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January 30th, 2009
12:49 PM ET

Is President Obama winning or losing?

Barclay Palmer
AC360° Senior Producer

He courts Republicans, gives them their tax cuts, but they don't vote for his bill, and then they say his plan won't work. And Dems stuff gobs of non-job-creating pork into the bill, give him lip about what they think should be done - standing tall upon their roughly 22% approval rating in the face of the President's 68% approval rating last week.

W. didn't put up with this. It was my way or the highway. He didn't compromise on his bills, and his team told GOPers to get in line, or pay for it later.

So even as his stimulus bill winds its way thru the legislative digestive system, some are saying President Obama looks weak as he plays nice and gets back a bunch of 'tude.

But a few say that he's playing a longer game - fulfilling his promise to change the tone and be president of all the people –and that he's building political capital, while some of those pushing back now look like self-interested naysayers.

What's your take - is Obama hitting headwind, or sailing around it?

soundoff (79 Responses)
  1. Renee Y

    I don't think it is a matter of President Obama winning or losing. That view of the issue is the real problem. Everyone begans to feel disconnected with the real issue-Our economy is failing, thousands are losing their jobs on a daily basis. The members of the house and senate (both Democrate and Republican) have nice cushiony jobs (for now) but the American people are suffering and have been for a couple of years now.

    This is our problem. Not Obama's and he was left with a mess. He didn't have to try to compromise with the Republicans nor the Democrates and I wish he wouldn't have. There should be the tax cuts he promised on the campaign trail and the vast infrastructure,education, healthcare spending he said the plan would be composed of.

    But if we sit on our hands and just try to figure out who's winning or losing we all have missed the point.

    I voiced my opinion to my senator and to President Obama and will continue to do so. This is no joke people. Something has to be done and soon.

    January 30, 2009 at 8:21 pm |
  2. Paul Ernest show

    It's just too early to determine if someone who took over power in less than two weeks, is winning or loosing. He barely has his cabinet members in place. Let's not infuse negativity into a new president's administration, bearing in mind that his failure is America's failure. Americans have been through enough already, the past one year. Let's cheer each other's spirit, keep our hopes alive, wish our leaders well and wish that they do the right things. The stakes are so high to embrace cynism, at this point. I could not believe Rudy Guiliani was supportive of these big bonuses for wall streeters. A fiscal conservative, republican. As he and other's defend these unscrupulous, individuals, I calculate how much each billion could go to pay off these homes being lost, and having their mortgages modified. The avearge home in Tennessee in around $150,000. Do the maths.

    January 30, 2009 at 8:15 pm |
  3. Jean AL, Montréal , Cananda

    This is the man! Winning or losing, I am so confident that He’s gonna restore the American dream, clean the America reputation around the world, make better the American middle class and change the world.
    Thanks to all!

    January 30, 2009 at 8:06 pm |
  4. Alex

    It is way too early to predict anything. Lets get past the nicities and the kissin and huggin stuff so we can more clearly see the cards on the table. We already have a pretty good idea of what the Republicans are all about right now, but its the Democrats like Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid who haven't shown their true hand yet. The notion of "spreading the wealth" hasn't had enough time to settle in although the socialistic aspect of these bailouts ring loud and clear. So sit back folks and watch the "real agendas" unfold and take hold. The economy may well yet be the defining factor of Obama's Presidency.

    January 30, 2009 at 8:03 pm |
  5. StormerF

    He will lose if he keeps giving millions away to Palestinians when we have so many out of work here.His Stimulis package is full of Pork,Obama promised NO PORK,and its full of PORK.Nice way to start his term with lies on his lips and Pork on his breath.....Democrats CRYOUT,this is not what we voted for,we did not vote for a spending bill that will not create long term jobs,billions for education,billions for States that overspend on Social programs for Illegals,billions for medicaid spent on Illegals,85 billion in welfare checks for people who don't pay Taxes,Billions spent on Global warming,which is questionable,since China and India did not even sign up try to stop or slow down their carbon foot print.

