February 6th, 2009
11:35 AM ET

Morning Buzz: This Is Not A Game

Penny Manis
AC360° Senior Producer

President Barack Obama was fired up last night during his address at the House Democratic Caucus in Virginia. In speaking about the importance of passing the stimulus bill, he said, “This is not a game, this is not a contest for who’s in power, who’s up and who’s down, these are your constituents…it is important for us to set aside some of the gamesmanship in this town (Washington, D.C.) and get something done.”

He also said, “I don’t care whether you’re driving a hybrid or SUV, if you’re headed for a cliff, you’ve got to change direction." And by cliff, I guess he meant things like the job report out today, which shows the rate jumping to 7.6%, up from 7.2% last month. The U.S. lost 598,000 jobs in January, the 2nd worst month of job loss in history.

The WH and Senate Democratic leaders indicate they are about 3 votes short of the 60 needed to pass President Obama’s economic plan through the Senate today. A bipartisan group of nearly 20 senators are back on the case, trying to compromise on the latest version of this stimulus bill. Word has it that they are trying to come to an agreement on cutting about $100 billion out of the $900 billion stimulus bill.

Meanwhile, Treasury Secretary Geithner is planning to unveil a separate financial stability plan that could cost billions of dollars more to buy up troubled assets from banks and deal with the credit and foreclosure crisis. This is described as a major reform of the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP). It’s getting confusing isn’t it? Which billion dollar package is part of which? Ali Velshi and our team will make sense of it tonight.

Joe Johns spotted a story about Govt watchdogs which conducted a study concluding that Treasury paid substantially more for the assets it purchased under the TARP program than their current market value. EEK! There is a report today detailing these findings on possible overpayments and Joe will be keeping them honest.

President Obama announces the members of his Economy Recovery Advisory Board. He also meets with families of the victims of 9/11 and USS Cole attacks. The WH says the President wants to speak with this group about resolving the issues involved with closing Guantanamo Bay – “while keeping the safety and security of the American people as his top priority.” Ed Henry and our best political team will have all this and more tonight.

TGIF everyone. Stay warm and see you tonight!

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  1. Joan Mickelson

    Let's cut back on foreign aid and overseas humanitarian aid projects for a year or so. Then America will not need to go into so much debt as we experiment with strategies to bolster our economy.

    February 8, 2009 at 9:50 pm |
  2. Greg

    Every politician who votes to delay helping us should trade places with an unemployed parent, with no health insurance, facing foreclosure and bankruptcy. Maybe if they were homeless they would do something.

    February 6, 2009 at 6:52 pm |
  3. Annie Kate

    So is Geithner's bill a brand-new bill that will have to be funded or is it new rules for what is left of the TARP bailout's money? You're right – its hard to keep track of all this. I just hope some of it works.....I don't expect all of it to work the first time – we'll need to see what doesn't work and pull those out and replace them with new programs, but at least something may work and soon and I really wish Congress would get it passed and let us see if it gets people back to work!

    February 6, 2009 at 5:58 pm |
  4. Carol B

    PPP. Political Posturing and Pork. Business as usual in Washington.
    Here's a new idea: One bill at a time with NO amendments.
    1. Set a 3 month spending limit for stimulus.
    2. Put money into the hands of the taxpayers. ( It will make house payments and be spent in businesses, stimulating the economy) Some may be able to put food on the table for a change.
    3. Set up a plausible plan to fix the mortgage crisis. (this will help the banks and keep people in their homes.)
    4. Infrastructure improvement for job creation (Roads and bridges only right now).
    5. Money for states that need it for medicaid, food stamps, unemployment.

    All the money does not need to be spent immediately. These five items are the most pressing right now to keep us from drowni ng. The balance of the money needed for energy, tax cuts, schools and other items in the current bill can be done at a less stressful pace.
    Banks should be the last item on the agenda. They have not proven that the money they have received thus far has been put to good use. Let the mortgage crisis bill take care of them. #3

    February 6, 2009 at 4:42 pm |
  5. Lisa in CA

    @Wayne, to pass this package in 2 or 3 stages would be, well, logical. That would be like passing a bailout bill with strings attached. And that is just not how our government works.

    February 6, 2009 at 4:08 pm |
  6. Judy

    Linda B - Ga.

    I am amazed that there has not been an up-rising about your very valid assertion that

    "the compainies that downsized their USA workforce, in the last 5 yrs, need to be made to pull out of India, Phillippines and wherever else and bring those jobs back to the USA."

