OBAMA: You know, I’m a, I’m a practical person. One of the things I’m good at is getting people in a room with a bunch of different ideas who sometimes violently disagree with each other and finding common ground and a sense of common direction.
And the reality this weekend ...
"I don't think me calling House Republican members would have been that helpful. I tend not to be that persuasive on that side of the aisle."
But wait, there's more. Obama's campaign co-chair, Jesse Jackson Jr voted NO on the bailout as well! So Obama didn't or couldn't even lobby his friends on this bill.