    January 30, 2009 at 7:51 pm |
  6. Kathleen from Santa Clara, CA

    I would like to think that with the state of the economy party lines could be erased or at least not as visible. The President can change but unless the whole system does as well we aren't going to get out of this mess any time soon.

    Get over it people – work together and get started on doing things for the people who actually elected you NOT the people who are funding your next campaign.

    The bottom line is the American people need help – quickly. The bickering needs to stop – do these folks even remember who they represent in office? Do they know what it's like to lose a good job, to go without health insurance, to lose your retirement savings to scandal?

    Obama is trying – that's more than I can say for Bush. Bush' attitude of "you're either with me or against me" is done and gone. Try Obama's "let's work together" attitude. Everyone needs to compromise – stop bickering and start remembering the people of America need you to work together!

    January 30, 2009 at 7:23 pm |
  7. Annie Kate

    I'm glad that in the first 2 weeks of a job I don't get evaluated like I've been there for 2 years. Just a little premature, don't you think? Right now, I think Obama is playing for the long haul, not the short run. The ones who haven't got the message is Congress yet again – they must have comprehension problems – maybe they ought to vote themselves some money for therapy.

    January 30, 2009 at 6:45 pm |
  8. Sandee

    "He raised his hand, and lifted a nation"! Nice political speak. Let's see some of that put into action. With the millions of people freezing in the ice storm, where is his call to action as our leader. The national guard would be a great help there.

    January 30, 2009 at 6:44 pm |
  9. Fazio

    It's utterly ridiculous to get into a political shoving match right now with the state of America's infrastructure at stake, and now Obama's calling on his online army, that is so starstruck they will do anything he requests without thinking twice, to lobby for his pseudo-economic stimulus plan that doubles as as a socioeconomic project. Instead of borrowing money to experiment with social agendas that the democratic party has long dreamed of, all of this money should be dedicated to generating jobs for America, and providing some sort of debt relief. It is time to stop playing Mr. Popularity and get the job done by whatever means necessary. Democrats complained about Bush's wasteful spending habits on defense, Big business, etc. Well how in the world do they justify borrowing money to supply digital converter vouchers, and prepare for flu season?! In the wake of his partisan displays of power, he is already acting out of hypocrisy. The economic stimulus plan isn't meant to, and cannot address every issue in his campaign... It is meant to be as it is named "ECONOMIC"!

    January 30, 2009 at 6:43 pm |
  10. Steve S

    I think President Obama is trying to "walk the talk" of his campaign. It appears that the "quick fix" mentality of our media and society are expecting immediate results with many being ready to criticize by picking apart things one detail at a time. Getting congress to change takes time. If the President continues to take an inclusive approach he'll prevail. I think most will come along, others like Rush Limbaugh will just never get it...

    January 30, 2009 at 6:33 pm |
  11. Gene Penszynski from Vermont

    P.S. President Obama is clearly WINNING by any objective measure. When the full full positive effects of Mr. Obama's stimulous plan are felt you ALL will be singing his praises before long (except for the infamous conservative talk show hosts who will like General Douglas MacArthur will have outlived their usefulness to the 'conservative cause' and more than likely will ultimately Just Fade away.

    January 30, 2009 at 5:51 pm |
  12. Barbara in Boston

    Oh come on. He's been president for eight days and you're wanting to pass judgement on whether he's winning or not.

    Please.

    January 30, 2009 at 5:49 pm |
  13. Chris

    I like what I hear strong support for unions and the working class.
    He has my support

    January 30, 2009 at 4:51 pm |
  14. Bev, Town of Tonawanda, NY

    President Obama has been in office for two weeks and you are asking whether he's winning or losing already? Give me a break.

    January 30, 2009 at 4:06 pm |
  15. fred gee

    I voted for Obama based on the fact that I truly believed in his rhetoric in regards to changing the environment in washington and putting and end to bipartisan squabbling. While I do continue to think he is a thoughtful and very intelligent person, his actions thus far are misguided at best. He was not able to garner a single republican vote in the House. He made no meaningful concessions to bring them on board but instead resorted to a bushism, basically stating that since he won, things are going to go his way.