    Though in general I am a supporter of the current plan, I am amazed that there has not been a push to repeal the off-shoring incentives that were offered up by GOP in last 8 years. Seems to me that if we repealed some of the carrats to go overseas, many companies might bring those jobs back home. Thoughts ???

    February 6, 2009 at 3:52 pm |
  7. StormerF

    Its not a game....its a shame to think we would allow politicians to use scare tatics to let them spend 900 billion dollars. We rushed 350 billion and have no idea where it went,NICE..job congress for the oversight of our money. This package has a lot of feel good spending in it and very little,that would create long term jobs. JUST.... read it,billions for energy,only problem wind machine parts are made overseas,also solar panels.Obama wants us off foreign oil,But yesterday he stopped drilling for natural gas and oil in UTAH,putting oil field workers out of work and increasing our dependency on foreign oil. STIMULIS PACKAGE SAY NO,ITS TO MUCH MONEY,EVEN OBAMA SAYS IT MAY NOT WORK.WE need better odds to gamble that much money.

    February 6, 2009 at 3:44 pm |
  8. Linda B., Ga.

    Come on you COWARDLY Republican Senators, go with Pres. Obama, get some funding out to us People. Stop being sooooooo Partison. It's time we work together. The Republician House of Rep membrs should be ashamed of themselves, for not supporting what Pres. Obama wanted to do....maybe the need to be NOT re-elected during their next election. Senate Miniority Leader McConnell barely won his re-election, don't you think the voters in his area weren't trying to tell us something.

    The American People NEED this dang bailout and the ones we elected into House of Reps and Senate need to start working for us to clean up this problem. We all need to start acting as "1" not split party lines.

    Also, the compainies that downsized their USA workforce, in the last 5 yrs, need to be made to pull out of India, Phillippines and wherever
    else and bring those jobs back to the USA.

    February 6, 2009 at 3:41 pm |
  9. Judy


    While I agree with your observation that in the short run The President Plan will not help me to get a job, since you build homes in Southern California and you are absolutely accurate that we have enough homes.

    Is there a reason you can not move into other areas of construction ... bid on the winterizing or school building projects (if they survive the GOP gutting of meaningful spending going on as we speak) .....

    Look on the bright side, at least there is still hope in this bill for you since construction seems to be the only thing GOP is willing to spend money on.

    You seem like an industrious, hard working person - with some creativity I'm certain you will find a way to successfully apply your skills and abilities in an area that is helped by this bill.

    Fact of the matter is, there are people who may have to change careers and/or locations in order to help themselves out of this crisis. My husband and I are having to re-think where we live as well.

    February 6, 2009 at 3:39 pm |
  10. Lisa in CA

    Yeah, we know this aint a game. But to pass a bill that is a) not guaranteed to work, and b) full of pork (i.e., more tax payer dollars being spent on fluff) is not a game either. We've spent far too much money already on knee-jerk rushed bills that well, look where we're at. Our president voted in favor of a bill that had $100b in sweetners added to it, and no accountability in it. And he's telling us this isn't a game? Really?! Meanwhile, mortgage lenders like Countrywide don't want to negotiate with us UNTIL WE ARE ACTUALLY IN FORECLOSURE and the banks don't want to work with us to reduce interest rates. I guess they would prefer we file BK. We have a House of Reps who felt that because a Dem was elected president they now have "political capital" to add spending of tax payer dollars (many more of those tax payers out of work, thus collecting on programs that are not being paid into as a result) on pork projects. This is NOT the change that was voted for. Apparently, the president nor the Dems nor the GOP got that memo.

    Here's my advice to the president - dump the experts. They aren't the ones who are living this disaster any more than our Congress people or the president are. Start talking to those of us who living this nightmare. Listen to us for a change and go from there. Don't give us lip service. We've been given it far too long. Start taking us seriously ... and lose the partisan politics. No one is looking good with this. If they can't work together on something as serious as the current state of the country, there is no hope for them working together on anything.

    It's time to throw them all out and start over.

    February 6, 2009 at 3:35 pm |
  11. jarrod

    the biggest problem i Have is that in my job hunting i had offered to work the first day for free and if you want me back tommorrow then pay me for today as well but those people in the fields that you could do that with (mainly construction ) said their is just not enough work fortunatly for me thier are still some honest people that didn't take advantage me

    thanks K for optimism but it is getting ready to become the survival of the fittest and i am no stranger to survival grew up on welfare in house with 3 walls and no indoor toilet. graduated college, started a business it lasted for 7 years and ended oct 08 i only 31 and thier is still time...............maybe

    February 6, 2009 at 3:31 pm |
  12. Wayne

    I hope that this question can be answered on the show...

