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February 5th, 2009
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  1. Jolene, St. Joseph, MI

    you would expect for these old guys to stay up all night, would you? LOL

    @Renee: Ha! Actually, I'm surprised they didn't break for an early weekend!

    February 5, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
  2. Naissa, Deep in the HEART of Texas

    The fact that the pilot of that plane was so calm through that entire ordeal is unbelievable. I would have been screaming my lungs out. My hat goes off to him.

    February 5, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
  3. Rikki, Fargo, ND

    I caught that recording earlier of Capt. Sulley on a different newscast. But it was very humbling. My younger brother said that he couldn't believe how calm Capt Sulley sounded.

    February 5, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
  4. Lori from IL

    There is and always will be an intersection of faith and politics. (ie,
    the "Religious Right.") This country was founded on freedom of religion, not freedom from religion.

    And, yes, I know the Constitution outlines separation of Church and State.

    February 5, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
  5. Kevin

    I don't understand why the majority of this plan is called pork...
    A tax cut means nothing for those who are unemployed. Govt based infrastructure projects may be temporary, but the cities, schools and others that require them don't have the funds required. I skimmed the bill and found 1 billion 118 million dollars in total for broadband updates and hybrid car updates I think pork...?

    February 5, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
  6. Michelle D. Fonthill,Ont

    Micheal Phelps is sowing his oats and it cost him . He's young and maybe the pressure of living in the oplympian spotight came crashing down we don't know what's like for him day in and day out

    February 5, 2009 at 10:37 pm |
  7. Carol Brownsville, Tx

    Very concerned by the lack of a positive responce from GOP after 17 days of the President reaching out to them. He and the democrats may have to stimulate this economy alone in Senate. Perhaps when the compromise bill is writen the gop will join in faith.

    February 5, 2009 at 10:37 pm |
  8. Glen Up North

    Jeremy, the minute money starts circulating, that literally means money goes into other people's pockets, in the hope that those people in turn will spend, and so on and so forth. When we get to the point that the money's circulating regularly, then the economic crisis is averted. What's happening here is that the people without money have nothing to spend, and the people with money don't want anyone else to have anything until everything hits rock bottom, and then they can buy stocks and shares at firesale prices. Rarely do I dare say it like this.

    February 5, 2009 at 10:37 pm |
  9. Barbara

    President Obama has been very non-partisan and reaching out to all. It is right now for Big Daddy to come out and scold openly those who obstuct urgently needed progress with intolerance and unwillingness to work together. Can't anyone vote for what is right, in their own heart instead of voting party lines all the time without really allowing new insights in!

    February 5, 2009 at 10:37 pm |
  10. Bea

    Tax cuts are pork in this environment; they are directed at only particular groups. They provide only mild stimulus & could not possibly be so big as to give us what we need. Less taxes also means less money to spend and possibly more debt. unless something else is cut. Hate to say this but we need big spending to get a big result. What Obama has targeted has dual purposes: helping economy and moving nation forward to a place where it will spend less. He also includes some items that just are right to do, like helping military famlies. If that's pork then tax cuts for the well off (of which I would benefit) are pork too!

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

    Phelp's is lucky he only lost one sponsor! On the other hand, Kate Moss was photographed snorting cocaine and she didn't lose a single contract...

    February 5, 2009 at 10:37 pm |
  12. James

    Why has this become a blame game? Does it really matter to those millions of unemployed, who is to blame right now? The American people are looking to it's elected leaders to finally stand up and do there jobs. I don't care if someone is Rep or Dem, this is not about political parties, this is about the American people. Get the job done for the people.

    February 5, 2009 at 10:37 pm |
  13. Dr. Samson Omotosho

    Republicans need to realize that if we believed in their worn out, tired strategy of "Tax cut is the cure-all", we would have voted for McCain and Palin. Don't they get it?

    February 5, 2009 at 10:37 pm |
  14. angela

    Finally we have a leader that wants to spend money on our welfare, like making provisions for care of us in the event of a pandemic flu:which is very likely to happen eventually per the experts. BUT WAIT, the Republicans think thats wasteful.

    February 5, 2009 at 10:37 pm |
  15. Robert, Jakarta

    Poor Michael Phelps. Unemployed. He'll have to drown his sorrows in his bong water... oh, and his millions of endorsement dollars.

    February 5, 2009 at 10:37 pm |
  16. EJ (USA)

    So why do most of the Republican governors support this bill? Could it be because they see what is going on in their states? The Republican Senators are playing games.

    February 5, 2009 at 10:36 pm |
  17. Gregory

    I think Obama should rewrite this stimulus package!