    In terms of the stimulus, most economists(including 200 or so that wrote to the NYTimes) feel that in its current form, it will do nothing to shorten the recession or remedy our dire economic situation as little of it is going towards actual infrastructure or for tax cuts. He unfortunately used another Bush tactic to strong arm its passage. Namely, the fear factor(i.e., things are so bad that we have to act now). Never mind that our action may actually worsen the situation.

    January 30, 2009 at 3:31 pm |
  16. Madonna

    I think President Obama is doing exactly what he should which is being fair. Both parties are acting like children fighting over who will have the last piece of candy. This country has unfortunately settled for the same dirty politics that we have been used to since Washington took office. Obama is showing his strength by not falling for their antics.The GOP are acting like cowardly dogs with their tail in-between their legs and the Democrats need to stop trying to make President Obama a puppet for them and their own selfish needs. In a time where jobs are scarce, prices are high, and hope is an idea that was recently renewed...we all need to unite and stop partaking in childish banter.

    January 30, 2009 at 3:26 pm |
  17. James Michael Clarke

    I believe he is winning, but it is tough. They are so many major things going on that need his attention right now. I would hope he doesn't like all of the expenditures in this new bill but I am hopeful, that he, himself may cut them out after the bills gets approved; simply by not approving funding on some projects. I believe there is too much in bill right now with non specifics, but in order for both him and the county to be successful he needs latitude and this bill will give him that. I mean less face it, nothing is working now, but our faith in him is still strong. If the bill passes it will be a big thanks to the GOP, a major hurdle but necessity in working together. Remember, they ruled the gov't when this slide began and offerred no solution to it. I'm sure Pres. Obama will deal with his own party by cutting back with the help of the GOP if needed. I hope he will appoint another staff member to control the spending on the bill. Similar to what the Treasury Dept and the TARP bill.

    January 30, 2009 at 3:26 pm |
  18. Ryan, Minnesota

    I really dont think the Republicans are going to back off of their ideals and principles, when for the last 8 years, were slapped in the face with a President who spent, spent, spent. They are looking for a new identity and they're going back to classic, fiscal conservative economics because that's been their backbone. Yes it is politics for them right now.

    January 30, 2009 at 3:14 pm |
  19. Janet SC

    The senate will likely revise the bill to suite both sides. I just hope they don't take out the "buy American" part!

    January 30, 2009 at 2:57 pm |
  20. JC- Los Angeles

    As a registered Independent who voted for Obama, this question will finally be answered in Obama's second term.

    While Obama's initial decisions concerning Geithner, Clinton, Panetta, Emanuel, a TV Doctor and Lobbyists appear to represent everything but change, he inherited a mess and will be provided time.

    January 30, 2009 at 2:44 pm |
  21. Joni

    He is losing my respect if he lets this bill through.

    January 30, 2009 at 2:42 pm |
  22. synethia

    President Obama is ideals are long-term and I believe he is a strong leader/manager/CEO/CFO and Chief commander.
    He is leading by example with his calm cool manner and will gain the consenus of all parties in due time.

    He comes across strong, confident and knowledgable. Collaboration is the key in any negotiation in business and he is the current TOP Negotiaor for all people. His efforts in such little time is huge and I applaud him and his crafty team.

    He must play nice to get his point across, but is willng to play hard ball when the time comes. He is the in your face leader, pro-active NOT re-active.

    January 30, 2009 at 2:42 pm |
  23. Isabel, RJ, Brazil

    For now, Obama is neither winning nor losing. The game is tied, but if the economic package didn't come soon, and with effective results, the outcome of the game will be severely compromised.

    A new world order should be outlined in an attempt to resolve the crisis, with increased participation of emerging (including us here, below the equator).

