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. Larry

    I wish the Democrats knew how long they have had a majority in Congress,they should be vary proud of them selves because they took over congress over two years ago,so the Republicans lost control 2 years ago(That's when gas prices went up,and that's when the Republicans,and Greenspan was warning the democrats about what might happen in the housing and banking industries—to no avail)

    February 7, 2009 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  2. V. Marie

    Gee, sure is good that the loser Republicans stepped in, obstructed the process, and had their computer generated calls flood the Senate offices. We wouldn't want to spend too much money on education, heaven forbid. Or, that dreaded science stuff...factual sort of things are so annoying. And all of that environment stuff. Let's just all start building tunnels underground. Maybe our human race will mutate into some sort of creature resembling Cheney. No warmth required for reptiles who feed on oil. Clean air and water and stuff is so overrated. The President allowed these non-patriots have their twisted, special interest views flood the media too long. It is time he spoke up. It is time we speak up, as well. The media has been way too enabling of the Republicans lies, as well.

    February 7, 2009 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  3. chris@stl

    I hear a lot of concern for the future generation .... If we don't do something now, there will be no hope left for future generation ....

    Tell me how you can improve the future for your kids if you lose your job, can't find a job, can't send them to college, can't afford them a decent life, can't put decent food on the table .... This what is happening now with more than 3 million people who lost their jobs in the past year. There seems to be no end for this slide if we don't act now ...

    February 7, 2009 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  4. usualone

    Look at all the naysayers - yet they cannot come up with a better plan, if any plan, than the proposed one by Mr. Obama. It seems to me we were in the "black" economically speaking before Mr. Bush's spending turned us into a "red" economic mess. One can always criticize; it is harder to come up with plans, isn't it?.

    February 7, 2009 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  5. Larry

    Republicans(with the exception of the last eight years)are conservatives,that means they do not want to spend money that they do not have,they sure do not want to waste money,they think and act like an accounting office.Democrats do not have anything in common with Republicans,so they just do not understand.

    February 7, 2009 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  6. No Money

    Why are republicans so hypocrit?
    When bush was spending taxpayers money (billions) on a war in Irak to win over Oil contrats his father failed to corrupt saddam hussein for where were the (less spending republicans)
    When bush wasted billions of dollars in tax cut for the rich and levees were breaking in new orlean and roads collapsing all over the country where the (small government republicans)
    Clinton left office with a surplus and bush grows our national debt to trillions dollars where were the naysayers? Do they worry then about american children futur? Oh I forgot they is two set of rules: it's ok for republicans to spend money and grow the national debt because american children futur will be safer but it's not ok for the democrats to spend money to build schools and promote social spending their futur will be in jeopardy.

    February 7, 2009 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  7. Agnes

    Why was the $2 billion for broadband cut out of the stimulus? We are way behind other countries in broadband. We need some Senators with some vision!

    February 7, 2009 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  8. Offwallst

    Having turned 50....I am glad i am not in my 20's.....i would not want to be faced paying high taxes for the rest of my life
    Yes you liberals you are paving the road for socialism..communism...and making this country very poor...

    Prez Obama and the Dems....enjoy the next 2 years.....because your power will be gone for at least 20 years

    I am praying that this country will still be free 2 years from now..

    God Help America!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 7, 2009 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  9. Common Sense


    Doesn't it feel good to finally have an ADULT in washington?

    Thanks for the help Barack. We support you.

    February 7, 2009 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  10. Obama Supporter

    Republicans acts like President Obama put us in this mess – no it was President Bush. Now the republicans wants to blame President Obama. Where were you when President Bush was in office at least
    President Obama's financial advisors are trying to get us out this mess. I guess job loss is not affecting the republicans like the democrats (it is not a joke). Republicans please have sympathy because so many americans needs it (everyone wants to feed their family) who wants to depend on the government. So Mr. Steele act like you care about other people instead of yourself. I don't know the reason why the Republicans pick you to head the RNC (unless to do their dirty work). You are a sell out and i hope the american people realize it. You are not President Obama so stop trying to act like him.

    February 7, 2009 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  11. Bud Burgoon-Clark

    The Repuklican members of Congress at the bottom of the Potomac would be a good start ...