    February 5, 2009 at 10:36 pm |
  18. Chris Sosa - Boston, MA

    I am a devout Christian, but I don't particularly feel comfortable with President Obama's faith-based initiatives. While the President's intentions are good, he is seriously over-estimating the sincerity of many churches across the country. With the rise of Evangelicalism, conversion is generally the #1 goal, whether stated or not. As such, government finances could be easily abused by these groups.

    February 5, 2009 at 10:36 pm |
  19. CaseyJ - Palm Springs, CA

    @Brandi..."anyone who thinks change is going to occur overnight is idiotic. change requires time."

    We can always "hope," can't we? (sigh)

    February 5, 2009 at 10:36 pm |
  20. Karen C

    Jan-Atlanta too true. My co-workers who were complaining today about "pork" are the ones whose houses are paid for and have no real money troubles. I don't have as much trouble as most, but I *care* that the economy is sorely trying others. They only care that they are card carrying republicans and righteous in their stance. They can afford to be.

    February 5, 2009 at 10:36 pm |
  21. David, Indiana

    Hi Megan, not sure my first post got posted. I think the senate session was cancelled tonight to, as Harry Reid I think said, give it a litte more time. Probably they want to pull what might be considered "pork"

    Heidi Berg, where will it be most needed?

    February 5, 2009 at 10:36 pm |
  22. marilynn

    Good job Mr. President they made you bring the beast out at last!!!! He tried to work with the gop, but he dont have time to baby or buckle down to them... and hard working americans dont have time to spare!

    February 5, 2009 at 10:36 pm |
  23. Mike, Syracuse NY

    Senators from both parties are working even as we speak to hammer out a compromise. Isn't the the whole idea? Give it time. It's not like they've had much practice at this the last 20 years.

    February 5, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  24. Sharon VA

    great landing for that plane! it was incredible!

    February 5, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  25. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    I am uncomfortable when religion and politics mix. Why should any one religion get to push their agenda on everyone else?

    February 5, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  26. Minou, New York City

    here we go again...Pres. Obama is not a muslim. Well, what if he was? people need to smarten up about these things already.

    February 5, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  27. George

    Keep religion out of politics and politics out of religion. This faith based stuff is nutty!

    February 5, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  28. Isabel Abreu, Brazil

    Sheriff Leon Lott should treat Phelps, as an ordinary person, and accuse him the case.
    Double standards: No!

    February 5, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  29. Gregory

    isnt it funny that the people who want all this money spent 150 million on an inaugaration party!

    February 5, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  30. Daisy21

    JOhn,
    We may have had 8 years of a "do nothing" Congress, but the last 2 of them have been controlled by Democrats. Democrats have controlled the purse strings for over 2 years now. It seems Democrats are still promoting the myth that Republicans controlled Congress for the last 8 years. It reality, it was only 6 out of the last 8. It's too bad the media doesn't try to correct people who continue to spew that myth in order to exonerate Democrats from an accountability.

    February 5, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  31. Lorna

    Religion and politics, in my opinion, is a stupid combo today. Religion was a way to govern the masses thousands of years ago. We have democratic relations now. Moreover, religion is just divisive!

    February 5, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  32. Tom of Philly

    lets keep in mind that the original tarp is BUSH's fiasco, if you got your eyes open notice the unemployment numbers are going up by bigger numbers each month right now the usa is the only AAA rated entity in the world when this all worsens we wll not only lose that status but it will cost more. one more thing what it my idea of pork is aid to your state to ballance its budget? we need to sift through it but we cannot afford a fillabuster or a failure the next job lost might be yours and the next house to lose 20% of its value might be yours

    bush squandered our ss surplus ON TOP of the $5Trillion, and now you want to block what we need to spend to put the brakes on the free fall

    Yes free fall and its accelerating,

    February 5, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  33. Pepineagles

    Hi Anderson,

    While we still have time, let's throw a party for the Senators and Members of the House to dinner. Serve them a pound of fat, an ounce of meat and a spoon of beans (with pork, of course). No one would eat the fat. Americans can't stomach the fat in the stimulus package either. If they choose to eat the ounce of meat and the spoon of beans, they would get a sense of what the millions of unemployed are facing at the dinner tables. Not the wining and dining we saw at the Democratic retreat.

    Please, Mr President and members of Congress stimulate our economy without the fat.

    February 5, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  34. Jim DiGiovanne

    I think it is totally disgusting the way the banks and wall streeters, knowingly, were irresponsible with the way the drove our economy to shambles. And the way they are spending our bail out money should be treated as an act of treason. Homeland Security is working to protect America from terrorism, but the real terrorists of our way of life are the greedy CEO's, Bankers, and even those politicians who want to see the stimulus plan fail before it is even given a chance. Be sure to make public those names of our political leaders who are preventing our President to put this plan in motion so that they will become part of the unemployed when their term is up.

