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January 29th, 2009
05:00 PM ET

Obama Charm Offensive: How should GOP handle?

From CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Our sister publication, TIME Magazine, has a great story about how the Republicans are grappling with what they call Obama's "Charm Offensive." The piece says that after President Obama met with Republicans on Capitol Hill Tuesday to discuss the emergency stimulus package, many walked away gushing as if they'd met their favorite rock star and admitting the new Democratic President was paying more attention to them than their own Republican President George W. Bush ever did.

President Barack Obama walks towards the podium to speak to the media at the U.S. Capitol January 27, 2009 in Washington, DC. Obama was on the Hill to meet with Congressional Republicans for support to stimulate the economy.

Barack Obama is by no means the first President to meet with leaders of the other party to get a bill passed or to be open and willing to changes. He even made calls to leaders of his own party requesting changes to get this thing through, all in an effort to achieve the bipartisanship he campaigned on.

He even took it a step further, hosting a happy hour at the White House for House and Senate leaders from both sides of the aisle.

But his maneuvering may have backfired. The Republicans are staying away from attacking the popular President, who's only been in office for a little over a week, but they aren't letting him coast on through. The stimulus package that passed the House yesterday did so without a single Republican vote. Perhaps a calculated move so they won't be responsible if things don't turn around. Of course if they do, those same Republicans might as well go stand in front of a bus.

Here’s my question to you: How should Republicans handle President Obama’s "charm offensive"?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Karl from San Francisco, California writes:
Some snakes are just too stupid to be charmed.

Beth from Massachusetts writes:
The Republicans should respond to the President as graciously as he presents himself to them. Rush Limbaugh and company play to the lowest common denominator. Grace and elegance had disappeared from politics and now that President Obama is bringing back gentlemanly behavior those who dwell on the far right do not know how to respond.

Ray from Danville, Virginia writes:
I don't think Republicans need to address Obama's "charm". I think they need to show that Obama is just another liberal Democrat whose only concern is to grow the Federal Government.

David writes:
With a great big smile, saying, "Thanks, but no thanks." Republicans should and must return to their conservative roots by standing for massive tax cuts and greatly reduced Federal spending.

Hitobito from Providence, Rhode Island writes:
The Republicans can get on the Obama train or miss it and remain irrelevant. The choice is theirs. The voters have spoken twice during the past two national elections. They may try listening.

Paula from Albuquerque, New Mexico writes:
The GOP should, although they are probably well out-of-practice, demonstrate as much graciousness and "class", as the President has. Perhaps, I am "old school", and unapologetically so, but I've never been offended by those who can be ladies and gentlemen regardless of the circumstances in which they find themselves.

Ann from Hampton, New Jersey writes:
Jack, you should know about charm. You give us that every night. Maybe you could give the Republicans a few lessons?


Filed under: President Barack Obama • Republicans
soundoff (593 Responses)
  1. Kevin in Dallas, TX

    Given their lack of success, at this point the Republicans would probably be best off saying "we disagree with your methods, but we are going to let you try them." That way, should Obama's plans not work, it will be extremely difficult to scapegoat anyone.

    January 29, 2009 at 1:23 pm |
  2. Dave from Orlando

    That depends on if they want to stay as pigheaded as Bush or if they want to see their country return to the position of respect and power it once had about 8 years ago. If the former, keep doing what they are doing. If the latter, then they need to acquiesce to the “charm” and start thinking like statesmen instead of the obstructionists they have been for the last 35 years.

    January 29, 2009 at 1:29 pm |
  3. Justin

    The GOP should just shut their mouths and take it.. There is all this talk about where this stimulus package is going, but what about the last package the GOP got their way?? We know absolutely squat about where that money went. No matter, the country is in trouble unless we really change. I don't see it happening though.

    January 29, 2009 at 1:31 pm |
  4. Rex in Portland, Ore.

    They should smile, of course, and then blithely go about their own greedy ways and try to block any and every thing Mr. Prez tries to do.

    January 29, 2009 at 1:34 pm |
  5. Terry- Greensburg, IN

    "Looks to me like they already got that figured out-Jack.
    They already answered that question, and give him a direct answer-completely transparent.
    They'the Republicians' don't seem to be too charmed, and a little booze ain't gona change it.

    January 29, 2009 at 1:35 pm |
  6. Terry from North Carolina

    Jack
    I dont know if his charm offensive is working he got a big zero from the Republicans on his stimulus package. From their point of view they handled the charm offensive pretty well.

    January 29, 2009 at 1:35 pm |
  7. JD in NH

    It would be nice if the Republicans were up front and honest. They can't compliment President Obama enough when they're in front of a camera, but behind his back they're stuck in the "no we can't" mentality. It's obvious they plan to use Obama in their next campaign by claiming to want to work with him, but are unable to because of "mean, old Nancy Pelosi." They're whiners and it's wearing us all out, although I'm still laughing about the "new" economic stimulus package they came up with yesterday. "Cut taxes." That's it. They claim cutting taxes actually brings in more tax dollars. I wish they would explain the billions of dollars borrowed from China to pay for the last tax cuts for the wealthy .

    January 29, 2009 at 1:35 pm |
  8. C Wilson

    I think they should welcome his charm which I'm sure is geniune. Pres. Obama has nothing but the country's best interest in mind. They should be grateful that he's being kind at all. It's the Republican's agenda that got us into this mess in the first place.
    Austin, TX

    January 29, 2009 at 1:37 pm |
  9. Katiec Pekin, IL

    Jack,
    Why would someone trying to unify and save our country be offensive?It disturbs the republicans because it leads the American people to support him even more. When one has something the other lacks this causes discontent. You notice I did not say incompetence, hypocrisy, self serving interests.

    January 29, 2009 at 1:39 pm |
  10. Matthew, Cedar Rapids

    Either roll over or die. He was elected, so he obviously has the approval of the American people. The Republicans either need to get onboard with pleasing the American people. Anything else is a most elaborate political suicide.

    January 29, 2009 at 1:40 pm |
  11. Billy G in Las Vegas

    the elephant is irrelevant. the party that gave the country record deficits, two wars and a depression looks dumb as ever thinking their tax cuts for rich people is an "economic stimulus". they need to just SHUT the HELL UP or they will move even closer to extinction in 2010.

    January 29, 2009 at 1:42 pm |
  12. Cecil Jones

    Obama is in real trouble if he thinks defending the Constitution and Capitalism are "Petty Grievances." Didn't President Bush try to take 2 trillion dollars out of social security and hand it over to banks and Wall Street with no accountability? Democrats stopped him. Does this prove "Race Matters?" Democrats don't get it.

    January 29, 2009 at 1:43 pm |
  13. Duane..Bloomington,In

    Maybe they should get some charm also....I mean they all need to go to Charm school..it sure wouldn't hurt.

    January 29, 2009 at 1:46 pm |
  14. Alma (Tennessee)

    The GOP should stop playing politics, and realize that their party created this mess we're in! They need to get on with the business of solving the crisis. They can only live in a fancy world for so long. They want to see this president fail. What they don't seem to realize is that we are all going to hell in a handbasket because of their failed policies. Their policies got us into this mess, so why does the president need to listen to their warmed over garbage. They also need to come to grips with the fact that the people chose him. They might also look at public opinion polls once in a while. They would see that even Bush has a higher approval rating than Congress does. I'm sick of their old go no where but to the poor house policies. I'm so glad that the "show up for nothing because we've already made up our minds meeting" exposed them for who they really are.

    January 29, 2009 at 1:47 pm |
  15. gerry in toronto

    The GOP should stick their party partisan politics in that dark place between their cheeks and realize millions loosing their jobs and homes, there's two wars going on and they need to work with Obama and get the country out of the ditch.

    January 29, 2009 at 1:49 pm |
  16. Ray Lawson from Danville, VA

    I don't think Republicans need to address Obama's "charm". I think they need to show that Obama is just another liberal democrat who's only concern is to grow the Federal Government . The "stimulus bill" according to the OMB spends 12% of every dollar on actual stimulus.
    Rebuilding infrastructure is a very small part of the bill and it doesn't start until 2010.
    So forget about "charm" and concentrate on the truth of what Obama and the democrats in Congress are doing. They are increasing the federal deficit at an alarming rate to pay off campaign promises with little regard for how it affects our countries economy. That is why Republicans refused to vote for it.

    January 29, 2009 at 1:49 pm |
  17. Conor in Chicago

    The smart thing to do would be to kill him with kindness right back. The problem is I struggle to remember the last time the GOP did the smart thing.

    January 29, 2009 at 1:49 pm |
  18. cy gardner

    Instead of smiling with one face on CNN and snarling with their other face when they're on Fox, perhaps they GOP should try and come up with ideas and alternate plans. I think the American public has caught on that "Tax cuts for the rich!" as a rallying cry and universal panacea is about as popular as the idea of a third Bush term. Cy Gardner arlington, va

    January 29, 2009 at 1:49 pm |
  19. odessa

    republicans are mean now than before..they want to be conservative on president obama's stilimus package while they gave bush all the money for two wars and finanical bailout banks..they are really listening to rush limbaugh who is only killing their party when it comes to re-election again..gop crew only care about the rich and themselves not the country...they are nothing but elephant whiners to ruin anything for not helping unemployed workers back to work or help the economy at all..alot of voters will be calling them names if they don't show president obama respect at all..

    January 29, 2009 at 1:52 pm |
  20. Bill in Michigan

    They had better get their act together and at least start looking like they areplaying along or offering alternatives solutions. As of right now, it looks like Obama is reaching out to the Republicans to bring them on board, but the Republicans are digging in their heals and proving to be intolerant and unflexable. Republicans are looking like they do not play well with others and risk further ostricization.

    January 29, 2009 at 1:53 pm |
  21. Jenny Rome Ga

    Jacj,
    They can take notes. You can get more flies with honey than with vinigar. Hopefully they will learn this.

    January 29, 2009 at 1:53 pm |
  22. William A. Marley

    It's my opinion that the republicans are playing the role of obstructionists in hopes that Rush (give me another hydrocodone) Limbaugh is right that Obama will fail. Little do they know, Obama already has his best troops flanked and dug in. Just wait until 'ol Boner tries to run. He and the Axis of Evil (Inhoff, Coburn, & McConnell) have already been knee-capped and just don't know it.
    W#illiam A. Marley somewhere in Ok.

    January 29, 2009 at 1:54 pm |
  23. Anthony Smith

    Jack;
    You can't charm the offensive. The vote last night just confirms that they are a gang of thugs without any independence of thought or reason. They are like sheep heading to slaughter. They didn't get that they got spanked the last 2 elections so they continue their party ways. How is that getting anything done for America? Republicans and Rush; perfect bedfellows!

    Wildwood Crest, NJ

    January 29, 2009 at 1:55 pm |
  24. Simpliticus

    Republicans should be grateful that Obama is talking to them because Bush never did! And the Republicans are so marginalized that given the penchant for Obama, he could have just as well snubbed them. The more we hear about what the Bush administration allowed even though the FBI and Elliott Spitzer tried to warn the public, the Republicans should be gracious enough NOT to be indicted for fraud which was allowed to have occurred. Bernie Madoff is merely the poster child for all the fraud perpetrated under George W. Bush which he hasn't owned up to but over time will be shown to be his responsibility. Why is it that Bush allowed 9/11 and did not own up to it and now he will not own up to the fraud associated with this economy. Herbert Hoover has never been decoupled from the Great Depression nor will Bush be decoupled from this debacle as well!

    January 29, 2009 at 1:55 pm |
  25. Mike, Syracuse NY

    Ignore the charm and judge the proposals on their merits. It's good Obama is reaching out, but if he ignores suggestions after asking for them because 'he won' then it's all for show.

    January 29, 2009 at 1:56 pm |
  26. jim Toronto

    They can counter Obama's charm by being their 'nasty' old finger pointing selves!

    January 29, 2009 at 1:56 pm |
  27. chanel as in chanel no.5(dont laugh) in mpls,mn

    dear jack,
    The republicans need to be happy someone is talking to them let alone the president. The way these people have acted for so long is ridiculous. They have looted the store (country) for eight years and NOW they care about spending. YEAH RIGHT. They need a new face to their party so they can get some ground in 2010 and I guess they picked this issue just like some dems who were outspoken about NOT going to war in Iraq. They are dismissing this man when Bush himself would of never stepped his cowboy boot over to dems knowing he already had the votes with the republicans!!!!! Cmon give peace a chance losers!!!! love you jack........

    January 29, 2009 at 1:56 pm |
  28. William Joseph Miller

    Let's back track. In 2008, the GOP launched a despicable lie-fear-and smear campaign against Obama. CNN commentatorsm, like Lou Dobbs and Campbell Brown, were more than glad to throw in their two cents and promulgate the GOP's lies and talking points.
    Obama's attempt to reach out to the GOP displays a degree of unprecedented magnitude. You did not see this with Bush. You certainly did not see this with Arnold Schwarzenegger, who called everyone who showed any compassion for the less fortunate "girlie men."
    Now the GOP are having hissy fits because they didn't get their way. For the GOP, there's no such thing as bi-partisanship. It's strictly "my way or the highway." Although Obama's decisions are based on sound economic advice – Nobel Prize laureate Paul Krugman doesn't believe that Obama is spending enough. Our infrastructure is falling apart. According to an article that appeared yesterday on Yahoo by Andrew Stern, the American Society of Civil Engineers points out that we need $ 2.2 trillion dollars to repair the infrastructure. The longer we delay the higher the repair bill. If we want to generate jobs we must invest in green technology and the computer industry. According to a report published a week ago in the Los Angeles Times by Next 10, a non-profit reserach group in Palo Alot, green technology is absolutely essential for California's economic recover. ( You might also check out the latest article by Daniel Lyons) We must act now to stop global warming. (Check out Nobel Prize laureate Al Gore's recent testimoney before Congress.) Yet none of these realities are mentioned by CNN, certainly not by Campbell Brown or Lou Dobbs.
    The GOP of course has declared war on science and expertise. I might ask how many members of the GOP leadership have won Nobel Prizes. They cling to the old tried-and-failed approach to our economy: tax cuts for the rich or nearly rich and subsidies for oil companies. As far as the non-rich, and the unemployed, as far as the GOP is concerned, they might "as well go out and shoot their brains out." (A family in Wilmington just did that.) As far as children with special needs, remember the Sarah Palin crusade last summer for children with special needs, you are not going to see any spending there. Basically, Sarah Palin and John McCain were fooling the public.
    I am in no mood to advise the Republican party. They are what they are – a bunch of embittered, hateful, rich, white racists, religious fanatics, and ideologues. Obama deserves kudos for trying to reach out to this pathetic crew of wealthy losers. It's not Obama's fault that when he reached across the aisle, the GOP tried to bite off his fingers.

    January 29, 2009 at 1:59 pm |
  29. Ron San Diego

    Hi Jack:

    Are you evious of Barak's charm? I think house republicans need to look in the mirror before judging the president. The election is over, he is the president. The republicans need to GET OVER IT and move on.

    Ron San Diego

    January 29, 2009 at 2:01 pm |
  30. Mickie

    I love how the republicans object to growing the deficit now that it is the democrats in power when Bush and the republicans got us into the greatest deficit anyone has ever experienced. I don't see the republicans coming up with any solution to the mess they created.

    January 29, 2009 at 2:02 pm |
  31. don in naples, florida

    Republicans need to stand firmly opposed to Obama. Disregard his like-ability. Disregard his popularity. Disregard all the fear mongering about how dire the state of the economy. Obama is a wolf in sheep's clothing.

    January 29, 2009 at 2:03 pm |
  32. Blue - PA

    Jack,

    By letting go go their ankles and stop bending over for Rush Limbaugh! Especially Boehner & Cantor.

    January 29, 2009 at 2:04 pm |
  33. Gord

    Just call Obama out on this. All the charm in the world won't put lipstick on this pig. Shine a bright light on all the pork and pet projects in the stimulus package and let the President defend it.

    January 29, 2009 at 2:04 pm |
  34. Annie, Atlanta

    They already showed us clearly how they are going to handle it – they've totally disregarded him. It's time for Obama to show them the same respect.

    January 29, 2009 at 2:04 pm |
  35. Mike Nunn

    Well I guess they should just continue to follow their spiritual leader and hope Obama fails. That is a real patriotic response guaranteed to provoke some anger.

    January 29, 2009 at 2:06 pm |
  36. Don in Fort Gratiot MI

    I'm sure they find his charm very offensive indeed. But they need to wait it out. Respect Obama’s popularity. Quietly begin reorganizing at the grass roots level. The GOP got an old fashioned butt kicking in 08. The next 18 months is needed for re-construction.

    January 29, 2009 at 2:07 pm |
  37. Michael Odegard

    Republican leaders should retire so younger, Gen X, Republicans can take control of what has become a party for intellectually feeble and rhetorically uninspired Baby Boomers.

    January 29, 2009 at 2:07 pm |
  38. Debbie in Warrenton, OR

    There obstructionist behavior is not working and they are looking smaller and pettier than ever. Obama is trying to include them, why don't they want to come in out of the cold and try to change things from the inside instead of acting like polical terrorist and blowing up approaches before they are given a chance. The people have spoken and the Republican approach has been judged an economical and ethical failure. I just know that if their behavior continues, I will be donating money to their opponents in 2010 to defeat them.

    January 29, 2009 at 2:08 pm |
  39. mac from traverse city Michigan

    they should all put personalitys aside and focus on the issues. We need to repair the damage done the last eight years and I dont care if Obama uses "charm" or rolls out the democratic version of dick cheney just get it done.

    January 29, 2009 at 2:08 pm |
  40. therealmarie

    The GOP should stick with what they do best...Obstruct.

    January 29, 2009 at 2:08 pm |
  41. CRAIG R. MCNEES

    TAMPA, FL LEARN HOW TO TALK SOUTHERN, POLITE, FIRM, AND DEFINITELY CHARMING.

    January 29, 2009 at 2:10 pm |
  42. penny

    "The GOP talk about tax breaks when there is no money being made or spent. You can't tax if no money is being made. What are they studying? Third world economics!!!!!
    "The Gop believe in third world economics, in which GW BUSH believed in gun toting politics which led to a costly war. The Gop needs to learn how to communicate via intelligent conversation. America can not afford third world communication. If they can not communicate then seek education resources. America can not afford BUSH THird world politics." Obama is a fluent communicator. Literally, none of the gop has their faces on any dollar bills. so they don't count, they have to use words to explain their contrast and comparisons."

    January 29, 2009 at 2:10 pm |
  43. Mark, OKC, OK

    Obama's so called "charm offensive" is already getting old. As someone once said, "You can get by on personality for about 15 minutes, but after that, you better know something."

    January 29, 2009 at 2:11 pm |
  44. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    By stopping by taking people for fools! One minute they are nice on tv the next they are the NO party. Maybe they suffer from personalty disorder in front of the camera depending on who they are trying to influence! It is quite a dance but not the type of dance we are prepare to do since we have seen this dance over and over again and it is simply tiring. I think President Obama is showing how opposites can share social times and at the same time discover how we can actually talk about the broader picture or dance with civility and with actually getting to know the real human being that exist behind every label ie democrat or republican! For once I would like to see and hear real human beings able to express their concerns, demands and how they see their places and our places in our collective lives!

    January 29, 2009 at 2:12 pm |
  45. David in San Diego

    With great care–if they just act like the "loyal opposers" it will bite them in the butt. The American people like Obama and want him (and us) to succeed.

    January 29, 2009 at 2:12 pm |
  46. Linda in Florida

    Why is it the Republicans rolled out the red carpet while giving George Bush and his cronies anything they asked for, yet they all play dead when their current President is acting to save this country from what 8 years of GWB caused?

    January 29, 2009 at 2:12 pm |
  47. Greg, Ontario

    Well if they are smart (and they aren't) they will stand back and let President Obama do his thing. Go the record as apposing everything and then if he fails at the slightest little thing you can stand on a stump and say " SEE WE TOLD YOU!!"
    If they (Democrats included) make waves for him and he still manages to succeed the GOP could become a non factor for a long time to come.

    January 29, 2009 at 2:14 pm |
  48. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    By stopping by taking people for fools! One minute they are nice on tv the next they are the NO party. Maybe they suffer from personality disorder in front of the camera depending on who they are trying to influence! It is quite a dance but not the type of dance we are prepare to do since we have seen this dance over and over again and it is simply tiring. I think President Obama is showing how opposites can share social times and at the same time discover how we can actually talk about the broader picture or dance with civility and with actually getting to know the real human being that exist behind every label ie democrat or republican! For once I would like to see and hear real human beings able to express their concerns, demands and how they see their places and our places in our collective lives! It is probably too much to ask and to expect!

    January 29, 2009 at 2:14 pm |
  49. Lee in TN

    If and when you can Not beat them,join them. It seems like the prez is on a roll right now and he is actually running with his feet and not just at the mouth.

    January 29, 2009 at 2:14 pm |
  50. Bizz, Quarryville, Pennsylvania

    I guess anyone would become suspicious especially after a past eight years of trying to jam bills down democrats throats. Now that the shoe is on the other foot I guess they expected to be hit on the head with it. I think the whole Congress doesn't know to act when someone tries to show them the proper way the Congress should work. There is no name calling, threats or pointing the finger. I guess this leaves the republicans in a state of shock not knowing how to handle all of this. Quite frankly I'm not used to such a president with intelligence. I am more used to a president that question one's patriotism if you were in disagreement with him, and walk on the White House lawn spitting.

    January 29, 2009 at 2:16 pm |
  51. Venia PA

    THe GOP have turned out to be a bunch of pathological liars who I've discovered care nothing for the average american. They need to do all they can to embrace Obama who has shown more concern for this country in his first week then they ever have.

    January 29, 2009 at 2:16 pm |
  52. Sandi, Chicago

    Republicans did not vote for the 'stimulus' back in 1993, and it was a tremendous success! I enjoyed making more money – being able to afford nice things and not having to worry about living one paycheck to the next... So, if history repeats itself – with no Republicans voting for this 'stimulus' – looks like we could well be on the road to recovery after 8 dismal years!

    January 29, 2009 at 2:17 pm |
  53. Gigi

    They would be smart to remember if you don't lick them, join them. There are many out of work republicans who might just remember them on election day. OR better yet they could write today and tell them how you plan to vote them out of office. When the people are in trouble you do what is best for the country. Not for corporate Co's. The 95% could turn the tables on the 5%.

    January 29, 2009 at 2:21 pm |
  54. Meg Ulmes

    Jack–
    I think that they already have. There wasn't one Republican vote for the stimulus package yesterday. They're going to keep on smiling, and keep on voting no. I was hoping to see some co-operation in Congress, but that doesn't look like it's going to happen until the whole country goes into the dumpster and bread lines and suicide by tall building return. I haven't voted for any incumbents since 2000 in Congressional races, and it still isn't helping get new blood into Congress. I think it's pretty depressing.

    Troy, Ohio

    January 29, 2009 at 2:22 pm |
  55. Tina (Fort Worth)

    When is the next election? You don't work with the democrats and always blocking to help the poor people you will find your behind out of a job and then lets see how you like it out of a job and can't find a decent paying one.

    January 29, 2009 at 2:23 pm |
  56. B-Koi Vancouver Island, BC

    How about doing what they were elected to do for God's sake! Give them all soothers , and a crying towel and tell them to get to work! Oh by the way, remind them this is not about THEIR career! How can President Obama stand having to work with such a bunch of wimps! No wonder he smokes! I think I'll send him a carton of good Canadian cigarettes!

    January 29, 2009 at 2:23 pm |
  57. Mary, Atlanta, GA

    I haven't quite seen the charm through the arrogance yet. The majority in both house and senate are acting like kids let loose in a candy store.

    January 29, 2009 at 2:23 pm |
  58. Russ in Johnston, IA

    Sounds like the bill IS full of 'political paybacks' and less stimulus than should be. Kinda glad to see some Dems vote against it, also, but the Repub mantra of 'cut taxes' is getting very tiresome to hear day after day – that's all they want, tax cuts! Really starting to think that a stimulus from the bottom up will work best in this 'flushed-and-circling-the-bowl' economy of ours – it's obvious Washington doesn't know what to do, they'll even tell you they don't know if it will work! And I won't believe in transparency of govt, or oversight of these bailouts/stimulus packages until some of these CEO's are at least in front of Congressional hearings for the crap they've unleashed on the economy and put the American people through.

    January 29, 2009 at 2:24 pm |
  59. Anne in Portland Me.

    They don't know what to make of civility because they never saw any during the Bush admin.

    January 29, 2009 at 2:25 pm |
  60. Gary of El Centro, Ca

    They should continue to do what they just did.......smile and make nice remarks to his face and to the media, and then stab him in the back when it comes time to vote. This will ensure their political extinction in the next election cycle.

