has been done before. When this country was not yet formed it was called Colonial Script. When Lincoln who you claim to admire was president it was called Greenbacks.

    We need to print our own money again. Debt free notes. America has been a slave to European Banking for the past 100 years. The Federal Reserve is not even a branch of our government and the average American has no clue about this. Allowing the Federal Reserve to continue to control our economics is insanity. You might as well have McDonalds print our money and hope they do a better job with it.

    Break us free of this ancient wheel of banking. If America wants change this is how to give it to us. What you propose is not change. I do not endorse your side or the other as I know you are both wrong and both your paths lead us down the same bad road.

    Going further into debt by spending into this failed system of economics is wrong, it is not the answer. The correct answer is to change the very system of money. This revolution needs no bullets, no death, no destruction. It only requires you open your mind and change the way you play the game.

    Educate yourself America. Our leaders are bought and paid for by this old system but we are not. We do not need to continue this path. We can have real change if we want it. And this "stimulus" bill is not it.

    February 7, 2009 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  13. Proud American

    Getter done!!

    February 7, 2009 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  14. Polly

    Change from the top down. Put our country first. Quit selling us out. Don't create more debt. Make American products in America.

    February 7, 2009 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  15. Charlie in Maine

    Where were all you economic watch-dogs when GW Bush started spending 12 million dollars an hour on his stupid war of choice?

    Now that spending a big load of money on something that might actually do some good you are all over it.

    Take you fake concern over future generations and stuff it.

    February 7, 2009 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  16. Terry from WI

    Obamas own "five year plan"?

    Seems the 'rules' that applied to Bush are not applied to Bush again. The lefts (and not so left) rallied against Bush for a one trillion dollar debt. It took pres Bush years to do that and Pres Obama wants to spend a TRILLION dollars in his first MONTH of being in office. What will the debt look like in a year. You have to believe this spending bill (president Obama called it that himself the other day) will not be the only spending done during his administration.

    Where are all the people who are against this bill that were against the last multi billlion bill last year. I was against the last on I am still against this one I don't care who is in office when this type of this is proposed.

    Of course Pres Obama wants to enlist others to be a part of his plan for if it fails he can spread the blame around. That is the SAME thing any politician would do.

    Support has slipped? That is an understatement! some polls showed as much as a 60+percent support last week and now some polls are showing as low as a 36percent support for it.

    Pres Obamas own popularity is starting to slip where is the coverage that Pres Bush recieved when his popularity began to slip? I don't know what is worse the hypocrisy in the media coverage or the denial it even exists. Just admit its real already!!! The media looks as so many amateurs lacks professionalism. Its so very humorous to see the news media ask 'each other' if they are biased. WHAT ARE THEY GONNA SAY? "yes Keith (Larry, Anderson, Glen pick one) we ARE biased and many of us are just 'gushing' over President Obama"

    Obama is the same as any politician and the sooner America realizes it the sooner they can wake up from their self induced hysteria that surrounded candidate Obama and the shock that he isn't that different than all the other presidents (he can say he isn't all he wants it wont change the fact he is (he likes to say things in speeches as if the speeches are all we are to believe(actions do speak louder than words is a phrase they didn't teach him in law school I guess))
    He is OUR president and his actions affect ALL of us and for him to rant against against pres Bush and his policies NOW he is president is a big mistake he doesn't need the votes and he makes him self look less than presidential and only seems be be the president for those that agreed or agrees with him.

    February 7, 2009 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  17. Willy Brown

    #44 guess what? It's all your fault now.

    February 7, 2009 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  18. Jane

    Give it up buddy we are not interested in this stimulus pkg as written. Why should we take it in the shorts when it benefits only a few groups of people mostly union workers and will not jump start the economy. And while you are limiting those executives pay of the companies that take the monies why didn't we canx the pay raises of our congressmen and congresswomen. You shame me as president. You talk the talk but don't walk the walk....cabinet appointees who don't pay their taxes (if it was a blue collar worker they would have everything taken away and the IRS leving everthing they own) and then giving exemptions for gov appointees who may have a conflict of interest just to appoint them to a cabinet position. It hasn't even been 30 days and I am sorry I voted for you as president. Cannot wait for 2012 to get someone else in.

    February 7, 2009 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  19. IndependentTogether

    There appears to be a lot of people here who mock the stimulus. Well, we'll see how you feel when you find yourself out of work because of the recession.

    February 7, 2009 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  20. Rick Sutter

    Can't we all just get along? It's only money, sort of.

    February 7, 2009 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  21. SHIRLEY "60"

    When will those of you feeding into the guff about what future generations will inherit realize that if we don't act right now at this point in history, there may not be anything left for them. We are continuosly following the doctrine of the GOP and look at the disatrous results we are experiencing. Wake up America and listen to the liberal and conservative economists who say that we must do something big to stop this slid we are in. We must take care of the here and now. As we see more and more average and upper level workers lose their employment and companies, even those of you responding against a stimulous now should be able to see the handwriting on the wall. Homeless families will add to the already enormous group of homeless people on our streets. If there is any christian goodness in your hearts, you may be able to acknowledge that we are our brothers' keepers.

    February 7, 2009 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  22. Han

    Barack, you do not have to reach to us. You should try to understand that your stimulus bill will not create any jobs. You are borrowing money which we do not have. This stimulus package is a big disaster to our financial system and it will not help any business or any employer to create any jobs. Take it in writing from me. Do not mislead people and do not scare us away.

    February 7, 2009 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  23. Andy

    "but I there are several items in the bill that are not an urgent need and will not affect the "good of all", for instance the Government getting new cars?"

    Don't you get it that somebody will have to build/make those cars for the government, hence somebody would be working to make them cars ..jobs you know.. geez you right wingers have no brains do you
    got it now?

    February 7, 2009 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  24. mike

    Change I can believe in.

    February 7, 2009 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  25. Lyle

    The so-called “stimulus” plan is a tragic hoax and Mr. Obama is Chief-Clown-Hoaxer. The American people will never forgive Mr. Obama and his Democratic minions for this abuse of power and misuse of tax dollars.

    February 7, 2009 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
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