February 5th, 2009
09:45 PM ET

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  1. Sharon S

    Hmmm! Not sure about the stimulus at this point I think I need more infor on it!

    February 5, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  2. Jolene, St. Joseph, MI

    Hello Bloggers: It's disappointing that Reid let the Senate go home because they can't come to some agreement on this stimulus bill. I was looking forward to them doing an all nighter!

    February 5, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  3. vincent

    hello AC, Erica, crew and best bloggers.

    I am getting confused re: stim plan....i don't feel that Pres. Obama has clarified what the package is....his speech tonight makes sense, but it was partisan. Thank God for John King and this show – i know i will learn more than i know now.

    February 5, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  4. KarenT

    Bipartisanship doesn't mean doing what the Republicans want. He had his hand open and they kept theirs in a fist. It's time to get this thing done with or without the Republicans.

    February 5, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  5. Belinda

    I didn't think he was being partisan. Sounded like he was also scolding the Democratic party, that it was not time to play politics.

    February 5, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  6. Lori from IL

    Good evening Anderson, Erica and Fellow Bloggers,

    I agree with Gerry W - "Give 'em Hell, Mr. President."

    I think it is good he reminds Congress and all of us - that he inherited this mess. We all need to remember that it took us a good 8 years to get into this current economic mess and we cannot expect President Obama to get us out of it in 2 weeks.

    February 5, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  7. EJ (USA)

    The bipartisanship should've gone out the window a few days ago when he realized they were going to keep screwing with him.

    Most of the Republican governors even support the stimulus.

    February 5, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  8. Michelle D. Fonthill,Ont

    Everyone need to stand behind Obama's speech and I can see he is fustrated and desperate to get the economy moving forward insted of backwards.

    February 5, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  9. Bea

    David G, Obama is calling the Republicans' bluff. They are weasels just like the democrats and he knows that. He wants to dare them to vote it down and then face the wrath of folks.

    February 5, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  10. Mike, Syracuse NY

    Obama may be frustrated, but he's learning being President doesn't make him God. He talks bipartisan, but didn't act on it by getting the House to accept Rep. suggestions.

    February 5, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  11. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Mike, Syracuse NY, I agree, the pork, all of it, needs to go.

    February 5, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  12. thad

    This has been the most disastrous start to a presidency in the history of the United States!! Picking your cabinet is the easiest thing a president will do. This is what happens when you elect someone who is long on charm, and short on brains and experience.

    February 5, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  13. Michelle

    President Obama makes business.

    February 5, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  14. Shillie, Sioux Falls, SD

    Thank you President Obama for hopefully opening people's eyes up on Capital Hill.. exactly what he said this isn't a power battle. No one wants to spend billions of dollars, but, clearly doing nothing is making it worse, and worse daily.

    February 5, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  15. Bridget, TX

    Hello Anderson, CNN team and bloggers.
    I'm sad that it had to come to this, but I'm thrilled President Obama finally said what so many of us have been saying , this isn't a game for us. We don't care about what party these politicians belong to we need help. We are their constituents and should be able to count on them to look out for our best interest but that hasn't been the case.

    What will it take for these politician to get out of themselves and for once make the people their top priority?

    Go President Obama!!

    February 5, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  16. Abayomi, Florida

    If you "keep walking into the same Hole", year after year, after year, wouldn't it be WISE to MOVE AWAY FROM THE HOLE.

    February 5, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  17. Bea

    This plan offers a new view of stimulus. Obama needs to say more of that. The point about the help for military people, the hospitals and child care. He needs to highight that. Let Repubs take that on.

    February 5, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  18. Tony Byrd

    I've watched the negotiations all day, America has already spoken, and the Senate is not listening. Republican obstructionism will doom their party in the not to distant future. We will not forget!

    February 5, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  19. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Hellooo Anderson, Erica, David G, David in IN, Rikki, Ashley Pati and best bloggers!!!!!
    Ouch!!!!!! oh boy the senates are cancelled today.... not good day!!!
    (sorry, I have problem tech glitch)

    February 5, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  20. Brandi - bottom of the boot

    is it ever an easy job to cut funding in order to redirect money to more necessary issues?

    February 5, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  21. Lorna

    Good evening!
    Such a big change in Pres. Obama's tone. He's so forceful and looks angry, yet he manages to still use moving/vivid rhetoric.

    What will it take to get the votes of these senators?

    February 5, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  22. CaseyJ - Palm Springs, CA

    How cool that Dana Bash gets to be in the middle of the action. Very exciting! So, do the representatives watch Obama's speech on monitors on the floor, or what? (Excuse my ignorance.)

    February 5, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  23. Steve - southern Illinois

    Hello Bloggers and CNN People! It was nice to see Obama lay down the law this evening.