    Is there some logical or legal reason why Congress can't pass two stimulus packages; one of some $300B-$400B (or whatever the number is) that has unanimous support from both chambers (NOW!) and a second that has the contentious items?? I think that most folks are looking for something to be confident in, and if our Congress would pass a package that has UNANIMOUS support, that would speak much louder than all of the rhetoric...

    February 6, 2009 at 3:29 pm |
  13. Judy

    Nice thoughts "What needs to happen now" ... quote from you:

    "What his bill would not do is fund any special interest stuff. Another senator on the floor today said that the Senate could always look at all those things everyone is calling “pork” at a later time, debate them, and vote to approve them (the Dems don’t even need the Repubs to agree to that stuff to get it pushed through then, since it wont be an emergency bill – like this one now is – and they have a majority in the House and Senate."

    Couple of challenges with this line of thinking:

    1) There is significant - and likely valid - concern that after such a huge bill being passed it will be a very long time before Congress can spend any additional funds - especially with GOP suddenly becoming hawkish on spending vs. their position when "W" was there

    2) They will still have to get 60 votes in the Senate on every individual measure to make it fillibuster proof ... having a majority is not enough. Pragmatically speaking, this is why so many "odd things" that seem out of place get lumped into bills in the first place ...

    3) The overhead of passing many small bills vs. one larger bill is significantly more - everything we are seeing now would have to be done "N" times over.

    One of the biggest differences right now is that it seems many Americans are seeeing the process up close for the first time. We asked for Transparency ... we are getting it. It's like knowing where hotdogs comes from ... be careful what you ask for, after you know, you likely will never eat another one in your life 🙂

    February 6, 2009 at 3:29 pm |
  14. sandy paul

    $$$ Do the Dems wish to share with the taxpayers how much
    their retreat cost? $400,000 or more. KEEPING THEM HONEST?
    Kingsmill Resort and Spa, nice I hear. Remember, transparency
    in government. Ok, Repubs had their retreat last weekend, they
    did not share their cost. REPLY : To us who pay our taxes.

    February 6, 2009 at 3:26 pm |
  15. Dulcie - Denver

    There are a couple of criticisms by conservatives that make me want to tear my hair out.

    1) They don't want to support any programs that give money to 'people who don't pay taxes'. Excuse me? Why don't these people pay taxes? Because they're POOR! They live below the poverty line. Aren't they the people we should be helping?

    2) The term 'pork'. One man's pork is another man's... bacon, I guess. What I mean is that just because conservatives don't see or support the value of the project, doesn't automatically make it pork. Infrastructure, social and regional programs DO generate jobs. Real jobs. Just because they don't like it doesn't automatically make it pork.


    February 6, 2009 at 3:18 pm |
  16. k

    I am sorry things are tough. My comment was aimed at the media, government, and such. You know things are bad, don't you? I don't have expendable cash, but I would be more apt to spend anything I have, if I didn't hear gloom and doom all the time.
    I just want them to give us a respite from it all.

    Take Care Jarrod and Good luck!!

    February 6, 2009 at 3:15 pm |
  17. Max

    No kidding.

    February 6, 2009 at 3:14 pm |
  18. Pamela Nelson; Flint, MI

    I believe the President is doing what is best for the economy, now and for in the future. Don't slam him for telling the truth about our past administration, let's face it they did a number on us(the American people). So why not give the President and his administration a chance. Let's get behind him and support him, after all he is who we voted for.

    February 6, 2009 at 3:13 pm |
  19. What needs to happen now

    Senate and Stimulus: Why Obama needs to act...but not in the way you think.

    Put aside party lines for a moment and listen to this logical and proamerican argument.

    Lets say that President Obama is correct and that congress needs to act quickly on this bill before them (I think there is actually two versions of it...well, three, if we count the bipartisan group of 15 democrats and 3 republicans currently trying to trim the fat). What is the fastest way to do this so we can get aid to the people in the economy who really need it, but eliminate spending what doesn't have to be spent right now (and wont affect the economy for at least two years even if it was spent now)?

    It would be to pass the proposal by a senator in South Carolina, actually. Not my state, but I can't fault his logics.

