February 9th, 2009
07:47 PM ET

Live Blog Special: President Obama's News Conference

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  1. heather

    what will happen to those who foreclose on the investment properties which are now worth less than bought for. Are banks doing judgements/leins even with the $ they are receiving from the gov't. Do they just take the loss.

    February 9, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  2. carl

    I think An do agree with president obama the republicans need to get off there a– an work with him. They don't seem to want to work with
    anybody. they are the reason were in this mess.

    if the GOP SENATORS were losing their house or can't pay their bills or buy food should i keep going they would want something done.
    so get over IT. GOP AN work with PRESIDENT OBAMA.

    February 9, 2009 at 9:12 pm |
  3. ebrowning

    Thanks Everyone! Come back for more at 10 p.m. – Eliza

    February 9, 2009 at 9:09 pm |
  4. Freddy, Kentucky

    What if?

    You were forced to find the best deal for services that you require.

    You turned in your receipts to the government and the government gave you a percentage of rebate.

    Or what if the automakers offered you a rebate and the government matched that rebate

    February 9, 2009 at 9:07 pm |
  5. Vanessa, TX

    I REALLY love the thoughts and comments from The Best Political Team On TV
    Keep them coming CNN 🙂

    February 9, 2009 at 9:06 pm |
  6. Michelle

    Obama gave very detailed answers. He is not
    afraid of challenges.

    February 9, 2009 at 9:05 pm |
  7. Anna from Minneapolis

    It's such a pleasure to listen to a President that is articulate - I've missed listening to intelligent presidential discourse. Nice job, Mr. President.

    Now if the Republicans, especially McCain, would stop looking so petty in their discourse and work something out. All I hear when they speak is bitterness. Did they pay no attention to what happened in November? Their way was profoundly rejected by the majority of this country. Instead, there's no productivity on their part - with the marvelous exception of the three brave GOP members who were willing to find common ground. The people of Maine and Pennsylvania should be proud of their elected representatives for standing up to the irrelevant Republican party and doing what needs to be done. Bravo.

    February 9, 2009 at 9:05 pm |
  8. Terry

    Economists .....and we are going to believe the economists.... no...wouldn't these economists been able to predict the housing bubble....but Barney Franks, Chris Dobb and the Black Caucus knew.
    Google.... 2004 Congressional Hearing Fannie Mae and Freddie.
    I don't want to even hear about economist....and this is not the worse it has ever been.

    February 9, 2009 at 9:04 pm |
  9. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    I am beginning to doubt that Obama has the courage to challenge Pelosi.

    February 9, 2009 at 9:04 pm |
  10. Jacqueline, NY

    By any chance, has anyone here ever seen the 1979 TV mini series, "Backstairs at the White House," an adaptation of "My Thirty Years Backstairs at the White House," an autobiography by Lillian Rogers Parks. I hadn't seen it in over two decades and couldn't stop thinking about it since president Obama's inauguration. So I borrowed it from the Library. It was like seeing it for the first time.

    Anyway, I bring this up because while watching it, I realized the more things change, the more the stay the same; that we have come so far, and yet, for the 21st century, not far enough. It was kind of sad watching it. At any rate, onward and upward...

    February 9, 2009 at 9:04 pm |
  11. Freddy, Kentucky

    What if?

    The government offered rebates on what the consumer purchased.

    The government offered rebates on your insurance policies.

    The government did not give you money to corporations who abused it.

    February 9, 2009 at 9:04 pm |
  12. Vanessa, TX

    I think John King is right..there was some quest that were not asked

    February 9, 2009 at 9:04 pm |
  13. penelope, philadelphia,pa

    Man he's long winded.... but I like that!!! Invest money into the infrastructure? It needs it and this will help create jobs. Also I agree that the answer is not to just do nothing. Ideological blockage. Yes!

    February 9, 2009 at 9:03 pm |
  14. Cessy, Chicago

    Yeay! Anderson Cooper, David Gergen, Wolf Blitzer and Erica Hill! I look forward to watching you guys tonight!

    February 9, 2009 at 9:03 pm |
  15. Jenna

    I do agree that at some point the partisanship must be set aside, and a compromise must be made from both sides at times. There is no RIGHT answer from anyone, but something must be done. Doing nothing is damaging the economy even more.

    February 9, 2009 at 9:03 pm |
  16. jarrod

    1 thing that i have not heard mentioned really is what are going to be the education requirements for these newly developed is this plan really focused toward the driver's of this economy WORKING CLASS I know uder the majority of this plan i am still not going to be able to hire anyone for lengthy period of time

    February 9, 2009 at 9:03 pm |
  17. Jen

    Thank you CNN for providing us with this opportunity. It is definitely on the cutting edge!

