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Obama seeks GOP help on economy; McConnell hopeful
Associated Press ^ | January 27, 2009 | Liz Sidoti

Posted on 01/27/2009 6:12:49 AM PST by Zakeet

President Barack Obama is making good on his promise to hear from Republicans as he pushes for swift passage and bipartisan backing of his massive $825 billion plan intended to jerk the country out of recession.

The unanswered question: whether the new Democratic president will actually listen to GOP concerns about the amount of spending and the tax approach — and modify his proposal accordingly.

With the economy worsening, Obama was making his first trip to Capitol Hill since his swearing-in last week for two private afternoon sessions Tuesday with House and Senate Republicans.

"The goal is to seek their input. He wants to hear their ideas," White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said. "If there are good ideas — and I think he assumes there will be — we will look at those ideas."

"I think the president is genuinely serious about this," Gibbs added.

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Given the gravity of the economic situation, the stimulus measure is widely expected to pass Congress with bipartisan support. The question is just how many Republicans will side with majority Democrats to pass it; House GOP leader John Boehner has said he couldn't support the measure in its current form and McConnell has been noncommittal.

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But the stimulus package presents a huge opportunity for the president, who was elected in part by his call for a new-style politics that emphasizes solutions over partisanship to change the way frequently gridlocked Washington works. Getting a significant number of Republicans to back the measure would be a triumph for Obama that would set a bipartisan tone for his presidency and signal that he values Republican ideas — and is willing to give a little to get a little.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 111th; acorn; bailout; bho2009; bho44; bhoeconomy; democrats; economy; gop; obama; stimulus
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For all his courting of Republicans and promises to listen to their ideas, Obama has made clear that it's his vision that will guide the country. "I won" the election, he told Republicans on Friday.

1 posted on 01/27/2009 6:12:49 AM PST by Zakeet
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To: Zakeet

You won, remember?, fix it yourself asshat!


2 posted on 01/27/2009 6:13:56 AM PST by Perdogg (Only the hypnotized never lie)
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To: Zakeet

Hell, he doesn’t need help. When people like Cornyn are voting Aye on everything brought to the floor (Geithner), who needs conservatives? (and yes, I’ve told him as much)


3 posted on 01/27/2009 6:14:05 AM PST by TheZMan (Secede.)
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To: Zakeet

For O, this is quite a difference from last Friday’s position. Perhaps his people took note that his approval rating dropped from 80 to 60 in three days. Very Clintonian of him.


4 posted on 01/27/2009 6:15:55 AM PST by squidly
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To: Zakeet

Seeks “GOP helP” sounds a lot like needing a rubber stamp so the rat party doesn’t get holding the bag of sh** all by themselves come 2010.


5 posted on 01/27/2009 6:16:09 AM PST by mgc1122
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To: Zakeet
"He wants to hear their ideas"

No, he doesn't -- he made that clear on record in no uncertain terms!

6 posted on 01/27/2009 6:16:19 AM PST by BenLurkin (Mornie` utulie`. Mornie` alantie`.)
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To: BenLurkin

AP = BS


7 posted on 01/27/2009 6:18:20 AM PST by Blue Turtle (I)
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To: Zakeet

What he’s looking for is cover so he can say we were all in this together so the blame can be shared when and if it fails.


8 posted on 01/27/2009 6:18:22 AM PST by Doofer
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To: Zakeet

So much BS. We need some SH*t stompers to wade through it.

oh yeah McConnell, he really is seeking your input. He he


9 posted on 01/27/2009 6:20:49 AM PST by dforest (life is now good again....he has been inaugurated)
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RE “Getting a significant number of Republicans to back the measure would be a triumph for Obama that would set a bipartisan tone for his presidency and signal that he values Republican ideas — and is willing to give a little to get a little.

Fortunately we have Nancy working against BoB to make sure that doesnt happen. We need you Nancy you nutcase to keep republicans straight, in opposition.

10 posted on 01/27/2009 6:21:03 AM PST by sickoflibs (Obama : " We need swift immediate action on my 10 year government spending plan")
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To: Zakeet
McConnel is delusional... barry wants a photo op for future election and political purposes only. Mitch is a fool.

LLS

11 posted on 01/27/2009 6:23:58 AM PST by LibLieSlayer (hussein will NEVER be my president... NEVER!)
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To: Zakeet
Senator Vitter on Fox a few minute ago says this bill is hiding 400 billion for acorn... screw hussein!!!!!!!

LLS

12 posted on 01/27/2009 6:27:16 AM PST by LibLieSlayer (hussein will NEVER be my president... NEVER!)
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To: Zakeet

Don’t give Zero ANY cover at all. Let the Rats doom themselves - we’ll be there to clean up the mess.


13 posted on 01/27/2009 6:28:27 AM PST by clee1 (We use 43 muscles to frown, 17 to smile, and 2 to pull a trigger. I'm lazy and I'm tired of smiling.)
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To: Perdogg

I was thinking the same thing.

It went from “I won. F*ck you!” to...”ah well, maybe we should work together”.

Such a rock solid leader these turds have elected.


14 posted on 01/27/2009 6:30:46 AM PST by mattdono (The platform I want: Stop spending my money. Stop taking my money. Kill bad people.)
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To: Zakeet

This is just O’s attempt to make people think that he is following up on his promise. He doesn’t care what the GOP has to say. I hope I’m wrong, but O hasn’t done anything yet to show me that any true American with their eyes open was wrong about him.


15 posted on 01/27/2009 6:33:00 AM PST by Mind Freed
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""The goal is to seek their input. He wants to hear their ideas," White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said. "If there are good ideas — and I think he assumes there will be — we will look at those ideas."

Translation = "We don't know what to do..Help!"

sw

16 posted on 01/27/2009 6:33:33 AM PST by spectre (sw)
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To: LibLieSlayer; All

TIME FOR US TO FLOOD MITCH’S phone line folks!!

http://mcconnell.senate.gov/

Washington Office
361-A Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Phone: (202) 224-2541
Fax: (202) 224-2499


17 posted on 01/27/2009 6:36:24 AM PST by penelopesire ("The only CHANGE you will get with the Democrats is the CHANGE left in your pocket")
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To: Zakeet
Obama seeks GOP COVER on economy; McConnell DOPEFUL

There, that's better

18 posted on 01/27/2009 6:37:50 AM PST by Jagman (Don't tax me, bro!)
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To: Zakeet

He is not looking for help, he is looking for where to lay the blame.


19 posted on 01/27/2009 6:38:21 AM PST by depressed in 06 (Dope in chains, the Chicago way.)
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To: Zakeet

Screw him!


20 posted on 01/27/2009 6:50:31 AM PST by Piquaboy (22 year veteran of the Army, Air Force and Navy, Pray for all our military .)
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