    His bill would get the money out there right now and without all the "extras". Isn't that what everyone is screaming for? Immediate aid.

    Of course there is one catch, there always is, but this one really isn't bad if the democratic party would think about it.

    What his bill would not do is fund any special interest stuff. Another senator on the floor today said that the Senate could always look at all those things everyone is calling "pork" at a later time, debate them, and vote to approve them (the Dems don't even need the Repubs to agree to that stuff to get it pushed through then, since it wont be an emergency bill – like this one now is – and they have a majority in the House and Senate.

    That seems to solve everyone's problem. A real win-win.

    Dems and Repub vote for the South Carolina's senators bill...Americans get the immediate help they need and the Dems introduce all those other extras to the Senate floor as soon as they want afterwards, in separate bills each, and just vote to approve it all, even if the Republicans don't want it. Of course, they will have to go back to the taxpayer in a couple of years and explain if they made bad decisions on any of those bills, since the Republicans wont be able to be used as their scape goat this way, but if all they really want is to get their bills passed why don't they do this instead of trying to force Republicans to join them in their wish list?

    February 6, 2009 at 3:07 pm |
  20. Judy

    Jen ... you pine:

    "There are 15 democrats but only 3 republicans represented on this “bipartisan committee” considering the stimulus bill reduction. Obama is wrong about it “not being a game.” He has made it such when he stacked the deck so unfairly."

    If these meetings were being held 3 weeks ago under Bush, there would be no Dems in the room at all. Besides in reviewing the postureing going on via CSPAN, the majority of Republicans won't vote for anything because they want to be able to say "I told you so" if any of the measures don't work - which given the unprecidented nature of these circumstances, it is likely some will not work.

    Obama will work with those who are willing to work with him ... why try to negotiate with someone who's going to say 'no' no matter what?

    February 6, 2009 at 2:57 pm |
  21. nate

    All of the proposed measures to stimulate the country both in tax cuts and spending will not have the positive effect that the politicians are expecting such as stopping the unemployment rate, stimulating the housing market, etc because it does not address directly the core problem: Median household disposable income and overall per capita debt to income ratios are catastrophically out of balance. The overall savings rate in the last 8 years among Americans was negative 2.7% and overall household debt on credit cards and other revolving credit consumed almost 50% of household income. The quickest and best way to affect change in addition to some government spending and tax cuts is to cap revolving credit card APRs to 11% from its current 27.99%, make more investments to stabilize the price of durable goods, food and energy costs. This will prove better than the 900 Billion Dollar stimulus package and have a direct immediate positive effect because families and individuals will be able to make their credit card payments, have more disposable income for savings and household spending.

    February 6, 2009 at 2:55 pm |
  22. Judy


    The reason teachers are being laid off is because of revenue deficits within the states .... it's not because there is a lack of need for them in our communities.

    The education provisions were to provide states and local school districts the funds they needed to *not* layoff any more teachers - thereby saving jobs that will likely be lost if those elements of the bill are not funded.

    Hope this helps -

    February 6, 2009 at 2:53 pm |
  23. Brenda

    This is what I sent my Senators and Rep: We the people, your constituents, are suffering beyond what any of us have lived through in modern history. The economy is in dire straits as you are aware. Fortunately, you do not personally fell the effects like us ordinary average people. We pay for you to represent us; we pay for your offices; we pay for you to have the best health care and we pay for your retirement.

    Businesses are closing in record numbers as well as laying off massive amount of employees. Those employees are us! We are terrified to spend a penny for fear there is not going to be a job literally tomorrow. The infra-structure of our country is inadequate. My niece in Kentucky (yes, I know KY is not your state) has been without electricity for a week because of a winter storm, not an attack by terrorists. Here in California, the governor has forced state employees to take two days off without pay.

    I am appalled with the infighting and “party” lines/loyalties that are drawn during this depression. Yes, I said depression! Politicians are in D.C are supposedly there to represent us; we the people NEED help. We are not the top 1% of the population that lump sum and capital gains tax cuts are going to help. We live from check to check, hoping and praying to make it to the next check. We need you and your peers to stop fighting long enough to remember why you are actually in Congress. We can not afford another week of “my party” does not like the Stimulus package. A package was passed for Wall Street and the banking industry without restrictions. They have been partying and paying themselves erroneous bonuses. We simply want to work.