    February 9, 2009 at 9:02 pm |
  18. biba

    The president is handling this news conference like a pro just as if he was president in another life or something lol. He is not afraid of saying "I don't know, i am not sure, I have to think about it..." Whether you agree with the stimulus bill idea or not, you can not deny that this man knows what he is talking about and most importantly he truly cares about the american people and all citizens of this world.

    February 9, 2009 at 9:02 pm |
  19. Jolene, St. Joseph, MI

    There is really no answer to the question of how to get more bipartisan cooperation. We are dealing with people here, there is no way you can entirely control people and their behaviors. To try and get both parties to totally agree on everything seems unrealistic to me!

    February 9, 2009 at 9:01 pm |
  20. MGLoraine

    The President needs to hand off the hot-potato of looking into and dealing with the Bush era and its players. It has to happen because people won't let it go, but the President and his entire crew needs to focus on today & tomorrow, not yesterday. But he can't just sidestep the issue forever, and we can't allow the Bush crew to simply retire to their palatial estates without challenge.

    February 9, 2009 at 9:01 pm |
  21. Jeff, Overland Park, KS

    This State Government Bailout package being disguised as a stimulus package is absolutely the wrong direction for America. State governments are taxing entities, they can solve their own problems.

    He just said that A-rod and pro players should not take shortcuts, yet he is setting up the mother of all shortcuts for America.

    Putting money in the people's pockets and telling them to spend is exactly the bad behavior that got us into this problem. It is irresponsible, and basically point Americans in the direction of the refugee tent. Home sweet home.

    February 9, 2009 at 9:01 pm |
  22. Ali

    I am so glad to have apresident that actually answers the questions he is asked in a meanginful way. This is a man who actually cares about making things better AND has great ideas for accomplishing that. I think he may have been too "bi-partisian" in this stimulus bill. Tax cuts have been shown not to have the kind of stimuluating effect aht direct government spending on infrastructure has. But whatever your position on the stimulus, you have to agree he is incredibly, thoughtful, smart, well informed, and focused on what matters for this country. What Obama has accomplished in the several weeks is aamazing. I am actually hopeful for the first time in a decade.

    February 9, 2009 at 9:01 pm |
  23. Vanessa, TX

    the pres has left the building

    February 9, 2009 at 9:01 pm |
  24. EJ (USA)

    While Michael Phelps gets raked over the coals, these “A-Fraud” types just get slaps on the wrists!

    It's probably because he's an Olympian – and Americans (in general) have more respect for Olympic athletes than baseball players – especially in this day and age.

    Phelps will be ok though.

    February 9, 2009 at 9:01 pm |
  25. Jasmine-Spokane,WA

    You have to spend money to make money. Marketing 101..........Some of those politicians should have taken that class in high-school.

    February 9, 2009 at 9:00 pm |
  26. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    If that is true then why is the price tag of this "stimulus not spending bill" going up as we speak?

    February 9, 2009 at 9:00 pm |
  27. Isabel Abreu, Brazil

    Excuse me, my ignorance, but I was searching on Google on Helen Thomas and his life story is amazing!
    That example for us all!

    Anderson Cooper, now I want see you reach 80 years, speaking about raw politics, OK?

    February 9, 2009 at 9:00 pm |
  28. Michelle

    President Obama has done everything possible to
    reach out to the Repubs, Bipartisan cooperation is
    a 2 way street.

    February 9, 2009 at 9:00 pm |
  29. Amy

    We need this Stimulus passed. People need jobs,people want to work.Its easy to nit pick at a plan when you have no financial worries. I suggest Congress really talks to their constituents before they continue to bicker over party policy

    February 9, 2009 at 9:00 pm |
  30. Dee F

    I am impressed he is taking question for so long.

    February 9, 2009 at 9:00 pm |
  31. Lalana Richardson, MA

    I'm thrilled we have a president that can actually answer the questions asked without making up his own words and he sincerely seems to have our interests at heart.

    February 9, 2009 at 9:00 pm |
  32. Ken in NC

    Well on Bipartisan cooperation, I suspect President Obama has now put the weight on the Republicans in Congress in the eyes of the voters now. Former President Bush was not known for doing this and so members of Congress could go to their homes and say what they wanted to say but now comes a President that talks to the nation so that we all know what he is thinking.

    This is good.

