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Obama / News Conference / A Discussion (Part I) #921163

CNN Evening News for Monday, Feb 09, 2009
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(Studio: Anderson Cooper) President Obama's first prime time news conference noted.

(White House: Ed Henry) Obama's day in Elkhart, Indiana and with the press conference about the economic stimulus plan reviewed. [From the White House, OBAMA - cites the jobs lost that is a full-blown crisis, the recovery plan will save or create 4 million jobs, only government has the resources to break the economic cycle; outlines tax credits and relief to put money in the pockets of Americans who will spend it, but tax cuts alone cannot solve the problem.] The reaction from Republican Representative John Boehner to the bill, Obama's plans to go to Ft. Myers, Florida, tomorrow and what Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner will announce tomorrow noted. The elements of the economic plan remaining while some specific parts have been cut out discussed.

(Studio: Anderson Cooper) The Senate vote tomorrow on the revised economic stimulus plan noted.

(Washington: Candy Crowley) What will be in the final stimulus package, including what will be given to the states and individual Americans, reviewed; details given about taxes, education programs and unemployment benefits. [In Elkhart, OBAMA - speaks about an overpass in Elkhart.] [Elkhart Mayor Dick MOORE†- says "send us the money."] [National Economic Council director Lawrence SUMMERS†- speculates about the economy.]

(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Live strategy session held with CNN's David Gergen, John King, Ali Velshi, Gloria Borger and BET's Pamela Gentry about Obama's press conference and the plan. [GERGEN - assesses how the White House is doing with Obama going back on the offensive; states Obama has put pressure on Congress to get a bill.] [KING - outlines what Obama's advisers have learned about the presidency.]

Cooper, Anderson;
Henry, Ed;
Crowley, Candy

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