With the stimulus bill finally signed and ready to go, it is realized this won't solve everything. Many feel it should have been more (I am one of them), but it is a start in the right direction. The details of the bill are interesting and cover a lot of territory. The bill does not have everything in it, but it is a beginning. And it will take some time.
I have tremendous respect for our new president. He has even tried to work with the Republicans who seem to disagree with him just to disagree. As posted on the Huffington Post:
"White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel said recently that Obama lost control of the stimulus debate by focusing too much on bipartisanship."
We have to give President Obama credit for trying. And it has to be beyond frustrating, to say the least. He knows that it is the American people who are hurting the most. Perhaps the Republicans are truly forgetting the American people and the severe ramifications of doing it their way. They are also forgetting who is in charge. And they have conveniently forgotten that doing it their way is how we got into this mess in the first place.
As far as reaching out to the Republicans in the future - well, perhaps if they grow up and quit acting like it is a game in their old boy's club. It is not a game, this is serious stuff, and Obama has serious goals for the rest of the year. But, when President Obama was asked if he would be willing to reach out to Republicans in the future, he really said it best:
"You know, I am an eternal optimist. That doesn't mean I'm a sap."