    February 5, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  24. Rikki, Fargo, ND

    Both side really do need to come together. Because something really does need to be done about this economy...even if it doesn't work for a few years! Inaction is not an option, something needs to be done because in a couple years it'll be too late.

    February 5, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  25. Renee Y

    Good Evening Anderson, Erica, and best bloggers. The economy is a wreck, jobs are being lost by the thousands and our senators can't seem to get it together. At least we have our computers, what would I do without AC360?

    @caseyJ he was in Virginia.

    February 5, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  26. Michelle D. Fonthill,Ont

    This is Gop's democratsa picking part every little thing on this bill i realize it needs trim the pork but come on get moving and agree on it.

    February 5, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  27. biba, Pa

    The Obama's stimulus-plan speech today was really something, i think the crew should dance on this next lol...what do you think Mr. A.C.?

    February 5, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  28. Chris Sosa - Boston, MA

    Good evening, Anderson, Erica, David, and bloggers (Pati Mc, Meghan D., EJ, Glen, et al)!

    Strong words from President Obama. I feel his frustration. He is right in saying that this is not a game. Politicians need to start internalizing this fact.

    February 5, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  29. Eric from Omaha

    Evening everyone. Wow. Just tuned in to see president fired up. Love it!! Harry Reid: Return w/a bill we can pass. About time he shows some leadership too!

    February 5, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  30. Mike, Syracuse NY

    The saying is 'better is the enemy of good enough'. The problem is that with all the pork this isn't good enough.

    February 5, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  31. Bea

    I hope Obama is thinking about how other countries that lend us money might try to manipulate their power. He's got to keep that on screen.

    February 5, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  32. Fay - California

    President Obama has tried the bipartisan tack and is constantly being pushed back – the Republicans are trying to redefine their party at a precarious time in this country. It's time to get this bill passed.

    February 5, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  33. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    The Congress, both the Democratic and Republican members needs a good scolding!

    February 5, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  34. carolyn cee yah

    HI anderson& erica, alright PRES OBAMA so glad he feels like the rest of america.

    February 5, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  35. Naissa, Deep in the HEART of Texas

    Evening y'all.

    President Obama spoke with a lot of passion, and only made me feel that we need to get this passed even more.

    February 5, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  36. Isabel Abreu, Brazil

    Hi, Anderson, Erica, and bloggers!
    Evening for everyone!

    February 5, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  37. Minou, New York City

    hi all,
    Pres Obama was as fired up and passionate tonite as he was during his campaign! Was good to see him like that again.

    February 5, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  38. Ashley - Hamlin, NY

    Evening Cooper, Hill, Gergen, correspondents, contributers, staff, team, floor crew....and bloggers. Did I miss anyone?

    February 5, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  39. Vanessa, TX

    Good evening AC & Crew, bloggers....Isn't Pres. Obama starting to sound like when he was campaigning? I really hope he walks the walk...we are all counting on him though

    February 5, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  40. Rikki, Fargo, ND

    Good evening Anderson, Erica, Ashley, Megan and bloggers! President Obama continues to inspire me!

    February 5, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  41. Michelle D. Fonthill,Ont

    Good Evening Anderson, Erica
    Hello to Megan ,Pati , Brandi !
    Obama's got the fire in him to get this stimlus package passed i hope soon

    February 5, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  42. Belinda

    I'm glad Obama is telling these people off! This is getting ridicules.

    February 5, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  43. Esma

    Hey, everyone! I'm glad Obama is putting the smackdown on Washington, I'm just hoping that they are listening. Losing 626,000 jobs is inexcusable, at best.

    February 5, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  44. Bea

    Good speech by Obama. His problem is that Reid is a terrible majority leader. Terrible and he won't get out of the way.

    February 5, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  45. EJ (USA)

    He's somewhere in Virginia. Williamsburg ?

    February 5, 2009 at 10:04 pm |
  46. Lorie Ann, Buellton, California

    I'm all for a stimulus, but I don't think President Obama's speech helps. We are a country with Republicans and Democrats. Both have a voice. Many Americans do not want this plan to go ahead without a big trim. Both sides need to bend.

    February 5, 2009 at 10:04 pm |
  47. Sharon S

    Good evening everyone!

    February 5, 2009 at 10:04 pm |
  48. Gerry W

    Give "em Hell . Mr. President

    It is not a defeat for the President , it is a defeat for the American people and indeed the World

    February 5, 2009 at 10:04 pm |
  49. CaseyJ - Palm Springs, CA

    Where is President Obama speaking from when he gives these speeches? Obviously, it's not the usual press briefing room. Just curious...

    February 5, 2009 at 10:03 pm |
  50. Brandi - bottom of the boot

    goodevening all.

    i love President Obama's sincerity and passion.

    February 5, 2009 at 10:03 pm |
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