Stimulus Will Hit Fast: Axelrod

Obama aide defends Geithner; Graham: country 'screwed' if this is bipartisanship
By Wesley Oliver,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 15, 2009 11:16 AM CST

(Newser) – Calling Tim Geithner’s economic rescue plan “a very thoughtful strategy,” David Axelrod said the economic stimulus will be felt soon and defended the treasury secretary today on NBC’s Meet the Press. President Obama’s senior adviser said Wall Street’s expectations were unrealistic and that the White House would listen to “kitchen-table chatter” over Beltway blather “to stay on a truer course.” Elsewhere, the spirit of bipartisanship cratered on the Sunday circuit:

  • Axelrod also blasted an "irresponsible" Dick Cheney for calling Obama naive on terrorism. The former VP is "having a hard time dealing with the verdict of the American people," Axelrod sniffed.
  • John McCain, calling the stimulus bill an example of "old business as usual," told CNN that Obama was reneging on campaign promises to revamp Washington.
  • In an interview with ABC's This Week, Lindsey Graham was more blunt: "If this is going to be bipartisanship, the country is screwed."