February 13th, 2009
05:00 AM ET
11 years ago

Obama makes 11th hour push for stimulus package

 President Obama makes 11th hour push.

President Obama makes 11th hour push.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Taking no chances, President Barack Obama is exerting last-minute pressure on Congress to approve his stimulus plan by highlighting stories of people affected by the economic downturn.

The Democratic National Committee and Obama's Organizing for America will use Obama's vast e-mail list Friday to contact the president's political supporters and point them to a new Web page where several of these stories can be viewed.

The goal is to drum up public support for the measure as Congress prepares to vote on it.

The stories were collected last weekend from Obama supporters who attended one of 3,600 meetings held across the country to discuss the situation, according to the DNC. In all, 31,030 stories were submitted to the DNC and OFA.

"The stories we've collected put a human face on the economic crisis and underscore the urgent need for action," Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine said in a statement set for release Friday morning.

Kaine, who heads the DNC, said in the statement provided to CNN before it was distributed publicly that "Congress needs to move swiftly toward final passage of the economic recovery plan so the president can sign it into law and we can prevent this economic crisis from becoming a national catastrophe that costs millions more Americans their jobs, homes and health care."

With the support of a few Republican centrists in the Senate, the $789 billion bill is expected to be approved by Congress as early as Friday and then head to the White House to be signed into law by Obama.

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soundoff (49 Responses)
  1. reddragon

    all packages help those with money. like the bonuses to those in the stock market. , those will supposedly spend it but have not.,,,hmm, to help the economy? where has it helped? the stimulus is a cover to give more money to friends of powers that came to be or the masonries?? there is trueth here will be let known.
    know one thing. if a person has no money to spend to buy food and basic things the those with more will be a target.
    one more ?, if the end of times(this has been brought up on many sights i am member to an others i just pop in) is here 2012 or 2010 then obama is the last presedent of the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. and the anti christ. he did make many promises and have others that think he is or can do a GOD thing..

    February 13, 2009 03:35 am at 3:35 am |
  2. stephen marr

    I will be calling and writing! If our congressmen and women can't back the President then how do they expect us to back them? The are not in the food lines, the employment lines or worrying how to keep the electric on, buy meds and afford something to eat. We did not elect them to become our government CEOs!

    February 13, 2009 03:49 am at 3:49 am |
  3. bsmith171

    telling more lies as instructed by AXELROD.

    these people have no clue on the economy.

    February 13, 2009 04:18 am at 4:18 am |
  4. thomas

    There is no "safety net". Social Service agencies are stressed to the max. People are lingering without homes, jobs, food and medical care. There is no relief in sight for them; they need help now.

    February 13, 2009 05:01 am at 5:01 am |
  5. John

    I need a carification from a Republican that can explain a nutty logic that is going around in talk radio.!!!! The congress has pulled banking CEO's in hearings to grill them on the TARP money that they used for bonuses and well trips,and buying planes. (Money they got from us because they srewed up the making bad business moves..) Now I think it ok to ask these morons why they waste the bailout money they got on themselves and not put it in correcting the banking system. (Gee since its TaxPayer Money!!!!!) Now some rightwing talk radio idiots are giving it to our lawmakers for asking these questions. I'm well confused because 4 to 9 billion dollars is missing in Iraq and rightwingers get well mad because they don't like wasteful spending but it seems I hear SILENCE when it deals with with issues of waste with the war on terror. But we are concerned about spending of the goverment when Democrats are in charge. Is this HYPOCRISY???? or Is this a case of real bad tunnelvision???? Explain please....

    February 13, 2009 05:19 am at 5:19 am |
  6. Tom in Delaware

    Put e-verify back into the bill so we can insure that bonafide Americans and not illegal aliens will be the ones getting these new jobs.

    If you can't do at least that, then kill this Porky Pig Bill.

    Tell Chuck Schumer he's an idiot.

    February 13, 2009 05:28 am at 5:28 am |
  7. Gin Miller

    Just another Bush. Gotta have it, gotta have it NOW! Forget about making it a plan that will work. Change? What change? More of the same!

    February 13, 2009 06:28 am at 6:28 am |
  8. Scott


    I am going to see a whole 13.00 a week uncrease in my paycheck, and this bill is suspose to stimulate the econ? A lot of pork in the bill, Tax.Tax.Tax and spend Democrat's. Dem;s do not care about the average worker, only there rich fat cat buddies.

