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January 27th, 2009
09:33 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Playing Nice

President Obama has pledged to work with Republicans on his economic stimulus package.

President Obama has pledged to work with Republicans on his economic stimulus package.

Maureen Miller
AC360° Writer

I don't know about you, but  if I was asking for $825 billion dollars I'd work up a really good sales pitch. President Obama is trying to just that in Washington. His chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, invited some Republican lawmakers over to the White House for  more talks on the stimulus plan. Hmmm.. talks or arm-twisting? How I would love to be a fly on the wall in that room. Earlier today, Pres. Obama was even over on Capitol Hill meeting with Republicans. The House is expected to vote on the stimulus plan tomorrow.  Keep in mind, he doesn't need full  support from the GOP. There are enough Democrats to get the bill passed. But Mr. Obama pledged to work with everyone on Capitol Hill. And, so far, it seems he's keeping to that promise.

Do you think Pres. Obama will get more support from the GOP on this plan or is it a lost cause? Sound off below.

Tonight we'll also have more on Pres. Obama's interview with Al-Arabiya TV. The two main points made in that interview: The Obama administration is offering a "hand of friendship to the Muslim world and it's also going to hunt down terrorists who target Americans. How is the message being received in the Arab world? We'll have a 360 Dispatch from CNN's Nic Robertson.

And, in California, a mother has given birth to octuplets. Eight babies – six boys, two girls. A surprise for the proud parents. They were expecting seven babies. The entire delivery lasted just five minutes, but involved 46 doctors and nurses. This is only the second known time in the U.S. that a mother has delivered eight babies. Ten years ago in Texas a couple had octuplets. Sadly, one of the babies passed away.  These babies are doing well, according to doctors. And, when they make it home in about 10 weeks, the new parents will have their hands full. 160 tiny fingers and toes to take care of 24 hours a day. And, when you consider the average baby goes through 2,788 diapers in a year, multiply that by eight and we're talking about 22,304 diapers.  Umm.. you may want to see if you can work out a deal with Pampers. That's a lot of diaper shopping. We wish Mom and Dad the best!!

Join us at 10pm ET for these stories and more.


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soundoff (22 Responses)
  1. Beth L.- Ga.

    The Republicans don't want their name on this ridiculous stimulus bonanza when it fails. And I don't blame them.

    January 27, 2009 at 11:31 pm |
  2. maggie

    congrats and all, but i don't think having enough children at once to put al franken in office is the way to go. these children often have severe disabilities. The resources they use are unfathomable. there are other ways to have children then to have a mini population at once yourself. maggie

    January 27, 2009 at 11:29 pm |
  3. Alex

    Blago to Palin, "You're crazy!" Palin to Blago, "No, I'm just stupid, you're the one that's lost your mind."

    January 27, 2009 at 11:25 pm |
  4. jeff whitley

    I think some form of government stimulus package is required. but i think are other forms of stimulus that can be deployes. for example, a person that has a 401(k) then why not let that person take out money tax free and penality free,one time, to pay off the mortgage. that would allow some to pay off their mortgage, get cash back into the banking system, and it would not cost the government anything.

    January 27, 2009 at 11:24 pm |
  5. Alex

    By the time the 825 million dollars is injected into the economy, the people that need it the most will already be out of a job. Do you think these auto parts makers are going to be in business in 6 or 8 months?

    January 27, 2009 at 11:14 pm |
  6. Alex

    Right now, you have two choices at the gas pump. You can fill up your car with gas, or you can park your empty car. Instead of legislation directed at tightening emission standards, why not fund a distribution infrastructure for alternative, renewable fuels. These fuels can be made from biomass plants that have nothing to do with corn. Competition at the gas pump is what will forever keep gas prices in check. So many jobs would be created right now when we need them the most. The plants would need to be produced, planted, managed in the plantation, harvested, transported conversion facility and converted, then distributed to the consumer. It would immediately accomplish so many of the campaign promises: green job creation, less dependence on foreign oil, drastically lower emissions, and all done in the USA. So much work! Let's get to it.

    January 27, 2009 at 11:11 pm |
  7. Anna

    Eight babies? Why? Notice how there's no mention (or at least I haven't seen it yet), on whether or not fertility drugs were involved with that kind of a pregnancy?

    January 27, 2009 at 11:08 pm |
  8. gene N.C.

    I think our goverment has forgot what works in america. If we would have given all the bailout money to the comon people, say it was $20,000 most people would of put sum back in banks so bank bailout done. Some would pay back morgages up to date,thus housing bailout.Some would use it to buy new car, thuscar bailout. And some would spend thier money on retail items, thusretail bailout . and if the goverment would take away free passes to illegals and send them home, plus start fining those who hire them unemployment would decline. Plus why can illegals get welfare, housing asst,an food stamps, Lets take care of americans first gene N.C.

    January 27, 2009 at 11:07 pm |
  9. Steve - Plano, TX

    If President Obama and Congress were really serious about stimulating the economy; force the high dollar CEO's to cut their own pay and bonuses to avoid employee layoffs and remove pointless earmarks from the package.