    People can not expect a miracle, it doesn't exist in economics.
    The crisis still will cause many deaths and injuries in business, before the economy finds a new level, and this independent of President Obama.

    President Obama should know that if no results in the short term, the honeymoon, which preceded his arrival to power, will finish, and its capacity will be placed in doubt by a devastating way.

    As the image of 'marola' (marola: small ripple on the surface of the sea) that the Brazilian government attempts to move to the tsumani that comes out there's, the optimism with the government Obama arrive on the same line, ie, not leave the pessimism take account of public opinion.

    January 30, 2009 at 2:40 pm |
  24. Scott

    The Republicans keep talking tax cuts but here again tax cuts for who? I want to know who, dammit. Their rich friends running the companies of this country? Nope. They don't need it. President Obama should tell the R's, you can have your dam tax cuts but only if they go to the people making under $100k, period.

    On another note, the President is pushing for people to join unions and build new ones that have been destroyed by yet again the Republicans and why, cause they are in bed with CEO's and corporations. Here is what will happen. It unions come back and come back strong, companies will just shut down and leave the US for Mexico and of course you know what that will cause, major unemployment, even worse than what it is now.

    January 30, 2009 at 2:37 pm |
  25. maxwellhoffmann

    I think it is an adjustment for a lot of Americans to see a President who behaves with decency, tact, and who is willing to reach out to the other party. An instant "win", having the Republicans fall in line would be a fairy tale. When McCain lost the election, the GOP got a vacuum for leadership. There is no designated spokesperson for the party. Hence the hub bub, and raft of nay-sayers trying to get enough sound bites to fill that slot. I think if one Republican leader would work with the President, with only the public's welfare in mind, that Republican could instantly fill the leadership vacuum.

    January 30, 2009 at 2:25 pm |
  26. earle,florida

    He's voting "Present" ,as he did while in the senate for two years,never getting controversial. The "Stimulus Package" is a pathetic "Welfare Program",with absolutely no job creation. I truly hope the Senate Republican's vote 100% against this sad legislation like their brethren in the House! Two wrongs don't make a right!,Currently the path were following is self-destructive with certainly more wasteful spending,coming in the near future. I wouldn't be a bit suprised that in a year or so President Obama will be selling us another package, similar to the present,with just better shuffling,as in "Vegas Style",....Jerry McQuire was right,"Show Me the Money"?

    January 30, 2009 at 2:23 pm |
  27. ray knauss

    Obama is losing the people fast! The people wanted change. They are getting business as usual! After getting taken for an 8 year ride by the Bush crowd, CEOs and wall street, now we get the same old double dealing from the "new" congress. Is there no sanity or decency left? Let's quit "saving" greedy, arrogant and incompetent business people and pork barrel add-ons and start helping the public with a real stimulus package.

    January 30, 2009 at 2:18 pm |
  28. Kathy Cooper

    I think President Obama needs to start at the bottom and work up to creating the new infrastructure. the average american family needs help NOW, not several years down the line. Creating new grids is all well and good, but it will take time to get that going to add jobs. Why not give each american family $25 to $30,000.00. Let the government take 15% off the top for taxes, and if other money is owed to the government or for child support, take that out and send it where it should go. Then give the rest to the population over the age of 18. People will be able to pay off credit cards, pay mortages, buy a new car, and make purchases of other items. This will have a trickle effect, by giving the banks the money owed to them, which will in turn let them start loaning again, people will stop losing their homes, and we will have less homeless, purchasing cars will put the auto makers back to work, and buying other items (food, furniture, or whatever) will help the stores stay in business, therefore preventing people from losing their jobs. In the long run, this is what the american people need NOW, not several years down the line. In the meantime, the planning for the infrastructure can take place, which will be putting engineers back to work, along with all the other people it will take to get this in place. Why not use the multi-trillion stimulus package to help us now. The news says we will be able to keep an extra $12 .00 to $13.00 out of each paychecks, sorry but how is that going to help? We need a lot more than that to help out the american people who are hurting. I voted for President Obama, as did most of my extended family, but I am disapponted in this stimulus package, and I hope it doesn't go through the way it is. Cut out all the pork barrel spending, and get down to business, I'm tired of eating pork.
    Please make sure Anderson gets this, I'd like to know what his idea is on this.
    Sincerely,
    Kathy Cooper
    Fredericktown, Missouri
    573-783-2384

