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January 24, 2009

Obama to GOP: 'I won'

Obama to GOP: 'I won'


President Obama listened to Republican gripes about his stimulus package during a meeting with congressional leaders Friday morning - but he also left no doubt about who's in charge of these negotiations. "I won," Obama noted matter-of-factly, according to sources familiar with the conversation.

The exchange arose as top House and Senate Republicans expressed concern to the president about the amount of spending in the package. They also raised red flags about a refundable tax credit that returns money to those who don’t pay income taxes, the sources said.

The Republicans stressed that they want to include more middle class tax cuts in the package, citing their proposal to cut the two lowest tax rates — 15 percent and 10 percent — to ten percent and five percent, rather than issue the refundable credit Obama wants.

At another point in the meeting, sources said Obama told the group: “This is a grave situation facing the country.” White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said Obama would hold another economic meeting in the White House Saturday for a "broader group."

After Friday's meeting, Democratic and Republican leaders publicly wrangled over the developing stimulus plan.

But perhaps taking a cue from Obama’s “I won” line when Democrats were asked if they were concerned about Republicans blocking the package, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid had a swift one-word answer: “No.”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the bill was on track for passage by February 16, while Republicans continued to voice their opposition.
“We expressed our concerns about some of the spending that’s being proposed in the House bill,” House Minority Leader John Boehner said after meeting with Obama.
“How can you spend hundreds of millions of dollars on contraceptives?” Boehner asked. “How does that stimulate the economy?”
Boehner said congressional Republicans are also concerned about the size of the package.
“Government can’t solve this problem,” he said.

Reid said a Congressional Budget Office report that says the stimulus funds won’t be pumped into the economy until 2010 doesn’t provide an accurate picture.

Republicans have used the report to back up their argument against a near $1 trillion package. But Reid said Obama Office of Management and Budget director Peter Orszag told them CBO only analyzed 40 percent of the bill.

He also said Orszag guaranteed “that at least 75 percent of the bill would go directly into the economy within the first 18 months.”

Pelosi suggested that the package, currently at $825 billion, could become even larger.

“It has grown,” Pelosi said, “and we’re still in the process.”

At the meeting, Rep. Eric Cantor of Virginia, the No. 2 House Republican, passed out copies of the Republicans’ five-point stimulus plan.

At first blush, Obama said, “Nothing on here looks outlandish or crazy to me,” Obama said, according to a source familiar with the conversation. He seemed particularly receptive to some Republican ideas about increasing benefits to small businesses.

But when the conversation got down to other specifics, it was clear that some of the Republican ideas were clearly non-starters with the new president – including calls to put off tax hikes during the recession. “He rejected that out of hand and said we couldn’t have any hard and fast rules like that,” Cantor said.

Wild Thing's comment.........

Doesn't it remind you of a neaner nearer...I won neaner neaner. hahaha He is a mess!!!

“How can you spend hundreds of millions of dollars on contraceptives?” Boehner asked. “How does that stimulate the economy?”

What the hell???

I won," Obama noted matter-of-factly.

Obama thinks he's The Chosen One, and beware all those who dare oppose him. I can't get over this--"I won"!

....Thank you Mark for sending this to me.

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Posted by Wild Thing at January 24, 2009 05:50 AM


I fear it will be a tough 4 years. He has been president for 4 days and acts like a dictator. Restore the constitutional republic had a good post yesterday. An informed citizenry.
It is a new site with the blog starting on 1/17.

Yes we now have B. Hussein, Champion of Infanticide, Defender of Terrorist Rights.
Bob A.

Posted by: Bob A at January 24, 2009 08:28 AM

In my present and former occupations I had to evaluate and read facial expressions, gestures, body language and see if they JIVED with their spoken words... Our president is F'N out of his league - period! And who is Obamessiah's co-pilot? ... Joe Biden? These liberals and RINOS and supposed 'moderates' created this Obamastein Monster now they can reap what they sew. The Sesame Street Kool Aid Gangstas are in DCCCCP!

Posted by: darthcrUSAderworldtour07 at January 24, 2009 09:03 AM

People wanted change and they're sure going to get it but nobody EVER said the change was for the better. Now, if you're a leach on society who doesn't work and expects government handouts, then the change may be good for you but if you work for a living, then the change is going to screw you.

Posted by: BobF at January 24, 2009 09:47 AM

Obama should listen to Rush. That way he would at least have a clue.

Obama is going to be a dictator. He wants his way and he's going to get it. Pretty soon he'll have his own snappy title and salute. It'll remind you of the late 1930's in Germany.

Posted by: BobF at January 24, 2009 09:50 AM

The only reason the Dems want the Repubs onboard is so they'll have someone to blame when it all goes kerflooey.

To the Dems I say "Okay, you're in charge; when it blows up, I'll accept no excuses."

Posted by: Rick at January 24, 2009 11:25 AM

I don't care if he won. History will ultimatley show him to be the loser that he is.

Posted by: Steve Gaston at January 24, 2009 01:04 PM

p.s. I have enough show and gamesmanship to be president for a bit. I might even "wow" some folk. But the bottom line- is that I'm not qualified. Neither is Oblasma. The difference is .... I'm intelligent enough to know it.

Posted by: Steve Gaston at January 24, 2009 01:11 PM

Barack Obama has no record of working in a bipartisan fashion and compromising with those who disagree with him and he never will. In fact, the opposite is true. If Republicans in Congress, and the country as a whole, don't get this then they are F'n Stupid. Ditto's to Rick's comment on the Dems looking for Repubs to blame when things go wrong. BHO won just like Hitler did and he is just as deranged and dangerous.

Posted by: Les at January 24, 2009 03:57 PM

Bob A., I agree, for him to behave like this ever is bad, but to do it so early on within only a few days shows even more how dangerous he is to our country.

Thanks for the links and your post at your blog.

Posted by: Wild Thing at January 24, 2009 04:44 PM

Darth, thank you so much for sharing about that, very intersting.

Your right too....."The Sesame Street Kool Aid Gangstas are in DCCCCP!"

Posted by: Wild Thing at January 24, 2009 04:47 PM

BobF., I agree he should listen to Rush.
I am surprised at what he said about Rush, because one thing Clinton's and Bush's White House did was have someone listening to all of Rush's shows just to hear what was being said.

Posted by: Wild Thing at January 24, 2009 04:50 PM

BobF, exactly no one said change was for the better. I think over time there will be some that will be extremey disappointed they voted for Obama if they aren't aldreay.

Posted by: Wild Thing at January 24, 2009 04:52 PM

Rick, good one, I agree. They don't want have to look at their own mistakes, they just love to blame the Republicans.

DITTO this too.........

"To the Dems I say "Okay, you're in charge; when it blows up, I'll accept no excuses.""

Posted by: Wild Thing at January 24, 2009 04:56 PM

Steve Gaston, I think it will too. I honestly think as time goes along he will end up being the most disliked of all our Presidents.

Posted by: Wild Thing at January 24, 2009 04:59 PM

Steve Gaston, I really think he is a plant and Soros is really gettting his money's worth.

Posted by: Wild Thing at January 24, 2009 05:01 PM

Les, your right, he used his thugness in Chicago to win his Senate seat and so it began.
Thank you for the video link.

Posted by: Wild Thing at January 24, 2009 05:06 PM

Made me think of a 3 yr old in sandbox with all the toys piled around him (eye roll).

Posted by: Jo at January 24, 2009 09:42 PM