February 14th, 2009
10:31 AM ET
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Obama planning ambitious road ahead

President Obama waves as he boards Air Force One for Chicago, where the Obamas were to spend the weekend.

President Obama waves as he boards Air Force One for Chicago, where the Obamas were to spend the weekend.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Fresh off victory on President Obama's signature $787 billion economic recovery plan, several top White House aides say they're planning an ambitious agenda for the rest of February.

The Senate had waited for the return of Democrat Sherrod Brown, who was returning from his mother's wake in his home state of Ohio, to close the voting late Friday.

For the rest of the month, the White House agenda will focus on addressing the housing crisis, cleaning up the banking mess and laying the groundwork for reform of the health care system and entitlement programs like Medicare.

Obama's economic stimulus plan, which top aides say will be signed into law as early as Monday at the White House, received no Republican votes in the House and just three in the Senate despite his heavy emphasis on drawing bipartisan support. There have also been several Cabinet miscues in the early days, but top White House aides are confident the president has gotten off to a strong start.

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  1. David from Germany

    Dear Mr. President, you are born to succeed. So, please do your Thing

    February 14, 2009 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  2. alvino

    How does one explain to the right wing nuts who still believe Saddam Hussein had WMD's and was involved in 9/11 that the stimulus plan is supported by a vast majority of economists on both sides? Just remember, it was the former president, "43," who drove the economy into the ground, and it will be the democrats who, once again, have to fix it without any republican support.

    February 14, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  3. Matt in MN

    So it took Bush about 8 years to get us a trillion dollar deficit.
    It'll take Obama 6 months, but apparently "that's ok" because Bush gave us a trillion dollar deficit before Obama.

    Two wrongs don't make a right, and adding more and more debt to this country isn't going to fix the problem, it'll only make them worse.

    February 14, 2009 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  4. alvino

    I find it amazing that those republicans who oppose the stimulus and getting us out of this mess now want to know when they get their check. What a bunch of self serving hypocrits.

    February 14, 2009 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  5. alvino


    Bush took away some of your freedom with his unregulated wiretapping. We all wish he and Cheney had read the constitution.

    February 14, 2009 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  6. Steph

    The republicans are gambling right now for the stimulus to fail. But they forget one thing: if it works, they're gone. No re-election. And if you look how the repubs are thinking, I think that a president McCain would be worse than Obama. Obama is doing something and McCain would let the problem solved it self. Just like Bush.

    February 14, 2009 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  7. Is This "Change"

    Obama is a smoke and mirror politician flying by the seat of his pants. He should be prosecuted for stealing money from my grandchildren with this so called "Stimulus bill".
    How is $30 million dollars to protect the Harvest mouse in the home district of Pelosi going to put Americans back to work.?????

    February 14, 2009 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  8. Politicalfreak

    It seems that the same old bad habit of US media is repeated ..again...in this description of of President Obama agenda for next week.

    How do we have to understand that his first international visit to Canada, this Thursday Fevruary 19, is not included in this article?

    Have you noticed that USA has a northern neighbour who happens to be your most important trade partner for years, the very same country also involved in the war in Afghanistan, among other partnerships. Remember us?

    Do not repeat the same big mistake when George Bush forgot to mention Canada in his short list of countries involved in the Afghan mission at one of his State of the Union Adress... We still remember that one! The Canadian blood of our soldiers who died over there, deserves the same respect to say the least.

    I think and hope that President Obama will show more consideration to Canada. He already did by choosing Canada for his first visit out of US, next Thursday, even if it will be a short one.

    Finally, as I am French-Canadian I apologize for my English writing but as I voulunteered for the Obama-Biden campaign in Louisiana, for 45 days, I think that many readers will forgive me my imperfect English writing. It is always a real pleasure for me to read all comments here and I felt the need to react to this article today. Thanks.

    February 14, 2009 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  9. virginia for obama

    Hey! . . annie – Palin 2010

    Did you read the stimulus? . . . "I think not" – or did Rush tell you what's in it. – Probably so!

    February 14, 2009 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  10. rob

    He's been in office 3 1/2 weeks, sweet jesus give him a chance, was he suppose to part the red sea or something in that time?

    February 15, 2009 07:20 am at 7:20 am |
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