You should provide proof of that meeting were Bush said he would sign whatever they came up with. In truth, the TARP plan had already been done and they needed support from both sides on the agreement. I believe McCain called such a meeting, after the TARP proposal had been laid out. He wanted input and changes. McCain suspended his campaign and wanted to return to Washington for talks. McCain just wanted to play politics. The date of that meeting was September 24, and the TARP program was signed on October 3. That would be 9 days after the meeting, not several weeks. Neither side agreed to anything at the meeting and Bush ended that meeting because he felt he had lost of control of the proceedings. The Bush administration had put together their plan, they needed support from both sides, which they ultimately got, and the plan moved forward on October 3, 2008 and sign by President Bush. The Bush administration spent the first 350 billion. WaMu had already collapsed and was taken over by Chase on September 25, 2008. The credit markets had already stopped and the market was about to go into free fall. It's a good thing we had many intelligent people in Washington then, and not a bunch of arm chair quarterbacks that thought they knew how to keep the economy from collapsing.