Biden Suggests Obama Erred in Not Celebrating 2009 Stimulus
(Bloomberg) -- President Joe Biden said Wednesday that the Obama administration paid a political price for not more openly and loudly celebrating passage of its 2009 stimulus, suggesting he won’t make the same mistake with his $1.9 trillion pandemic relief bill.
Former President Barack Obama “was so modest” about taking a “victory lap” after he signed the 2009 legislation to help the nation recover from the financial crisis, Biden told House Democrats in a video meeting.
“I kept saying, ‘Tell people what we did.’ He kept saying, ‘We don’t have time, we’re not going to take a victory lap,’” Biden recounted. “And we paid a price for it, ironically, for that humility.”
The Democratic Party lost control of the House in the 2010 midterm elections after the Republican “Tea Party” movement emerged in opposition to the stimulus and Obama’s Affordable Care Act.
Biden thanked Democrats in the meeting for passing his coronavirus relief measure last week.
“It’s good policy and it’s good politics,” he said, pointing that large majorities of Americans support the bill, according to pollsters. “We never had anything that was this urgent and this ambitious that was so widely embraced.”
He’s currently negotiating with Senate Democrats to get an amended version through their chamber. He said passage of the measure would “open the door” to winning public and congressional support for more of Democrats’ agenda.
“It is a show of strength,” the president said.
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