    January 29, 2009 at 2:26 pm |
  61. vern-t anaheim,ca

    by stop listening to idiots and liars like sean hannity,rush limbaugh &bill o'rielly

    January 29, 2009 at 2:27 pm |
  62. earle,florida

    If they can't see thru him by now, then there not politicians?

    January 29, 2009 at 2:28 pm |
  63. CJ in Atlanta, GA

    This is such a foreign concept to the Republicans and I am not surprised that they are confused on how to react. They aren't used to bipartisanship and certainly not used to a President asking for opinions and collaboration. Welcome to the era of Change!

    January 29, 2009 at 2:29 pm |
  64. Jackie in Dallas

    First, I take offense at calling President Obama's attempt to bring into play a bi-partisan atmosphere a "charm offensive." I call it politeness, respect, and a serious attempt at bringing two divergant groups together.

    Second, it doesn't appear to be working very well, as the GOP can't seem to understand that Rush, et. al. are NOT gods, and that if they don't start actually working for their constituents instead of special interest groups, they will be out of job come their next election. We, that tax-paying public are "Mad as H#$!, and not going to take it anymore!"

    January 29, 2009 at 2:29 pm |
  65. Gloria East Bay CA

    No amount of charm or hypnotism by Obama will work in winning the Republicans over. They are a party of hate and fearmongering. Speaking of Pork, they already have their hero and idol–PORKY Rush Limbaugh!!!

    January 29, 2009 at 2:29 pm |
  66. Rose in Az

    The American people really don't know what is in that stimulus package, it might be packed with pork. The Dems are very good at spending. Why should we buy new cars for government employees, what is wrong with the ones they have. This is only the beginning of a long drawn out problem.

    January 29, 2009 at 2:31 pm |
  67. Dave, Brooklyn, NY

    The GOP should handle it like they used to many decades ago, when they were more interested in the country’s welfare than their own myopic personal concerns.

    January 29, 2009 at 2:32 pm |
  68. Fern, Fargo

    I must admit, President Obama's charm offensive is too hot to handle
    Jack.

    January 29, 2009 at 2:33 pm |
  69. Stacy from Fairfax, VA

    The Republicans are hypocrits. Most of them who voted against the stimulus bill voted for the $700 Billion TARP with no questions asked. They showed that they are willing to hand out money to Wall Street and the banking industry, but not to Main Street. They forget that American consumers make up almost 70% of our economy. If we aren't spending, our economy isn't going anywhere.

    January 29, 2009 at 2:34 pm |
  70. Harrison - Mobile Alabama

    They can start by acting their age, not their shoe size. Political Grandstanding is tired, so it'd be nice if they'd quit acting like children and do what needs to be done to get the country moving back in the right direction.

    (That goes for Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and Barney Frank on the Dems side of the fence as well)

    January 29, 2009 at 2:34 pm |
  71. Jim

    They should suck it up and just get with the program Jack. Once again the people have spoken and they now have a President who will continue to speak with and for them, to both the GOP and the old school Democrats. And if the Republican rank and file – nd many Democrats as well – do not wake up and smell the coffee soon they will only be leaving themselves hanging out to dry – without the age old excuse lean on of dealing with a partisan President that they cannot communicate with.

    Jim W. – Lake In The Hills, IL

    January 29, 2009 at 2:34 pm |
  72. Terry in Hanover County

    Obama could kill them with kindness and it wouldn't matter. I'm so sick of all these bozos, Republicans and Democrats, that if I could address Congress, I'd say, "Grow up, get to work, or get outta here." If they won't work together for all Americans, then it's time for them all to go. Somedays I think we'd be better off replacing our representatives with toasters, at least then something would get done.

    January 29, 2009 at 2:36 pm |
  73. kathleen san juan

    ELEVEN DEMOCRATS VOTED AGAINST THIS BILL.

    What does charm have to do with it?
    The Republicans smell blood and 2010 is an election year.

    January 29, 2009 at 2:39 pm |
  74. Chad Jarman--Los Angeles

    The GOP needs to just suck it up and give in. I mean how many Americans really trust a bunch of Republicans to form a plan to solve what the GOP has caused during the last administration? Does anyone really trust the GOP to handle anything that has to do with the economy? They are lucky the Dems are letting them know whats going on with the economy.

    January 29, 2009 at 2:39 pm |
  75. Mary from Houston, tx

    Admit that GOP means G(reedy) Old Party, break with big businesss and the richy rich, denounce prior mission statement-security for major oil producers at any price.

    January 29, 2009 at 2:40 pm |
  76. HD in Phoenix

    Ehhh...let them continue to show their true GOP colors which have absolutely nothing to do with having an ideology of being "of", "for" or "by" the people. If there was one positive thing that the Bush years did, it was to expose what the GOP really is as opposed to what they claim to be. In retrospect, it is amazing when you look back over the Bush years as he and his kind went to extremes to exclude Democrats from any decisions or policies that impact the country and the world. It was truly an age of greed, hubris, GOP control freaks and corrupt GOP neocon ideology running rampant. Now Obama hits the scene and he goes out of his way to include Republicans in matters that Bush and his elitist kind took behind closed doors and excluded those who did not share in Bush's skewed elitist views of reality. It looks like you can dress Republican politicians up and you can take them out to dinner but you cannot change them for the better. In this case...no good deed goes unpunished.

    HD in Phoenix, AZ

    January 29, 2009 at 2:41 pm |
  77. Kevin, Chester Springs PA

    Forget presidential charm. Bury partisanship. And lose the rhetoric. Let the GOP AND the Democrats do what's right for the people. Now that's real change... for a change.

    January 29, 2009 at 2:42 pm |
  78. Chuck

    Jack: The whole GOP party should resign. They do not care about the American People, as they have shown in their comments about how to go about undoing what their party has put this country through.

    January 29, 2009 at 2:42 pm |
  79. Colleen Brooks, Charlotte, NC

    If Obama is right than Republicans will be voted out next time we go to the poles. So my guess is Republicans have every finger and toe crossed hoping that Obama fails and they can say, 'I told you so." At this juncture, I'll bet on Obama.

    January 29, 2009 at 2:43 pm |
  80. Sid...Texas

    Like a cobra with a snake charmer..Skip the music, and watch the charmer....

    January 29, 2009 at 2:44 pm |
  81. Jean in Connecticut

    I think the Republicans will respond to Obama's "charm offensive" for the Stimulus Plan in the same way they responded to Bush's appeal on the Stimulus Plan.... thanks, no thanks. Let's not forget that the majority of no votes for the Tarp package came from the Republicans.....it was the Democratic majority that passed the Tarp bill and will pass this one as well. My observation is that the more intriguing question is – How will the Democrates handle the "charm offensive".....as it appears some of them don't approve!

    January 29, 2009 at 2:44 pm |
  82. Kay in WV

    By being charming right back but then voting the way they believe is correct. Whether they like President Obama socially should have no bearing on his agenda's success or failure.

    January 29, 2009 at 2:45 pm |
  83. Chris - Savannah GA

    "Charm" as you call it, is just good old fashion political rhetoric. Once you get use to the rhyme and rhythm, you can see right through it. Sometimes, Jack, you show "Charm" too.

    January 29, 2009 at 2:46 pm |
  84. Stacy from Leesburg, VA

    Jack, the GOP is being played for the pompous buffoons they collectively are. President Obama has the American people eating out of his hand right now and he has the power to, within an hour, call up an army of supporters to deluge the Congressional inboxes to enforce his will.

    He picks up more support by the day because he looks the role of the moderate President who reaches out to build consensus, while the GOP plays the role of the obstinate dimwits who refuse to help the average American solely based on a corrupt ideology of rich/corporate protectionism.

    So, Obama wins if they compromise and Obama wins if the perception is that the GOP members are holding up progress because they will be voted out in 2010. Hence, it is not much the Republicans can do except eventually play ball.

    January 29, 2009 at 2:48 pm |
  85. circy in New Mexico

    It doesn't matter because unless the Republicans get their heads out of the dirt they're on their way out of American politics. The American people have loudly signaled that they are tired of partisan politics and expect better of all members of Congress. But the Republicans think they can continue to play games with the lives of others. They had better wake up before they're history.

    January 29, 2009 at 2:49 pm |
  86. bob, oshawa, ontario

    Jack, they should take a serious look at what he is proposing and not automatically oppose and reject his efforts to deal with the serious challenges facing the American nation simply because it doesn't fit their usual approach to governing. They have to be prepared to be flexible and work for the common good and not insist that Democratic policy conform to the failed policies of the Republicans for the past eight years. It is incredible that some of them still don't admit this and try a new tack.

    January 29, 2009 at 2:49 pm |
  87. Leo in Oakland

    the repbublicans should focus more on why so many americans are disenfranchised with them and on what they need to do to get re-elected. Obama is on the right track and they can either join him or get left behind with Rush and his vicodin-addicted cronies.

    January 29, 2009 at 2:49 pm |
  88. Gina in Racine, Wi

    If they want to get re elected they better stop being so partisan.

    The Voter's are seeing an elequent, intelligent President trying to save a flailing economy by bringing people together to get an important stimulus package passed.

    .....and all of his efforts being side swiped by the GOP and their partisanship.

    Not one Republican vote for this stimulus bill speaks volumes about how the GOP is coming up against Obama even though their constituents are suffering and desperate for a way to turn this economy around.

    January 29, 2009 at 2:50 pm |
  89. Kathy/ GA

    The republicans are just like a woman who is playing hard to get. We know that they want to be with Obama but just doesn't want to appear
    that they are easy. Obama-just keep smiling and flooding them with liqour .

    January 29, 2009 at 2:51 pm |
  90. Ray Kinserlow

    The Republicans should just stay out of the way of the talented Obama and hope things are bad enough in four years that the people are once again looking for change.

    Ray Kinserlow
    Lubbock, Texas

    January 29, 2009 at 2:51 pm |
  91. Sandy

    How about taking a new approach – whether they are Republicans or Democrats – just do the right thing! Consider America and vote your conscience and not for your pocketbook or popularity!

    Sandy
    Arkansas

    January 29, 2009 at 2:52 pm |
  92. Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    The Republicans need not worry about the President's offensive charm approach-–but rather more his hidden agressive applied psychology--they should take up smoking as you mentioned in your previous question--instead of blowing smoke--that's is got to stimulate something.

    January 29, 2009 at 2:54 pm |
  93. lynn

    President Obama is not practicing a "charm offensive" ; he is living up to his promise to try to create a more bipartisan mood in Washington. His ability to move past events was clearly demonstrated through his treatment of Leiberman, Clinton and McCain.

    The Republicans and the press have consistently underestimated President Obama's motives and abilities. However, the Republicans are fighting the 2010 elections and as usual CNN is working to improve ratings.

    January 29, 2009 at 2:54 pm |
  94. T. G. from the virgin islands

    When in doubt, they should just sit down and nod their heads. They should just play along to save their careers.

    January 29, 2009 at 2:55 pm |
  95. Justin, Alexandria VA

    They should offer some concessions of their own, which they have yet to do. For example, John Boehner could acknowledge that he has been mispronouncing his name all these years. 🙂

    January 29, 2009 at 2:56 pm |
  96. James from Ohio

    Hi Jack,
    The Republican leadership should listen and accept reality. President Obama is making good on his campaign promise to "reach across the aisle" and act in the best interest of the American people.

    Current Republican leaders are more reminiscent of Cosa Nostra, than a political party.

    Republicans do not have a problem spending almost a Trillion dollars to Kill people in the mideast and had no problem giving a few hundred billions of dollars in bonuses to execitives of failing companies. However, it appears actually helping average American Citizens is a foreign concept to the Republican leadership.

    Republicans need to start acting "For The People", instead of Against The People.

    January 29, 2009 at 2:56 pm |
  97. John from collinsville, Illinois

    President Obama seems to be bending over backwards to please everyone but you know that will never happen. Republicans and some democrats want more tax cuts well 8 years of that and it does'nt seem to work. Republicans are between a rock and a hard place maybe there is a purgatory they can go to !

    January 29, 2009 at 2:57 pm |
  98. Howard M. Bolingbrook IL

    I don't think anyone should let their jobs be effected by someone's "charm". The Republicans should perform their jobs as they see them.
    If the Republicans continue to vote on mass, with no independent thought, as they did on the Stimulus Program yesterday, they will never come out of the political wilderness.

    January 29, 2009 at 2:57 pm |
  99. Larry

    Jack,

    You can't change the opinion of stubborn Republicans that want to continue to do things the same way as they always have. A comment I've heard from another person comes to mind. "What's the definition of insanity?"...answer "Doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results".

    Maybe it's time for a couple of straight jackets and padded cells for the Republican party?

    Larry
    Portland, OR

    January 29, 2009 at 2:57 pm |
  100. Allen L Wenger

    Their current policy, of playing politics and hoping he drives us into a depression, has got to change. The Republicans need to embrace compromise as the key to diplomacy instead of something to be avoided at all costs.

    Allen
    Mountain Home ID

    January 29, 2009 at 3:00 pm |
  101. Conor in Chicago

    I assure you that if the stimulus included the financing and planning for the military conquests of Venzuela and Iran, and end to corporate taxes, a hike in the taxable income of lower and middle class Americans, the complete removal of any provision promoting green technology, and mandatory church attendance for every citizen on Sundays, every single one of them would have voted for it.

    January 29, 2009 at 3:02 pm |
  102. Robbin SC

    Hi Jack....the Republicans disregard anything or anyone that would want to help the American people. They just say no but offer no other solutions... "No!" "well why are you saying no" "well because i just say so thats why"

    January 29, 2009 at 3:04 pm |
  103. Dr. D.A. Williamson

    Dear Jack: We must be living in the direst of times when a consensus-making, inclusionist, conciliatory approach to government is viewed as a mere tactic or "offensive"...Perhaps what is most "offensive" is the Republican sense of entitlement...and this despite the screwups of the last 8 years...this is the least "charm"ing thing about any of that rapacious gang of thieves and blowhards. What I see happening here is a huge over-reaction to the screw-up of the initial bailout. So, instead of moving on to participate with a variety of ideas to make this second effort effective, we have obstruction for obstruction's sake. Maybe a good 12 step programme would be in order for recovering Republicans. They sure could use it!

    January 29, 2009 at 3:04 pm |
  104. Natalie Ohio

    Look. There has got to be some Republicans with more intelligence and insight than this last election indicated. Bottom line: Republicans need to come out of the Lush Bimbaugh closet, take their heads out of their sandboxes (sic) and realize that this country is moving on with or without their backwards/backwoods approach. A new and improved America reminiscent of what our forefathers intended is making a come back and Republicans would do well to sit down, shut up and learn the lesson...and I do not mean gather secretly in the closet again and plan another Palin attack in a few years. We (all sensible Americans) are over this so-called bi-partisan ethnocentricity.

    January 29, 2009 at 3:05 pm |
  105. Joe in MO

    Republicans thrive on negativity, setting one group against another. And negativity doesn't get anything done. How should they face Obama's charm offensive? Quit being so negative themselves. Offer positive solutions to help ordinary people. Get something good done.

    January 29, 2009 at 3:05 pm |
  106. Ed Reed

    They have the right not to be charmed and to offer alternative solutions to our problems. After all, two heads are better than one; however, obstructing progress on the hope that the President fails so they will be returned to power borders on treason.

    Ed Reed
    Port Aransas, TX

    January 29, 2009 at 3:05 pm |
  107. Ray in Nashville

    Seems to me like President Obama is keeping his campaign pledge to sit down and meet with the bad guys without any 'pre-conditions.' The GOP lawmakers should be glad the President is not pulling a Bush/Cheney on them.

    January 29, 2009 at 3:05 pm |
  108. Karl from SF, CA

    Some snakes are just too stupid to be charmed.

    January 29, 2009 at 3:06 pm |
  109. Esther M. Akron Ohio

    oven mitts cause he is hot right now with the people and rather than them getting burned i suggest oven mitts up to the elbows and watch the sides as they remove what he is bringing out of the white house cause if they not careful they going to get a nasty burn or maybe not re-elected their choice

    January 29, 2009 at 3:07 pm |
  110. Marie Ontario

    The fact is Jack Obama has suckered the Republicans knowing full well they weren't intellectually capable of figuring out the scheme.

    First he had a bill written with some parts he didn't particularly want included and which he knew the GOP would use as talking points and political posturing.

    Then Obama met with them and wooed them publicly and removed the parts of the bill Republicans objected to in their talking points making it look like he was trying to get bipartisan legislation.

    Then as predicted the Conservative talking heads went ballistic on the air waves and the Republican politicians followed their lead in an effort to satisfy what they consider their base.

    Now the Republicans have made themselves obstructionists in the public's view by voting against the bill after Obama removed parts to conceded to some of their political objections.

    If the Republicans had been capable of common sense decisions all they had to do was abstain from voting citing their disagreement with the Stimulus Package but wanted to give Obama every opportunity for success. Dumb is as dumb does.

    January 29, 2009 at 3:08 pm |
  111. Mari Fernandez, Salt Lake City, Utah

    What amusing in all this is that the Republicans have always billed themselves as "patriots" and "more American than apple pie" ....... and now when we are facing the Bush Disaster, instead of stepping up and doing the right thing they are posturing, being obstructionists and putting their ........ ideology (which got us where we are today!) before the good of the country!

    Obama's plan is not perfect..... fine....... let's have a healthy, intelligent debate! Let's set aside our differences and FOR THE SAKE OF THE COUNTRY....... WORK TOGETHER!

    January 29, 2009 at 3:10 pm |
  112. George

    He Can't !!!!!!!!!!!! Nancy P. is in charge!!!!!!!!!! We have always had a nut in charge!!!!

    January 29, 2009 at 3:13 pm |
  113. Dennis North Carolina

    They should work with him.

    January 29, 2009 at 3:14 pm |
  114. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    The Republicans have too many defensive players and not an offensive player among them while Obama has both. This allows Obama to use "charm offensive" like a quarterback throwing a touchdown play.

    January 29, 2009 at 3:15 pm |
  115. Charlie Ebert

    The Republican congress won't get it anymore than they understood why the American people voted Bill Clinton in for a second term.

    Now I have a question please,,,
    What is the difference between the Moral Majority and the Taliban?

    January 29, 2009 at 3:15 pm |
  116. Jay in Texas

    They should ignore it. We should remind our congressmen, senators, and president that they are in Washington to serve the American people and are not there to attend lavish White House cocktail parties. If they keep this kind of stuff up, we should deal them a hangover they won't forget – throw them all out of office the next time they come up for re-election !
    Brownwood, Texas

    January 29, 2009 at 3:18 pm |
  117. Ann from Hampton, New Jersey

    Jack, you should know about charm. You give us that every night. Maybe you could give Obama a few lessons?

    January 29, 2009 at 3:18 pm |
  118. Beth, MA

    The Republicans should respond to the president as graciously as he presents himself to them. Rush Limbaugh and company play to the lowest common denominator. Grace and elegance had disappeared from politics and now that President Obama is bring back gentlemanly behavior those who dwell on the far right do not know how to respond.

    The Republicans are behaving as they have done for the last eight years. They did nothing to improve the lives of the people they swore to represent and, in fact, did them more harm. They have nothing to offer and like the leading "intellectual" light of the right, they would rather a Democratic president fail. Didn't that sound a bit like treason?

    January 29, 2009 at 3:19 pm |
  119. Melissa from New Orleans

    Open their eyes and start backing their President instead of being so bloody selfish.

    January 29, 2009 at 3:21 pm |
  120. Michael, Liverpool, NY

    The best way to negate a charmer is to show how little substance there is behind the claims; Charmers use charm when they know they cannot win an argument on the grounds of the argument itself and the same is true for predominantly persuasive argumentation, persuasion is used to negate facts; so present the facts that dispute his claims.

    January 29, 2009 at 3:21 pm |
  121. Steven Perry

    Give our President a gift; a present that give meaning to their BS: a list of the 'pork' projects in their state or district that they want cut from the stimulus package. Second choice: take a pay cut and SHUT UP
    Steve
    Kauai, HI

    January 29, 2009 at 3:22 pm |
  122. Katy, IL

    Repulicans have two masks and I don't / never trust them. Dem also crook too. This country is going down because of them stupid congress and senate. Obama should not give in of his campaign promise; should not compromise, if he does, I don't think he would be reelected in 2012.

    Obama, stimulus package is shorterm solution to create jobs, not long term spending. Dem has reputation of spending and GOP has tax cut. You must be neutral in order to be success.

    January 29, 2009 at 3:23 pm |
  123. JW in Atlanta

    Obama acts like Solomon, and the GOP acts like Marie Antoinette. I have a feeling there will be appropriate outcomes, historically speaking.

    January 29, 2009 at 3:28 pm |
  124. john kennison

    Jack it is interesting that the tobacco corps, have forever made a permanent place now in our economy as a necessatated asset to help lead us out of this crisis, give me a break why can not we the people be trusted with our on money write us a check for 1 mission each legal citizen tax it and let us pay off our bill this will stimulate the economy the right way, it would only cost 300 million.

    January 29, 2009 at 3:29 pm |
  125. Jackie in Dallas

    Don, in Naples FL

    You know, when I started reading your response, I thought you were being sarcastic, and your punchline would be that that would hand the 2012 election to a second term for President Obama. But it seems as if you were serious, in which case, you've proved the point that the GOP is obsolete, out of touch, and obstructionistic. We DO NOT need that type of "help" in Congress!

    In the Great Depression, FDR and the Congress (both parties) worked together, and got out a whole bunch of legislation that kickstarted recovery. Not all of it worked, but enough of it did to help out. Currently, the GOP seems more terrified that the Democrats can actually help, but the GOP just doesn't want to be held accountable - but they already are. President Obama is granting them a whole lot of concessions and voice than the Dems had for 6 years under President Bush. Now all we need to do is dump Pelosi and Reid who are worthless as leaders, and we actually CAN do something, even without the GOP.

    January 29, 2009 at 3:29 pm |
  126. Rolman SC

    Ironic to hear the detractors carp about deficits and public dole. Where was this acromony when the Rebooblicans were sequentially decimating the federal budget and the world economy!

    January 29, 2009 at 3:30 pm |
  127. Richard Green

    Jack,

    The Republican response to anything that comes from President Obama [charm or no charm] should be to follow their own slogan, "Country First"; and go ahead, be brave, and do what is best for the country. They need to forget about the labels of socialism, capitalism, free markets, and do what they say they're all about.....put the country first for once!

    Rich Green
    San Clemente, Cal.

    January 29, 2009 at 3:31 pm |
  128. john kennison

    It would serve them all Rep/Dem that they need to stop this crap and get to work on what needs to be done, and what about prosecuting those involved in this mess are these individuals and banks immune? seems to be the order of the day they wont even freeze there accounts or seek resitution seems like same o same o to me.

    January 29, 2009 at 3:32 pm |
  129. Pugas-AZ

    They should say "show me the ring." I'd say watch his footwork, is he swaying to the left, swaying to the right or skipping straight ahead. My girlfriend use to say "don't tell me, show me."

    January 29, 2009 at 3:34 pm |
  130. David

    With a great big smile, saying, "Thanks, but no thanks." Republicans should and MUST return to their conservative roots by standing for massive tax cuts and greatly reduced Federal spending. Power to the people and not to federal bureaucrats and special interests.

    January 29, 2009 at 3:35 pm |
  131. Don

    It's easy Jack.... Those who feel threatend will lash out in disgust. It's like the GOP has a Nepoleon complex and President Obama is over six feet tall.

    Seriously, They should be humbled that he "is" reaching out to them for cooperation. I dont understand how the GOP thinks that obstructing the bill just to spite the president is going fto make any gains for them. We won't stop until ALL of these selfish ancient thinking party members are voted out!!! The people elected Obama based on the blunders and incompetence of the previous president.

    People are KILLING themselves and their families in acts of hopelessness.

    The GOP only care for themselves and their rich aquaintences which is not hard to see, in fact it's blatent.

    January 29, 2009 at 3:35 pm |
  132. Dee in Florida

    They say you win more friends with honey than vinegar, right?

    IMHO, our elected representatives might need a little charm and statesmanship to get stuff done. But what it always comes down to is it would be better for them to get off their butts and DO something, than it is for them to play a bunch of kid games, accomplishing nothing.

    I hope Obama can achieve some good recults with a honeyed approach. If that does not work, I hope he has a big stick (as Roosevelt said). Someone has to get the guys on Capitol Hill working. Otherwise, we can un-elect that bunch and get us some who WILL work!