    February 9, 2009 at 8:59 pm |
  33. BettyAnn, Nacogdoches,TX

    President Obama did a brilliant job with this news conference. He is so smart!

    February 9, 2009 at 8:59 pm |
  34. Jen

    I don't think putting 15 democrats and 3 republicans into a bipartisan committee = a true bipartisan spirit. Do any of you?

    Here we go again with the past rhetoric...how can he honestly think he is going to get bipartisan support if he doesn't really make an equal numbered committee from the beginning; not after the first bill is created and if he keeps throwing up the past? A past which had the last two years of Democrat congression control?

    February 9, 2009 at 8:59 pm |
  35. Jeremy

    We. interesting thoughts. Are you advocating that the president doesn't prepare at all for his first official conference?

    February 9, 2009 at 8:59 pm |
  36. Renee

    @ Jo Ann: Helen is 89 this year! Someone should make a documentary on Helen! Did Bush ever call a blogger a reporter? IE: Huffington Post

    February 9, 2009 at 8:59 pm |
  37. xtina, chicago IL

    someone please stop Obama; if you can't say what you want to say with conviction, you ramble

    February 9, 2009 at 8:59 pm |
  38. Amina L

    it surprises me that the republican senators with the highest unemployment rate states are voting no on the bill, hopefully they realize that its the people who put them there and its the people that can take them out also.

    February 9, 2009 at 8:59 pm |
  39. Evan

    Did Obama refer to Fatah in regard to Pakistan?

    February 9, 2009 at 8:58 pm |
  40. greg

    he cannot answer a question. on the spot without being rehearsed...Where is Joe to help him out??

    February 9, 2009 at 8:58 pm |
  41. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Ken in NC, However, he did seem to "choose" many of the reporters he "preferred."

    February 9, 2009 at 8:58 pm |
  42. Jasmine-Spokane,WA

    Aren't reporters supposed to be fair and un-biased? That one chick mentioning the Republicans about spending money, implying they like to spend the most, was very crude to them......even if you don't like them be nice!

    February 9, 2009 at 8:57 pm |
  43. Cessy, Chicago

    the guy from Washington Post-Who sent him there? this isn't a sports conference, dummy!

    February 9, 2009 at 8:57 pm |
  44. EJ (USA)

    And hopefully you don’t have parents like mine who after a year after graduating they still claimed me. That’s after supporting myself throughout college and after, figure that one out.

    Shillie – I bet they figured they deserved it and its the least you could give them for raising you and instilling in you the importance of education. Plus for all the clothes, food, and heating bills that they paid for all of your life. (Hey – just telling you how they are probably rationalizing it : ))

    February 9, 2009 at 8:57 pm |
  45. Kathy Myers

    Dear Anderson, I feel it was very disrespectful for some of the press at Obama's address tonite on CNN to ask about Afghanistan or the war. Does anyone realize people or Contractors like us have not had any work for ages. We aren't even counted as part of the unemployed. How do we hold on to our businesses and houses etc. when banks won't lend to our customers! We need desperately to hear about the economy and stimulus package. I don't know how long we can go. Apparently these people who are detouring the President from stating his plan is distrubing. They obviously have food on their table and a paycheck on Fridays. I'd be happy at this point to come talk about it. Where do we turn?
    Thanks, Kathy

    February 9, 2009 at 8:57 pm |
  46. Tracy James, RN

    Shouldn't tax paying consumers get CREDIT SCORE AMNESTY since we're funding the bank bailouts??

    February 9, 2009 at 8:57 pm |
  47. Rikki, Fargo, ND

    We...President Obama is actually very active in his own speech writing

    February 9, 2009 at 8:56 pm |
  48. Doug

    as a combat vet of vietnam, I don't understand this obsession with viewing the dead being returned at Dover. Atleast the President at this time said only that he is reviewing this. It seems to me that it is news corporations and those that haven't served are the ones that need too see this.

    February 9, 2009 at 8:56 pm |
  49. Alfredo

    I am the Manager of a Staffing Company and all I do is try to find people jobs... We need to do something fast!

    February 9, 2009 at 8:56 pm |
  50. Jonathan

    I made a comment earlier about how the president lost confidence after that first question from the AP reporter; it seems as the hour has progressed he is recovering. While his confidence still seems a bit shaken, he is now speaking with a little more authority and tripping over his own words less. It makes one wonder if it was that first question that got him caught up, or just the pressure from everything he is dealing with. In any case, the first half of this Q&A went awful for the president though he seems to be recovering well.

    February 9, 2009 at 8:56 pm |
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