    January 30, 2009 at 2:17 pm |
  29. Dulcie - Denver

    I tend to think that his 'turn the other cheek' philosophy will serve Pres. O well in the long term. He's giving Republicans every chance to play ball. He's showing himself to be the bigger man in partisan politics.

    However, I do think that O will eventually bring the hammer down if he needs to, but he's going to pick his battles carefully. Not sure he'll do it in the first 100 days – I think he has a long view, which is very much needed.

    January 30, 2009 at 2:17 pm |
  30. Martin

    The Media will try to get Obama coming and going. If he's a Hard Liner, they will say he's not keeping his promise about Bipartisanship. If he listens and compromises with Replublicans, then "He's Weak".
    What do you want??? As a President for the people, by the people, he has to listen to all sides, make compromises, and ultimately do what's best for America. Obama is the best President we've seen in decades.

    January 30, 2009 at 2:13 pm |
  31. kevin

    ops the obama man did it agin hillarry realy cant do the job
    it is aginst the law... atleast the consttution...we do still go by
    that doc... as law,right?

    January 30, 2009 at 2:09 pm |
  32. Carolyn McFann

    I think President Obama hit the ground running and is charging ahead to fix this monumental mess he inherited. All those harsh critics of him need to realize he's putting into action things that needed to be done awhile ago but for eight years Presidential attention was focused elsewhere. It's great seeing a President who cares about this country and has te best interests of its citizens as he works to improve it.

    January 30, 2009 at 2:01 pm |
  33. Mac, Houston

    I just do not understand how we can continue to call this a stimulus bill>
    It has been shown on some TV shows where much of the spending will not be released for 2 and 3 years.

    To me, an emergency stimulus plan goes out right away.

    Much of the earmarks in this bill are simply the same things Democrats try to push through every year.

    This is pork, nothing more, and the media is playing right along with it.

    What gives?

    January 30, 2009 at 1:59 pm |
  34. Sharon

    I have this opinion on politicians they all go into office with good intent and real conviction but once they see how corrupt the system really is they simply start joining in and go with the flow of trying to please everyone in Congress, they forget who put them into office and they forget that they were supposed to be there for us!

    It is simply another case of the same old siutation!

    And if no one can see where that has gotten this country and they keep on with the same old corruption well none of us will have to worry much longer about bailouts or Congress or anything else becaue our once Great Country will be gone!
    No One will have any money all will be poor even the rich because without the working class all things fail!

    Too Bad Obama hasn't done what he promised those who voted for him and too bad they all had to find out the hard way he is just as corrupt and just like all the other sorry excuses of leaders we have had in the 20th and 21st century so far!

    January 30, 2009 at 1:58 pm |
  35. Kent, Illinois

    He is winning. The GOP largely led by Limbaugh and crazy Hannity will play politics for the next 8 yrs instead of really caring about the people of this country. Republicans pretend to want to create jobs then ship their companies overseas. We are not fooled by the GOP rhetoric anymore. Obama and the Dems will try to include the Repubs but in the end we have seen that the Right will choose to divide everyone in the end. The GOP claims they want tax breaks to stimulate small businesses. We all know it is to line the pockets of big business. Bye bye GOP.......your end is near.

    January 30, 2009 at 1:54 pm |
  36. Robert Bowling

    I respect a man who sees big picture and knows when the people are behind you, there's no reason to win the battle with force.

    I strongly agree that he's playing the long game, and spending his first crucial 100 days laying the ground work for a time further down the road when he really has some challenges which require him to force his hand.