    January 27, 2009 at 10:53 pm |
  10. Bob Coyle

    God bless this family that have 8 children. I hope they grow and become solid citizens. What amazing things happen in God's world.!

    January 27, 2009 at 10:49 pm |
  11. Diane

    President Obama is indeed working up a pretty good sales pitch for the $825 billion that he's asking for. After all, the money is for America's economy. The Republicans just aren't biting. What are they afraid of? Aren't they American too? President Obama promised to work with Capitol Hill's Republicans. Shouldn't this be a two-way street?

    January 27, 2009 at 10:32 pm |
  12. Jesse

    It's funny how so many folks are making a big deal over the price tag of the stimulus package. This is nothing compared with the price of the war in Iraq. Priorities, people!

    January 27, 2009 at 10:24 pm |
  13. barbara O'Savage

    I am a social worker and although I am impressed with President Obama and his reforms, where is poverty addressed, it seems the middle class is where "the action is" but what about eliminating poverty and the very vulnerable that I work for? No mention of these "most oppressed" is ever mentioned, come on "talk is talk where is the action for those whom we serve?

    January 27, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  14. Lou Hooper

    I think Obama is practicing old time Illinois politics of label and destroy your enemies. Why is he so concerned about the few GOP folks that are left in the Senate? And why oh why would Obama ever bring up the mighty wind bag Rush Limbaugh? Did Obama forget that he is Presidnet and he doesn't need to keep up the campaigning? Obama has a majority! Obama needs to lead, not try to force a few minor folks that are never going to move over to his way of thinking...

    January 27, 2009 at 10:01 pm |
  15. sally

    Why not give opposition to the Presidents Stimulus Plan the lower corporate tax rate changes they want in exchange for tax changes like end corporate use of tax shelters, offshore banks, and double bookkeeping. Require corporate execs in publicly traded companies pay taxes on their stock bonuses for the year they are paid, and require the sale of same be spread over at least 5 years. There are a host of ways make fair tax cake and eat it too. Com'on guys you can do this right.

    January 27, 2009 at 9:56 pm |
  16. Joette

    I would hope that the GOP would find some common ground to support President Obama and the stimulus/investment package. Why they get so hung up on the tax piece is frustrating, also I always wonder what they are thinking by this strong back GOP base politics. After all they have been there all along for the past 8 years. They also had a hand in our economic situation.

    Before any GOP bloggers jump on me, I am a registered Rep.

    January 27, 2009 at 9:55 pm |
  17. Michelle D. Fonthill,Ont

    Wow 8 babies that's amazing . The feedings the diapers the laudndry it's so overmwhelming . Maybe they should take lessons from Jon and kate plus 8 -she could give them tips on how to oraganoze and hopefully they have friends and family that can help I'm tired just thinking about it amen to them !

    January 27, 2009 at 9:55 pm |
  18. leah

    President Obama is dealing with a dysfunctional "family" in both houses of the Congress. So many of these politicians have been fighting with each other for so long and seeking revenge when they can, probably Dr Phil needs to be called in to do an intervention!!

    January 27, 2009 at 9:55 pm |
  19. Chet Brown

    This new Obama stimulus package is a huge horrible bunch of, unorganized, directionless, irresponsible bureaucratic money burning disgracefulness at its best. I thought President Bush was off his rocker with the first bail out, but this is undoubtedly the most irresponsible that I've ever seen Washington. By the way, what happened the second half of the first bailout money???? We already know where the first part is; gone forever to bank heaven. I don't know about you and rest of my American brothers and sisters, but I'm tired of having to continuously bend over and over and over if you get my drift. When and how can we stop taking it?

    Chet R. Brown
    North Las Vegas, NV

    January 27, 2009 at 9:49 pm |
  20. xtina, chicago IL

    Real "change" would be giving the money directly to American taxpayers.

    January 27, 2009 at 9:46 pm |
  21. Lew Morello

    Think about it – if all the banks that are foreclosing on folks, turned in the information to the government and the government paid off their mortgage, the home-owners would have that much more a month to buy the car they need to find a job, the banks would have billions more to lend and the economy would wake up overnight!

    January 27, 2009 at 9:46 pm |
  22. Annie Kate

    8 babies? Oh lord! Those poor parents – I am sure they are overjoyed and totally in love with their precious new members of the family but I know how much time it takes to take care of one baby – I cannot even imagine caring for 8 at one time. I hope they have extended family who will be committed to helping them out for the first couple of years – because its not just diapers; its feeding them, holding them, interacting with them, giving baths, dressing them, and all the other things a baby needs. And think of the stuff they'll need just to go out with them – I don't think they make a car big enough to carry it all and the family besides. Whew....good luck to them.

    I think Obama is trying to work with the GOP but I'm not sure the GOP is trying to work with him. A show of cooperation and less self interest would do the image of the GOP a world of good – I just hope they are smart enough to know they need to help with the solutions and not stonewall because of party dogma.

    January 27, 2009 at 9:40 pm |