- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Using his first prime time press conference to pressure Congress Monday night, President Obama said his massive economic stimulus spending bill was imperfect but declared he would not negotiate with Republicans who believe government should not substantially intervene in the economy.The federal government is the only entity left with the resources to jolt our economy back to life, the new president said.Mr. Obama pronounced “the party now is over for free-spending Americans, defended his apocalyptic language on the health of the economy and said bipartisanship will have to take a back seat to getting an economic recovery spending bill done.“If all we’re doing is spending and we’re not making things, then over time, other countries are going to get tired of lending us money. And eventually the party’s going to be over, he said. “Well, in fact, the party now is over.In a prime time press conference Mr. Obama drew a line between those Republicans he said he could negotiate with and those who he said should be left out of the conversation because they oppose any government action at all, saying President Roosevelt’s New Deal answered those questions.“They’re fighting battles that I thought were resolved a pretty long time ago, Mr. Obama said.Mr. Obama promised to review the policy that prevents press coverage of U.S. troops killed in action overseas, though in response to a question said he wants to hear the results of the review before overturning the Bush administration policy.

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