    February 6, 2009 at 2:51 pm |
  24. Arachnae

    From cnn.com article "polls show support for stimulus has slipped", I read this: Fifty-nine percent of those questioned say tax cuts for business are the best way to end the recession, with 22 percent feeling that more government spending is the way to go.

    this is an indictment of the horrible media coverage of this issue, that 59 percent of the people still believe that tax cuts are more stimulative than spending. Tax cuts are significantly less stimulative than spending, with increased spending providing more than five times the economic stimulus as tax cuts, as has been repeated reported at money.cnn.com, moody's and economy.com.

    Why does this fact never make it to the news as aired, but has to be dug out of arcane documents hiding on the websites?

    February 6, 2009 at 2:50 pm |
  25. Judy

    Check this out .... in Obama's meeting with House Democrats he nailed the insanity of many of the Republican criticisms ...

    "So then you get the argument, well, 'this is not a stimulus bill, this is a spending bill.' What do you think a stimulus is? That's the whole point,"

    In addition .... here are the things the GOP has decided to target to get the "spending" down ...

    A roster of $88 billion worth of cuts was circulating, almost half of which would come from education grants to states, with an additional $13 billion in aid to local school districts for special education and the No Child Left Behind law on the chopping block as well. Some $870 million to fight the flu was among the first items to go.

    Improving education and fighting disease .... seems to me those were things that everyone *right and left* ran on during their campaigns .... GOP honor your campaign committments ... media, hold them accountable for their short sighted distruction of education in our society.

    Respectfully - Judy

    February 6, 2009 at 2:48 pm |
  26. kathy

    Mr. President

    NOw that you see how the GOP is acting, I hope you realize what a mistake it would be to appoint another republican to your cabinet. They bite the hand that feeds them. Also, Judd Gregg us the biggest coward in the gop. Who does he think he is fooling with that self serving move NOT TO VOTE on the stimulus package at a time when the President clearly needs all the votes he can get. I surely hope Mr. Obama sees Gregg for what he is, a self serving republican who, like the lepeord, cannot change his spots. Please give that position to John Kerry or another deserving democrat and leave the republicans to their mess. We did not vote for you to give away the majority seats we worked so hard to obtain to mangy dog republicans. Time for the gloves to come off. We have given you the opportuity to give it your best shot. We applaud you for bending over backwards to work with the GOP but now you have to get the people's business done, and you obviously cannot do it with help from the GOP.
    Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, Friday morning circulated a roster proposing $88 billion worth of net cuts from the measure. She proposed eliminating money in the bill for K-12 education while boosting funding for Pentagon operations, facilities and procurement by $13 billion.
    If you have to make cuts in vital education programs for our children to appease this woman for her vote, then things are really bad indeed. How can she even t hink that she spending more money on the pentagon is more imporportant than America's children. I will be a volunteer for whoever campaigns against her in her next bid for reelection, and will put my money where my mouth is to see her butt out of office DOWN WITH THE GOP.

    February 6, 2009 at 2:46 pm |
  27. Kathie

    CNN commentators need to do their homework! I've seen so many 'reports' lately about the job market and touting education as one of the open areas of employment. I don't know about other parts of the country but school systems in FL and GA are laying off teachers and/or have a hiring freeze now that extends into next year.

    February 6, 2009 at 2:44 pm |
  28. Don

    A rise in unemployment is also going to bring a rise in crime. The unemploymet rate among whites is about 7%, among African-Americans over 12%, and among Latinos almost 10%.

    I wonder if anyone in the white house is looking at any of these statistics because this looks pretty scary to me.

    February 6, 2009 at 2:41 pm |
  29. Terry

    Tom H., I agree with your point, this use of taxpayer money to fly to this Democratic party boondoggle seems to smell a lot like what the President is saying banks receiving taxpayer money should not do. While there, Mr. Obama in his speech came across as unpresidential as possible...he sounded like a spoiled kid not getting his way. I sometimes think he forgets this was election of a leader, not a coronation!

    February 6, 2009 at 2:40 pm |
  30. Mike, Syracuse NY

    Somehow I don't think a strategy of 'do something ASAP' will work. We need to do what will work. Even Obama admits he doesn't know if the stimulus will work. So it's a $900 billion crap shoot. Nice. We all know what started this, the mortgage crisis. This bill does nothing to address the mortgage problem. Fix the root cause and the dominos all shift in the other direction.

    February 6, 2009 at 2:33 pm |
  31. Judy

    xtina, chicago IL

    I think the point about DHS uniforms is that they are needed and once ordered a US vendor will need to make those uniforms. Thus by creating *demand* for an item, the company who makes that item gets revenue. With revenue, they are less likely to have to lay off people.