    January 29, 2009 at 3:36 pm |
  133. Paula in Albuquerque

    The GOP should, although they are probably well out-of-practice, demonstrate as much graciousness and "class", as the President has. Perhaps, I am "old school", and unapologetically so...but, I've never been offended by those who can be "ladies" and "gentlemen"...regardless of the circumstances in which they find themselves. It's a matter of utilizing "grace, under fire", and Americans, in general, have lost that ability. The fact that the President wants to set a conciliatory and engaging "tone" with which to conduct The Peoples' Business among both friends, as well as those with divergent opinions, is someone to admire, and to emulate...period.

    January 29, 2009 at 3:38 pm |
  134. JR in Norfolk VA

    I would prefer if the President would appeal to the Republicans' sense of reason in order to get their support for his agenda, not by "charming" them. Maybe the President has to use a charm offensive because his ideas have no merit.

    Oh, and from reading the comments above, it appears that many of your contributors could use a little charm school themselves.

    January 29, 2009 at 3:41 pm |
  135. Frank from Peterborough

    The Republican Party is in an organized state of confusion and don't seem to know where they want to go or how they are going to get there.

    Obama has figured them out and knows the Republicans will play to what they consider their base. This of course is right wing extremism both conservatively and religiiously.

    In short the GOP has no idea of what they need to do so they obstruct and haven't figured out how they are perceived publicly by using these tactics when Obama is front and center on bipartisanship.

    As of now the face of the GOP is Rush Limbaugh, Sara Palin and Joe the Plumber as everyone will recognize these people but probably couldn't name very many of their other party officials.

    January 29, 2009 at 3:42 pm |
  136. john ... marlton,nj

    humor him, then ignore him.. just like they do with nancy pelosi

    January 29, 2009 at 3:42 pm |
  137. Sheryll

    The Republicans should take notes... maybe they'll have a fighting chance come 2012...

    Sheryll
    Toronto, Ontario

    January 29, 2009 at 3:43 pm |
  138. arlene in iowa

    The GOP needs to sit down, shut up, and let the dems have their chance. At least the president asks their opinion on things and listens. thats more than the Gop did for the dems when they were in charge. Maybe changing from the bottom up will work..we all know the trickle down method doesn't. Give the guy a chance.

    January 29, 2009 at 3:44 pm |
  139. Dee, New York

    With care. What's with the "charm offensive" anyway? Is he the president or a puppy looking to be adopted?

    January 29, 2009 at 3:45 pm |
  140. Kim in Dodge City, KS

    It's amazing that President Obama is as gracious as he is to Republicans. After all, there is no denying that it was their party, their president and their Congress that put us where we are today, in the toilet. Their un-willingness to to admit defeat, or to join in on what should be a team effort, reveals just how selfish and narrow-minded their party has become.

    January 29, 2009 at 3:45 pm |
  141. Jenna Wade

    How should Republicans handle President Obama’s “charm offensive”?

    The should suck it up and go with the flow.

    Americans are sick and tired of all the constant whining, moaning and fear mongering of the GOP. No they are complaining about spending when they couldn't throw out hard earned tax dollars out fast enough? Give me a break!

    Also Jack, Americans are watching how the GOP is refusing to work with Obama and this too will backfire on them.

    How I see it, it is all about THEM (GOP) and nothing about Us(Americans) .

    Jenna Wade
    Roseville CA

    January 29, 2009 at 3:48 pm |
  142. L.M.,Arizona

    Well when congress had a lower approval rating then Bush republicans made up half of that congress so I think everyone needs to bend a little or be voted out.

    L.M.,Arizona

    January 29, 2009 at 3:50 pm |
  143. Tom in Desoto, Tx

    What a difference two weeks makes. Had Bush put forth the same package republican's would have been tripping over themselves to vote for it. When you say charm, are you referring to Obama's being civil, opposed to "The Decider" dictatorial "style"? It's okay for republicans to learn to be civil, even if it's not their nature by and large.

    January 29, 2009 at 3:51 pm |
  144. Sue -Idaho

    Well since most of the Republicans in office right now lack any kind of Charm it's not a problem because they don't recognize it anyway. Besides their new leader Rush excudes all the charm they need, enough said!

    January 29, 2009 at 3:51 pm |
  145. BRUCE, ST PAUL, MN

    They have no clue how to respond. They are walking around with toilet paper stuck to their shoes, their fly open, and a little broccoli in their teeth. Their "feed the rich" philosophy has been exposed, but they are still clinging to the old tired dogma. "Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain" is what they seem to be saying. I think they need to carry First Alert. They have fallen on their heads and they can't get up.

    January 29, 2009 at 3:53 pm |
  146. Jenny from Nanuet, New York

    They should keep listening to Rush Limbaugh and just ignore the popular president who is reaching out to them. THAT will get them even further into the minority where they belong with their antics.

    January 29, 2009 at 3:54 pm |
  147. Barbara - NC

    Once an Obstructionist starts, they don't know when to stop. They'd rather see the whole country in ashes than to help a Democrat succeed.

    January 29, 2009 at 3:54 pm |
  148. Judy, Exeter, Calif,

    I almost think the twits in the house are listening to Limbaugh. They WANT him to fail. This whole business stinks of partisan politics, and not as much on the part of the democrats as the republicans. I hope all of this will work out well for us, and the duds that voted against it will run for cover with their tails between their legs. I just don't believe there is a single constituent that doesn't hope for this plan to work, if there is they need to be in an asylum.

    January 29, 2009 at 3:55 pm |
  149. Tony from Torington

    Charm Offensive..... you're kidding right? Republicnas need to "handle" his CHARM OFFENSIVE? Let's see....... hmmmm, how charming will he be when the people see his stimulous package gives medical care to kids....up to 30 years old. How about the pork, pork, and more pork....and his failure to be transparent. Robert Gibbs dodges questions at his prtess conferences more than any other press secretary I've listened to and I've listened to quite a few. I don't think the Republicans have to 'handle" his charm offensive. It will be "handled" fine by the democrats in charge.

    January 29, 2009 at 3:55 pm |
  150. Paul S. Columbia, SC

    What is playing out here is the game of the "pecking order" of the selfish and ego maniacal power barons in Washington, which is why nothing gets done or gets done right.

    January 29, 2009 at 3:56 pm |
  151. Donna Wisconsin

    They aren't paying attention so it doesn't matter. They are still in the partisan Washington and don't want tochange. The Pres knows it will take time for Washington to see that Non-partisianship is what the American people want and expect. But Republicans have no new ideas; just say no to anything that comes from the Democrats. And even Democrats are not talking to each other. Whine, whine, whine–if I don't get my way I am NOT going to play ball. Oh Boo-HOO!

    January 29, 2009 at 3:56 pm |
  152. Melanie in rural IA

    The Republicans need an attitude adjustment. It's not so much Obama's charm as it is his everyday down to earth, normal attitude. The Republicans need to take a lesson from Obama on how to relate to their constituents instead of coping Minority Leader Boenher attitude. He is NOT better than us!!

    January 29, 2009 at 3:57 pm |
  153. James in Kamiah Idaho

    They should pucker up and show their gratitude that, unlike Bush, Obama hasn't pulled his pants down first.

    January 29, 2009 at 3:57 pm |
  154. Jim/NC

    President Obama has an excellent command of the english language...is that charm? Probably not...let's see some action instead of words.

    January 29, 2009 at 3:58 pm |
  155. Sharon, Rockford, IL

    I don't think any republican can even understand charm. They all appear to be self serving and largely ignorant – still trying to push the same old ideas that didn't work before. They obviously don't care about the country and the disrepect they are showing Pres Obama is shameful and embarassing. I hope they all lose in the next election. We need unity and the president is sure trying only to get the finger. What a bunch of losers.

    January 29, 2009 at 3:58 pm |
  156. George, Dunedin, Florida

    What in the Sam Hill do any Republicans know about "charm"? The only thing that they understand is, if it is not totally their way, they are against it. If they want to keep this up, they will get it stuck up their noses just as they did the Democrats, and believe me, the Dems are ready to give some payback, and when the honeymoon is over they will get exactly what they gave...

    January 29, 2009 at 4:00 pm |
  157. Jerry from Allentown, Pa.

    Cordially!

    January 29, 2009 at 4:00 pm |
  158. NANCY , Grand Ledge MI

    They only know one way to handle anything, get all the ducks in a row, even if the row is marching off a cliff.

    January 29, 2009 at 4:00 pm |
  159. Lynn, San Diego

    The GOP needs to grab their ankles, they have lead us into this quigmire and now all their doing is thrashing about making things worse – they just showed us by their vote in the House that they put Party before Country.

    January 29, 2009 at 4:01 pm |
  160. sandi-arizona

    To Be clear – Bush came into the White House with a budget surplus left from the Clinton administration. It became a trillion dollar deficit by the time Bush left. Yet, the GOP are worried about the Democrats building bigger government. Really! Really! The GOP way was tried for the 6 years that they held the Presidency and the Congress and they can't take responsibility for the mess that we are in. They keep blaming the Democrats for blocking their bills. The thing tht the GOP doens't understand is that the only people buying their line of BULL are other disalusioned Republicans.

    January 29, 2009 at 4:01 pm |
  161. Jenny from Nanuet, New York

    If they keep resisting his sincere attempts to reach out, they may win the battle by showing they can stand up to such a popular president, but they're going to lose the war by looking like the party of obstruction.

    January 29, 2009 at 4:02 pm |
  162. just me!

    How about putting aside all the party lines and actually working for the people who elected them in unison? It doesn't hurt to hope.

    January 29, 2009 at 4:03 pm |
  163. Ron from SF

    It’s not a charm offensive, he’s genuinely trying to get Republicans to do the right thing and he’s certainly given up more than he’s gotten. Those tax cuts were a complete waste and the only reason for them, was to bring Republicans on board. Do I believe the Republicans will do the right thing? Heck no and that’s sad, but not expected.

    January 29, 2009 at 4:03 pm |
  164. Vinnie Vino

    Jack,

    Lets face the fact that the Republican Party has no intention of working on any bipartisan bill with Obama, not even on middle class tax cuts. The vote in the House of Representatives last night clearly expressed this to the rest of the country. Not one of those ingreats crossed party lines to support the President's agenda. After he went out of his way to include them in his bill with big tax cuts to entice them. However the Republican leadership in the House want bigger tax cuts for the rich and less government spending, that will create millions of jobs. Their agenda is the same one former President Bush had for the past 8 years and it led to our economic mess. Haven't they learded a lesson from their past bipartisanship, it cost them 2 elections. So keep on going down the wrong track and let the party die with their lies...

    Central Islip, N.Y.

    January 29, 2009 at 4:04 pm |
  165. Jeff Crocket

    Stand up and fight the left wing policy machine!

    January 29, 2009 at 4:04 pm |
  166. Jan Davis, Knoxville, TN

    They should wake up and realize that Obama has the support of a vast number of Americans. I think having everyone on the Republican side vote against the stimulus package was ridiculous. After all, they supported Bush's stimulus package and we now are in worse condition than we were then. I hope the Senate Republicans will be more realistic and open to our President's agenda.

    January 29, 2009 at 4:07 pm |
  167. Paul

    Jack,
    Republicans rather use billions to bomb instead of helping taxpayers. $12 billions every month in Irak is not an investment. You wonder where our problems are coming from? Just go to Irak and you will see cranes everywhere=buildings=work=good economy.

    January 29, 2009 at 4:09 pm |
  168. jim Handy

    With RESPONSILITY! They are not getting paid to deal with Obama, they're getting paid to do what the people who elected them want them to.

    Jim
    Inglewood, Ca.

    January 29, 2009 at 4:10 pm |
  169. Jerry- Illinois

    The Republicans should start making the bumper stickers now:

    Limbaugh / Palin 2012

    January 29, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  170. John in Santa Barbara, CA

    I am reminded of a cartoon I once saw of a little mouse about to be carried away by an eagle. The mouse realizing the futility of his position could only stand up straight and give the eagle the finger.

    January 29, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  171. Beth-Ca

    Jack....Are you kidding? Reducing deaths is better for the economy. More taxpayers.

    January 29, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  172. BocaSuz

    The republicons are responsible for the economic crisis and the growing deficit because of their Millionaire Tax Cuts and Lack of Regulation. They need to move aside and let Obama fix our economy.

    January 29, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  173. Jeri Mckie

    Jack, as i listen to cnn and hear that republicans are saying all these negative things about the stimulus plan, i wonder have they taken the time to remember that the educational, health care and some of the other parts they say are "pork" are issues they don't have to worry about and neither do their families and probably their friends. frankly i'm sick and tired of those of us who are not struggling yet continue to be negative about making sure that everyone can get what they deserve – its a human right to have a home, clean water, good schools etc. repulicans politicans won't be satisfied until they are completed voted out of office t. maybe we'll end up with only one party in the house and senate if these folks don't get themselves together! i've had it....

    January 29, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  174. Dr. Giorgio da Modena, Italia

    It's more productive that president Obama utilizes his charm, rather than righteous anger at the rpublicans. The republican congress aided and abetted, colluded and conspired with, G.W. Bush, Dick Cheney, and the oil corporations, to satisfy their selfish greed for greater wealth, and power, disregarding the heinous damages that would result to the American people. The G.W. Bush administration's lies, corruption, and graft, had reached new heights in American history, and thus will be deemed the worst pr3esidential administration inAmerican history! Hence, republicans should take president Obama's charm tactics as a blessing, and as a sign of forgiveness to the Republicans. In fact, as far as I'm concerned, the Republicans, should more than "Bend Over", for president Obama!

    January 29, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  175. Maggie Muggins From Selwyn

    Since the Republicans have now been reduced to nothing more than comedic fodder they should just continue on like they are so the comedy programs have a constant supply of material.

    Actually it's too bad the Stimulus package didn't contain legislation that all religious groups should start paying income tax since most of their income likely comes from the lower income people who give to them rather than buying their essentials.

    Wouldn't that drive the GOP around the bend and maybe Rush would explode on air.

    January 29, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  176. Ami, Pearland, TX

    The GOP needs to realise that not only did they lose the Presidency, but they lost because of their lack of ideas. Americans want President Obama's ideas and plans, that's why we voted for him! Not because of his smile. The stimulus could have pass without ANY tax cuts, but in an effort of bipartisanship a third was included. What are the Republicans doing?????? Nada. I guess they want to lose the rest of their seats!

    January 29, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  177. Linda in Arizona

    I have a better question. How is President Obama going to deal with the Goopers' partisan intransigence and total LACK of charm? I think he should tell them all to go to hell.

    January 29, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  178. Cortez in Rochester

    They shouldn't handle it at all. They should just be grateful that someone in their strangest state of mind is willing to invite them over. I couldn't imagine having any cocktails with them, especially after they trashed the opportunity for bi-partisanship.

    January 29, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  179. Griff

    Charm? Not Harm? You cannot move into a System, and call it your own,

    January 29, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  180. Sid...Texas

    They could start by looking charm up in the dictionary..They already know what offensive means....

    January 29, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  181. Tim

    Rep's and conservative leaning Dem's should take advantage of Obama's efforts to bring everyone together despite the rest of those Dem's who don't seem to get it. Time will show that Pelosi, Reid, Frank, Dodd and the bunch are on their way out. Hell, Pelosi still acts like her father did in Baltimore, and Reid has his own inside the beltway vocabulary that redefined "voluntary" somehow. Barney, well I'd rather see the purple one in Washington.

    January 29, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  182. Diane

    Jack,
    I'm sure that the Republicans are saying, "Charm? We don't need no stinking charm" & their shameful vote on the stimulous package shows how they plan to deal with the president. Apparently they plan to sulk, engage in semantics, grandstand & refuse to acknowledge the depths of our economic despair. Is there no end to this stuff?

    January 29, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  183. Michael Vevera

    Jack the short answer is no! Smokers spend money on all sorts of things that others do not. They pay a lot more in taxes that cannot be given back in "tax cuts". Everyone who is a breathing, sentient being knows that smoking kills you. Bu then again the same could be said about the untrustworthyness of the politicians that we all for vote still. This money does not belong in this bill. That is the problem with the bill that all the GOP members like to jump on. Let's get more basic building initiatives and fewer hodge podge (well intentioned or not) projects in this bill.

    January 29, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  184. Christine, Edmeston NY

    The Republicans should be on their knees thanking Obama for his charm offensive. It sure beats the Bush treatment of the Democrats. Or have they forgotten the Bush administration's trademark "behind closed doors, lock 'em out, secret sessions" offensive?

    January 29, 2009 at 4:23 pm |
  185. victor depoalo

    tax smoking even higher to discourage it legalize marijuana and tax it instead of drug dealers makin billions the usa should besides pot give you the munchies and makes you thirsty you will spend more on food and snacks and your local market booze kills ,how many drunk drivers does it take to realize booze is bad and marijuana is safer and more profitable for the goverment

    January 29, 2009 at 4:23 pm |
  186. Valerie - Raleigh, North Carolina

    President Obama is an intelligent, good and decent man with an approval rating of over 70% and has the very best interests of the country at heart. He won the election and is trying to clean up 8 years of the Bush administration. The Republicans are like the "skunk at the picnic" – they had their clocks cleaned in both 2006 and 2008, their stature is in the toilet , their credibility is about zero, they have no plan to return the country to pre-Bush days and they are using Rush Limbaugh as their spokesman. As Americans, who do you believe - Obama or Limbaugh. That questions is totally laughable. Remember the antics of the Republicans in the upcomeing 2010 election......I will.

    January 29, 2009 at 4:24 pm |
  187. Rick

    I consider myself an independent but in reading the comments am sure most of your readers are liberals which is fine. I think one of Obama's main problerms is he is coming across as "Listen and do what I say but not what I do." First he promises no lobbyists and at last count have nearly a dozen with ties to lobbying. He tells us we should turn our temperature down to conserve energy but turns up the thermostat at the White House. Then he entertains with $100.00/lb steak that even though may be good for you is ridiculous and is definitely sending the wrong message. I would love to see the two parties work together but am beginning to understand the reason the Republicans are stonewalling. Its not to be difficult but rather to oppose the unbelivable amount of pork in the bill, 150 million for Honey bee insurance? Give me a breal! All this will do is insure that the power will begin to switch come next election and nothing will ever get done.

    January 29, 2009 at 4:24 pm |
  188. Dr. Giorgio da Modena, Italia

    The Republicans helped G.W. Bush . Dick Cheney, and their Oil Corporations, damage the American people! Hence, the Republicans should take president Obama's charm offensive tactics gracefully, and with gratitude! Let me not say more!

    January 29, 2009 at 4:24 pm |
  189. Tom Jackson

    Hello Jack,
    President Obama has extended his hand for cooperation – the GOP has decided, after the McCain trouncing, that they are still campaigning against the Democrat runner.
    The American people want cooperation that will lead to saving our economy, our nation – that is why we elected Barak Obama!!!

    Tom Jackson
    State of Washington

    January 29, 2009 at 4:24 pm |
  190. Gigi in Alabama

    Be charming in return. . . but then that may be asking too much of a bunch of sore losers.

    January 29, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  191. Loretta

    Even if you are not a smoker, cigarettes may affect your finances. Between 2004 and 2008, smoking was responsible for $167 billion in annual healthy-care costs and lost productivity. With cigarettes costing anywhere from $5.00, $6.00 to $10.00 a pack depending on your location, and considering that more costs will add up from smoke-related medical problems such as lung cancer, heart disease, or emphysema, it makes sense to quit when you think of the money you will save on a yearly basis. Sure, quitting can be tough but once you kick your daily habit, you will also find that your bank account is a lot healthier too.

    January 29, 2009 at 4:27 pm |
  192. Okaey

    Republicans should unclench their fist and enjoy the warm embrace they've been offered. I could understand their hesitation to a kind of relationship they are not used to and did not receive under the past administration. Change is tough but I promise them that playing nice in the sandbox never hurts and will help make more friends than foes.

    January 29, 2009 at 4:29 pm |
  193. David,San Bernardino,CA.

    The republicans look and act like neanderthals whenever they try to put down Obama. They should just admit they are being totally out-flanked.

    January 29, 2009 at 4:29 pm |
  194. honest john in vermont

    The Republician neeed to do nothing. If they are lucky Obama's "charm" will probably wear thin all on it's own.

    January 29, 2009 at 4:31 pm |
  195. Tripp Mechanicsburg, PA

    They should be charming, or at least civil right back at Obama, but they will do whatever they please. The GOP should try to work with the President and fellow House Democrats to help our economy regardless of what anybody else does. That's their job. It is not their job to obfuscate reality and block efforts to get our nation's economy up and running. It's not their job to insist upon tax breaks for their buddies while those in need can not put bread on their table or keep a roof over their family's head. BUT the GOP will continue to do what they think is in their own best interest. And they believe that REAL Americans should do the same.

    January 29, 2009 at 4:31 pm |
  196. JIM FALLBROOK CA

    This stimulus package our socialist president Barack Hussein Obama will practically ruin the country. The package includes a $500 check to 22 million ILLEGAL ALIENS. This package is just another tax and spend con he is imposing on the American people. The Republicans are doing the right thing opposing this bill.I hope they won't let Obama intimidate them. If the voters who elected him would have known he would do this, they never would have voted for him. He is following in the foot steps of Jimmy Carter the Democrat. Just to refresh the memory of the liberals, Carter administration had mortgage rates at 21% and unemployment was 14% far worst than it was under George W. Bush. Then there was the Iranian terrorist government hold Americans hostage for 444 days. This is the main reason why we are spending billions of dollars in the middle east. Thank You Jimmy Carter. Any liberals who questions my knowledge of history, I was there when Carter was president. I experienced it. It was even worse than I described it.

    January 29, 2009 at 4:32 pm |
  197. Jerry Harris

    Most if not all the republicans are a bunch of a–holes and if I were President I wouldn't ask them the time of day, I would ram everything I could down their throats just like they did the democrats when they were in office.I say to hell with the republicans, let them have a taste of their own medicine.

    January 29, 2009 at 4:32 pm |
  198. Dan, Chantilly VA

    There's no point in fighting Obama since he was already declared a great president before his term even started. What the GOP needs to do is sit back and let the Democrats in congress blow it. And they will blow it, because they always blow it.

    January 29, 2009 at 4:32 pm |
  199. Susan from Greenfield, Wi.

    We should all ask Rush Limbaugh that question after his meeting with the President.

    January 29, 2009 at 4:32 pm |
  200. Robert Ammon, Palm Coast, Fl

    Jack,
    There's not enough liquor in this country to get the republicans to admit their failures, Obama' charm won't change that.

    January 29, 2009 at 4:34 pm |
  201. Casey | Sebastopol, CA

    @Roy in Danville, VA

    Oh, puleeze. You need to confront reality, honey. The government has grown more under Republican rule than Democrat – as has the Federal deficit. Don't forget that the first $800B is a debt that belongs to BUSH, as does the cost of that dirty little oil war in Iraq.

    January 29, 2009 at 4:35 pm |
  202. Oregon Wally Las Vegas Nevada

    the republicans could unlock the vaults and give back all the money they have stolen these last 8 years. they could hold back enough money to buy Palin a new dress to deliver the money in.

    January 29, 2009 at 4:36 pm |
  203. Maxine, Douglasville, Georgia

    I think no voters objection to the package once it has passed the senate should serve as a waiver of monies intended for their districts and constiuents. Or the constituents and voters within the respective districts should all come forward and sign their own waivers, maybe the people who don't live in their world might be able to reap the benefits. I think they should also waive any and all tax incentives they are scheduled to receive as well, otherwise, they should shut up or come forward and voice their unspoken support of the stimilus package and put calls through to their representatives requesting their resignations. Hey, I know alot of people who didn't meet the muster and were forced into resignation, why not politicians. I wish you had more air time, I love your comments. Desertbrown/Maxine, Douglasville, Georiga.

    January 29, 2009 at 4:36 pm |
  204. AndyZ Lynn, MA

    We have a foreshadowing of the way the republicans will react to the hand of cooperation offered by President Obama. Who knows, ten years from now we could have anthropologists and archeologists searching the land, far and wide, trying to find a Republican. I never seen any group so hell bent on destroying themselves. I will mis the Republicans.

    January 29, 2009 at 4:38 pm |
  205. Casey | Sebastopol, CA

    I think they should just do what they are doing now, tucking their heads into the sand and showing their a-s-s-e-s to the world.

    As an ardent Obama supporter and advocate of economic theory as put forth by the likes of Paul Krugman, I can see this leading to the extinction of the Republican party – and none too soon, in my opinion.

    January 29, 2009 at 4:38 pm |
  206. Casey | Sebastopol, CA

    I think they should just do what they are doing now, tucking their heads into the sand and showing their a – double S -es to the world.

    As an ardent Obama supporter and advocate of economic theory as put forth by the likes of Paul Krugman, I can see this leading to the extinction of the Republican party – and none too soon, in my opinion.