    February 13, 2009 06:34 am at 6:34 am |
  9. Scott


    I am going to see a whole 13.00 a week increase in my paycheck, and this bill is suspose to stimulate the econ? A lot of pork in the bill, Tax.Tax.Tax and spend Democrat's. Dem;s do not care about the average worker, only there rich fat cat buddies.

    February 13, 2009 06:35 am at 6:35 am |
  10. obama supporter

    This is so old. Why can't these dummie who say they represent us sign this bill so we can start the healing process. It's really ashame how these politicians are fighting Pres Obama, they won't win. Pres Obama is visionary and these old has beens are stuck in yester-year.

    I fully support this bill, I fully support my president he can move us forward if only the dinosaurs let him.

    February 13, 2009 06:37 am at 6:37 am |
  11. Rob Stumpf

    There is only one way to end this crisis. We have to let bad banks fail, go under, die, get lost. Obama has to stop the never ending campaign and make tough decisions. Throwing money at problems, the traditional big-government solution to everything, is not what we need. We need a President to show guts and do what has to be done.

    February 13, 2009 06:38 am at 6:38 am |
  12. Mark

    I cannot wait until 2010. For the first time in my life I am going to be VERY ACTIVE in working to get all the DO NOTHING Dems out of Congress.

    If you read the blogs, it amazes me at just how negative, mean and nasty the liberals are. I read they wish all Republicans dead, want them all to rot in hell, and so many more just horrible hate filled venom. Is this the change Obama promised? I must have missed the "kill them all" speech. I wouldn't have voted for him if I knew we were going to go with such a radical hate-monger approach.

    Now Obama uses Bush tactics in scaring and threatening to get his way. I seem to recall the Liberals bashing this tactic as un-American. What they forgot to tell us is that it's only wrong if they don't agree with it. They're a bunch of hypocrites and liars. The Dems didn't even allow 1 Republican to participate in writing this bill. They are the ones who are playing partisan politics. The Republicans had good ideas, but the Dems couldn't allow them in, as that would give them "points", which would make them look bad. This bill is a spending bill, not a stimulus package. The last stimulus did nothing. This bill is being forced down our throats without refinment and tweaking that is necessary to make it work, why? It's obvious, the Dems are already talking about 2010, they're working on the election, not the economy.

    You all think 2010 is going to secure the Dems in Congress. We'll see about that. The economy went bad about 1 year after the Dems took over Congress. The economy got good about 1 year after the Republicans took over Congres in 92. If you go back 100 years, and map out all the bad economies, and control of Congress, you WILL SEE that there is a pattern, and it isn't in the Democrats favor. You can attack me all you want, but the facts don't lie. Only Pelosi, Reid and their hallucinating fans do.

    I read CNN all the time. I notice that only a few "not so liberal" comments are posted, probably to appear fair. I humbly ask the "neutral" moderators to post my comments. I pay my taxes, I do not collect social give-aways, and I love my country. I am not a right-winger, but an honest Moderate. Please post my thoughts and allow all sides to participate.


    February 13, 2009 06:52 am at 6:52 am |
  13. J. S.

    More people would be for this plan IF previous similar plans had really worked–they didn't. Something needs to be done BUT increasing government spending?? Other options really needed to be investigated and considered-

    February 13, 2009 06:54 am at 6:54 am |
  14. Libertarian

    I think the Republicans don't like Obama because he's inspirational. They don't want someone in office who will inspire American's to take action or become involved in government. They like being in charge and they like their subjects to be sheepish. Obama, like JFK, inspires people to become involved and that they can make a difference.

    February 13, 2009 07:03 am at 7:03 am |
  15. Pee Wee

    I have a great idea. Take Nancy Pelosi's 30 million dollar earmark for the marsh mouse and give each of the 31,030 persons/families whose "stories" were submitted to DNC/OFA, 10 grand a piece.

    Term limits are the answer.

    3 terms (6 years) maximum in the House.
    2 terms (12 years) maximum in the Senate.
    If a member is effective they can serve in both, but no more than 2 terms in either body.

