April 26th, 2009
11:55 AM ET
11 years ago

Bipartisanship isn't dead, says Jarrett

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Obama senior adviser Valerie Jarrett told CNN Sunday that President Obama still wants to work with Republicans in a bipartisan way on major policy initiatives like health care reform.

"He has reached out more aggressively I think to the Republican Party than I could ever imagine a president could possibly do," she told John King on State of the Union. "So I think the burden is on him to reach out his hand, and that's what he's done, and that's what he's going to continue to do throughout this administration."

After failing to secure Republican support for most of his economic plan, the president called on the Senate last week to use a parliamentary procedure that would allow legislation - including massive efforts like a health care overhaul - to pass without any GOP votes.

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  1. Dave NYC

    The republicans voted 100% with EACH OTHER, showing where their loyalties lie: with their Party.

    I think the American People are starting to notice that Republicans have NEVER been the party of bi-partisanship, especially when they were in power.

    Democrats have historically accepted compromises with the Republicans, because the Democratic Party is too diverse for them to vote 100% with each other all the time. It never happens.

    Republicans should start putting the Country before their Party, the people voted for Change, and the GOP is standing in the way.

    April 26, 2009 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  2. Palin Power

    Balance and bipartisanship in the universe will be restored when Sarah Palin becomes President in 2012.

    April 26, 2009 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  3. Greg, San Francisco, CA

    I believe there are many current GOP Congress members who would like to work with the Obama Administration but are are reluctant to do so for fear of being called RINOs and having their own GOP leaders denounce them. The GOP leadership (and by that I mean Hannity, Limbaugh and Coulter) are making it impossible for any decent GOP member to work together with the Democrats. Until a GOP member with some tenure stands up and says 'enough', we will have this ridiculous posing and posturing from the party of No.

    April 26, 2009 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  4. bsmith171

    has jarrett ever met a republican?

    April 26, 2009 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  5. Texas Teacher

    The republicans believe that bipartisanship means that they get to keep on running things. For them bipartisanship is weakness! They never cared one whit what the Democrats or the American People thought or wanted. They did exactly what they wanted to do until they nearly destroyed this country. Now they think that what they have to say still counts? The press may feel that they are still relevant, but the President and the People know otherwise. Obama did his best to work with them. They don't know the meaning of the word, bipartisanship. So let us do what we need to do, and let them sit back and watch from the sidelines... where they are and should be!

    April 26, 2009 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  6. Melissa

    At some point he will just have to stop trying so hard with them. It doesn't matter what they do because, if he doesn't capitulate to their demands, they will always say that he isn't willing to work in a bipartisan way. Even when they get 40% or more of their demands into things like the stimulus package.

    April 26, 2009 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  7. truth is liberal sort of

    it's not up to her or bama with Pelosi/Reid in charge of our Nation.

    April 26, 2009 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  8. barry in las vegas

    Obama's bipartinsonship is nothing but a PR ploy.

    This is a politician at his best. Obama tries to make the public believe he is reaching out to Republicans while HIS Congress shuts them out and shuts them down.

    Obama only wants Republican ideas that argrees with his policies.

    The facts are the facts, even the majority of elected Democrats didn't see what was in the "Stimulous Package" much less the public or the Repulicans.

    April 26, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  9. cw

    I don't give two craps about bipartisanship. Obama should ram through whatever he can. Health care costs aren't crippling any of the economies (or family budgets) in France, Germany, England, or Sweden, and their hospital care is way better than ours. The best thing for the Republicans to do is to please remain on the sidelines.

    April 26, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  10. bk

    Who would be stupid enough to vote for an $800 billion dollar pork bill? Even Obama signed it behind closed doors because he knew it was wrong. But he had to because Pelosi, Reid, Dodd, and Franks are running the country. Obama is just a puppet and lets not forget the ACLU and George Soros are also telling Obama what to do. Thats why he flipped flopped on going after the Bush Adm.

    April 26, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  11. Biased

    Why should republicans get all the blame for no bipartisanship? The catchy but irritating dem buzz phrase – the party of NO – shows dems are indeed a pitiful lot. Inviting them to a cocktail party is NOT bipartisanship. Shutting them out of having any part in the stimulus bill is NOT bipartisanship. Instructing your Pelosi and Reid to craft legisaltion where it will enshrine in the law that the republicans will be again shut out from any health care reform bill and vote is NOT bipartisanship. It seems democrats also promise anything to get elected and then go back on their word like they said republicans did. Both parties have been at fault during their times, but the democrats appear to be taking this to a new level, all the while crying foul when they are ensuring there will be no bipartisanship at every turn.

    April 26, 2009 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  12. The Broker.

    Stepping-Stones? But going forward.

    April 26, 2009 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  13. DisgustedinIowa

    Someone should define reaching out. Is it like transparency. You talk about it a lot, its given a PR buzz, but it does not happen. The simplest place to look is the black hole of spending passed so quickly that "no one" knew it solidified bonuses. The Republicans offered hundreds of amendments, and not one passed. Not one was useful? Acceptable? Economically sound? There is no bipartisanship, and there will not be until the silent majority vote enough consevatives into congress to force bipartisanship. It will happen, Obama knows it will, democrats know it will. Thats why they are working so swiftly on the extremist agenda. They know they will get hammered in 2010 and 2012 elections are cyclical.

    April 26, 2009 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  14. scottrB

    why should the Obama administration work for bipartisanship ? The party of NO said they wouldn't work with him and then complain when their not included. Sounds like the GOP needs a timeout. GROW UP GOP, you are not the party of whiners. You ran the counrty into this hole and blame everyone and anyone but yourselves. Who had control of the house and senate from 1994-2006. and the white house from 2000-2008 ? The GOP and they have the nerve to blame anyone else but them. When 911 happened Bush asked the joint session to allow his administration to go into Iraqw and get WMD's, remember ? where were they and or did they exist ? Some say bad Intel, and then they blame the Clinton Administration for that. I have grown tired of this party and wish they would just let the party that won the past election " DEM's" run the government. Yes I am mad and mad as hell

    April 26, 2009 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  15. Sore winners

    Why are the winners so angry?

    April 26, 2009 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
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