President Obama received a subdued response from Republicans Thursday night when he unveiled a $447 billion stimulus plan to a joint session of Congress.
Democratic lawmakers in the chamber warmed up to the president’s speech as it rolled on but Obama did not get the same boisterous response from his party as at past State of the Union addresses.
Democratic leaders including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.), Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (Md.) and Assistant Democratic Leader Jim Clyburn (S.C.) refused to clap when Obama called on Congress to approve trade agreements with Panama, Colombia and South Korea, which elicited raucous applause from Republicans.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) stood reluctantly and belatedly clapped his rolled-up copy of the speech when the president called for cutting the growth of Medicare.