    If we could get this change in place, we could get rid of 80% of the jokers in there now and get some new blood. Let's turn being a representative of the people back into a service and not a career.

    February 13, 2009 07:12 am at 7:12 am |
  16. TCM

    wow...what energy from someone with a socialist agenda....everyone that supports this should be ready to have their lives totally open to the government, and their voice silenced....

    February 13, 2009 07:21 am at 7:21 am |
  17. CJ in FL

    Partisans are stupid. Democrat partisans seem to be a shade dumber than Republican partisans, but they're all pretty much brain-dead.

    Let the bickering begin!

    February 13, 2009 07:22 am at 7:22 am |
  18. Cindy

    Why does Obama need to convince his supporters that this stimulus bill is the KEY to freedom? How about the Americans who do NOT believe in it? Its a joke.

    How about 6 months of no one having to PAY taxes? THAT will stimulate the economy because we are TAXED to death here, and I am sorry Mr. President, I dont see how $165 MILLION for bee hive insurance is going to help ANY of us.

    You rushed thru this bill, so many pages that even YOU couldnt have read. What a sad day for America. VOTE OUT THE SENATORS who support this crap. No wonder we are in the mess we are.

    How about letting US spend OUR money OUR way? Too much to ask?

    February 13, 2009 07:32 am at 7:32 am |
  19. pk49

    I do NOT believe for one minute this stimulus package will create all the jobs and help anyone the way they are leading us to believe. This is out of control and just keeps snowballing. When does it stop??? Why don't they allow more time to review something of this magnitude? What are they hiding? I thought 'transparency' was to come into play now. What changed that?

    February 13, 2009 07:39 am at 7:39 am |
  20. suz

    I hope as many of these stories as possible are posted. Even with that the GOP will disregard the "little people" Why not ideology and power are far more important than any issues than what the American people in general are facing due to the republican incompentance and disregard. Please take the holier than thow attiude and go away.

    If you are not part of the solution, than stop adding to the problems. The president has more than attempted to reach across the aisle. An issue the GOP said "he would never do".....Really who is not reaching across the aisle the disgruntled party of those that hope that the president fails even if its at the expense of millions of people.


    February 13, 2009 07:56 am at 7:56 am |
  21. Sam - SC

    This stimulus is the biggest increase in government in history!!! It's purpose is to slow down a recession caused by a country borrowing and spending too much!!! This just prolongs and makes the contraction worse and the spending is permanent!! Democrats are short-sighted fools blinded by hatred and partisanship – this is crazy!

    February 13, 2009 08:00 am at 8:00 am |
  22. Dawn

    Boo-hoo, if they want to help with this economy and stop being a proud good ol' boys help our Presidents, the more the GOP drags their feet, the more jobs are being lost. President Obama inherited this problem the GOP ok the Bush Administration spending and allowed Bush to do what he has done for 8 years.

    February 13, 2009 08:00 am at 8:00 am |
  23. SA in OO

    What a wonderful idea.

    To actually keep the people involved in the discourse, after the elections are over, and those they elected jet off to the black hole of Washington to play political party games. It's great and heady stuff to have these grand debates on the floor of the houses of congress – even if you're talking to two cameras and an otherwise empty chamber at 2:00am. And we can only imagine what a rush it would be if you were one of the congressional "leaders" who get to stand in front of the klieg lights and pontificate about a bill you may not have read entirely, or the incredibly complex issues you only see one side of. But here-to-fore the real people were left out of all of this after election day. Like Cinderella we stayed home and clean up the mess the politicians left us with.

    SO maybe . . . just maybe, “we the people” may actually have some say in the pending decisions that will change all of our lives.

    That really would be a CHANGE !

    February 13, 2009 08:09 am at 8:09 am |
  24. Lynn in NM

    Remember 1933 when the US government went bankrupt? President Obama started to reference this in his speech the other night, and changed the subject. Did he think it might not be the right thing to say? We are headed there folks. Keep voting for these arrogant people.

    February 13, 2009 08:14 am at 8:14 am |
  25. Henry Miller, Cary, NC

    Apparently over half the population is opposed to this insane spending spree. I wonder if the idiot politicians will pay attention to that.

    When you're trillions of dollars in debt, isn't it time to stop spending money?

    February 13, 2009 08:18 am at 8:18 am |
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