January 13th, 2009
03:29 PM ET

Obama and Democratic senators: What just happened behind closed doors

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Dana Bash | BIO
CNN Sr. Congressional Correspondent

This is all from various Democratic senators I talked to leaving the meeting:

– Obama told Democrats he would veto the disapproval resolution if he had to.

– He took about 15 questions, many of which were from skeptical Democrats about TARP. He repeatedly promised to make this process more transparent.

– He also made clear he does NOT want to be doing this out of the gate, but insisted he has no choice.

– Banking Committee Chairman Chris Dodd made a point of reminding fellow Democrats what a bad political situation it would be to pass the disapproval resolution and force Obama to use his veto pen on THAT as one of his very first acts.

– Some Democrats said they felt more comfortable, but many also said they still have a lot of questions and are still unsure how they will vote on TARP.

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  1. michael sollace

    I cant believe this man of CHANGE that I voted for is going to hand out some more of my kids money to people who caused this mess!The first time did nothing but give them our money?When you go to the bank for a loan,they ask what you need it for?Give away,no questions asked ?10 to 20 dollars more on our pay checks,AMERICAN FAIRNESS!MEET THE NEW BOSS SAME AS THE OLD BOSSES!Thanks for putting my kids and theres in debt FOREVER!STOP IT PLEASE!

    January 14, 2009 at 12:32 am |
  2. Annie Kate

    What happened to that honeymoon Congress would give Obama? Both Congress and Obama have built up their political capital – Obama more so than Congress. It would be a shame and a very poor signal to start a new administration out by Congress doing something that requires Obama to veto it – it won't be Obama who loses political capital on that one, it will be Congress. They are already seen as obstructionists – they need to work with Obama and work on getting a better reputation – fortunately they can accomplish both just by effectively working with Obama.

    January 13, 2009 at 6:36 pm |