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. Ray Margarit Sr.

    We do have a recession/depression out there. They ridiculed FDR, JFK, RFK but with our support we were able to override the Republican opposition for a better America. Isn't that the purpose of all Americans. The Senate Republicans have obstructed the Congress since 2006 and what have the results been. Time for this to stop is now. This stimulus is a start to better things don't water it down or destroy it in any way. GOD BLESS AMERICA!!

    February 7, 2009 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  2. katie

    Creating jobs creates taxpayers and pays down debt.

    February 7, 2009 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  3. I love porkchops

    My messiah,Rush will take me to the promised land,where everyone gets an offshore bank acct.,filled with cash,free cigars,a castle and call girls that dont charge.

    February 7, 2009 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  4. Stop It, Just Stop It

    You lost – We (actually American values, democracy and spirit) won.
    Let our President be President. If he succeeds, we all win.
    If he doesn't, you'll be back in power in 2010 or 2012.
    So, sit back, chill and hope for the best.

    February 7, 2009 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  5. Steph

    Obama...... do nothing. Sit in the Oval office like Bush and do nothing.

    February 7, 2009 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  6. Dana

    I received this video via email today and I appreciate that they took the time to send this video out to all of us. He is right and he needs our support on this. Everyone stood by when bush spent billions of dollars on a senseless war so I understand why some are hesitant to stand behind such a big bill- but at the end of the day our President is using this money towards the betterment of OUR Country- not the distruction of someone else's country! Towards job creation- not useless tax cuts for the rich like Bush did. Towards building infrastructure to prevent another Katrina or another bridge collapse like in Missouri. GWB has neglected so much in our country for the last 8 years and everyone is on edge waiting to get tricked again. But President Obama is not GWB- and he is being straight with us. That alone is much more than GWB ever did for the American people. He is not trying to scare us- just telling us the choice we have.
    Congress has been back and forth and cutt over 100 billion off the bill- 100 billion that would have gone towards local schools and head start programs... do not let Republicans rip apart this bill any further!!!! There idea of PORK was justified funding for Education... just imagine what else they want to remove.

    February 7, 2009 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  7. daniel cabrera

    Did ever occour to you ;

    What if ?


    Could it be possible that all this thing is just part of a MASTER PLAN to throw America into socialism-marxism,…and eventually into communism?

    Could it be possible that Obama (although the tittle is of as ‘president’) is just but a ‘front’ in all of this? That he is let’s say like a ‘TROJAN HORSE FACTOR’ to open the doors to this ‘MASTER PLAN’?

    Perhaps the true integrants of the MASTER PLAN MACHINE, they need to be identified and stop in time, before go any further.Perhaps out there there are a solid and hidden group ENEMIES OF THE STATE, that want America ‘CHANGED’ to what is not our way of life.

    Hummmm Putin in Russia seems to be coming back with ideas of grandeour to re-stablish the old order,…they are already in our very own backyard here in the caribean area teaming-up with Hugo Chavez in Venezuela, correct?

    Is this sounds science fiction to you?,….too speculative?
    I bet is a very scary scenario,…chilly,… a real bloody hell, isn’t it?

    Well,at times, it seems to me that way and I do hope this is not the hidden reality,…because if by any chance is just as I described?….oh! Great Scott ! , God help us !
    Let’s be very observant, and alert. Let’s get information and knowledge for the real power is indeed, that – KNOWLEDGE !

    Sleep well,
    Daniel Cabrera
    Merrillville, Indiana

    February 7, 2009 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  8. sacto joe

    Here's an idea:

    The Senate Repubs forced a $40 billion dollar cut in aid to states to reduce the cost of the bill.

    Fine, I say. Just make sure ALL THE CUTS come from Republican states!

    February 7, 2009 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  9. Simmy

    Is this Republican's Vent Night? Sorry I interrupted. Anyway, Go President Obama Go! YaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaY! We won! Whining is so over-rated. Bye!

    February 7, 2009 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  10. Armando

    Where is the change? Borrowing and spending created the problem. More isn't going to fix it.

    February 7, 2009 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  11. W.G.

    I was once pride of our this country dispite its many problems. As I see our schools and communities like Los Angeles destroyed by illigal immigrants, especially gang members, I am so disappointed. This problem will never be fixed. I served my counry for nothing (Vietnam Veteran).

    February 7, 2009 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  12. amf

    cut the unions and cut Acorn.

    February 7, 2009 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  13. Ms Russell

    Good point Charlie from Maine.

    Why is it, people can't let go of their political leanings and try to come to some plan to help EVERYONE being affected by this economic crisis. (not just rich, business owners, working, or the poor, and unemployed)

    If you take a poll of economists across the country, they’re not even sure what the best plan would be. This crisis is unprecedented.