    January 29, 2009 at 4:39 pm |
  207. Aaron from IL

    They need to make it clear that they aren't being Partisan when taking a stand against his policies/proposals, but instead trying to do what's best for the country and sticking to the values the voters who sent them to office obviously supported. (You know, what they all are supposed to do and few actually ever do...being a public servant instead of a politician.)

    Sound familiar? Obama and the Democrats do the same thing every time they claim that the nation voted for "Change" - They seem to forget that almost half the voters DIDN'T vote for "Change" and the GOP Representatives answers to those voters, not the DNC (no matter how much Dean, Pelosi, and Reid wish it were true).

    Now, whether or not the GOP can actually CONVINCE anyone they aren't being partisan and simply looking out for the good of the country and Americans when they are up against Obama's "charm offensive" ... that's another question for another day, Jack.

    January 29, 2009 at 4:39 pm |
  208. Lori Collins, Columbus, Ohio

    President Obama's charm offensive? Encouraging is more like it. He has the charisma of a true leader which has given America hope. Wow, GOP, Is it about you and your hurt feelings, or is it about US. We the PEOPLE. All of US. Get over it and yourselves and start looking at what's in the interest of the American people. Leadership is suppose to set the example. What a poor example. Why were you all voted in office again? Was it to represent the people or your own selfish interest?

    January 29, 2009 at 4:41 pm |
  209. Ralph Nelson

    They should all buy tickets on the Titanic and take a vacation to the North Pole. Ralph, Yakima, Wa.

    January 29, 2009 at 4:42 pm |
  210. Sherri

    The Republicans could care less about the President's charm, they're too busy kissing the rear end of Rush "I AM GOD, HEARD ME ROAR" Limbaugh If the 53% vote that Obama got didn't tell the Republicans that America wants CHANGE not more of the same and to work in a Bipartisan way like adults, then Obama's charm is about as important as George Bush's farewell speech that no one can remember! The Republicans despise President Obama and no amount of charm is going to change that, all they are doing is playing for the TV cameras. My my my! to be a fly on the wall when they're in private settings talking about the President.

    January 29, 2009 at 4:42 pm |
  211. Tom Fort Collins, CO

    I cannot believe 100% of Republcans voted against this bill. Even the Sunni's and Shia's are now coexisting in their parliament. But our Replublicans in Congress demand meetings with the President, then abdicate their governing responsibility.

    These clowns are living a total bubble, with no real understanding of the plight of real Americans. can we re-vote again and get all the republicans out of Congress in addition to giving the White House back to the people.

    $18M in Wall Street Bonuses – Shameful
    Zero Republican votes for Stimulus – Pitiful

    January 29, 2009 at 4:43 pm |
  212. Deborah, Los Angeles

    The Repubs should continue down the divisive path they are traveling right now...it only confirms that they don't care one whit about helping the lives of real, ordinary Americans during these devasting economic times. Come 2010, we'll know all we need to know to send them into the ranks of the unemployed. Maybe then, they will be forced to develop empathy and compassion.

    January 29, 2009 at 4:43 pm |
  213. Lynn, Columbia, Mo..

    The same way they handle everything else, they just ignore it. They ignore the facts, although they did fall for Bushie's peculiar charm. They have this innate belief that they are always right and smarter than anyone else. The rest of us are all stupid. That's why Bush tried to talk down to us average people.

    January 29, 2009 at 4:44 pm |
  214. Joe in DE

    Put the welfare of the country before partisan politics – always the best policy.

    January 29, 2009 at 4:44 pm |
  215. Denise from Mass

    President Obama gives a new meaning to the term "Can't we all just get along". The republican needs to stop pouting like children and get with the program.

    January 29, 2009 at 4:44 pm |
  216. Joe in DE

    These people are needed to make you quota of questions.

    January 29, 2009 at 4:45 pm |
  217. Jake, Oregon

    The GOP needs to send all their reps to reality school. They are still dreaming about the past.
    They need to remember they work for the people who elected them. Corporate lobbyists do not fall into the category of constituent .
    A constituent also is not someone who operates a sewing machine.
    Republican for a Reason, They can't pass the Constitution Test.

    January 29, 2009 at 4:45 pm |
  218. Ken in NC

    Handle it with kids gloves. Their way didn't work so let him try his way. That is what the American people voted. If it works then they can say they contributed by not objecting and if it doesn't work they can say "I TOLD YOU SO".

    January 29, 2009 at 4:46 pm |
  219. Roger from Espanola, New Mexico

    How about everybody in government just "cut the crap!"

    January 29, 2009 at 4:47 pm |
  220. Carolyn in Houston

    If the Republicans truly cared about our country they would put politics aside and work with Obama. They should feel grateful that the newly elected and immensely popular President wants to include them in the conversation. He certainly does not have to as Obama has the votes in the House.

    The American people are paying attention, Jack. Too many of us are hurting. Some have lost jobs, some lost homes, some have tragically lost their lives b/c of no health care insurance. All of us have lost retirement funds. Over four-thousands soldiers have been killed in an unnecessary war. Tens of thousands are maimed.

    Many of us view the current group of Republicans as rubber stamps to George W. Bush's policies. We are where we are today because of these lawmakers. They need to get a grip and try to undo what they did.

    January 29, 2009 at 4:47 pm |
  221. Beverley, Fredricksburg Va

    Jack,

    Since the president will need another term to turn the economy around , get universal healthcare and get us off of oil. I think the GOP should make the "Barack the Magic Negro" distributor their chairman and follow the instructions of Rush Limbaugh.

    January 29, 2009 at 4:48 pm |
  222. Korie Sampson FL

    Jack, i think the Republicans is doing a fine job so far on President Obama’s “charm, don't vote on any of the President bill and make all of the bills the Democrats do is a Partisan bill for the next 3 years or pappy Rush Limbaugh is going to be very mad at them.

    January 29, 2009 at 4:48 pm |
  223. Mike, FL

    Republicans can either: Lead , Follow, or get out of the way!!

    January 29, 2009 at 4:50 pm |
  224. csantavicca

    Republicans should handle Obama's charm offense just as
    the Presidents Chief of Staff handles it--"thumb their noses!

    January 29, 2009 at 4:51 pm |
  225. Steve in Florida

    Hey Jack! How about in the spirit that it's presented? In the spirit of doing something for the people that actually gave them their jobs, instead of the Rush Limbaugh's, AIG's , Madoff's, Halliburtons, Exxon's, Abramoff's, Pharma's, and on and on..............................

    January 29, 2009 at 4:51 pm |
  226. Alan, Buxton Maine

    His charm should have nothing to do with it. Their focus should be on what is best for the country and we the people. Fat chance of that. All of them, Republicans and Democrats think first of re-election and what they can personally get out of whatever is occurring and to hell with anybody else. Washington needs a complete change of direction.

    January 29, 2009 at 4:51 pm |
  227. Mike, FL

    Obama, has the greatest sounding stage of any president in history.

    Lets face it, Africa Americans are not bashful and can demonstrate more than any other citizens.

    So all Obama has to do is call for them to start getting on their Congressmen and Senators, and youll see things start to happen.

    Also Michelle also has this power witht he african american women,

    that should scare many a politician!!

    January 29, 2009 at 4:53 pm |
  228. talbot, New York

    The GOP should recognize that Obama is not claiming private conversations with god about how to handle tough challenges. He is meeting–as he said he would–to hear other people's ideas and work towards the goal of bipartisan solutions.

    January 29, 2009 at 4:55 pm |
  229. Debbie in San Marcos, CA

    I think the Republicans need to shut up and get with the program. We have serious problems and we have NO time for their childish games. Obama has a mandate whether the Republicans like it or not. They got spanked the last two elections...do they not get that??? If they keep it up by 2010 many Americans are ready to vote more of them out of office. Maybe if we get really lucky, the GOP will go the way of the Whig party...poof

    January 29, 2009 at 4:55 pm |
  230. Ken-Long Island

    Well, Jack there is such as thing as a "charm" quark. And the only way to get rid of a charm quark is with an anti-charm quart. So according to the standard model of particle physics, the only way to cancel out Obama's charm is to find a candidate who has anti-charm. So ranking the Republican candidates with decreasing charm: Sarah Palin, Mike Huckabee, John McCain and Mitt Romney. Mitt Romney is the answer. Put Mitt Romney on the "Situation Room" and you can be reasonably sure that Barak Obama's charm problem will be a thing of the past.

    January 29, 2009 at 4:55 pm |
  231. Jan Illinois

    It matters not, Republicans are quickly heading the way of the dinosaur. If I was The president they would be doing the kissing not me, I have a feeling that they are as two faced as George Bush was.

    January 29, 2009 at 4:57 pm |
  232. C DiMatteo

    The Republican vote on the Stimulus bill shows you where the Republicans come from.......everything is political even at the expense of the people who voted for them. But if voters are smart they are looking at the people who voted against this bill and make sure they are not in power to hurt them again. President Obama asked for REAL answers to making the stimulus bill better. The only thing I heard from the Republicans was the same old 'tax breaks for the rich'. They talk about small business owners, but to them AIG is a small business! I don't think I could ever push a lever for a Republican again. Right now I just want Fox Network, Limbaugh, Palin, etc to go away because we have serious problems and these are not serious people. They are just seriously out of touch. I am tired of STUPID, one-sided people.

    K DiMatteo
    New Hope, PA

    January 29, 2009 at 4:57 pm |
  233. Sherri (From Mills, Wy.)

    Like grown-ups, Jack. All I've heard so far is them whining that they are no longer in charge. First, it was,"We don't like this", so they got rid of it. "It wasn't that, it was really this", so they got rid of 'this', but "Oh, no it's not this, it was this other thing". They're acting like spoiled children. And after spending the last 8 years SPENDING, without reservation, suddenly they are 'oh so fiscally conservative' and 'oh so against big government'. I wish they'd pack up their toys and go home, and let the adults the people elected get the job done. We don't need any more Republican ideas on the economy, since they were the ones that spent us into this mess in the first place!

    January 29, 2009 at 4:58 pm |
  234. Betty, San Diego, Ca.

    The Republicans should work in a bipartisan manner to help the President and the country. However, the GOP playbook says, "Never relent, my way or the highway, never apologize, and when in doubt blame the Democrats." When everything fails, "I will take my ball and go home.

    January 29, 2009 at 4:58 pm |
  235. kate

    A commentator asked the other day "See? Nothing is different. Where is the change Obama promised?" The problem is, it wasn't the REPUBLICANS that promised to change. And true to their nature, they have no intention of doing so. If they can't do whatever they want and steamroll their own agenda, they are just going to take their ball and go home.

    I do think it's kind of cute though, that they are all excited to have a drink and get their pictures taken with Mr. Obama.

    Fairfax, Virginia

    January 29, 2009 at 4:59 pm |
  236. Big Tony Alanta, Ga.

    Well, well, well, kill them with kindness! "you can catch more bees with honey" "catch more flies with sugar" I hope these old sayings will translate into politics, those old republicans like that "vinegar". I always heard that politics was a dish , better served cold and I can't remember the last time the political term "charm offensive" was used in reference to political tactics, especially presidential. But Jack, If anybody can warm those GOP cockles Mr. Obama can

    January 29, 2009 at 4:59 pm |
  237. Chris

    They will do the usual smile and nod. Then the next issue or vote comes up they will do the usual obstructionist maneuvering. Apparently, the last two Election Day beat downs didn't open their eyes enough to see there is a new way of doing things....

    January 29, 2009 at 5:01 pm |
  238. matthewbenzor

    I think its great because to me the republicans look like the evil villains trying keep us from getting anywhere. You know like when you fall off a boat and you cant swim and your friend thats with you in the boat stands there with life jacket but doesnt throw it too you, looks at you laughs like that evil villain laugh and then starts the boat and leaves you . but another boat goes by and rescues you and you she him later on thats how the republicans are going to feel if it works and I am on my knees praying every morning that it will

    January 29, 2009 at 5:01 pm |
  239. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    Hi Jack,

    it is a known fact at any time and especially in a recession pharmaceutical companies are not suffering! Let's keep stuffing ourselves for companies to come up with more and more drugs for all of us to keep on paying...Maybe we should hire a pharmacist and not a President as Head of State!

    January 29, 2009 at 5:02 pm |
  240. Dorinda, Dayton, OH

    A little charm goes a long way. The republicans may not have attacked our popular president, but what about the american people? Maybe the republicans need to charm us. It has worked for President Obama. I stand with him.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:02 pm |
  241. Bryce Overturf in Dallas

    To quote President Obama you can put lipstick on a pig but it is still a pig. His charm will eventually wear thin. It has started to wane already with this disatrous stimulus package. just as I started to believe things would be different the President rolls out a package filled with more pork than a Bob Evans farm. So it won't be long before the transparency of President Obamas charm has worn off.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:03 pm |
  242. Peggy-Lombard, Il

    Perhaps their concerns should be about the American people and not on our President's "charm". Instead of their bullheaded defiance and cowardly approach they need to take immediate notice that people in our country are hurting bad and do something about it.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:04 pm |
  243. garrick

    hi jack
    please after the GOP had to look at Bush and Cheney for 8yrs they would be like that if it was Hillary,please after never seeing only white Presidents that just cant get over looking at someone of color in the White House. look their leader was just boring
    clearwater,fl

    January 29, 2009 at 5:04 pm |
  244. sue show low arizona

    Charm doe not work with people with no souls. I wonder how many people watched the Republicans on CSPAN when they had control.
    They did the same exact thing. They shut the Democrats out of any decision making during committee meetings. I watched the proceedings during my time out of the hospital. Republicans can not be charmed, they must be forced to live on a minimum wage job in a run down trailer park, or cling to a tree as the failed levee sweeps your house away in order for them to even consider feeling anything but contempt for those of us who are living pay check to pay check. I challenge any Congress person to live my life for one day. They would go screeming into the night after one minute.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:06 pm |
  245. Swanny

    The GOP should respond with whatever dignity they can muster up – but make it dignified.

    Our MAIN focus should now be to penalize companies who outsource our JOBS overseas (Sprint and 1000's others) – when they are laying off here instead of closing down shop there. HIRE AMERICAN. They also have MANY employees here on greencard which says to me that they feel no one here in the USA can do this work? – This program is being abused.

    I was terminated from this US corporation with more than 50% of thier Jobs overseas as thier #1 sales person for the last few years – Just as MANY of my large Govt oppourtunities came to fruition. They did this legally and paid me a fraction of the 300k I owudl have realized in commissions, in order to save money. – Penalize all companies who are not employing AMERICAN.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:07 pm |
  246. Malcolm (Ellicott City, Maryland)

    Who cares.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:09 pm |
  247. Carmen Lyons

    I think that our new president is trying his very best to have everybody get along, I think the republicans need to get over it already and think about the little people who have to live paycheck to paycheck. At least our president is trying to do something to help our country. If the republicans would stop whining we would get alot more done.

    Carmen from Florida

    January 29, 2009 at 5:10 pm |
  248. Ike from Greensboro

    Easy, fight fire with fire.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  249. Don Howard

    They should learn from it.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  250. Teresa Losey

    Enroll at Charm School!!!

    January 29, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  251. Josh Anderson

    I think the republicans should keep fighting against Obama at every opportunity.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  252. Melissa from Columbus, GA

    Republicans should really understand that Obama means it when he says he wants "erveryone" to work together. If you read "Dreams of My Father" you will see that he really "gets it" that divisiveness is unproductive. Now he just needs to get the Democrats on board so they will stop throwing a monkey wrench in the works.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  253. Andre J. W

    All the GOPs should all laugh and giggle like high school gurls. Obama IS A ROCK STAR!

    January 29, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  254. Pipe Culver City, CA

    When someone holds out their hand,
    You shake it.

    Let's work together, let's get things done.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  255. Juan Rivera

    The GOP should stop acting like they haven't been in charge for the last 5 years and join forces with a popular president.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  256. Phyllis

    They need to get use to it. President Obama is the President for all of the people he is going to do whatever to get the job done.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  257. Jessica from Michigan

    What do you mean 'handle' a 'charm offensive'? This is not a football game. If Obama is willing to work with both 'sides', and act as a mediator to find a compromise, then that's wonderful progress.

    This us vs them philosophy continues to create problems, instead of solving the existing issues.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  258. Kurt

    in a word "Fear"

    January 29, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  259. nathan

    Just like junior high girls. When one hits puberty first, wait it out and see who ends up hot.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  260. iheanyichukwu

    as wise as serpents and as gentle as a dove

    January 29, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  261. Kathleen Dawson

    Jack,

    As two old saying go:
    "What have you (we) go to lose?" and "If you can't beat 'em, join 'em!"

    January 29, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  262. Kelly

    Obama won by a landslide people want and need change! Wake up house Republicans and just do what the people want for once.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  263. Taji M.

    You know what the Republicans should do Jack? They should let Obama work his charm and see what happens. After eight years of perhaps the worst administration in American history, it baffles me that the Republicans still have the nerve to question Obama and his policies when they should have been questioning their own previous president.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  264. Tim Leary

    The Republicans would do well to understand that neither charm nor ideology is the answer. Obama is not the ideologue; the Repupblicans are. Republicans: figure it out!

    January 29, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  265. Chris S.

    The cynicism runs so deep in DC that a person who from all acounts is genuine in his actions and words is accused of putting on a charm offensive...What Blago is doing is putting on a charm offensive, albeit a horrible one, lets not confuse the two.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  266. Scott - Huntington Beach, CA

    How about the Republicans start looking at what the PEOPLE want and need, which is leadership and not politics in this crisis. Why is everything in Washington a chess game? Let's get to work and legislate some Great Bills to help the PEOPLE!!!! What a novel thought!.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  267. Hitobito from Providence, RI

    The Republicans can get on the Obama train or miss it and remain irrelevant. The choice is theirs. The voters have spoken twice during the past two national elections. They may try listening to the voters for once in their lives!

    January 29, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  268. Phil Wray

    One would hope that they recognize their approval ratings are low for a reason. Putting party before country is not a politically sound move.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  269. Brad in Tampa

    Jack, The Republicans should learn from president Obama's example and learn how to listen and communicate. They showed how ineffective their means are over the last two decades, and the country has suffered for it. Of course the old school Dems in the Congress need remedial education as well.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  270. Bruce

    Act like the President and put the American people ahead of their own personal interests.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  271. Patty B...

    That's easy: RESIGN

    January 29, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  272. Lew

    This is the beginning of a new Washington. Get used to it.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  273. harvey Greenberg

    GOP should put country first and give the 'purity' of politics a chance. The GOP can always return to their sleezy, self-interest if Obama's efforts to change Washington fail. Meanwhile, ust dig up that ounce of morality and exercise it!

    January 29, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  274. John

    They can handle it 2 ways. One they could line up and stand in front of the bus now. Two they could get in a circl and start a gunfight. I like either but being a liberal conservative republican democrat I favor neither

    January 29, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  275. Jerry

    The Republicans need to take a lesson from Obama on how to relate to their constituents. If they only would then perhaps their concerns would be about the American people and all the trouble we face. This comment comes from a Republican too.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  276. Will from San Jose

    I know this is crazy talk in Washington, but they could just do their jobs, representing the wishes of the people of their district.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  277. Sonia Prince, NH

    It's not about charm, it's about compromise and communication. We finally have a president who's educated, well read, knows his history, well travelled, understands other cultures exist and are unique, and knows how to surround himself with "do-ers" instead of "talkers' and greedy politicians looking for benefits.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  278. Bob Abuey

    The same way they handle everything...badly!

    January 29, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  279. Jolyn

    How should they deal with him? How about quit playing politics and deal with ou problems. Seriously, quit primping. We have a nation worth half what it was 8 years ago and we need to work toward recovery. I don't care if they want to show unity among their members; but, I do care about the state of this nation.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  280. Karen

    Republicans need to do what we, the people, have hired them to do- do what is best for the country. Put partisan politics aside and do the right thing for a change. We, the people, have spoken. 🙂

    January 29, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  281. Fred Fittin

    Obama's charm offensive is as phony as he is !!!! He has no intention of taking into account any Republican concerns....much like the a**hole Pelosi....

    January 29, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  282. Mary Ann Moore

    "Charm offensive?" Have you gotten so cynical that an attempt to reach across party lines is somehow seen as disingenuous? Perhaps it's not just charm, though charming it may be, but a genuine attempt to do things differently in Washington. Maybe a few people could meet the President with "unclenched fists."

    January 29, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  283. Nasser NC

    how should they handle the charm offensive... by smiling and nodding at what the president says. The Grand Ol Party has had eight wonderful glorious years to take this country from the top to the toilet, and they've done a damn good job of it too. Now that a new guy is in charge, they just have to go with it. Charm Offensive, Offensive Offensive, or however Obama decides to go about it, Republicans just go with it,

    GOP= Go with Obama's Plan

    January 29, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  284. Justin Kolpak

    Jack, they should take it. And if they don't...Obama should tell them either poetically or directly, " Stimulate my package!"

    January 29, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  285. Carole Babb

    They should welcome the civility and gentility and certainly be happy to be accepted in the Human Race. I hope they will learn to work with others as Americans and stop the Group Think.......

    January 29, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  286. Felicia (in Georgia)

    They can't! He's a fundamental change in Washington politics. They are befuddled by him. Quite frankly, they are befuddled by America which shows just how out of touch they are. America changed right before them, and they didn't even notice.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  287. Elizabeth Thoene

    The Republicans should consider President Obama's approach to be straightforward and legitimate. They should understand that voters have asked for the end of partisan stand-offs. President Obama is doing what he said he would do.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  288. jill berkowitz

    Go immediately and stand in front of a bus! Why wait?

    January 29, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  289. iheanyichukwu

    cautiously

    January 29, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  290. Bill, Hopkinsville, KY

    Well, they talk about bias in the news media, but this blog proves that there's an awful lot of bias in the country also. Pro-Obama bias; this guy (and his party) just can do no wrong! A vote against anything he suggests is a vote against the country!
    Always give him the benefit of the doubt, assume that everything he suggests is for the good of us all, don't put too much thought into it, just go with the flow. Why? Because the Republicans lost, that's why, so what they say or think doesn't matter any more.
    800 billion dollars, we're gonna spend it on a hunch that it might help the economy. The cost per job (possibly, hopefully, maybe!) created is way too much. How much thought went into this?

    January 29, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  291. Mike Murphy

    Let the republicans figure the problem out for themselves. They have been giving us the impression for too many years that they know everything. I'm sure they will screw this up,also.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  292. Jay

    Jack,

    The republicans and democrats should do what we pay them for. Listen to the President, ask appropriate questions, offer insight (if they have any) and then make their decisions based on the best interests of their constituents and the country. It's not really that hard is it?

    Jay in Utah

    January 29, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  293. jeff

    jack, with bush spending more than all other presidents combined and backed by a republican controlled congress at the time, how can republicans all of a sudden complain about a plan that hasn't even started yet? they had their chance....so, sit down, shut up.....and learn. and i think econimic stimulus would happen alot quicker if the PEOPLE had a couple of grand in their pockets rather that banks getting money with no accountability.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  294. Allan / Dallas

    How should the Republicans handle the "Obama Charm"? Hey just just take the cocktail........

    January 29, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  295. You See

    With respect, pay attention to what want to do president wants to get done and play ball! Quit being children, and if they have a better plan then discuss that with him! Abstaining is irresponsible!!

    January 29, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  296. Andy

    Well seeing as the republicans proved how supportive they are of Obama by none of them approving his stimulus package, i'd say if it werent for Obamas own party then he wouldnt have any charm.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  297. Brad

    They should do what we expect all politicians to do: base their votes not on politics or party affiliation but on what they believe is in the best interest of the people they represent. A president should not have to "charm" elected officials into doing what they think is right. Did every Republican congressman do that yesterday? I don't think so. I have no problem with the ones who honestly believed the package would not work. However, those who based their vote purely on the political optics should be held accountable for not doing what they were elected to do.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  298. Marv Rudnitsky

    R's and D's should respond to President Obama as Americans first and partisans later. That's his approach to them and it would be real chnage in Washington if all were on our side.
    Marv
    Selinsgrove, PA

    January 29, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  299. Juan D Wade

    The GOP should handle the Obama "charm offensive" the same way Pres. Obama brings it: By LISTENING and COMMUNICATING. I don't think we've seen much of either one of those attributes in the last 8 years from the GOP. Republicans are still talking and "dishing" out politics, and I don't think the American people really care what side of the isle you're on. We need jobs, money, and energy. Just make it happen...please!!!

    January 29, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  300. Beth from LA

    The GOP needs to stop grandstanding and genuinely work WITH the Democrats with NEW ideas, not the same old tax cuts that don't work.
    How many jobs will be lost while the GOP continues to hold so strong to this rock throwing party line that it is in fact the GOP that strangles the American people.
    Any dummy can criticize, when you want something done...go with the guy that isn't putting party above the business of the people...that guy is Obama.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  301. john j. grimes Watertown, Ma.