    January 30, 2009 at 1:53 pm |
  37. jarrod

    im not sure any stimilus package of any kind is going to last in the long run but if both sides would work together it benifit everyone if somthing don't happen soon we are going to see what is going on iceland and now france. Not to many americans are NOT GOING continue to wait on their homes being taken, looking for a job in their home towns that are leaving at exteme rates, reloction is almost not an option for most they don't have the money. So i don't believe their is a win/lose here for President Obama

    January 30, 2009 at 1:49 pm |
  38. Alan

    So, let's ask ourselves, did Obama know ahead of thime that he didn't need even one Republican vote in order to get his bill passed in the House? Of course he knew, but he went to the Republicans and asked for their help anyway, because that's what he said he would do. Now they can't say, "well, you never bothered to ask our opinion". That's just smart politics! I'm afraid that if the Republicans think they are going to outsmart, or out maneuver President Obama, they are "gonna be in a heap a trouble"; southern style.

    January 30, 2009 at 1:48 pm |
  39. Tsien

    The question should not be phrased so simply as to ask whether President Obama is "winning" or "losing." This rephrases a complicated matter into too simple of terms. Simply enough, President Obama is doing something that should have been done a long time ago; he shows that he is willing to work with his opposition rather than ignore it. Republicans and Democrats alike should take note of this progressive approach and recognize that bipartisanship involves both success and sacrifice (something the last few administrations have failed to acknowledge). Although this attempt at bipartisanship may result in more political gridlock, it may also ensure that the right decision is being made more often than not.

    January 30, 2009 at 1:44 pm |
  40. Stephanie

    Obama is playing the long game-the smart game. He's got his work cut out and we can't expect for change to happen overnight. Babysteps people, babysteps.

    January 30, 2009 at 1:37 pm |
  41. Marie Porter

    I am feeling better about this stimulus package.Thank You to MSNBC and Sen.John Kerry interview.Sometimes ,I wish Sen.John Kerry was with President Obama in the white house.CNN, I am not happy with you today.I am happy some work will be done for the mexico borders in the stimulus package.I have been to that border and some parts you just make a foot step and you are at the border.They need high walls.I am not against people coming for work but the drug cartel are no joke at the border.That methamphemine are killing our future.People will be put to work to build the fences.Thank You again Sen.John Kerry.I feel much better.There are alot of good things in this package,I am a CNN junkie but I must say MSNBC did a better job on this stimulus package.There are some good things in the package.“Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.”- Ephesians 4:2. CNN stop focusing on the republicans that won't attempt to do anything to save us the normal people.Focus on what you heard so far on the stimulus package.Yeah, to MSNBC interview to Sen.John Kerry this time.

    January 30, 2009 at 1:37 pm |
  42. Ken Bernstein, Irvington, NY

    O. is doing the right thing (...although I wish there wasn't as much pork in the bill). He doesn't look weak, but instead reasonable and presidential. God forbid we go back to W.'s my way or the highway.

    January 30, 2009 at 1:22 pm |
  43. Joseph

    I think its a hard up hill battle. I believe he has clear cut ideas but, I would have not given them a tax cut. People don't relize that it takes money to make money. When you have a greater job loss, you a less money circulating through the economy. Its just like starting a business, you have to go to the bank, borrow money, purchase a building, products and then you are able to open your door to money market trade. The Republicans say his plan won't work. How can you say it won't without giving it a try. It is easy to say when your plate is already full and you've gotten what you want. The economy did not get like this the moment President Obama stepped into office, at this point in time. Look at the money that was given to the banks during Bushes term, it doesn't matter whp voted on it, the fact remain that it was given and look how they misused the money. We are tax payers that are being heavily taxed and some of us will be middle class all our lives but are being taxed as if we did make over 250000. No right is right and wrong is wrong, it if was ok to pass with Bush, then it should be fair for President Obama to put his plan into action without fail. Let's do the right thing and get the economy back into circulation with everyone on board. To say we are a land of opportunity, the opportunity is now. If we can send money to rebuild a nation, then we should be able to take care of home. Home is what got this country in position to help others but home isn't being cared for the way it should be.