    There are many more industries other than the construction industry in America. We should help as many out as possible. My biggest issue with what is going on is that the only items Repblicans seem to support are activities that support jobs for MEN.

    Education, health care, and many of these other programs were put in place to create jobs for women as well. This is especially critical since there is a much larger number of single parent households with children headed by women. It's a way to make sure our children are helped as well.

    Judy – Arlington, VA

    February 6, 2009 at 2:32 pm |
  32. abc ~ anything but california hugh

    All the we-jerk, be-jerk, knee-jerk reactions about President Obama and his republican counterparts are sickening to read. The man has just begun his presidency! How about we–as a nation–show a little patience and stop complaining and knit-picketing. Let's be sensible; Obama did not get us into this financial crisis. Do I need to remind everyone he inherited this mess from the wallstreet hugging republicans?

    Things are going to get worst before they get better. No man can just snap his fingers and make the problems we face go away any time soon. If the republicans continue to stonewall any bill the democrats push it will only further delay any turnaround in our economy. There has never been a time more important in our nation's history to stop the partisan bickering and work together.

    Are we to wait and wait until our country has a even worse depression than the Great Depression? How many more Americans have to lose their jobs and their homes until these self-serving partisan jerks wake up! Any politician who will not cooperate with this administration should be voted out of office. My only worry is that it will be too late to help millions of Americans already suffering.

    February 6, 2009 at 2:29 pm |
  33. Stanley

    I'am an old fashion type of fellow, I just want to know why we have 2 parties in the first place? Why can their be men and women of the white house that do what is best for the people of this country. It seems to me that 2 parties only create problems in this country, the Republicans are mostly for the rich and the Democreatic are for the middle and lower class people, this is the way it's always been and it should stop. I do believe it will be the down fall of our Country if this keeps up, Republicans should stop the political postering and get past the fact that your man and woman lost the Election, lets get our Country going again!!

    February 6, 2009 at 2:28 pm |
  34. Kevin N

    How many times during the Press briefing today did Robert Gibbs say 'uhhh'? I must have counted over a 100 times.... Isn't he supposed to be one of the best communicators in the Country? I finally had to turn the channel because I couldn't take it anymore.

    February 6, 2009 at 2:24 pm |
  35. Jim

    I've been an entrepreneur and business owner for a dozen years and I'm an avid supporter of the President and his plans. I am now facing my first staff layoff and it makes me sad and angry.

    I am now extremely frustrated and tired of the White House and CNN putting politicians on the air, in Prime Time, with short sound bites about the economy that typically have little details and sound partisan. PLEASE put our top and respected economists on Prime Time to discuss the merits of the Stimulus package components in 1-hour blocks. I suggest you recruit the Democrat and Republican favored economists as well as those favored with Universities and financial institutions. If Americans truly understand the merits (or problems) with the proposed solution we could perhaps stop the debate from being political and get something done.

    As you reported yesterday, most Americans get their news from TV. Please play a role in educating the public about this issue from a non-political perspective.

    February 6, 2009 at 2:23 pm |

    Tiffany... brilliant............. I would just like to add one thing.... student Loans.. I have 3 degrees..... and no hopes of finding a job in my field......... but paying student loans is the least fo my worries right now.............. What do we do about people who got a higher education to get a better job... only to find out there aren't any????

    Especially the graduating classes this year????

    February 6, 2009 at 2:21 pm |
  37. Florida C

    No one had any problems standing behind a former President when an act of terror was committed on US soil- He was our leader and we followed him and gave him our trust-
    Now we have a desparate situation and a new leader, that let us not forget has a real understanding of the situation and he is asking most of those same Politicians who lead us into this mess to come together and get this bill passed-
    This within his 1st weeks of his presidency-
    We should stand strong with him.
    That is why we hired him!

    February 6, 2009 at 2:19 pm |
  38. Tom H

    I'm trying very hard to give Pres. Obama the benefit of the doubt, but don't quite understand his thinking process. AIr Force 1 to go from DC. to Williamsburg, VA? Am I the only one to see the incongruity in this?

    February 6, 2009 at 2:16 pm |
  39. Judy

    Joe G.

    Since the majority of people voted for Obama, it would stand to reason that it is individuals who feel like you do that should seek antoher place to live.

    Enjoy your search 🙂

    February 6, 2009 at 2:14 pm |
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