    February 5, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  35. Fay - California

    I wouldn't consider myself an atheist, but this Faith-Based initiative doesn't seem necessary considering all the other pressing problems the country is facing.

    February 5, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  36. Mike, Syracuse NY

    It seems that the Democratic definition of bipartisan is to roll over and accept whatever pork the Dems load this bill full of. Despite the lopsided ratio on this blog, the public hates this bill by a 2 to 1 margin. Reid giving this bipartisan Senators time to work out a compromise is the smartest thing he's ever done. Of course, that's not saying much.

    February 5, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  37. Darrell in Iowa

    President Obama...take it to them. There's only around 110 million of us who have your back.

    February 5, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  38. CaseyJ - Palm Springs, CA

    Obama knows how to engage American Consumers and appeals to the ideals of common sense, dignity, and respect, using communication as his most powerful tool. Human nature is such that we want and look for leadership and definitives. The American Consumer will follow his leadership.

    Wait a minute. He FLEW from Virginia to Washington D.C? Isn't that driving distance?

    February 5, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  39. Margie

    It was refreshing to hear President Obama finally taking an passionate stand. Courting the republicans without reciprocity seemed to look very dismal as they held tight to their old, tired politics. If the people are behind Obama; this will support him to bring the change to Washington.

    These republicans are representing about 10% of the population with these tax cuts. They are so out of touch with the majority of people and their needs. We need to focus on more spending to create jobs; less on tax cuts. It's hard to get receive tax cuts, if there are no jobs!

    February 5, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  40. Robert

    These comes a point when the needs of the American people is greater that partisonship. Great Job, Mr President!!!!!. Take a stand and lead this nation.

    Re publicans need to realize that if you are not part of the solution then you are part of the problem. Too many Americans have lost their jobs and homes for contiuos bickering among the parties.

    February 5, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  41. David Y

    The urgency of this stimulus package eliminates the opportunity and luxury for a leisurely attempt at by-partisanship. I agree there is pork getting by and we'll have to work on minimizing that form of politics later – some call their pork "stimulus". The republican war hawks snuck in an "estimated" 50 or 60 billion dollar war that will end up costing close to 3 trillion to mostly a few arm dealers and republican war cronies. We need to attempt an allocation of funds to help the US at HOME! Remember, those war veterans will also be coming home looking for jobs.

    February 5, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  42. charlie

    Tell it like it is Mr. President. Maybe the senate will get it together and get a stimulus bill passed. Keep up the good work Mr. President.

    February 5, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  43. Lynn

    It seems to me that the purpose of our2 party system is to stonewall each opposing party for their own political gain to the detriment of the American people. When can we expect to see our legislators acting with integrity? Which of them will have the courage to move forward? Their political longevity is their priority and the result is total paralysis.

    February 5, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  44. Linda

    I am writing from a county with a 22% unemployment rate.
    We need a stimulus package now. Cobra health insurance
    costs a family of 4 about $1200 per month. Who can afford it
    on a maximum $400/wk unemployment check. Maybe if our Senators
    had to live like we are right now they'd get the lead out and pass
    something already.

    February 5, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  45. Cassandra

    The Republicans need to go home . Same old politics. The issue is the |Repubicans are trying to find their way. It doesn't matter if Obama brought a bed of roses. They will fight him anyway. |They want the white house back.

    The problem is the media forgets that the |Repugs have been attacking Barack all week. Well that is Partisanship for you. Of course the Repubs will use his speech against him. |Why because they don't care . All they care about is getting back in office. Forget the American people per the repugs

    February 5, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  46. Michelle D. Fonthill,Ont

    it's hard not to wrry about the future of job loss and foreclosed homes there pelenty of volunteer postions but they don't pay and part time work is hard without benefits medical dental.

    February 5, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  47. Arlene

    We need to keep out eye on the ball and get over our differences. The people are suffering every day this lingers because of all the egos involved. Get over yourself and support the President and try.

    February 5, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  48. Maynard Williams

    The amount of money being handed out without and plan of repayment to the American public. Have we not learned enough yet. These Coprorate Banks do not care about the aerage American, they purchase Jets, name Stadiums and pay millions in bonus's. Allow the average American a share of the billions that will be wasted. We ae the ones that are working 2-3 jobs to make ends meet, food on the table and a roof over our heads. Allow us the chance to stimulate the economy andto quote President Obama you will see chance

    February 5, 2009 at 10:32 pm |
  49. Kristina

    Why did the President take a 747 to Newport News that I believe is only about 120 mies from DC? Wouldn't the Marine helicopter have been more economical?

    February 5, 2009 at 10:32 pm |
  50. Maureen T

    What a presence President Obama has! He's always so poised!!

    February 5, 2009 at 10:32 pm |
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