    Originally I thought republicans were doing their duty by trying to curb excess. But with all of the grandstanding I’ve seen in the past few days, it seems that republicans are not actually working in the interest of the American people.

    It appears that they oppose the working poor, the increasingly unemployed, and those losing their homes. And for all of my traditional conservative values, those ideas are what keep me on the other side of the republican argument.

    February 7, 2009 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  14. amf

    Oh yeah. No government new cars.

    February 7, 2009 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  15. Independent_me

    The Republicans have got some nerve!
    They marched in lockstep with Bush and never once questioned his disastrous spending because the rich benefited from it. Now Obama wants to create jobs and they are nickle-and-dimeing us.

    They are tearning apart the stimulus bill because Obama made the mistake and tried to include them in the decision making process. Then they turned around and lied, saying that he wouldn't talk with them.These people are evil.

    They want to give tax breaks to the rich. I can't wait for the next elections..we'll vote them out and get a filibuster proof house and Senate.

    February 7, 2009 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  16. Bipartisan

    What's this now? Why is Obama only e-mailing a select group of Americans. I support him and I didn't get an e-mail. I feel like this is his way of saying these are my favorites and to he** with the rest of you.

    I still support him and hope he succeeds but this rubs me the wrong way.

    February 7, 2009 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  17. Paula

    This is the price we all must pay for the failures and huge mistakes of the Bush Administration-it is bitter medicine but the USA is really at a crossroads-either we try to fix things or let more people die from lack of basics!

    February 7, 2009 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  18. Ernie in LA

    If he can fool as many people as he did to vote for him, he should have no problem here.

    February 7, 2009 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  19. Michelle

    Obama and his stimulus plan can kiss my butt!!! Why should I have to pay for people who don't work, and for some mall in Washington? How is this going to help me, my family or millions of others that are struggling to put food on their tables and pay their bills.

    He's an idiot who doesn't have a clue and again we are face with another president that america voted for once again who doesn't know what the hell he is doing. And where is Obama this weekend? Camp David, taking a fricking vacation already. My gosh we are in trouble, come on 2012, you can't get here fast enough for me.

    I didn't vote for this idiot!!! Yet I'm stuck with him

    February 7, 2009 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  20. Ellie, MD

    I don't know about all you K-razy folks in this blog, but I will put my money on President Obama ANY day. When I think of all the mess the last Administration put our country in, it boggles the mind that many Americans are still willing to put their entire "nest eggs" in the same Republican Leadership basket yet again. It truly brings the question of intelligence into play.

    I guess these are also the same folks who voted for George W. Bush not just one, but twice, and then SCRATCH their heads when they realize they are without a job, home and NO retirement left!!

    It's like how many times of getting the shaft before you finally get a clue and take that big "SUCKER" sticker off your forehead. DAH.

    February 7, 2009 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  21. S Callahan

    If possible, please set it up state by state (even broken down in counties if possible).......you can bet we'll be the stimulus police 🙂

    February 7, 2009 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  22. Loren Eberly

    Scamming workers, consumers, taxpayers, and Americas grandchildren’s children to fund this stimulus package with money derived from wages or independent business profit. Won’t prove money used to identify agreed value of sellers and buyers in the marketplace has value!

    February 7, 2009 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  23. annie - Palin 2012

    Guess bo hasn't read the pork package. There is nothing in there to save anywhere near the jobs lost or that will be lost. The only way to do that is tax cuts for individuals and small businesses. Perhaps a tax incentive for companies and mfg. to bring jobs back from overseas. Not frisbe golf courses (how many min. wage jobs will this create), fleet of cars for government officials(average Americans can't afford this hybird cars or we would all be driving one). This pkg is pure pork and bo should have read it rather than trusting pelosi & reid. Our great, great, great grandchildren will be struggling with the debt of this monsstrosity if our beloved country even survives it.

    February 7, 2009 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  24. Ron in Asheville, NC

    Hey, look. Every one of the stimulus proposals creates jobs. It all depends on what kind of jobs YOU think are preferable ones as opposed to what somebody else thinks. That isn't economics, it's just politics as usual.

    BTW, I DID take my money out of the stock market–after the 2000 election. Best call I made in my life . . .

    February 7, 2009 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  25. Kenneth M. of Flushing Queens

    public’s support for the stimulus has slipped because the public perception of the bill has slipped. The GOP is doing a much better job of getting their message out. Also, Obama is not making the case for the need for bi-part support. Last, the Pres is letting the GOP push him around on the tax cut aspect of the bill. In short I fear Big Daddy O is starting to wooble.

    February 7, 2009 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
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