    Jack, if they're clever they should embrace him and hold tight.
    President Obama is the first leader in Washington whose optimism and attitude of "coolness" has this 65 year old feeling better than ever.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  302. Marge in CT.

    How about "handling" his charm in the same spirit it is given...with sincerity and the determination to work with him to solve the extraordinary problems that have been dumped on his lap by their party. They should grateful he's willing to shake their hands, much less get their ideas. Are they too far gone to recognize a decent human being when they see one?

    January 29, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  303. Steve Adams

    The Republicans should handle the "charm Offensive" the way we all wish all politicians would handle ANY issue ...cast their vote based solely on whether they think it is the right package for the country and forget this old-fashioned B. S. about "sticking with the party"!

    January 29, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  304. Sandi Sumner

    If it's politics as usual in Washington, and members of congress cannot come up with solutions to the problems facing Americans, then they should no longer receive a paycheck or benefits. If you don't perform the job you're hired to do in the private sector, you receive a pink slip and shown the door.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  305. Rob DiCarlo

    I think that republicans should take Obama to their advantage if he is reaching across the aisle to them. You hear that he is a great listener so if they have a problem they should say something. They Should let President Obama know if they have problems with legislation and should also tell him. I think, too, that we shouldn't worry about how republicans can handle Obama, it should be, how can politicians handle the American people.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  306. Christopher

    Jack,

    They'll probably launch a GOP corporate tax cut surge to counter the offensive.

    Christopher
    Burke, VA

    January 29, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  307. Sean ~ Sonoma Ca.

    The Republicans are participating in their own extinction. To hasten that would be an act of compassion for them and us.

    sean

    January 29, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  308. Sue M, Lockwood, NY

    Give me a BREAK!! The GOP put us here in this awful economy and now they are acting like little boys who can't have their way. America is SICK of Bipartisanship. The GOP Crybabies and Nancy Pelosi should get it together and work for America. Perhaps if they received Merit Raises based on their work, something will get done. Thank God President Obama wants to work things out with ALL Parties. He is not a rock star, but a man with an incredible desire to get America back on track; which has not been seen in my lifetime. And I remember Watergate and Vietnam nightmares.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  309. john hickey, dallas

    A few days ago, you asked wether bipartisanship was already dead. I was unsure then. Now that President Obama has reached out a hand to the Republicans only to have them stab in the back with the other hand, I know differently. Obama is looking for comprimise and common ground to achieve bipartisanship.

    Republicans, on the other hand, understand bipartisanship as the Democrats abandoning their ideals and whole sale accepting Republican ideas. In other words, the Republicans are telling our new President that the only way for them to be bipartisan is to have completely their way. "It's our way or no way. That what we mean by bipartisanship," the Republican party seems to be telling our new President and the electorate.

    Republicans will not budge, seek comprimise or common ground. Perhaps they are looking to loose even more seats in 2010 as the party of obstruction and partisan rancor.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  310. john milner

    The Republican Conservatives are seeking to redefine themselves with this current Vote
    against a stimulus package.

    Hearing them interview reminds me of the empty junkie raps the addicted gave as to why they were failing out of class, again.

    When leading economists from across the country including 2 Nobel Laueretes that appeared on CNBC Squawk Box recently have explained why current Republican Conservative plans are ill informed and not what the form / structure requires for the Nation at large – how is it the Conservative Leadership continues to overlook the Math ?

    Our Nations Media Conservatives scorn Entitlements , that being functional Health, Education and Welfare availability for low to average income American Citizens.

    This Shared dementia is their Spiritual Bonding, yet without Entitlements our Nation would be a sewer spawning ill and illiterates sporting a crime rate the more fortunate do not understand nor could live with – as it once was, which is why Entitlements came about – as we weren't getting anywhere as a Nation.

    Health ? We need a single payer plan – cutting out profiteering regardless
    of protests from wealthy investor class spokespersons.

    Most business wants this as it reduces their overall costs.

    Education ? Money spent there goes everywhere from Teachers to local eateries.

    Tax cuts to Businesses go to Ownership, and delay the contraction or demise temporarily – it doesn't generate jobs.

    Recovery will be all about Consumerism at street level:

    Dollars spent by those who need to buy things – to then trigger hiring and job development by Businesses in demand.

    It is astounding to see a Political Party of any color ignoring the obvious .

    A cake of Ivory Soap to their Conservative Talk Radio representative Mr. Limbaugh and a tip of the Hat.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  311. Steve Briceno Fairfax, VA

    Jack, they (republicans) can oppose the plan obama is proposing no matter what and can see that they can be proven wrong after they had their control in senate and congress earlier in the bush administration.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  312. Bruce Sharkey

    Jack,
    It is time for the Republicans in congress to wake up and smell the coffee and START DOING THEIR JOBS. This consists of helping this bill pass and to try and turn this economy around-not playing 'politics as usual'.
    Thank you,
    Bruce Sharkey

    January 29, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  313. Bert in keller, tx

    President Obama is not only charming but also an extremely clear-thinking politician who will become a great president, if he can only avoid the distraction of trying to constantly satisfy the left side of his base. Originally, I thought he was an idealogue, but not anymore. I really believe he wants to get the country going again. So, shut up to all those one-issue liberals and let the man do his job.

    If he can move to just a little right of center, I think he has a chance to become St. Obama the Fixer.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  314. Geno G

    Republicans need to wake up. America is changing and their on the wrong side of the argument. Obviously the last election didn't show them anything. Unity does not have a political party. Do what's best for us, cause more of us can see threw your lies. Biuld from the bottom, up.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  315. Reginald in Dallas, Tx

    Jack, I am tired of the "Loyal Opposition". This is not what we elected either party representatives to be. Maybe we need to threaten to outsource their jobs like all the other jobs have been outsourced in the United States and see if they can agree on something then!

    January 29, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  316. Steve of Hohenwald TN.

    They give a moron the weapons he needed to destory our economy the past eight years without question, and now they want to be conservitive. Obama just want`s a chance to bring the parties together to solve our problems, as americans. The GOP is just shooting there self in the foot, just like blow hard Rush, they wan`t Obama to fail. They should embrace Obama`s charm , and quit putting there ideals before the sucsess of America. We know where tax breaks and bailouts for the wealthy go, lets try something els for a while. O yea Jack, they can bad mouth Nancy all they wan`t to, but we all know who the`re really after.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  317. Jack in Plano

    Charm should have nothing to do with this issue. If it is not the right legislation to improve the economy, which I think most Americans agree it is not, it should be voted down regardless of political affiliation.

    Jack

    January 29, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  318. Salvatore Garamella

    Watch and learn. Humility, true concern and an attempt to actually do something for the people.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  319. Everett Beights

    Jack: The President is trying to cross the isle and what he is getting is a lot of wagging tongues and plugged ears. The Republicans need to shut up, take the plugs out of their ears and so some listening.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  320. Jo in PA

    I truly believe we have a spectacular opportunity for our country right now. A president who sincerely wants to work with everyone's interests in mind – AND smart enough to do it – at a time when that is what is called for. The Republicans should put their country's best interests in mind, listen to what the election stated clearly, and give President Obama their support. That support includes giving him different points of view. I suggest that two parties are better than one.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  321. Glenn in Seattle

    Jack –

    Of course the Republicans should continue doing everything possible to obstruct President Obama's efforts to help the country. They should keep stabbing him in the back at every opportunity. They must always try to enrich their corporate masters, especially those with lots of taxpayer bailout money that can be "donated" to those Republican lawmakers via lobbyists.

    Oh, did I mention I'm a lifelong Democrat?

    January 29, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  322. Michael Roepke

    Dear Jack
    If it were truly an offensive, there would be at least a couple of causalities. But as long as the Republicans keep that Iron Hand Grip on the elected members of their party, the only thing that will change in Washington will be a few more Senators and Representatives.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  323. Jay Warshaw

    Dear Jack

    If every Republican voted against the Stimulus Bill there’s probably something really good in there.

    Next time maybe President Obama should ply those damn Republicans with plenty of cocktails BEFORE they vote.

    Then just stand back and watch them roll over.

    Best regards

    Jay Warshaw
    Boca Raton

    ====

    January 29, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  324. Fred Glover

    Jack,
    this one is very easy... The GOP just can't get in touch with real down to earth common people, who are really trying to make a change for both parties in the House and the Senate. Now that there is a real down to earth President, who has a long history dealing with Real common folk, and brining people together, they tuck their tails, turn there backs and do what they do best! they(GOP) never want to work with anyone but themselves. If you listen to the GOP reporters, and listen to their reporting side of things, they do the same thing... if they didn't come up with the idea, its no good. The GOP need to learn and listen to real people.

    Fred Glover – Orlando, Fl.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  325. Bob miami, florida

    Jack,

    The Republicans should act like grownups and offer substantive improvements to the Democrat's stimulus package. Instead, they cry like babies and offer nothing but tax cuts hoping that the economy gets worse so that they can say we told you so. It's revolting.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  326. jeremy

    They should make their pitch then go sit down and put their oar in the water a row or get out and swim! Enough!

    January 29, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  327. Lew from Tennessee

    Charm is Charm. Some of us have it and some of us don't. The critics are truly that and will complain no matter what. GET OVER IT!!!!

    January 29, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  328. Melanie

    BOTH parties of the legislature should put on their "big boy (or girl) panties and play nice, quit playing politics and get to the business of getting the country moving again.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  329. Donna

    First, lighten up Jack, you act like you suck on lemons all day.
    Secondly, the Republicans still have not learned that the average American is trying to get past this red and blue stuff. This is an American problem that needs to be solved. They should reach across the aisles and take the hand that is given to them. If they do not they would as usual come across as untouched, rich, white men that do not care.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  330. Karen

    Take notes.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  331. Stephen

    I rarely vote with the Republicans. But, if they do not believe the bill is good for America - they did the right thing. If we learned something from the last 8 years, it should be that pushing legislation through the US Congress without the time to really understand it only leads to problems in the future. As I hear more about the bill, I don't think it should pass as is – and I am a that dirty word – a liberal. It does seem to not be about a stimulus and about getting the liberal agenda passed ASAP.

    Steve
    Jersey City, NJ

    January 29, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  332. Bob Dyer

    Responding to President Obama's Charm,

    They might stop worrying about what party they belong to, or what their party might think of them, and start thinking about what is best for their country.

    Or, they can call their poster boy (Rush Limbaugh) and continue to flush their party down the toilet.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  333. Al from Hawaii

    'Fight fire with fire: turn on the charm! And while the President is listening, take the opportunity to see whether the he will push for using a bi-partisan committee to write the next piece of legislation

    January 29, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  334. keith cummings

    the Republicans should be equally charming and give Obama the old NASA "GO, GO, GO, all clear for launch " treatment. Sometimes being a teamplayer gets you more high marks than being in opposition.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  335. yogi

    I think that the Republicans should learn to play nice. It seems to me that all they care about is themselves. They don't care that we are in a recession and President Obama is trying to work with them instead of against them. Republicans have not learned anything over the last few years and I can't wait for the day that the Republicans Party no longer is exists.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  336. Carnell

    Jack:
    Obama has bent down on one knee and is holding a ring so large with the publics trust all the republical can do is say I DO.
    Cleveland

    January 29, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  337. Kraig Burningham

    It's not my intent to dimish the new President and his efforts to unify the country. I sincerely hope that someone will be able to solve this complex problem. However, haven't we seen this movie before? Is it my imagination or didn't President Bush attempt, in part, the same bi-partisan spirit shortly after taking office? He was met with the same partisanship that President Obama is facing in the first 10 days of his administration.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  338. Doug Fletcher

    Republicans should do what they think is in the best interests of their constituents without regard to how charming they find anyone. I think that is a good idea for Democrats also.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  339. Diane

    It appears most politicians weren't listening. We said stop the foolishness and if you don't get your way,it's not ok to take your ball and go home. You work for us!

    January 29, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  340. Julia Geissinger

    Handle? They shouldn't "handle" anything. They should quit acting like petulant school children and DEAL with it. Deal with situation the country is in and STOP with the partisan politics.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  341. Craig in Michigan

    If the Republicans knew what they were doing,how come they did'nt ban bonuses paid to Wall Street execs on the bailout they received?Since when do you deserve a bonus for failure?Let alone keeping your job.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  342. Sallye

    Republicans have been acting ugly so long, they don't know how to play nice. They are a war where peace breaks out. They are an infection and Obama is the antibiotic. They are dividers and Obama is a uniter. They are the "untied" and Obama is the united. They don't get it.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  343. JP from New Jersey

    Comeon Jack, it's simply playground politics. As in business, why don't both sides of the aisle "negotiate" a bi partisan package and come together before the American people united in a solution only after they agree to a plan? Sounds like a better idea to me than the 'ole nose out of joint politics nad "CYA" from the past. Three cheers for Obama for trying anyway. No surprise so far other than Obama's commitment to change

    January 29, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  344. Michael Roepke

    The Republicans should do what they do so well. They should do nothing.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  345. Mike Kotula

    Hey Jack,

    They should get off the bus that they rode to destroy this country and get underneath it. President Obama has shown them more respect than their own president ever did and they spat in his face. He has the country behind him and doesn't need these clowns who do nothing but play politics to keep their jobs. Does anybody in this country really believe that we would be better off with crybaby Canter, Boehner and that crew running congress?

    January 29, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  346. dgreen

    The Republicans are so in disarrary that they are resorting to the Pied iPiper mentality. They are following the lunatic fringe rantings of Limpbrain, Billo the clown, and Sean the idiot of Fox Noise. The herd mentality shows itself in glorious form with not one Republican voting for the stimulus package that is desperately needed by this country. Well, Obama tried for bipartianship and they have rejected it. Screw them! We are going to go ahead with the philosophy that yes, we did win and now we are going to get things back together in this country after 8 long years of incompetence of the Bushed admininstration

    January 29, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  347. David P. Vernon

    Tucson, AZ – Mr. Obama is following through on his campaign promises, to try to do something helpful and to include everyone who wants to be part of the solution. The Republicans are in a quandary – either to support their party, and rebuff this President who has been the most accommodating to a minority opposition since George Washington, or to support this President at the expense of their party. The present party line vote is more symbolic than it appears: the Democrats passed a House bill anyway, the Senate will pass a slightly different bill, the conference will produce a compromise, and the votes on that bill will actually matter come the next election. If the economy improves, the supporters of the final version will get credit, if not, they will get blamed.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  348. Philippe

    Here's a thought. Congress wants to cut certain items from the stimulus package??????? Lets see JUST ONE OF THEM, REPUBLICAN OR DEMOCRAT, put forth an new amendment to the bill, the both Houses of Congress, cut their pay by half.
    To many Americans are struggling to keep their heads above water, and those fat cat in Washington are raising their pay, and it isn't even made public.
    And, how many of them were caught writing bad checks a few years back????????????????

    January 29, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  349. mike

    i dont know how obama can actually talk with the republican and get something done,because the republicans are financed by the rich and powerfull and only want to lower taxes for the rich and powerfull and constantly raise taxes on the middle class causing more and more huge deficits as far as the eye can see.its bad enough the rich wiped out 62 trillion dollars on wall street in sublime mortgages,then stole the american peoples surplus of 5.8 trillion dollars and gave it to the rich in 2.5 trillion tax cuts,then spent 4.8 trillion on pentagon budgets that past 8yrs and including the war supplementals for that stupid war in iraq.then since nov 07 into jan 09 tax payers money of 3.1 trillion been used so far from the federal reserve and treasury to bail out the rich who caused this financial crises.then social security,pension and medicaire trust funds are 52 trillion in debt,usa debt 10.5 trillion.the american economy is being literally destroyed by bush,cheney and the republicans the past 8yrs.the republicans wanna still keep going down this past and destroy the economy even further and make things much much more worse for the low and middle class to the brink we have nothing.why should obama even bother trying to negotiate with these republican,when its nothing but a complete waste of time

    January 29, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  350. Will

    I am an 18 year old young man who was very excited about the bi-partisanship that President Obama has been talking about. I feel that our government has been enemies long enough. They need to stop trying to make politcal satements in the effort of protecting themselves. Its time that we came together, not as factions but as an entire nation. The Democrats need to avoid abusing the dominating power that they have and the Republicans need to do what is right for the country. But in regards to the "Charm Offensive" I am sick and tired of these petty efforts to be bi-partisan, our leaders need to stop talking and start working.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  351. Jim Buzard

    The Republicans need to grab both ears and pull down sharply and pull teir heads out of their A**. They need to try to wwork with Obama and try to fix this problem, if they have a plan submit it, otherwiase get on board with Obama and HELP save this nations workers. Not stand b y and hope he fails like that fool Rush Limberger, he stinks.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  352. Gary, Pismo Beach, CA

    Jack,
    That's the million dollar question and right now, based on how baffled the GOP is with this extremely popular president, they may be willing to pay someone a million dollars if they could help them answer that question.
    First thing, they need to accept the fact that they lost and that America really doesn't care what they think. Decency would dictate that you show respect to those who have defeated you so soundly, but not this arrogant bunch. Their problem is that they believe their own political rhetoric until they are standing face to face with Obama and then they realize what the rest of the country knew back in November...Obama is a good guy..an admirable human being and a terrific president.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  353. John

    Republicans (whose policies gave us war, depression, and unemployment) might very well take Jack's advice and just stand in front of a bus.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  354. Sher

    Like statues made of cement, incapable of imagination and a prerecorded statement "Trickle down tax cuts for the rich", which makes them deaf & blind as well.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  355. Gus (Indianapolis)

    Republicans and political parties alike should be acting more as individuals. A person is smart, but people are stupid. Jack, are you implying that all republicans, as individual people and citizens of the United States, should have the same response to Obama's approach towards them? There is no answer to this question except that every single republican should handle Obama and his "plans" as they personally see fit. Parties unifying on policy and "tactics" only further inhibits us from having true leadership.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  356. Janice

    Can someone please tell me what the Republicains were doing while they were waiting to slam President Obama on his first day. Shouldn't they have had a stimulus package waiting to present to him so that he, we, could read since they were so sure the Democractic version was not going to be what we need.

    Am I wrong? Is there version out there so that we can read it?

    All hear from the Republicans is the Democrats wont let us play in the sanbox.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  357. Marilyn Simmons

    The Republicans should just get over it. Obama has style, class, and charisma. He's intelligent and has the wisdom to figure this out if only we let him do his job. How should the Republicans handle his charm? With a smile and a job well done Mr. President.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  358. John, Fort Collins, CO

    The Republicans in congress have no counter to Barack Obama and the Democratic majority. Since they are already just sitting back and watching, they might as well make good use of the time to update their resumes so they can find work when they get booted out of office. There should be more jobs by then.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  359. Linda B.

    Well, it still amazes me that Republicans haven't figured out that we are fed up with them and their bipartisan politics. It is their party that got us into this financial mess and so far they are doing nothing to help. Are criticism and complaining all they can do?

    January 29, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  360. Corrin Brown

    What you're calling "charm offensive" is a good ole fashioned biblical principle of treating others the way you'd like to be treated. The GOP should do that. Treat the President the way they'd like to be treated. It's in the Bible. Maybe the GOP should read it from time to time.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  361. Dexter "BAP!" Emanuel

    Do Nothing... Just Go with the Flow.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  362. gloria21213

    Republican's don't care about President Obama' charm, no matter what he says or what he do they will be defiant. they need to admit it that they hope for him to fail. Republican's just don't get it. the world is watching their reaction towards own new President. Look at Boehner the way he looks at Own President. You can see in his look that he's going to fight the President on what ever he brings to them. Why didn't they make this fuss when the first $350 was given? Now the Republicans think if they reach out to blacks and others it will make a different, i don't think so. They still think the way they have for centuries, how they can fatten their pockets. they don't care anything about the middle class, never have and never will.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  363. Joan

    Charm offensive or bully pulpit should make no difference. I expect my representatives, Republican or Democrat , to READ the bills before them and vote based on the merits of the bill.

    Of course our representatives have no idea what a good or bad bill is because (a) they don't read them, and (b) they're taking care of their best friends the lobbyists who are able to pocket millions of our tax dollars as BONUSES, ROOM DECOR, NEW JETS, AND PREFERRED TRAVEL BY PRIVATE JET.

    The taxpayers of America need to form a new more perfect union and vote out the current residents in the capitol building who are taxing us without representation! They certainly aren't representing my interests on Capitol Hill.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  364. Deb in Lancaster, PA

    The Republicans should keep on doing what they are doing: being insincere, partisan obstructionists who just can't do what is right if they can't take credit for it.
    Then, they'll all be gone by 2012. People with brains all over the country will vote the bums out!
    Obama is not trying to charm them, he is trying to include them. Unfortunately, these playgrounders want to take their ball and go home...they just don't realize they no longer have any balls.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  365. John

    Come on, that's an easy one, "love thy neighbor as thy love thyself", this is the party that cringes when the righteous far right barks and growls. This would be the only appropriate thing for them to do.. Doing other wise would be honest, but it would be unchristian like behavior and we all know that a true christian wouldn't act like that....at least that's what we believe.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  366. Luke R.

    The only thing they CAN do at this point is buy a box of "Charm Deflectors."

    January 29, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  367. Dennis Nelson

    I'm 52 years old and just lost my Home business of 8 years in December. I can't draw unemployment and at the moment can't seem to find a job. I could care less how Republicans feel about any issue right now!! I would personally like to take each member out in the alley and slap some common sense into each one. But since I can't afford health care I do not want to hurt my hand!!!

    Just do the right thing for Gods sake and help out your fellow Americans!!!! We are all waiting to see who has the guts to do the right thing!!

    Dennis Nelson
    Mt. Vernon, Illinois

    January 29, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  368. Roxie

    Dear Jack,

    What an awesome fairytale. The wicked false-uniter rules for a season; then, Prince Charming comes along and shows the people what a real uniter is.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  369. sandy ohio

    ostruct and disrupt. that's all the repubs know how to do

    January 29, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  370. Reynold Durand

    Jack, concerning the republican's attitude all i want to say is they are cowards

    January 29, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  371. Don Allen

    The Republicans will listen to Russ, sandbag and hope that Presiden Obama fails.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  372. David Walsh

    No one believed Newt when he promised to work with Bill, so why did Obama think the Republicans would work with him? It just isn't in their nature. They are spoilers; always have been, always will be.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  373. Joe in VA

    Be positive, take advantage of his ear and lobby him to get rid of Nancy Polosi. Then there may be hope of real cooperation. However, I think President Obama may not push the issue with her since he may be afraid of Nancy's threat to call out the flying monkeys.

    Joe in VA
    Chatham, VA

    January 29, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  374. Rhiannon (Seattle)

    Republicans are parasites. They should continue to sabotage themselves by being the morons they so fundamentally are. I celebrate their impending self-destruction.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  375. Jane - WI

    The Republicans should smile and be polite to this obvious bit of showmanship from the very arrogant Barack Obama. His haughty "I Won" says it all. He goes through the dog and pony show of saying he's going to listen. The true test is how much of the advice and suggestions he actually takes and follows through with.
    The hoity toity cocktail party was another example of the hypocrisy of Obama. $100 wagyu steak and martinis while the country is suffering through this economic mess. An all time record spending on his coronation. All examples of a guy who is completely out of touch with reality.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:21 pm |
  376. Tony L........Oregon

    Jack, the Republicans themselves are in a real quandary, as they themselves have no class, hence how would one know how to respond to that quality?

    January 29, 2009 at 5:21 pm |
  377. James W. Blevins

    It was the Republican economic philosophy that caused this problem. The Republicans should admit that their economic philosophy doesn't work and listen to somebody who knows what he is talking about - Obama.

    Jim, Craig, CO

    January 29, 2009 at 5:21 pm |
  378. Andy

    The republicans have done nothing to help change or improve American life thus far, if MCcain had been elected then he would have stuck to the same politics and styls as bush has. By none of the republicans affirming Obamas stimulus plan only proves how ignorant they are and unmoving. They are not ready for change.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:21 pm |
  379. Jennifer in Winnipeg

    Really, Jack .. Obama is not being on the offiensive .. he is just naturally a charming person. I know it's a brand new concept in U.S. politics, but give the guy a chance and even you might warm up to him.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:21 pm |
  380. terri waugh

    Mr. Cafferty . . . I trust that is not too much charm for you or those of your viewers who seem to feel that there is something evil or obstructionist about being charming. I personally enjoy the thought (although I know quite naively) that civility and charm could again become part of the way people treat each other. We need to keep in mind that the children are watching the way we behave. Look at the way people treat each other today. I think we need to applaud and encourage the "charm offensive" to continue and use it as a role model for the change we are all looking for.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:21 pm |
  381. Lee in Cannon Falls MN

    Jack

    Today the GOP came out and said they opposed the stimulus plan for political reasons. Now we all can see why we have this mess after 8 years of their direction. Its time to fire the whole works. Did they not learn from the mandate Obama got in the last election.??
    Just more political dysfunction...enough is enough. We need solutions, not partisan politics and Obama is trying and and politicians with there head stuck in the rear end of the party mascots are the problem as they have no vision.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:21 pm |
  382. Robin

    Jack,
    This is not a simple difference of governing philosophies. If it were, then there would be some give and take in the interest of helping the American people. But it is obvious the Republicans only are concerned about one thing only – to get back control of the government so they can continue to enrich themselves and their friends at the expense of the American people. To achieve this, they will do anything they can to drive this country even further over the edge.

    The President tried being nice. Now the American people have seen just where that gets him. I for one wouldn't blame any Democrat from telling the opposition party at this point just where they can place their "concerns".

    January 29, 2009 at 5:22 pm |
  383. JD Wade Atlanta, GA

    The GOP should handle the Obama "offensive" the same way Pres. Obama gives it: by LISTENING, and COMMUNICATING. I don't think we've seen hardly either of the attributes from the GOP in past 8 years. I don't think the American people really care much these days what side of the isle you're on, we need jobs, money, and energy, and we need them soon. Please.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:22 pm |
  384. Mellie

    Once again the children of Capital Hill are not playing well with others-tell republicans that the average guy isn't stupid and isn't charmed-we would just rather have a job that lasts than a check that doesn't-The levies broke-both literally and economically and now we would like to be sure we don't fall off a bridge next-even with a check in hand..

    January 29, 2009 at 5:22 pm |
  385. Roberto Avendano

    Charm is nothing but sincerity and intelligence, then there's nothing to fight or answer to that. Obama is the first President bringing the truth to such dirty political levels, therefore their fear to the unknown and to do the right thing. It was about time.

    Roberto from Montreal Qc. Canada

    January 29, 2009 at 5:22 pm |
  386. James Bosheya

    They should remember they can not govern. Since they and the greedy banks cost this economy storm. While they refuse to acknowledge their bad habit and shame. They should redeem themselve by work with the new administration.
    James

    January 29, 2009 at 5:22 pm |
  387. Ruthie

    The Republicans should just go with the flow at this cricital times and quit being the annoying opposition that they are known for. At least we have a President that is not wasting any time trying to get our econonomy on track,. If his strategy does work, guess what, you Republicans that did not vote for the plan should might as well kiss their jobs goodbye!!

    January 29, 2009 at 5:22 pm |
  388. Arlene- Atlanta, GA

    The Republicans should all look in the President's eyes and be hypnotized and try to work and play nice with the Democrats.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:22 pm |
  389. BL Ruskins

    The answer I believe is one of utter simplicity. They should handle it like adults. The amount of squabbling between our political structures is absolutely ridiculous to me. It is time for these members of our government, to stop acting like kindergartners fighting over toys prior to show and tell; and to start acting like mature, rational leaders, as we expect. We elected these men to make the tough decisions that many of us could not make ourselves. Instead they seem more interested in one-upping each other instead of working together to solve the numerable crisis that have befallen and begun to plague our nation.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:22 pm |
  390. Geno G

    Republicans put us in this situation and now they want us to listen to them. We are not as Dumb as their former leader.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:22 pm |
  391. Tony

    Maybe someday Republicans will stop acting like children, playing political games, and actually start caring about their country. Maybe when that day comes they'll start winning elections again. Alas, it's not today.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:22 pm |
  392. Daniel Stolz - Naples, FL

    Obama's Charm Offensive should not be confonted with a Republican "Clinched Fist" but with diplomatic and disciplined bipartisanship. Bipartisan policies are not always successful, because of the conflict between different ideologies, so they should focus on effective solutions in such a crisis that continues to disrupt our nation.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:23 pm |
  393. Dominique, VA

    Ask Sarah Palin.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:23 pm |
  394. Charmie91752

    I believe everyone needs to quit calling Obama's behavior as "charm" and call it what it is: Professionalism. It's not about political savvy, power issues, manipulation, and side-stepping. Working with a professional in any business arena who listens to a person's opinion, empathizes, and responds with either a direct answer or at minimum a commitment to look into the issue is called being respectful of others. The best way Republicas can react to Obama is to immulate the same professionalism focused on resolving our current economic tail-spin.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:23 pm |
  395. Susan

    I'm so tired of Republican this and Democrat that. Our country is broken and it needs to be fixed, and as quickly as possible. Let's try approaching the problem as Americans instead of political parties. How many more jobs have to be lost and families thrown into crisis before we come together as Americans to save our economy and our country. Wake up Washington.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:23 pm |
  396. frankie

    Someone should tell the Republicans that when you pitch a tantrum to make someone else look bad, you only end up making yourself look bad.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:23 pm |
  397. terri waugh

    Mr. Cafferty . . . I trust that is not too much charm for you or those of your viewers who seem to feel that there is something evil or obstructionist about being charming. I personally enjoy the thought (although I know quite naively) that civility and charm could again become part of the way people treat each other. We need to keep in mind that the children are watching the way we behave. Look at the way people treat each other today. I think we need to applaud and encourage the "charm offensive" to continue and use it as a role model for the change we are all looking for.

    Grand Prairie, TX

    January 29, 2009 at 5:23 pm |
  398. Tyson Price

    I think they ought to forget about "charm offensive", party politics, and all the other petty Washington games and vote for what the voters that elected them want. Isn't that what they were elected for? To represent their districts. It seems as soon as they get to Washington they forget who sent them there.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:23 pm |
  399. Bruce Weik

    I would think they better be puckering up. They are about to enter the intersection of Ross Perot and Ralph Nader Boulevard. Being Republican, they are planning a third street of their own, named Republicanution Road. I wish them well.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:23 pm |
  400. Beverlee

    Republicans need to listen, really listen, to President Obama, then weight their options and cast their votes according to what they truly believe is best for the country. Sadly, it appears they are grateful for the attention and respect, but meet with him with closed minds and hearts. ..... No matter what the response, President Obama needs to respect the American people and his own values by continuing his attempt, not to charm, but to attempt to get the Republicans to participate in productive governance.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:24 pm |
  401. Roy - Chicago IL

    How about if the Republicans had a soiree of their own, and actually invited President Obama?? They they could be the host and he the guest.......maybe starting a back and forth would get them in the habit of actually communicating!!! Kudos to Obama for making the first gesture...shame on the Republicans so far for 'nuttin but lip service'.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:24 pm |
  402. Barbara, Georgia

    How can President Obama's charm tactics work when the media is there promoting Republican obstuctionism to the point that one would think the majority of Americans had voted for them on Nov. 4th?

    January 29, 2009 at 5:24 pm |
  403. Barbara, Chico, California

    Given the Republicans track record with money being very poorly mishandled, misappropriated, and misdirected, they should just sit down, shut up, and let someone else try to help this country.
    They are not capable/qualified of understanding suffering on any level. They would rather the country went into a 10 to 15 year DEPRESSION, and let the chips fall where they may. Are they ready for insurrection, anarchy and violence? Oh well...I guess they are.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:24 pm |
  404. Doug

    Both side should work toward the middle. The Republicans should work toward meeting the goals of our President, to get this nation's economy up and running. His charm sould be appreciated, since he has accepted some of their demands for the recovery package. The Republicanswill never accept his charm because of their leadership. Business in Washington as usual. The Democrats have been gulity of the same practices in the past. When are these rich elected officals going to put America first and their next election second.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:24 pm |
  405. John

    I never knew that anyone could be so good at doule talk. When I hear them say that to reduce the taxes businesses pay and yhey will use that money to create jobs I almost fall offf the chair laughing. I thought they were doing that for the past 6 of 8 yrs.
    I think they just want it their way or no way and they could care less about the outcome.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:24 pm |
  406. Libbe Dennard

    Enough!!! The Washington infighting has gone on long enough! We can disagree and not be enemies. In previous years members of different parties met for cocktails after work. Why don't we return to a kinder, gentler age? What happened to statesmen/women in Congress?
    Libbe in Alaska

    January 29, 2009 at 5:25 pm |
  407. cynthia

    handle it with care

    January 29, 2009 at 5:25 pm |
  408. Francina Fleming

    Jack,

    To me, the vote against the stimulus is a vote not to improve the current financial situation. Congressmans, (demorcart or Republican) who don't feel their states need action should be the last to received any funds, if the bill is passed by the Senate. Why would our elected official give money to states that don't want it. I hope that voters are watching and will let their representative know that the game they have played in the past is now a stumbling block in the future.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:25 pm |
  409. lucy

    I guess we are about to find out whether they prefer same-old, same-old partisan politics or whether they are willing to look out of the FRONT window of the car towards the best interests of the people they were elected to serve. I hope I don't already know the answer to that...

    January 29, 2009 at 5:25 pm |
  410. Angela

    I'll tell you how Republican's should deal with our new president's "charm offensive"-- take lessons!

    Angela
    Phoenix

    January 29, 2009 at 5:26 pm |
  411. Barbara, Chico, California

    The Republicans had eight years to make something right. They didn't.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:26 pm |
  412. james sloan

    Dear Jack, I wish the gop would quit pouting and analyze why they lost. Then maybe they will start serving America not just special interests. Us poor and middleclass out number the priviledged few and we do vote. although i live out of the country, I still vote. Hannity and Limbauh are not as powerful as the think they as recent elections indicate. jim sloan bangkok

    January 29, 2009 at 5:26 pm |
  413. Mike

    Republicans making a "Statement" of unified, and organized resistance, reminds me of spoiled children, and poor losers. Listening to Republican's who made public statements, it reeks of "good ol' boy" Washington business as usual. Republican's want to give money to businesses with tax cuts so they will hire people. That does not work, and has not worked, except in the favor of the CEO's who have walked away with millions in bonuses over the past years, and still send jobs overseas to increase profit and bonuses. The behavior of Republicans yesterday actually shows their back sides very prominently. It is a new Washington coming and they better get used to it. America is watching like never before thanks to transparency and use of the Internet President Obama has brought to Washington. Politicians are in the spotlight, and unless they plan to retire after this term they better get with the program, or forget running for reelection.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:26 pm |
  414. Raymond Vallejo

    do what they allways do ignore the good and pander to the bad!

    January 29, 2009 at 5:26 pm |
  415. Kathleen

    Jack, that demented rodeo-clown who occupied the White House until last week showed zero interest in bipartisanship, but enough Dems supported HIS bailout packages to get them through. And where did a lot of that bailout cash go? Straight into the pockets of the very executives who squandered OUR money in the first place. Bonuses! Private planes! Management retreats at fancy resorts! The GOP should stop sulking and start trying to be part of a solution now instead of offering absolutely nothing except lame criticism.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:26 pm |
  416. joe

    Politicians are classified as the ability to fortell what is going to happen tommorrow, next week, & next year. And then to have the ability afterwards to explain why it didn't happen. Being a Republican since 1968, I have pondered over what has transpired regarding this economic crisis, & came to the above conclusion. I voted for the first time as a Democrat for Barack Obama, & saw something us Americans haven't had since the Reagan Administration; LEADERSHIP! President Obama has what it takes to get this country back on tract. His "Charmed Offensive" is to protect "We the People", from any more fatuous mistakes done by both political parties. The Republicans for one, are aware of the consequences. Their ability to dictate political agendas are under attack by Presidents Obama's tacticians. And, if in less then 4 years, the economic recovery comes into play, I see the Republican platform heading into oblivion. What the Republican Party should do is get their act together, & in partisanship, do what the people want. Their days of fortelling are over. Telling us Americans that the Economy is Strong was a blatant lie. The Bush's Administration was geared for the rich, & us taxpayers are paying for it now & for how many more generations to come. Presidents Obama's "Charmed offensive" shows that if a free society can't help the many that are in dire-strats, it can't save the few that are rich. The Republicans have to make a critical move. Are they for Big Business or to help the American taxpayer?

    January 29, 2009 at 5:26 pm |
  417. Matt

    The term "charm offensive" implies that Obama is disengenuous in reaching across the political aisle and that his doing so is a political stunt rather than an earnest attempt to make good on his campaign promise of postpartisanship. I'd like to give him the benefit of the doubt and hope that republicans will reciprocate by meeting any substantive outreach by the President with their own – that would be best for them as a party and more importantly best for America. Unfortunately, many in congress (and on the opposing extremes of the media, typified by MSNBC and Fox) don't seem to have gotten the memo on postpartisanship.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:26 pm |
  418. Emma

    Charm or Honesty, I am sure the GOP doesn't know the difference.
    With Obama taking the office that was mismanaged and misrepresented for 8 years, which the GOP denies, he has a tough job ahead of him and his staff. There will be times even when I won't be thrilled with his decisions but I will get over it. Our President, Senate and Congress need to know you don't build a house from the top down. Our economy will never survive by giving banks and investment firms the money. If it was given to the people who have actually built this country, things would definitely be different by now.
    Jack, I love all your input about this unfortunate situation.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:26 pm |
  419. Dianne

    Where were the Republicans from 2000-2006?
    Now they want to be fiscally responsible? Then why did everyone vote to give themselves raises?
    Let's face it, no matter what happens their children and grandchildren are set for life thanks to us!
    They are all out of touch and only care about their own agendas.
    Getting rich the crooked way!

    January 29, 2009 at 5:26 pm |
  420. Jack

    The Republicans should continue to be what they are, "tax cutters" and show that President Obama's charm has no effect on them by only accepting the tax cut portiion of the Obama Stimulus Plan for their districts. Then we will see the affect of President Obama's charm vs the Republican charm in their districts and their future elections.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:26 pm |
  421. Harry

    While "charm" is certainly part of the Obama style, getting things done is what this offensive is all about. For Republicans to have any hope of an election future they must move away from their "dollar is all powerful" view and return to a more balanced and humanistic view of the United States. This means work with the President and Democrats to deal with our current crises.

    Democrats don't get off the hook either. They need a more centrist view too. They also need a dose of courtesy in dealing with Republicans in Ciongressional sessions.

    Bottomline, despite the majority of Democrats, compromise for effectiveness and efficiency is called for. President Obama knows all this, I sincerely hope the rest of the politicians figure it out soon!

    January 29, 2009 at 5:26 pm |
  422. Jeanne

    How should the GOP handle Obama's charm. Try being charming themselves, work with him but bring their own legitmate arguments to the table and work together for the greater benefit of the constituency... America. This is what they were all elected to do!

    January 29, 2009 at 5:26 pm |
  423. chuck

    I don't think this is just another democrat vs. republican issue. There were also 11 democrats that were not "charmed" enough to vote for the package. Members on both sides as well as the president should realize the American people aren't looking for another pork filled bailout where CEOs and Execs are the only real winners.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:27 pm |
  424. valerie dowell

    Jack: the Republicans would benefit from re-familiarizing themsevles with the qualites of honesty, directness &.integrity. I am sure they have forgotten what it's like to deal with a a true leader who can be charaterized as a 'socialized powerful": one who values the talents and abilities of others and is not intimidated by other brilliant people surrounding and advising him. They should get on board the "fix this mess bus" and work hard to keep it rolling –TOGETHER.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:27 pm |
  425. William

    Yes, Obama is genuinely charming and the Republicans find that offensive. Once again, they are simply trying to obfuscate the truth and be be obstructionist. They see that they aren't going to be able to get around Obama and that he has a mandate from the people. Yet all they can do is repeat the same tired rhetoric out of one side of their mouths and spew about getting back to basics out of the other. Obama has offered them a place at the table as long as they come to it in a true spirit of bipartisanship. I hope they take him up on it. But they'd be wise to remember that, in reality, he doesn't really need them.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:27 pm |
  426. Ethel Wilson

    It has always been said that you catch more flies with honey than you do with bitter herbs,so Barack is doing the proper thing to treat the republican with respect and warmth something they are not accustom too. He will help the economy and the block of republican can stand in front of the bus,I"ll be the driver and I will go forward and backward until the bus run out of gas.
    Crescent,Georgia

    January 29, 2009 at 5:27 pm |
  427. Bernard kessie

    Republicans should get on board with the president's charm and demenor. His administration is doing everything they can to save this downfall economy.They were in power for 8 and look at what they got our beloved country to. Our nation needs to be restored and i believe our president and his staff are taking all the right steps to get our economy moving again

    January 29, 2009 at 5:28 pm |
  428. Kathryn

    If these elected Republicans had any better ideas, we wouldn't be in the state that we are. I think it would be very wise of them to let Obama do what he wants and then if it doesn't work out, they can do what they always do - blame Clinton!!!!

    January 29, 2009 at 5:28 pm |
  429. Jane - WI

    Kraig,
    You are so right. President Bush tried the charm offensive and bipartisanship when he got into office. His hand was met with a fist by Democrats who obstructed at every turn. Many times these Democrats voted in a block against bills brought up by the Bush administration. Now these same Democrats whine that those "evil" Republicans just won't roll over and kiss the ring of Barack Obama. The big difference is that the media refused to point out the Democrat obstructionism and claimed it was appropriate behavior from the "loyal opposition". My how the tune changes when it is a Democrat in the White House .

    January 29, 2009 at 5:28 pm |
  430. John in Aiken, SC

    GOP needs to learn that America is tired of their tactics of separatism unless they get on board they will be losers again in the next election.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:28 pm |
  431. h.ferguson

    We will never remove the suspicion from situations like that involving the governor of Illinois unless and until we pass a law prohibiting prosecutors from running for higher office until they have been out of office for at least ten years.
    The number of high profile prosecutions would be severely reduced saving the tax payers billions of dollars.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:28 pm |
  432. chris, from st pete

    jack, for the first time in a long time i feel that we now have a president that is truely the peoples president. i feel that president obama is not charming the gop, he his simply trying to do what no other president has been willing to do. he is trying to take a country that has been broken and mangled by the negligence of the past administration and put it back together. i am very proud that i voted for a president that is willing to do what needs to be done to acheive this very important task and if that meens crossing party lines to try and make it a joint effert than so be it. it is not charming...... it is admirable.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:28 pm |
  433. Estell Washignton

    If the Republicans were not so heartless, they would see that the President is an honest, sincere, human being with a heart. He just happens to have a heart to go along with his charm. Why can't they and the media see that this man and trying to do what Washington needs - get something done for the people of these United States of America. When the Republicans get a heart and stop caring about only the rich, maybe, just maybe, these states will become United as they were intended.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:28 pm |
  434. John Iowa

    Republicans have no sense of reason..... I hope Ohio and Mich. other hard hit areas remember the (Rs) and vote the rest out. I belong to No party but If I did it sure hell wouldn't the R party.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:28 pm |
  435. jubei

    Charm...heck all he has to do is "stay cool" and keep asking for republican input into the bill.

    I agree with the poster that said that right now He reach out, and they looked at his hand and withdrew in disgust while paying lip service like they were willing to work with him.

    The GOP to the non-GOP world which is a lot bigger right now and growing are looking like crybaby's.
    The very fact that none of them voted made any lasting input and didnt think to comeup with a counter offer until after the news hit the stands and they looked foolish by not cooperating. And then are trying to tote a plan drawn up by a talk show host, has me and the rest of the country shaking our heads and saying "tsk,tsk,tsk"
    We are getting close to sending them home to play with their own ball, if they loose any more seats theyll be as effective republicans as the ones are in california.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:28 pm |
  436. Joe

    True statesmen wouldn't sell our children and grand children's souls for a barrel of PORK>

    January 29, 2009 at 5:28 pm |
  437. David from Pennsylvania

    I think the 'charm offensive' element makes things too personal. The republicans should represent the interests of their constituents, supporting policies that are in line with those interests and opposing policies that are not. A member of congress shouldn't feel obliged to support legisation just because it's supported by a charming president. The term 'checks and balances' comes to mind.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:28 pm |
  438. kathy

    They just don't get it!! The American People have sent a resounding message to the Republicans that the way of Georgie and his Party has been a disaster. They should just crawl under their respective rocks and come out only to vote YES to whatever Obama wants!

    January 29, 2009 at 5:28 pm |
  439. George aka Black Pope

    It's like the miller lite commercial where the coach says playoffs, playoffs. GOP should say another bail out bail out? This would only send us in trillions of dollars deficit and into a depression. Why not they tell President Obama to fight this big corporation outsourced jobs and many other things and forget this rambomcious bailout.

    And Hi Jack nice to see you.

    -San Antonio Home of the River Walk( great tourist attraction).

    January 29, 2009 at 5:28 pm |
  440. Wendy, Amherst, VA

    Jack,

    They should keep their mouth's shut and work with him. And they may as well go ahead and stand in front of that bus now. It will work, no question.
    I am positive of that. I can't prove it, but President Obama will. Why am I so sure? Because 4 years ago my instincts said he would be President and those instincts are back. So, step out in front of that bus, ladies and gentleman. Although calling them that is being way to nice.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:29 pm |
  441. David

    They, the Repulicans, were the ones who drove this ecomony into the ditch, and now they don't want to get it out; not even help to get it out. When the rest of them lose their job in two years, they will come to know what it feels like to stand in that long un-employment line. Wait a minute, they are Republicans, rich, conceded and unaware of common people's struggles.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:29 pm |
  442. cornelio pido

    The Republicans must learn from their mistake. Our new president
    is really trying to fix all of our problems and it's just right that the
    Republicans will have to cooperate with our new President.

    This is not the time to raise our egos. We must learn from our mistakes.

    We are all but one people. Let's show the world what America stands
    for.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:29 pm |
  443. Bob

    Can I drive the bus?

    January 29, 2009 at 5:29 pm |
  444. Lizabeth in Southlake TX

    How about the Republicans, and the Democrats, do what is BEST for this country and all the suffering taxpayers instead of posturing and playing politics all the time? I am fed up with this insane "gotcha" attitude by the Washington politicians. They need to get serious about fixing this country's economy instead of worrying about which party will win what race next election!

    January 29, 2009 at 5:29 pm |
  445. Donald J. Brown

    Jack, The GOP and the American people should be open minded to the Presidents ideas on how to collectively solve America's economic and geopolitical problems.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:29 pm |
  446. john edwards

    They should do as they are currently doing: give Obama enough rope to hang himself and survey the ground in a year.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:29 pm |
  447. Cynthia

    Republicans should do what they have been elected to do that is serving the people. Work with the new president and stop being so afraid to make decision one way or the other. Get some backbone and do something not doing nothing is not an option. When George Bush was in office whatever he wanted and needed he got regardless of his charm and no questions asked. Get over it Republicans and help move this country forward.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:29 pm |
  448. DUCK SLC UTAH

    They should be thankful that he is trying to unite the country to get things in place to suceed . that is the problem with this govt. horray for me and mine to heck with you and your's
    the other problem is the old toads that have been there forever and are so far back in time are the ones voting for the new era.
    Vote them all out start fresh / no under the table deals and bags of $$$$ slipped to them

    January 29, 2009 at 5:30 pm |
  449. Donald in CA

    The republicans can keep being what they are, offensive. They will
    never change. It is what it is.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:30 pm |
  450. Deeder

    Republicans have good points. The bill is a left wing bill and I think Obama is getting it slowly. He should read the story of the black family who killed 5 of his kids and his wife and himself out of jobloss. DEMS should be in his funeral and make public policy. I hope Obama listens other wise it is matter of time, he will have 30% approval rating.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:30 pm |
  451. Mark Alan

    Jack,
    The House Repubs have confirmed what most Americans decided in November... who needs them?
    Those of the GOP never volunteered any energy towards a sensible solution to our economic crisis for the past seven years. What good can they do us NOW?
    It's best to just let them go back to sleep while us Americans work together to clean up their mess.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:30 pm |
  452. Barb from Hazel Crest, IL

    I am sick of everyone worrying about if this is a charm offensive by Obama. Maybe it is that he has read the Fish Philosophy book, which my company used to illustrate how to become a team player by being present, playful and fully committed to resolve the problems. It is a good way to build a team.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:30 pm |
  453. Karen - Tennessee

    Obama isn't being manipulative, he's really interested in the opinions of others, and always has been. The Republicans should learn from him, assuming the old dogs still can.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:31 pm |
  454. real

    jack, as an outsider, i have to wonder how many republican pockets will be lightened by obama's plans. how many will have to forego some of the huge bonuses implied??

    January 29, 2009 at 5:31 pm |
  455. Brian from Tampa

    Jack, this is just a simple case of the Republicans needing to get over themselves and stop whining. The charm we see from President Obama is the same charm we saw when he declared his candidacy for president.

    And if they're pissed off deep down inside over the stimulus package making it through the House, just have those Republicans close their eyes and make believe that us unemployed and middle class folks are CEOs asking for bailouts.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:31 pm |
  456. PJ Hollinger

    I find the fact that the Republicans "made up their minds" to vote against the stimulus package en masse even BEFORE President Obama met with them to be reprehensible. Why did President Obama even bother?

    January 29, 2009 at 5:32 pm |
  457. John

    One sure way to resolve this issue is to vote in 2010. I am sure they will understand the results then even if they as now do not agree

    January 29, 2009 at 5:32 pm |
  458. KMcDermott

    Ray Lawson:

    You want to know why such a small amount is being spent on infastructure? The GOP moaned to get their tax cuts, which have been shown time and time again to be ineffective. If you want to blame someone for the way the stimulus looks, take a good look at the GOP

    January 29, 2009 at 5:32 pm |
  459. Don-Canada

    Jack.
    If the GOP really knew anything about running a country they wouldn't of run "W" for two terms, let alone one, and then had John McCain run as their candidate in 2008, who admitted had little knowledge of economics (or using a computer for that matter) and surrounded himself with the same "Bushies" that ran the country into the ground for 8-years, to run his campaign.

    The GOP are so connected with big corporate business and special interest groups, and getting re-elected, that the average American in their eyes, is just a "Cash Cow" for their high-living style and friends. Don't underestimate President Obama, he knows what he's doing, and those that oppose this bill will have to answer to the voter.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:32 pm |
  460. Andy

    Im so fed up with Republican policys and ideas; bush has proved to be a terrible president even ater their was a significant surpluss and the economy was up and running when he took over after Clinton; despite what fox news says about bush as being a moderate president by keeping us from harm. Thanks to Bush and the republicans America is given a bad image to all our foreign allies, and yesterdays results of no republican voting for Obamas stimulas package they only prove how ignorant and unchanging they really are.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:32 pm |
  461. RyanD.

    Republicans are looking REALLY bad right now. Partisan, whining, do-nothings...while Obama makes every effort to bring them along.

    5 year olds, the lot of them.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:32 pm |
  462. barbara

    As a member of the R party since Ike, I know how I am going to handle it, I"m switching to the Ds. What part of mandate does the Rs not understand. Do they intend to keep this up for the next 4 years?

    Barbara

    January 29, 2009 at 5:33 pm |
  463. Michael Keane

    Unfortunately, 8 years of misleading the country and kowtowing to Darth Vader and Ranchboy have left the Republican ideologues in Congress with personalities and credos that only a mother could love.

    Their only hope of survival is that President Obama and the Democrats in power will screw up more than they themselves did. The likelihood of that happening is slim to none.

    The Republican leadership needs to realize that the serious problems of this country will not be solved by resorting to bromides and posturing. The likelihood of THAT happening is smaller than slim to none.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:34 pm |
  464. Mike DeKalb, IL

    There's nothing the Republicans can do but kill him with smiles; they're helpless right now trying to fight his agenda with their own. Welcome back partisan politics, or did you ever leave?

    January 29, 2009 at 5:34 pm |
  465. Brian G, Sugar Land, TX

    Obama has not given the American public, politicians or businessmen and reason to believe his charm, concern and ernestness is not real. Why is it that folks who lack those qualities are always trying to destroy that which is good about America?

    January 29, 2009 at 5:34 pm |
  466. Dan AZ.

    How should Republicans handle President Obama’s “charm offensive”?

    Well let's see. How about dropping all the terms like "Pork" and partisan "Party Lines" that are just confusing things and act like real people concerned about Our Country and get a little "Charm" their self's.

    In the big picture our Representatives (Politicians) are acting like school kids arguing about what games to play.

    President Obama has said time and time again he is willing to listen and consider new ideas from anyone so why is it so important for Republicans to set a precedent to "mark their territory"?

    Come on "Elected Officials" lets act like adults and professionals in this time where we need everyone to work together.

    Dan, AZ.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:34 pm |
  467. Jan from Iowa

    Republicans at this point need to make the public at least think they are helping Obama. With his polls so high right now; the Republicans acting like normal Republicans look very BAD to most Americans. When Obama's poll numbers go down the Republicans can go back to politics as normal.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:34 pm |
  468. David

    They should handle the "charm offensive" by working with President Obama, in the best interests of the country, for a change. They seem to be hellbent on suicide though, like lemmings going over a cliff.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:34 pm |
  469. Brian in Texas

    Charm offensive sounds like pure Republicanspeak for simple human dignity. It's just another tactic to them and they can't fathom that a sea change has taken place while they were sleeping. It's no tactic.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:34 pm |
  470. David, Ashland, Oregon

    Who cares? They are a charmless, classless bunch of idiots.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:35 pm |
  471. Kris in Tampa

    Holy smokes Jack- What should they say, do they think he likes them? What should they wear to the cocktail party? Should they all vote together?
    I swear its more like gossip girl or high school.
    Why can't they be adults? Old fashioned politics does not work when the facts are readily available, as they are now.
    The smoke has cleared and the everyone can see exactly whats in the mirrors.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:35 pm |
  472. Matt

    Of course Republicans should resist this bill. It's little more than Democrats cramming all their ridiculous pet pork projects down America's throat. The Dems are hoping that if they shout "stimulus" loud enough and pass the bill quickly enough then no one will notice that 75% or more of this will have absolutely zero economic benefit. Just because Republicans lost their conservative fiscal values under Bush, doesn't mean they are wrong for now trying to reclaim them. I'm glad someone's finally standing up to all this ridiculous fear-mongering in Washington. Years of economic history tell us that things will be just fine even if the government does nothing. In fact, it'll probably get better sooner if the government kept its greasy palms out of all of our wallets.
    Matt, Kansas City

    January 29, 2009 at 5:35 pm |
  473. KeepGoing

    President Obama should keep going with his bi-partisan politics. He should continue to extend the "olive branch" republicans throughout his tenure as president. Then maybe one day, the republicans will realize that we need both sides on the same page to move the country forward. The tactics they are employing at the moment are benefiting no one, least of all those without a job.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:35 pm |
  474. bill kramer

    the gop is doing what they always do when there not in control, cry and blame everyone else for there failures. why should they even be considered for there input, look at the last eight year of putting themselves before the american people. now when they have the opportunity to do something good to help those in need, well look at there response. all there trying to do is undermine the bill and the pres. it s sad.......

    January 29, 2009 at 5:35 pm |
  475. wanda hamilton

    Let them keep up the good work .showing the world they are true to their creed obstruction at any cost.Boy,that will be very attractive for wooing new folks to their skrinking tent

    January 29, 2009 at 5:35 pm |
  476. EW White

    The republicans advised the automotive companies to reorganize their companies fo increase their profits and one of the strategies they suggested se was discontinue the job bank for laid off employees. Who do you think this helped? The corporations. This type of republican advice we don't need as part of the "stimulus package". This week the automotive companies listened to their advise.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:35 pm |
  477. Len, Colorado

    Bipartisanship is not in the Republican vocabulary. When they were in power they never dealt with the Democrats. They just did whatever Bush wanted. They never aksed questions, they just signed our nation away.
    Now they are trying to be concerned about spending. Give me a break. They only care about the top 1% and big business tax cuts. They donot care about the middle class and the poor.
    2010 cannot come soon enough. America will vote them out of office.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:35 pm |
  478. SUNNY

    Why can't we just all get along?

    January 29, 2009 at 5:35 pm |
  479. Sharon

    By all means accept the hand offered in cooperation and reciprocate. However, all members of Congress should be evaluating this bill and working to find ways to make it as effective as possible. Make suggestions for cuts, improvements and compromises in order to deliver the American people a better product. Neither party has the 100% solution, and it is incumbent on both Dems and Repubs to draft the best piece of legislation possible, make compromises, and not vote obstructively just to make a statement.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:35 pm |
  480. Clarence Wiles - Santa Clara CA

    Jack,
    They should embrace for it should be easier to embrace Mr. President's ideas then a whole bunch of constituents who have the power of the voice to impeach them. "Does Grey Davis" ring a bell?

    January 29, 2009 at 5:35 pm |
  481. CC Fairfax, VA

    Jack,

    Doing all you can for bi-partisanship is great and a 180degree difference from the previous administration. However, if they're not appreciating the effort, and at least some of the Republicans supporting a bill that has loads of conditions THEY ASKED FOR, I say take all their wasted tax cuts out and vote for what will actually bring a change–INFRASTRUCTURE AND TANGIBLE RESULTS

    January 29, 2009 at 5:35 pm |
  482. Ernie

    The Republicans fee there is too much pork in the stimulus bill. Anyone with a time to read even parts of the bill will see that. Given the huge percentage of pork in the bill we all should be applauding the Republicans and then hope they write an actual stimulus bill.

    What the current version of the bill is for is really giving handouts to Democrat supporters. It is not in the best interest of the country. It is to keep Democrat supporters on the dole and add more. If they get enough people on the dole there death spiral of our country as the majority who do not pay taxes vote to tax the minority paying taxes out of the country. Or to death and beyond as they do with death tax.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:36 pm |
  483. Hank Letherwood

    To Justn's comment about the first package and republicans getting there way, was that bill not passed by the Democrats or am i missing something here? Get the pork out and start helping people get back to work. Losers

    January 29, 2009 at 5:36 pm |
  484. Let him the the hero/goat

    Big O met with the Republicans and said let's work together, then his party rejected every idea they proposed. Is that how they learned to share in kindergarden? Why should the republicans vote forhis package. It will pass without their help. Then if it succeed, Obama is the savior/messiah the media have painted him to be. If it fails, then its the democrats fault. And don't go and call the first package the repubublican package. Blame that one on Pelosi, Frank and Co. Why didn't they – who claimed credit for it – make sure there was a tracking mechanism to know how the money was spent? Because they just wanted to take credit fo rthe good, not the bad.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:36 pm |
  485. Mike Boze

    This country is in real trouble if we have only a one party system. Would somebody wake up those republican congressmen and remind them of their slogan "were the party of ideas" where's the ideas? Come to the party and expand the thought process to resolve the economic challenges. Laying in the weeds and waiting for I told you so is abdicating your responsibilities to the American people. When the president reaches across the isle grab his hand and give the America people your best efforts. Your congress men (women) first and republican second.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:36 pm |
  486. CM

    Give in! Sure you lost the presidential election, but it's time to move on, and put the country first. Don't get caught up in labels, such as 'liberal', 'conservative', etc. Do what's good for the country. By the way, do something!!!

    January 29, 2009 at 5:36 pm |
  487. doubting Thomas

    I do not see anything wrong with respectfully acknowledging the strengths of the other yet holding firm in ones belief.

    Unfortunately, we all want to live in a place where we all get what we want and when we don't we abuse the other side.

    And that being the case, we live in the perfect little society we now have wondering why it is so hard to compromise.
    As far as once being a country respected- we won that by those before us fighting a rather large war for us and we are no longer getting a free ride on their behavior and sacrifice.

    Instead we honor them by treating others with different desires, dream and fears as people less worthy the we are with our desires, dreams and fears.

    No problem- superbowl weekend and w ecan yell at the refs on the tv.

    Go Pit!

    January 29, 2009 at 5:36 pm |
  488. james

    so no republican vote? thats fine! this stimulas will fall through just like the election went well. The Republicans must still have a sour taste in their mouth, from a well deserved democratic victory, brilliantly
    ran campaigne by President Obama. They dont love this country they love what they can gain from this country but remember its not what your country can do for you ,but what you can do for your country.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:36 pm |
  489. Allan

    I would agree with Obama's charm and the GOP should look for ways to cooperate and demonstrate bi-partisianship. However, I am appalled at the comments I am reading suggesting that the Democrats are without fault regarding the economy. Who was in charge of both houses the last 2 years and who was up front and center supposedly engineering the "bailout" program this past fall? Whatever happened to Barney Frank?

    January 29, 2009 at 5:37 pm |
  490. Mary

    The republican party is still riding on the old Bush wagon. No one wants to stand up and talk about helping the country, the great fear of if I am wrong. They sound like woman, so if thats the case put woman in there place, they are not afraid to do whats right and tell you why they voted. The republicans remind me of the days when people were afraid of being Black Balled. They are willing to let the innocent perish to keep the Good Old Boy system alive. I say, if they are not strong enough to realize the country needs them, then let there wives and girlfriends answer for them.

    Norcross Georgia

    January 29, 2009 at 5:37 pm |
  491. George

    Like mature responsible adults. Lets get on with it.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:37 pm |
  492. JD in Greensburg,PA

    Not with their current "it's our way, or it's no way" routine!! They really don't get it, the change voters wanted was all about congress learning to work together. They've shown they can't, won't, and never will work with anyone who doesn't share their ideas. This is what the past 8 years have brought us to. Republicans now think they can still do it by playing rough. This president needs to let them know, he won, not them, and maybe its time the people rolled out that old tool, the recall petition. Let's see how many really believe its ok to hold the people hostage while you act like the idiots we know so well. They need to remember, it was those ideas that got him elected, we expect him to implement them, and tweak them as it goes along. We're not looking for miracles, and its a good thing, cuz this congress isn't capable of delivering anything but headaches, enormous egos, and trouble for us all! Perhaps a one party nation is the answer, and not the Republican party!

    January 29, 2009 at 5:38 pm |
  493. Burt, Denver CO

    I'd say they need to stand on their principles; but they're still politicians and have demonstrated no loyalty to their principles. If they had, things would be very different today, rather than the chorus of dimwits blaming everything on "the last 8 years".

    Darn. I guess the People lose again.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:38 pm |
  494. gary

    Charm and charisma are like comfort food....you feel good after a decent plateful but need catharsis to get back to reality. What we are seeing is a smoother form of quid pro quo politics in Washington. We are weary of the performances and hope honesty and integrity prevail.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:38 pm |
  495. Chris

    This happened in 1993. Bill Clinton's budget plan passed the house with out a single Republican vote. The Bill ushered in 8 years of growth, job creating, and budget surpluses. No GOP member got hit by a bus though. Dick Armey who said Clinton bill was a disaster is still on TV firing off his diatribe almost daily.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:38 pm |
  496. Tony in Idaho

    This whole thing reminds me of that old saw, "Don't ever try to teach a pig to sing; it only wastes your time and it irritates the pig." Obama has a clear mandate to govern, and he needs to save his charm for colleagues who aren't busily planning ways to stab him in the back.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:38 pm |
  497. John in Chicago

    For all the talk of bipartisanship, it looks like the Republicans are the ones that are all rhetoric and no substance. The President has made many concessions to the stimulus bill already, even taking time out of his very busy schedule to meet with congressional leaders in person. Yet the complete lack of support from the other side of the aisle only proves how deaf, dumb, and blind the Republican party currently is.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:38 pm |
  498. Damon

    What the Republicans should do is stop worrying about Obama and start worrying about doing the job they were elected to do. Just one year it would nice to see how our country would work without political posturing.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:38 pm |
  499. ric

    It's not the "charm offensive" that's difficult to handle; it's his willingness to include so much ineffective job stimulus and just plain pork in the plan that the GOP has trouble with. And me too!

    January 29, 2009 at 5:38 pm |
  500. Judy

    For once the Republicans should do what is right for the country instead of playing politics and being petty! President Obama is doing the right thing by trying to put the county first. We have spoken with our votes and perhaps when the next Republican comes up for re-election the voters will speak to them!

    January 29, 2009 at 5:38 pm |
  501. Duarte

    Obama has a way of using his words and charm to get across to people what he wants them to believe. His charming demeanor with the GOP was only to get them to accept his plan. He called a meeting so that he could get their ideas on the stimulus plan and the economy. He did not plan to implement any of their ideas, just wanted to sway them his way. The GOP's realized this and none voted for his plan. Biparsitan to Obama means you come over to my side and accept my ideas. If this is the agenda of the day, then I am affraid that in a few years from now we will not be able to recognize this country for the freedom of ideas that was paid for with the lives and sacrifices of many. God help us all.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:39 pm |
  502. RobK

    Hey Justin...The Dems controlled the House and Senate for the last "Stimulus Package" that was passed so maybe you should be questioning the Democrat constituents and ask THEM where the money went, dork....
    When you have nothing to say just bash the party you least like huh?
    And where did this info come from?? Did TIME interview Republicans to get the gist of what they were feeling or was this just smoke being blown up our @$$es for print purposes and to stir things up JUST because no Republican wanted to vote for it??
    Did they ask them WHY they didn't want to vote for it??

    January 29, 2009 at 5:39 pm |
  503. Wm in PA

    Jack,
    Since listening, learning, and explaining have become so rare in Washington that this process needs a special name suggests they all need to learn that governing is about cooperation, negotiation and compromise for the benefit of the whole nation.
    Its wake up and unite or watch the world decide the United States is not credit worthy. Then no one will lend us money and we will all find out what a real depression feels like.
    But take solace, our Wall Street executives may lend us some of own tax billions of dollars back.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:39 pm |
  504. Dave

    Seems like a continuation of more style than substance...

    January 29, 2009 at 5:39 pm |
  505. Paul

    It's Just typical Republican partisanship. No matter how much the President tries to bring us together. Republicans aren't willing to change their face. As with throughout history, Republicans want to do all they can to keep their big checkbooks. They simply don't want any policies or programs that benefit the little person. They really should be ashamed of themselves for their lies and deceit. And Bush was at the helm of all of that. I pray that this country can soon get away from all the trouble that this party has caused. It is sad when you won't even give this President a chance. Willing to say nay, just because of the Party that you belong to. Republicans, you had your chance, and quite frankly, YOU BLEW IT!!!!!

    January 29, 2009 at 5:39 pm |
  506. ed

    Republicans should just vote "no" on stimulus. If it fails, the Republicans win in 2012 election landslide...if it works, the Dems remain in power. Pretty simple.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:39 pm |
  507. dezi

    republicans greedy? who put the stimulus "favor" package together??? what does this say about democrats ... money for favors, for junk, for nothing to do with the economy. democrats are afraid of the truth which is why the media has to protect them.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:39 pm |
  508. Jake

    So, the Republicans are basically hoping the stimulus won't work. That doesn't sound like folks who want to cooperate to me. Then again after so many years of not cooperating, they're probably just following tradition.

    Now as far as the question of how to handle Obama's charm? Be just as charming back. Invite Obama to a happy hour too. I mean, aren't most executive decisions made outside the office anyway? Oh, but then you've got the folks who will call you a "RINO" if you're a Republican who decides you're going to be friendly to a Democrat. Tough spot. Gotta keep it partisan, right? You can't show weekness by showing civility and you, God-forbid, establish frienships with folks in the opposite party.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:40 pm |
  509. Ellen

    I think many Republican lawmakers may be secretly happy to finally be able to stop defending and following the president all the time. They're human beings – they understand that things haven't been going well. But they also know that they need the Republican base voters, so they have to keep their relief largely to themselves, or suffer the backlash. Like my dad likes the president ... but he can't let my mother find out.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:40 pm |
  510. Linda

    They should consider the real possibility that he is not trying to manipulate them by charming them...he may not be a snake charmer. They should consider that his motives and goals may indeed be what he claims they are which is to create bipartisan politics.... to look at the facts, to listen to all relevant experts, to listen to congress, to take everyone's opinion under advisement. Since they have not had a president with these kinds of leadership skill, it may not seem possible or real... they may be suspicious that this is politics as usual and that the political ploy is to charm them into submission. They should hope he is not charming them, they should meet with him, talk to him, listen to him, and see if he takes them seriously, if he respects and addresses their ideas or simply brushes them off in charming ways.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:40 pm |
  511. AlexDome

    Obama ascended to presidency because he is Jesus reborn. Funny that his detractors lay claim to a false prophesy and can't see God when he's living in the White House. When the true righteous acend to heaven with their leader, Barack Obama, there's going to be a lot of shocked people suffering in Earth.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:40 pm |
  512. Dan

    Republicans voted against the bill most likely because it goes against their conservative beliefs. The bill offered by the Democrats looks like it was written by Pelosi and Reid without any bipartisan input as promised by our popular President. Hopefully, Obama will have the power and the guts to change things – for real – in the future. We all need Mr. Obama to succeed. I do not care how powerful Nancy Pelosi thinks she is – pushing her agenda will not be helpful.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:41 pm |
  513. Mark San Angelo, Texas

    The GOP should listen to their newly self appointed leader ...Rush Limbaugh. He will have the answer.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:41 pm |
  514. Blake Reaves

    I think they all need to stop creating false issues, commenting on his charm, etc and focus on fixing the problem. I have never seen so many pig headed, stubborn, arrogant people who want everything their way or they are going to take their ball and go home. All we hear is criticism without any positive solutions except cut taxes which we all know has been very successful. Yeah, right.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:41 pm |
  515. Ramon

    Maybe they should try reciprocating.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:41 pm |
  516. Tim from Hot Springs, AR

    The Republicans need to stay on their toes. If they think Obama is going to win them over only with charm and bipartisanship, then they will get ran over by the proverbial Obama steam engine. It hasn't taken long for Obama to get on the real offensive with the stimulus package after the by-party vote the other day. He's already started state-by-state television ads supporting the package and his administration is focusing on districts where Republicans are in jeopardy in 2010. If the Republicans stand a chance or preserving what is left of their fledgling party, then they will have to pick their battles and not look foolish.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:41 pm |
  517. Robert

    Try to see the value of an open mind.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:41 pm |
  518. Charles

    Republicans had 8 years to prevent this mess and don't seem to have any solutions but to stall progress and point fingers. As a Texan I think Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas should be ashamed when she says that we should slow these bills down. She needs to get to work and start turning American around for the better. We need change, we need jobs, and America needs strong leadership.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:41 pm |
  519. David P. Kronmiller

    Jack:

    How should they handle Obama's charm? Returning the favor and stop behaving like the "shadow government" that Jeb Bush wanted. It's one thing to disagree over ideology, it's another thing to simply act like the party of opposition just for the sake of it.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:41 pm |
  520. John D.........Ga

    I think for one time on this bill as important as it is for our nation they
    should lay politics to the side and do what is right. NO pork or any other thing should be included into this bill if is not likely to stimulate
    the economy in the next 12 months....

    January 29, 2009 at 5:42 pm |
  521. Anonymous

    The economy is all of our faults so we all need to work together by accepting responsibility for our parts and seeking a solution. Both parties should make concessions and treat each other with dignity and respect.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:42 pm |
  522. Donny

    The GOP does not have a leg to stand on. They were beaten BADLY in the election. Their policies have failed us for the past 8 years. Time to try something new.
    I honestly don't care what the GOP thinks about anything. They have led this country to the brink of disaster... why should we even consider their opinions???
    Baffles my mind. If the Republicans had won, no doubt they would have continued their failed policies without asking the Democrats their opinions.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:43 pm |
  523. Mary Ann Morris

    Jack:

    This is one of the silliest questions you have ever asked, Jack. When a group of Republican senators approached Mr. Bush about clemency for Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean, they were met with silence. Now President Obama wines and dines them, treats them with respect, and you know what they do? They give HIM the silent treatment.

    You asked what I think they should do. Well, maybe THEY should listen for a change; just listen.

    Mary Ann, Austintown, Ohio

    January 29, 2009 at 5:43 pm |
  524. Markeytia Adams

    I think that they are trying to play the president like a fool. they get on tv and say oh he is nice he is trying but they really dont want to hear what he has to say. They want it their way or no way and their way has not worked so get over it.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:43 pm |
  525. Denise

    The FAT CATS need to stop whining and acting like obstructionalists and try to be part of the solution. Those dinosaurs should be extinct pretty soon, the way they're showing their antiquated economics. Anytime they follow Limbaugh instead of Obama, they're doomed. That guy's a liar, a hypocrite, along with Hannity the Terrible.

    Get over yourselves – losers.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:43 pm |
  526. Daniel Lyon

    Jack,

    Finally a President that is willing to work with the other side of the party lines and people are still complaining? We need to grow up and realize how lucky we have it and appreciate the things we have. I sure wouldn't want to be in Gaza or Iraq right now.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:43 pm |
  527. Vernon

    Jack, these Conservatives are so full of it. They walk in lock step with Bush for six years coming very close to destroying our Country. They don't say anything about rebuilding Irag at American expense but one word about helping Americans it is the tax payers money. Well all the off the book emergency funding and the tax cuts for the top .1% have left us up a creek. The Dems should roll these guys over and save this Country. Only if they had the gonads to to it!!!

    January 29, 2009 at 5:44 pm |
  528. Mike

    I guess the Rep. did not learn from the election that their ways are out of date and people want change. If they want to get re-elected again in the future they should at least try and put on a fake face.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:44 pm |
  529. Andrew - NYC

    The republicans should be a good minority party and capitalize on all of the problems that Democrats will eventually be blamed for. The Democrats did the same thing as the minority party during the GWB administration, and in doing so have taken the White House and Capital Hill. The Republicans would be wise to follow suit.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:44 pm |
  530. jason, tx

    The GOP have failed this country. It's time for them to stop their obstruction and let government get to work!

    January 29, 2009 at 5:44 pm |
  531. Scott

    Billy G in Las Vegas

    I must ask you a question. Do you have a job? If so who gave it to you? I would bet beyond a shadow of a doubt that it was one of those evil rich people! Am I correct? Also since you do not like those evil rich people please go ahead and give up your job so someone can have after all you would be doing what the President wants and sharing the wealth. After you quit your job I would like you to go to the homeless shelter or the unemployment line and get a job from one of the poor guys standing in line. Even better would be if you could find someone sleeping under an overpass and ask him for a job. See how that works out for you there buddy. If it were not for those evil rich people THERE WOULD BE NO JOBS TO HAVE!
    Basic concept for you people when the evil rich people get tax cuts that allows them to put more money into their evil big corporation that hired your sorry wealth envious behind. So yeah you better hope for some tax cuts otherwise all of those evil corporation are going overseas and there will be no jobs left here. Oh and by the way all you people who support this $825 billion fraud should all be arrested for theft because your stealing my children grandchildren and great-grandchildrens future and hope for every being financially independent. Chew on that.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:44 pm |
  532. Brian Woodcock

    The vote yesterday just shows how insignificant the republicans are. Not one person in the GOP voted for Obama's stimulus package and it still passed. President Obama should just ignore the GOP and let them fade away from existence.

    Mansfield, MA

    January 29, 2009 at 5:45 pm |
  533. Jose Hernandez

    Jack;

    All of these "FAT CATS" in D.C don't have a clue as to what the people of this country need. The Republicans tend to think that this economic crisis will take care of itself by just waiting it out!. They want more tax cuts for the wealthy in order for them to take their money & businesses to poor countries overseas and pay the natives $10 a day.
    The GOP better "get on the bus" and get this country off its knees economically. After all, their guidance & policies for the past 8 yrs. have put all of us in this predicament. Being an unemployed "truck driver", I volunteer to drive the bus for "FREE" in order to clean up D.C, be them DEMS or REPS!! I'll be headed east of D.C and about 50 miles out, I'll give them a BUS TRANSFER TICKET!!

    Jose Hernandez

    January 29, 2009 at 5:45 pm |
  534. Jason

    I personally feel the Republicans, at this STAGE, are handling the "Charm Offensive" appropriately. But it seems that President Obama is the only one in Government that understands – 'The Art of Negotiation'.

    The more I watch and hear about the conflicts and disagreements between parties; The more it feels like I am watching my two kids argue over a single piece of halloween candy, when there are over 40 other pieces of candy scattered across the floor.

    Let's agree to disagree and move on and achieve something great – for the sake of the American People! Maybe President Obama could make it a requirement for all representatives to read a book on, "The Art of Negotiation" and write a five page book report.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:45 pm |
  535. Jim Reetz

    Jack,

    If the charm is accompanied by well thought ideas and plans and a genuine desire to do what’s right for the country in an honest attempt to work through and try to solve our problems, then Republicans or anyone else, should respond as any responsible, respectable and intelligent person would – with a total eagerness to be of service in any way possible. This doesn’t require total agreement in all aspects discourse but neither should charm be somehow considered a threat to be dealt with. Unless one suffers from a severe lack of self-confidence.
    Jim Reetz
    Shawano, WI.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:45 pm |
  536. Pat

    If the Rebs. are concerned about the President's charm they can get haircuts and speech lessons. If they do not like the fact that the Stimuus package passed the House w/o one single Reb. vote, they can stick by their guns. When they recieve their stimulus check in the mail, they can return to the Gov.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:46 pm |
  537. Michael O'Brien

    The Republicans have held the white house for 20 of the last 28 years, and the majority of congress for about a decade. They have had their way, and their way failed. Tax cuts and prayers to the false god of the free market do not work. The American people on average are worse off than they were since the mid seventies. What are conservatives trying to conserve? Why conserve something that stinks? They have got to come up with some new ideas or get out of the way for people who do have actual solutions to the problems we face.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:46 pm |
  538. Dave Robertson

    The House & Senate Republicans are in denial. They're acting like George W. Bush never existed and trying to continue the same flawed policies that got us into this financial mess. They need to sit back and give President Obama's programs a chance to succeed or fail on their own merits.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:46 pm |
  539. lynne, lincoln, nebraska

    UNITY, why are is the GOP so afraid of it? They think they know what's best for everyone and we're all incapable of knowing what's right. I'm tired of being treated like a no-mind.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:46 pm |
  540. Lisa

    Jack,
    I'm disgusted with the GOP! Did they not see the Gallop polls showing the lack of red states vs blue states now? The republicans are being seriously viewed as hard-hearted and selfish as President Obama attempts to get this country back on the right track. As long as their pockets are aligned with money, they don't care about what happens to the middle class and poor class Americans. The republicans need to get off their "high horse" and begin to truly engage in bi-partisianship discussions without their "hidden agenda"!

    January 29, 2009 at 5:46 pm |
  541. Chuck

    Does anyone else get the feeling that Republicans would rather see Obama fail or look like a failure than agree publicly with him on anything significant. After all, what is more important to them? The White House in 4 years or helping our country out of this economic mess? Let's face it-most of us know most politicians are greedy bastards that would rather sacrifice our country's future if it means their political future remains secure now. These guys make me sick. I hope Obama rises above the rest of these jerks.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:46 pm |
  542. Deon J Collier, Sr., Valley Ranch, TX

    Presdient Obama said it best: "There is no liberal america or conservative america, there is the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA!"
    Thats what this country needs now more than ever....not a political agenda!

    January 29, 2009 at 5:47 pm |
  543. ricky667

    If both parties fail to do anything and soon the American economy as well as the entire world's economy will be shot, and then what will happen? Will the world be faced with the rise of another set of maniacs, who preach hate, death and finally the destructions of millions. We all must remember, Hitler rose to power because of a failed ecomony. But then again, maybe the american republicans want to have wwiii on their soil, and in their cities.

    living in the cold

    January 29, 2009 at 5:47 pm |
  544. Rod Nelson

    I think the Obama is doing what he is suppose to be doing as President of the United States and the rest of the pack (Republicans and some Democrats) are standing by to stand by. If everything goes well then they will try to join the band wagon an claim they supported the deal in some undercover fashion but if things go wrong then they will blast Obama. But give Obama credit for taking action while everyone else is standing around bickering with that "Deer In The Headlight" Look

    EO1 Nelson

    January 29, 2009 at 5:47 pm |
  545. J. Michael Malec

    Republicans are too busy pushing the self-destruct button, over and over like a computer illiterate hitting ESC over and over, to even notice that somebody is being nice to them.

    J. Michael Malec
    New Orleans

    January 29, 2009 at 5:48 pm |
  546. Shan in OK

    The buses are coming around the corner and the Republicans will not be able to get out of the way. Most will be speed bumps in the era of change. Can't say I am sorry. What is so disappointing to me is that our country is in the worst shape since the great depression and for the Republicans it is business as usual. I wonder if they are ever going to get it. Doubtful! Rather than doing what needs to be done they are going to sit on capital and act like a bunch of babies because their party is not in control. Not one of them voted for helping our country! Not one! But not one of them is facing layoffs, repossession, not being able to feed or clothe their children. I wish they would get it but like I said Doubtful!

    January 29, 2009 at 5:48 pm |
  547. Scott in Canada

    They're actually handling it very well. They're letting him walk around with a lot of things while discrediting Pelosi and Reid as the problem. Seeing as 2010 is the next contest, that might actually work in their favor if they can say "Hey, we can work with Obama, but Reid and Pelosi ignore us and ignore those who believe differently than us." It might keep Obama's numbers higher than they'd like for 2012, but it'll drop the Democrats numbers in Congress. The fact that they came out of the meeting with Obama pinning blame on Pelosi and Reid made the party-line opposition as much about the pair as it was about the package. It also puts incredible pressure on Obama to push Reid into giving the Republicans more than they got.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:48 pm |
  548. Scot Yonan

    Why is this even a question? How should Republicans handle Obama being charming? How about we focus less on superficial politics and more on doing what's best for our country and not what's best for a political party? Democrats or Republicans, I don't care–get to work and help the United States get to work!

    January 29, 2009 at 5:49 pm |
  549. Jimmy, Brooksville, FL

    It's easy, require the Administration to quantify how each item of the stimulus package adds jobs and stimulates the economy. We taxpayers are not ignorant, we recognize the overwhelming weight this proposal places on social programs. How should the GOP react? Simple, state the facts, make the President define how this package saves jobs. For example, somebody please, tell me how increasing food stamps by 20 billion, giving 1 billion to ALCORN and other community action agencys, 40 billion to subsidize health insurance for the unemployed, boosting Pell Grants by 16 billion, etc., etc., will increase JOBs and stimulate the economy! Except for the token tax breaks, this package is a platform for welfare. A real stimulus is 825 billion in tax refunds to every taxpayer! Stop the PORK, the taxpayers cannot be fooled, AGAIN!

    January 29, 2009 at 5:49 pm |
  550. j/NJ

    How should Republicans handle President Obama’s “charm offensive”?

    By countering with a "charm offensive" of their own, which is like asking the USSC's conservative majority to join the Sierra Club or ACLU...

    January 29, 2009 at 5:50 pm |
  551. Jackie in Dallas

    Rick,
    President Obama did not say no lobbyists, but no ACTIVE lobbyists that would be allowed to work in areas where they had lobbied. BIG difference. Where was the outrage when the VP of the US was a lobbyist for Halliburton, who has made billions off of the Iraqi war?

    We do need to reduce the influence that special interest groups have in the Government, but in the economic field, you'd be hard pressed to find anyone with ANY experience who has not been a lobbyist...it's where they get half of their training!

    January 29, 2009 at 5:50 pm |
  552. Steve of Hohenwald TN.

    Obama`s charm scares them to death, and his intelligence and all his remarkable attributes. We finaly have a president with all these qualities, but he came from the wrong side. They, just like Rush Limbough wan`t Obama to fail, and if that means all of America, so be it. They give a moron all the weapons he needed to destory the economy for the past eight years, and now they wan`t to be conservitive. We will succeed with Obama at the helm, and the Gop will be reduced to a miniscule radical fring. Wouldn`t that be wonderfull. They have manadged to lock all the money at the top, and we need beat it like a pinata, and get this country moveing again. They should embrace Obama`s charm, or embrace there new jobs with AM radio.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:51 pm |
  553. Isaac

    Republicans need to separate the man from his policies. Mr. Obama is a charming man. The opposition party needs to explain honest differences of opinion based on free market and limited government philosophies.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:51 pm |
  554. John from Ontario

    The Republicans responded to the Obama "stimulus package" with government transparency. I mean you could see right through the "nays". As for the "charm offensive", I would just collect the charms until I had a bracelet. Maybe then you could market it as another presidential collector item.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:51 pm |
  555. Scott W.

    For the first time in a long time, I'm actually proud of our Republican representatives for standing up for true conservative principles. I only wish they would have done it when W was in the office. This stimulus will not work and anyone who understands economics knows this. The Repubs should not bend over for Obama's plan, but try to enlighten the young president on how a free-market economy actually works.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:51 pm |
  556. David

    Being a liberal from San Francisco, I never thought I'd say this, but it's not the Republicans that are at fault on this one. Nancy Pelosi and her crew have ramrodded a pork-filled piece of legislation through with nearly zero outreach to Republicans in the House of Representatives under the arrogant mindset that "Because we won, we can do whatever we want." Wrong. President Obama campaigned to bring a new sense of bipartisanship to Washington and is trying to make do on his promise. But for whatever reason, the House Democrats seemed to have missed that message. Republicans may have played the same notes back in 1994 when they took control of Congress, but two wrongs don't make a right. Get with the program folks. Find ways to compromise. If that means giving a few more tax breaks and cutting out a few more billion in spending, then so be it. It's not enough that the government gets a stimulus package passed. They need to show that it is possible for both parties to work together on something as important as this. Perhaps Pelosi should look up the word "hubris". Otherwise, I'm afraid that 2010 may start looking a lot like 1994. Then she'll have no one to blame but herself.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:51 pm |
  557. James, Boston, MA

    Easy. Recognize it for what it is - an effort to attract Republican votes to a bill that's going to bomb so when it bombs, Democrats can say it had bipartisan support and try to push blame onto Republicans. The House GOP wasn't snowed by it. Let's hope Senate Republicans are just as wary.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:52 pm |
  558. Seth, Los Angeles

    They should deal with it apolitically. They should vote with their hearts and minds, if they remember how to use either. We need to turn the economy around. If they think the Stimulous Package will do it, they should ignore their party and vote for it. If they really think it's going to be a disaster, they should ignore the charming President and vote against it. But they should also learn that Barack Obama does not need a single one of their votes, as he showed yesterday. So if they want the respect to continue, it will have to be a two-way street.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:52 pm |
  559. M.K. in Marietta, Ga.

    let them do as they always do, call Rush Limbaugh and get his unbiased opinion and brilliant analysis.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:52 pm |
  560. Scott Robinson-Woodinville

    How should they handle it? Here's an idea: ignore the political ramifications just once in your miserable, politically bullying lives and act on whether or not you actually think cooperating with the president might help the country...even if you think some of his ideas might succeed and risk making democrats look good.

    -Scott

    January 29, 2009 at 5:52 pm |
  561. Peter

    ignore it because pelosi is running things! in two years gop will be back!!!

    January 29, 2009 at 5:53 pm |
  562. Bill Morris

    In a perfect world the Republicans would be as scared of the economic crisis as the 10% of the population who have lost their jobs. However, none of them have lost their jobs, so until the economic crisis effects them directly ,they will continue to act out the wishes of their caucus and hope, as their leader Rush Limbaugh does, that Obama and the economy fails!

    January 29, 2009 at 5:53 pm |
  563. Dan, TX

    Hey, the republicans don't want to give tax cuts to people who aren't going to vote for them anyway. They've got to figure out how to make sure that poor people don't get tax cuts.

    I can find probably 10% ($80 BILLION) in spending that I don't want in that bill. So, yes, in this first round, go ahead and vote against it. Try to get the stuff you don't like out of it. But the Senate republicans are adding $100s of Billions more to the bill. Now what?

    January 29, 2009 at 5:53 pm |
  564. Audrey

    Obama is clearly doing his best to stand by what he said when he was campaigning. It seems ironic that the Republicans remain with a clear dividing line, just in case a ship goes down. In reading the book, "The Big Sort: Why The Clustering of Like-Minded America is Tearing Us Apart" by Bill Bishop, I felt that this same party politics is what has divided us to begin with. I really would like to see the Congress come together now and forget their party lines.

    I don't feel that Obama was trying to "charm" the Republican party, but simply not shut them out as the Democrats where shut out in 2000. If you think about it, we all need to try our best to do the same in our communities, villages and cities. Because not feeling like you can have a voice for fear of what your neighbors might feel is what is killing the beauty of our government.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:54 pm |
  565. Mike

    Republicans are right to vote against this PORK bill. Obama said he'd veto earmarks, but now he's encouraging them in this blatant attempt to create bigger government, bigger debt, and more socialized welfare.
    Soon enough the rest of this country will wake up and see that Obama's the worst thing for this country.
    He's already signed an executive order to fund murdering children in other countries.
    And, he's signed the "fair pay" law, which is really a handout to class action trial lawyers which will kill even more jobs as they try to extort money from businesses over imagined injustices from decades ago.
    To create more jobs, cut the business taxes. It's that simple. Supply-side trickle-down works. Welfare handouts keep people poor and send more jobs overseas.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:54 pm |
  566. jaime

    When G. W.B wants money for his war they (Gop) supported in every way, now Obama wants money for all americans , the Gop don't want to. That is why they lost the elections.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:55 pm |
  567. amy darragh

    The election is over. Our country is in a financial mess. It is time for the Republicans to circle wagons with the President and the Democrats. There will be plenty of time for Republicans to play politics after we fight our way out of this mess.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:55 pm |
  568. Brenda Harris of Saginaw, Mich.

    " Mr. Obama charming " ? I though he was just being honest.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:56 pm |
  569. Tim Tx

    Obama need to take back all the tarp fund from the bank today before they spend any more .the banks make me sick.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:56 pm |
  570. Alexander

    Not a single republican vote? I'm not sure if it's pouting or denial or fear of Rush Limbaugh, but even oppositional minority parties in Iraq have realized that just because they can't get everything they want does not mean they shouldn't participate in the process. If Republicans are not going to vote for legislation with compromises specifically for their agenda, then what is the democrats' motivation to keep those compromises in this or future legislation?

    January 29, 2009 at 5:56 pm |
  571. Terry, TX

    The Republicans and Democrats…need to loose the charm and protect the taxpayers and simulate jobs…..a stimulus package with No Pork would be nice.. Many are noble projects but but should individually go through the regular ways/appropriations and pass and fail on their own merit.. Who cares about charm and politics ...Hello...

    January 29, 2009 at 5:56 pm |
  572. Dems Have Brains

    In 2012, when so much progress had been made in many arena's, the Democrats can take great pride that they did it WITHOUT the petulant, childish, partisen Republicans, and go on to serve another 4 years.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:56 pm |
  573. Rashid

    Jack, there is nothing left for the republicans to say, they have already showed where they stand on the stimulus package,
    for gods sake jack, they said "the plan is insane".

    January 29, 2009 at 5:56 pm |
  574. Sheryl in Plano, TX

    When someone goes above and beyond to be very charming to you, be careful because there are most likely hidden motives. I would like to support the President because this is my country, too, even though I didn't vote for him. I want him to succeed. His charm, however, does honestly scare me. Still, I am hopeful. I wish him well. I'll just be watching him very carefully.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:57 pm |
  575. Omar - Northern Virginia

    Jack,

    The GOP should wait and see what coach Rush Limbaugh has to say first, before making a play on their own...

    January 29, 2009 at 5:57 pm |
  576. Jim

    The stimulus as it was presented is as toxic as bank assets currently being buried under existing commitments to the tune of about $8T... If there are ANY elephants left in the party. They should compromise in no way shape or form until the package does nothing else but generate DIRECT jobs. Transparency and change, LOL!

    January 29, 2009 at 5:57 pm |
  577. Rex McWhorter

    I think that President Obama is doing what he needs to to to get his policies in place. But I think there is way to much pork in this bill to be considered a stimulus package. I think you need more money in the hands of people who are going to spent it. $500 to a $1000 dallars over years time frame is not going to do it. Fixing the infastucture of the US will help put people back to work but it is going to take more money than is set aside from this bill to do so. The $1200 that was given by President Bush seemed to help very little if at all. President Obama say's that we need to jump start the ecconomy now but the bill does not address the issues right now this month let alone this year. Throwing money at the ecconomy does nothing. Throwing money at the finacial system has done nothing. Allowed some institutions to merge with others only to see them go down hill even further. I thinks these institutions that the CEO have bled dry with their golden umbrellas should be addressed. the money that these people have taken from the market should be paid back and some of them should be in jail the same as the ENRON scandle. To me they are nothing but a comon thief stealing from us poor folk that happened to invest in thier mutual funds and got the wrong end of the stick.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:57 pm |
  578. Jean

    The GOP should just stick to their guns – voting for this wlefare (oops sorry STIMULUS) package would have been a sham – millions to CDC to study and treat STDs, millions to fund birth control, 1 billion to Amtrak, millions to smoking cessation, blah,, blah, blah. Special interests, pork and payin gon promises made by dems fo rthe last 20 years. This so-called stimulus package is a joke and anyone that believes this kind of nonesense is a stimulus package has had too much of the O'kool-aide. There is no reason this package is as big as it is short of calling it welfare – a disgrace plain and simple and maybe if the democrats were honest about it so many Americans wouldn't just buy into it because Obama said so. I saw one comment here about letting the government get to work – one correction there – get the American people to work. Obama's ideas just lead to lazier people who think the government should support them and don't want to work for it. We have enough of those now – we need more people who take personal responsibility and don't expect the government to take from those who do work hard and pay taxes to hand it out to those who think they owed – THAT my friends IS Socialism no matter how you slice it and no matter how much you try to deny it.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:57 pm |
  579. Ben

    It is high time that someone came to Washington and conducted themselves in both a civil and humble manner. The era of leadership through arrogance and fear is over and needed to be over. In order to lead, a person must set an example. Finally, a leader who sets the example for all of us on how we should treat our friends and our enemies. As a registered Republican I am not ashamed to say, "I am proud of Mr. Obama's words and his deeds and I wish him nothing but success." I'm sorry, but yesterday's actions by the Republicans was just plain embarassing and showed their true colors. I am done with this mean-spirited group of over-indulged, middle-aged, spoiled brats. How about putting the country ahead of your own political desires? Good riddance to the whole lot of them.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:57 pm |
  580. Chris Baker

    In the end, every single Senator or Representative was sent to Washington to work for the people of their state, both Republicans and Democrats, and for the people of the United States as a whole. The fact that almost everything that they do seems divided along party lines makes me think that the system is just not working. Its time to grow up kids and stop doing your jobs like packs of lemmings.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:57 pm |
  581. Pioneer

    The Republicans are playing a dangerous game. If they become the opposition to the fix and the economy is still horrible in 4 years then they will have an agenda. If the economy gets better inspite of there opposition then they can kiss their party good by.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:57 pm |
  582. Chrystal

    How many of us work with people we disagree with on an array of subject or topics? Most of us, it's no different here. You can respect and socialize with a people who don't look or think like you.

    "The key to successful leadership is to not surround yourself with a group of people who look exactly like you, think exactly like you, or act exactly like you. In order to be successful, you have to have a diverse group, with varied perspectives, beliefs and opinions."

    This is one nation not a republican nation or democratic nation.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:58 pm |
  583. Carl

    Jack,

    I couldn't agree with you more which is sad because I am a reistered Republican. These same politicians dont seem to understand that Pres. Obama was not elected by just Democrats but by Republicans like me who are tired of the same old way of doing business.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:58 pm |
  584. Jim ,Huntsville Al

    There is an old proverb; You can't charm the birds out of trees.So I am assured that the Republicans will continue to roost out on the limb.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:59 pm |
  585. Joe

    I look at it this way, if the Rep. want him to fail and he does fail, they better be ready for a revolution in this country.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:59 pm |
  586. Ana Kneisler

    I think the dumb GRAND OLD PARTY are just that, OLD and are thinking in the OLD WAYS from back in the day. This is the 21st century GOP. You need to get with the program and wake up and smell the coffee. These are hard times and they aren't going away just because you are pissed at the fact that a nice looking YOUNG PREZ won and you lost. TO ALL REPUBS: GET A FREAKIN LIFE. Obama, we all love and trust you. God Bless.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:59 pm |
  587. Rashid, Seattle,WA

    Jack, there is nothing left for the republicans to say, they have already showed where they stand on the stimulus package,
    for gods sake jack, they said the plan is "insane".

    January 29, 2009 at 5:59 pm |
  588. wil

    How cares what they do, they will just lose more seats in 2010. You would think that 8yrs of their way didn't work why not try another approach. so I hope the continue to be idiots

    January 29, 2009 at 5:59 pm |
  589. Linda

    And what are the ones on this web site that are in favor of the "stimulus" package going to do with your whole $12.00 a week in tax breaks that President Obama and the Democrats are going to give you??? At least the Republicans have guts enough to vote against it and try to put more tax breaks in it–and so did 11 Democrats in the House vote against it.

    January 29, 2009 at 6:01 pm |
  590. Lizabeth in Southlake TX

    Reply to:
    David who wrote:
    ... Republicans should and must return to their conservative roots by standing for massive tax cuts and greatly reduced Federal spending.

    Excuse me, when the Republicans took over the White House after Clinton, we actually had an annual surplus. The Bush administration managed to wipe that out and in-debt our children, grandchildren, & great grandchildren to the tune of trillions of dollars. Now explain that part to me again about how "Republicans reduce federal spending".

    January 29, 2009 at 6:01 pm |
  591. JamesM

    Well, they could start by acting in good faith and bringing some bi-partisanship and statesmanship to the table but that is probably asking too much from that crowd!

    January 29, 2009 at 6:01 pm |
  592. Binyam Tamene

    What matters the most is not party politics but dealing with the real issue, creating jobs and sustaining what is there. It is time for the GOP to realize that during such a difficult time, the best was to address the issue is to work together.

    January 29, 2009 at 6:01 pm |
  593. Kirk, South Dakota

    Why not come up with some better ideas so that they can be incorporated into this economic stimulus package? Otherwise a reasonable person might come to the conclusion that if the GOP is simply the party of "no", that they have run out of ideas and their leadership shouldn't be followed.

    January 29, 2009 at 6:01 pm |