    January 30, 2009 at 1:20 pm |
  44. CindyR

    He is hitting headwind, but he is also sailing around it. His supporters that stood behind him for change are moblizing as through this whole movement we have known that change would not come easy. What I think the media is ignoring is the hunger in the American Public for more from their government that the same old political garbage we have had over the past years. We want to come first. The stimulus will pass and I believe it will work. There is a Grass Root Movement that has not ended but just began.

    If you were listening over the course of the election you would have heard Canidate Obama say over and over that Power does not conside easily and change worth having is never easy. He said over and over he was going to need us to help make this change happen. He said over and over he could not do this alone.

    The problem the media have is they can not figure out our new President and therefore understand the path he is guiding us on. The media has become engrossed in the old Washington and come to feed on it. Therefore, they are just as much part of the change that needs to take place.

    And a suggestion would be to not look at if the Democrats or Republicans are winning a battle, but are the American Workers, Middle Class Citizens winning.

    January 30, 2009 at 1:18 pm |
  45. Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    It would appear that the President's offensive charm approach isn't working. There is a time to be nice--and there is a time to be an SOB. I think it is time for the President to put on his applied psychology face of Clint Eastwood---get angry--and make their day---Mr. President--make them an offer they can't refuse.

    January 30, 2009 at 1:18 pm |
  46. Joe G. (From Illinois)

    Obama will single handedly create another Bubble.. A Currency Exchange Rate Bubble of a magnitude much greater that Housing’s could ever imagine.. The problems we have now are nothing compared to what’s coming.. China and other country with which we do trade (Carry Debt in U.S. Dollars) will not allow themselves to be paid with paper napkins or treasury bills of values leaning to the unknown.. If Obama only keep is Grandiosity to himself.. But..no.. he wants every man woman and child to venerate him, adore him, praise him and support is Pro Abortion and Anything goes anthem of family values (Even Experienced/Educated Republican Politicians of conservative moral values and creed).

    January 30, 2009 at 1:15 pm |
  47. Angela

    Obama wins. His attempts to unify may not have come to fruition with a vote on the stimulus package, but this is no fault of Obama. His efforts of unification were sabatoged by Nancy Pelosi and a few democrats. The bill that was submitted by the house democrats had no influence or input by the house republicans. This is a fight that Obama should not have to exercise this moment. Thank you Ms. Pelosi!

    Obama must gut punch a few democrats...Nancy Pelosi....embarass a few democrats....Nancy Pelosi in order that they too will understand that they may lose their jobs if they do not act like professionals, like adults and be inclusive, compromise...for the good of the country!! This is what the voters want and the reason that Obama is now the president.

    January 30, 2009 at 1:12 pm |
  48. John

    I am not sure how we would know whether Obama is winning or loosing – especially by listening to virtually any of the cable news networks, and particularly CNN. The web site thinkprogress.org has an accounting of the number of republican and democratic congress people interviwed Jan 26-28, and republicans are interviewed 2:1 over democrats. CNN had the worse record, with 7 republicans to 1 deomocrat. How can this possibly be considered accurate news reporting or analysis?

    January 30, 2009 at 1:08 pm |
  49. Cindy

    I think that Obama is getting played by both sides! On one hand the Reps know if they want more input into this bill then they have to look stand offish to him and not vote for the bill the first go round. So that when it comes around to actually getting anything in the bill or having stuff took out then Obama will play ball with them more since he wants to seem bi-partisan.

    And on the other hand he has the dems...they are playing him also by giving in to his whims so that they can in turn ask for their pet projects to be added into the bill. They scratch Obama's back and he scratches theirs.

    So both sides are just doing business as usual it seems. Nothing new there!

    Cindy...Ga.

    January 30, 2009 at 1:06 pm |
  50. Mike, Syracuse NY

    Obama thinks he'll change how the 535 members of Congress do business. I'd say his chances of success are 1 in 535.

    January 30, 2009 at 12:57 pm |
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