    February 7, 2009 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  12. Common Sense

    My one criticism of the Recovery Bill:

    Where is the money for education? Junior colleges and Universities are one of the largest employers in the country. Dr. Jill Biden works at one for Christ's sake! Healthcare got shafted too. I'm trying not to be anti-republican but.....what have they done for us lately?

    February 7, 2009 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  13. Eddy-MD

    A Democrat is president. Republican dogma indicates that they must oppose everything he does. They don't really care about anything else.

    February 7, 2009 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  14. Lynn

    Paul Krugman has stated that the cuts to the stimulous are disatrous. Why doesn't CNN have more interviews with people who are supportive of the stimulous bill rather than mostly people like Mick Romney who oppose it. Hardly fair and balanced or a worthwhile source for people wanting a complete picture.

    February 7, 2009 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  15. joe

    How can our media block such a popular President and reduce him so much by giving the republicans a platform to attack attack attack everything he wanna do!

    February 7, 2009 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  16. Kenneth M. of Flushing Queens

    Larry that is a week argument. The GOP has been in Power since the Gipper. They have been stinking up the country for most of my life. Not only that, Rush has been talking for almost 20 years. The mexicans have coming in for 20 years. Should we conclude that he is the cause?

    February 7, 2009 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  17. jj

    Message to dems.... YOU WON, freaking act like it !

    February 7, 2009 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  18. Billybob

    Daniel, Atlanta, GA
    Thats just what I was planning on doing. What will most do with theirs pay bills down? They sure as heck wont be buying much with it. Ant fool with half of brain would know that everything Obama has done has been counterproductive . The One is tearing this country apart. tell me where the constitution say they can spend 1 single dime on any of this! All Obama has done is give our tax dollars away for Abortions around the world smooth move huh. and surround himself with tax cheats. Let us not forget the attorney generals 2nd a child pron promoter, that says a 13 yr old girl dont need to tell her parents anything to abort her baby! That builds families. But who would know what Al Gore out in public schools telling kids they know more then their parents. Good Job DEMS Good Job!
    Why would you think lower taxes and more investment would create jobs. Or do you think the shareholders would just get more of it. Well look who the shareholders are in a lot of cases ATT its the teacher retirement fund boy now would hate to see them get it huh.
    If you cant spend your money send it to me Ill spend it, the government has proven over and over they cant do a good job with it..
    So hay why not you know me and my background about as well as you know Obama.

    February 7, 2009 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  19. Tabby

    That is the distorted vision of a Republican, who had too much of RushCola, but in reality the Republicans have managed to put themselves in a precarious position, which will become obvious in the coming weeks, when the angry unemployed Americans start contacting their Reps. and Senators, especially from States with high unemployment.....

    The Republicans have stirred up a hornet's nest....and will get stung BADLY.....

    February 7, 2009 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  20. worriedmom

    I really lost all respect for Pres. Obama when he displayed his arrogant "I won" attitude at the Williamsburg Convention the other night. Why don't they try to set an example and I am talking Republicans and Democrats. Why did they have to go to some luxury resort and spend money when the rest of the country is wondering if they may have enough to buy groceries next week!! I don't think the Democrats elected Obama as their Prez, I think they elected Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid!! Let's give the money to us the taxpayers and let us decide who we want to succeed and whom we want to fail. Stop messing with our money!!!!

    February 7, 2009 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  21. Kay

    They're tanking their own brand. Congressional Republicans are now at 70% disapproval.

    I bet most Americans hadn't heard their GOP House member prior to last week.

    It was ugly.

    February 7, 2009 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  22. carol

    They lost the Election,,
    They will lose this fight....
    And very soon their relevance in the process will become ZERO...

    February 7, 2009 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  23. Ann

    In 2010 & 2012 we (american people) need to get as many Republicans out of office as we can. I don't think they care about the hard working people in America. They have money so it doesnt affect them or their family.

    February 7, 2009 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  24. khalid munir

    obama is not a hope of Americs is hope of entire world, all global world is looking ` to America economy , but the american media is crying too much and pointing every step of obama in a negative way , totally a rebbound of bush administration when the American media showing every thing is perfect and nice for american future.
    please ,please give a time to obama then you saw how the global world fathe to his decision.

    February 7, 2009 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  25. Charles Chula Vista Ca.

    This whole bit about dumping this on our children and our children children, is ludacris. if we don't do something now there won't be a future for the next generation.

    February 7, 2009 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
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