Obama Spokesman Defends Economic Stimulus Plan

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email
** FILE ** In this April 29, 2008, file photo, Democratic presidential hopeful, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., leaves after speaking at news conference in Winston-Salem, N.C., about the incendiary comments of his former pastor, Rev. Jeremiah Wright.

** FILE ** In this April 29, 2008, file photo, Democratic presidential hopeful, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., leaves after speaking at news conference in Winston-Salem, N.C., about the incendiary comments of his former pastor, Rev. Jeremiah Wright. "I am outraged by the comments that were made and saddened by the spectacle that we saw yesterday," Obama said of Wright's speech before the National Press Club. At left, Obama's communications director Robert Gibbs. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

Washington (AP) White House press secretary Robert Gibbs says President Barack Obama is going to continue to work with Republicans to craft a stimulus package supported on both sides of the aisle.

Gibbs said Obama understands “it’s going to take longer than a few days to change the ways Washington works.”

Appearing Thursday on NBC’s “Today” show, Gibbs said he worries about “the people who work for Boeing or Home Depot or Starbucks, who are going to be losing their jobs.”

When asked whether House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had failed the President by crafting a bill that Republicans refused to back, Gibbs replied: “if people stop looking through the partisan lens and through the economic lens, they’ll see it was put together with Democrats and Republicans and economists who supported us.”

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