February 1st, 2010
02:47 PM ET
13 years ago

First on the Ticker: Obama to address DNC gathering

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/02/01/art.obama.0201.gi.jpg caption="President Obama is scheduled to address the DNC's winter meeting."]Washington (CNN) – After sparring with House Republicans Friday on policy matters, President Obama will appear before a far more friendly audience later this week.

The president on Saturday will headline the Democratic National Committee's Winter Meeting – an annual gathering of political insiders and grassroots activists who make up the core of the national party, CNN has learned.

"I am honored to announce that President Barack Obama will join us for our Winter Meeting on Saturday morning," DNC Chairman Tim Kaine writes in an email that will be sent to members Monday afternoon. "I know you are as excited as I am to hear from the President about his Administration's plans for the country on jobs, the economy, health reform, energy and the environment and other important issues for 2010 and beyond. I also look forward to hearing President Obama discuss his vision for our party, the importance of the 2010 elections, and the important role we can all play."

The DNC meeting will be held in Washington.

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soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Don't let the D in front of their names fool you Mr. President! You knocked it out of the STATE when you met with the Rethugs in Baltimore, this should be a cakewalk for you. I'd imagine that by now Dems and Rethugs ALIKE are in agreement over at least one thing: YOU ARE NOT THE ONE THEY WANT TO SPAR WITH!!!!!

    Obama 2012!

    February 1, 2010 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  2. historian

    I hope this is going to telecasting exactly the same way the RNC session was – it gives us a great insight. CNN really did a great job when our President gave his State of the Union speech. The camera panning gave us a great overview of behavior and body language. Those pictures are worth a thousand words. After a little practice, you can really get good at reading and understanding what people may be thinking.

    February 1, 2010 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  3. ThinkAgain

    President Obama, with actions and words, needs to push for the passage of his agenda for our country.

    He won the presidency based on people's belief in his ability to create real change. During the campaign, he railed against the tried-and-failed policies of the GOP; and all the Republicans have shown since his inauguration is their determination to make him and our country fail.

    It is time to STOP trying to reach out to the Republicans, who have made it perfectly clear that they do not want to cooperate.

    Time to step up, Mr. President, and lead your party and our nation. Implement your agenda, do what is right for the American people – and leave the naysayers in the dust where they belong.

    February 1, 2010 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  4. Rick McDaniel

    So, will Obama ask them what they have been doing for the past 3 yrs. besides sitting around, bickering???

    In a business, they would have all been fired for lollygagging.

    February 1, 2010 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  5. Trim spending, please.

    Obama is going to strong-arm the weak democratic party. The man is running our country into the ground and won't take any real questions (sorry, the YouTube thing was staged and the answers were actually just deflections...).

    Obama and his minions need to be fired.

    February 1, 2010 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  6. They call me "tater salad"

    You mean they aren't going to have it in Hawaii like the Republicans? How about Bermuda......No? Then how about the Caymans or the Bahamas...No? I guess that makes the score Democrats: 100 Republicans : 0........As it usually is!

    February 1, 2010 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  7. Debby

    All the losers in one place for a day how relieving.

    February 1, 2010 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  8. Average American

    Mr. President, Please tell them to grow a pair and not bow down to the right wing obstructionist nuts.

    February 1, 2010 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  9. REG in AZ

    Politics literally stink and anyone who thinks differently is simply naive and gullible or just involved in the game. While I have become alienated by the Republicans I still hear, understand and acknowledge the faults with the Democrats. Some of us may lean towards being conservative and would like to believe the Republicans are quality but they are not. Others may be more liberal and want to believe the Democrats are perfect but they are not. It could be nice to have a third party or enough Independents who would be altruistic and honestly focused on the people but they don't exist and even if they did, currently they couldn't survive the system. We may like to believe otherwise and politicians actually try to use our desires to manipulate us, to have us believe in our wishes, but the truth is as it is and reality is all we have to work with. If that means we need to objectively and rationally select the least of evils, then that is what we have to do.
    As I see it:
    * The Republicans are owned and controlled by Special Interests and the influential, powerful and extremely wealthy few who strongly support them with overt and covert efforts, substantial contributions and even after office compensation (kickbacks). Over the last nine years the Republicans have arrogantly demonstrated a gross dishonesty as they focus on benefits for the few and stubbornly give the majority only apathy, the costs and an abundance of subterfuge to rationalize their actions and to manipulate public opinion. No matter what they say they just can't be trusted and they have cost most people and this country greatly.
    * The Democrats really are not able to be totally unified (which could be a plus indicating a reliance on individual consciences) or as well organized and they are controlled by an egotistic drive to have bigger government do more for the people, which likely creates a need for increasing taxes. They have difficulty achieving consensus within their own party and really have idealistic goals. They often flounder without steady leadership.
    My choice is the Democrats as:
    * We really can't survive 'more of the same'.
    * We currently desperately need some liberal thinking in so many drastically neglected areas, just to regain balance.
    * The Republicans offer the majority nothing and in fact take them for granted.
    * Even with a slight increase in taxes, when with a vibrant economy, the majority stand to regain more of what they lost, while with 'more of the same' only the wealthy gain.
    * It is obvious that the Republicans put their political ambitions above all else.
    * And finally, it seems apparent that the Democrats are consistently more honest and not so dependent on outside sources to manipulate people. No, not perfect but better.
    By 2016 it may well be different, if the Republicans get the message they need to change, but any 'more of the same' now could devastate this country and especially the middle-class.

    February 1, 2010 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  10. Grrr-Awful-O

    This is outrageous. There are several stories about Barack Obama today and not one about Sarah Palin. What gives???

    February 1, 2010 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  11. Diana

    I hope he puts the so called Blue Dogs in their place like he did with the Republicans. I watched that over and over it was so great the way he handled himself with the Republicans – without a teleprompter!

    February 1, 2010 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  12. Donald

    I was please to see President Obama mustering the courage to tell the Republicans that it is time for the mischaracterization and paritsan mindset that has been a constant in Washington for years and is more at play since he became president to be put aside and that both Democrats and Republicans should work together for the American people. I do hope that the President will not let the Democrats off the hook. He need to be blunt with them also. This current Democratic membership Congress are the largest majority in both houses in decades, yet they can't get anything done with many of them just seem to want satisfy their own agendas rather than working to help the American people. As the president stated in his State of the Union Address, the Democrats should remember they have a majority. They need to get the job done rather than running for the hills as soon as there is a set back against the party i.e. Scotts Brown's Senate seat victory in Massachusett. If these Democrats refuse to work together, they are no different from most of the Republicans who are always saying, "NO" just so as not to support any initatives that they as the minority party does not have control of or is it to simply sabotage the President's effort to work for the American people. Roland Martin, CNN commentator wrote an excellent piece on this matter last week. I do hope all Democrats and Republicans in the Senate and House had taken time to read it.

    February 1, 2010 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  13. rob

    I hope they televise a Q&A wth the President like the Republicans did? No matter how they try to spin it, the President has had more trouble with his own party from day one. I bet that many Dems in Congress breathed a huge sigh of relief when Scott Brown won in Mass. That meant that they now won"t have to vote the horrible Heath Bill into law and have to face their constituants this Nov.

    February 1, 2010 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |