Obama Tells Elkhart: “Stimulus Can’t Wait;” His Rating 67%

“We can’t afford to wait. We can’t wait to see and hope for the best,” Obama said in Elkhart, Ind., a community with more than 15% unemployment.

“We can’t posture and bicker and resort to the same failed ideas that got us in into this mess in the first place.”

Obama
Photo: AP

“It’s coming out of Washington. It’s going through Congress.”

“You know, look, it’s not perfect,” the president conceded. “But it is the right size, it is the right scope. Broadly speaking, it has the right priorities to create jobs that will jump-start our economy and transform the economy for the 21st century.”

The President seemed to be saying he had heard enough from critics on the stimulus.

“Doing nothing is not an option,” Obama said. “We’ve had a good debate. Now it’s time to act.”

“So we can no longer afford to wait and see and hope for the best. We can no longer posture and bicker and resort to the same failed ideas that got us into this mess in the first place — and that the American people rejected at the polls this past November.”

Republicans have their own view:
.
“I know we’re in trouble. I know America needs a stimulus. We need tax cuts. We need to spend money on infrastructure and on other programs that will immediately put people to work. But this is not it,” Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”

“You need to get it right. You don’t want to spend these precious taxpayer dollars in the wrong way,” Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.) said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

Washington Post report on this:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/arti
cle/2009/02/09/AR2009020901020.html?hpid=top
news

See a report from the Associated Press:
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/2009
0209/ap_on_go_pr_wh/obama_e
conomy

CNN: Obama Way More Popular Than Stimulus
http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/0
2/09/poll.obama.stimulus/index.html

Why Elkhart?  The 15+% unemployment is about twice the national average…

Why does the president need to go on the road?  Because others have failed to make the case for the president and Republicans and Democrats in Congress face a lot of distrust.  An analysis by Scott Rasmussen notes that the stimulus debate is now driven by a tug-of-war between the popularity of President Barack Obama and the nation’s deeply ingrained reluctance to increase government spending.

The president is banking on his 67% approval rating.

Rasmussen Reports:
http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_cont
ent/politics/obama_administration/daily_pres
idential_approval_index

Gallup:
http://senatus.wordpress.com/2009/02/09/g
allup-poll-favors-obamas-handling-of-stimul
us-debate/

http://www.gallup.com/Home.aspx

Related:
Stimulus: its all in His hands

Stimulus: Democrats Exhibit Zero Convicing Arguments, Spokesmen

Obama too smug?
http://riggword.wordpress.com/2009/02/0
8/obamas-smug-turns-to-shrug-during-por
kulus-fracas/

http://conservativemeanderings.wordpre
ss.com/2009/02/09/lets-get-wasted/

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