(CNN) - President Obama will sign the economic stimulus bill Tuesday in Denver, Colorado, two senior administration officials confirm to CNN.
Both officials cited a desire to get out of Washington - to go, in the words of one official, “out west in an area hit hard economically, away from the politics of Washington.”
The other official described Denver as “a place that will see the benefits of the bill in hiring workers.”
Obama traveled to areas hit hard by the economic downturn last week, holding town hall meetings in Elkhart, Indiana and Fort Myers, Florida. He met with workers at a Caterpillar plant in Peoria, Illinois on Thursday, after the company announced 22,000 layoffs.
Why wait till Tuesday? Here is why, because its Presidents Day and you cant conduct business on a holiday.
Obama...your presidency has officially entered failure
The Republicans in the House are unethical hypocrites who think that Americans have forgotten who drove this country into the ground. Why didn't they prevent Bush from distributing no-bids contracts to Bush/Cheyney friends for contracting in Iraq? Cost: $1 trillion. And what did we get for our dollars? Under-equipped armor, underplated troop carriers, and showers that electrocute soldiers. It's totally unethical! Why didn't the Republicans complain that Bush was mortgaging our children's future when he $2 trillion in tax cuts to the wealthy and the connected? As big as it is, this stimulus is chump change compared to what 8 years of Bush cost us.
I also do not understand the big push to get the bill approved by Congress if Obama is going to wait to sign it. Myabe he figures the delay counts as his promised five-day waiting period.
Here's the problem with the waiting period – what good does that do the American people? We have five days to read a bill that we can basically do nothing about. Sure, we can write Obama, hope he reads our opinions and signs or vetos based on what we say, but what are the chances that is going to happen? I don't believe he would read all the responses any more than I believe that he is reading the bill and doing line-item vetoes.
Our only hope with the waiting period is that the President vetoes and the bill goes back to Congress where our voices can be heard again. But we already know that isn't going to happen, so what's the point of the five days? I can't believe people actually bought that rubbish about transparency in government. Sure, we can see what they're doing, but if we can't change it, it's basically showing the condemned man the noose you're going to hang him with.
He's got the right idea. It's about time the U.S. president spent time doing the job among the people, staying in touch. It won't change the content of the stimulus, but it helps people feel more connected to what our government is trying to do. I'm done with cynicsm and skepticism... right on, Mr. President! :)
Why is the President waiting till Tuesday. Isn't this important enough to sign without a photo op? This stimulus bill is soooo important, why isn't it being signed immediately.
Finally. Now he can move on to other urgent issues.
Betty February 14th, 2009 9:36 pm ET
All the Obama followers keep writing Obama inhereted this economny from the Bush admin. DO YOU PEOPLE KNOW BARNEY FRANK AND CHRIS DODD.
Betty ... it is still Bush's fault. You know the 'buck stops at the president' . The fact is that the economy soured under Bush's watch.
If this bill was blocked by Repub's filibuster in the senate, we would still have blamed Obama, not the republicans! That's how it is!
after what the last administration did to this country, SOMETHING HAD TO BE DONE.
I thought the democraps were opened minded, funny how you are for free speech until someone doesn't share your viewpoint
For those who keep talking about the President. He is trying to turn this mess into a message. Less he is doing someone un like the Rep., not doing anything.
For those who keep talking about the President. He is trying to turn this mess into a message. Less he is doing something un like the Rep., not doing anything.
Where was all the concern by republicans when Bush was doubling the national debt. Their true colors have come out. They care about no one but themselves and will try to ruin PRESIDENT OBAMA every chance they get. JUST WATCH.
I'm tired of talk of bipartisianship, democrats need to rise up and crush the republican party.
Good Lord, the man is working his heart out to fix the mess 8 years of Bush left behind, and all the Rubs can do is WHINE!
So sorry Rubs, we Dems are know how good this man is and your silly talk can not spoil the great job he is doing.
Once again it falls to a black man to clean up after a spoiled, rich white boy.
How long are you DEMS going to blame Bush? The Dems have controlled congress since 2006!
The DOW has dropped 5000 points since Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid took over. Seems to me the majority of Americans are a bunch of uneducated people. Wise Up America!
Bush couldn't even manage to go to New Orleans after Katrina, and Obama is already headed for Denver. God Bless him!!!
The republicans say this bill is full of pork. Do you consider building a green economy which will create millions of jobs and cut our reliance on foreign oil pork? Do you consider improving education pork? Is rebuilding our deteriorating infrastructure pork? Just one of you, please tell me specifically what in this bill is pork. The only thing in this bill that will do little to help our economy is the tax cuts. The republicans have no ideas on how to fix the economy except for more tax cuts. We've had 8 years of tax cuts and they have totally failed.
I am a retail manager. I have found that people unemployed and getting food stamps are being so irresponsible with them. They don't buy milk, bread and good food with the hard earned money by OTHER Americans.... They are purchasing junk food, soda and candy. Feeding their children this crap instead of better quality food. As I check out these people, I cannot help but get upset with their selections...Afterall, I am paying for this. And now we are going to extend their benefits longer. This government needs to place restrictions on what can be purchased with food stamps. Chips and dip is not a good dinner!!!
My next gripe is when I did have a position open, the applicants would all ask me the pay first.. If it didn't meet what they are currently getting on unemployment, they did not want the job. These people don't want to work. They want to make the bigger bucks instead of getting one or more part time jobs... Jobs are out there....they don't want to work!!!
O where shall I spend my partial rebated extorted $1.10 a day?
Um, a Car?
More like a 1/2 a gallon of gas.
Can ya feel the stimulation? No? Maybe next year.
Makes me wana run right out to the bank and borrow our own money at a ridiculous interest rate to pay for the car we paid to make.
I bet I do....
O, I know, I can spend it on the Cigarette Tax increase to fund someone else's kids health insurance even though I own no such policy myself. At least they did remove the lawn and rubbers, so they say.
Even though water is transparent, ya can't see the bottom of the ocean. Wonder whats down there?
When does the 5 day preview start? Don't tell me another "If elected I promise...." lip movement thing.
@Annie and Floridian ... regarding Obama's travel expense ...
This is what our elected officials are supposed to do .... meet with constituents .... so they need to travel. Obama's visit to different places across country is very essential to uplift people's spirit especially in very economically depressed parts of the country. Also, during these visits he is outlining on how his plan is going to work for them.
Regarding your gripe about the cost of his trips ... it certainly will not be as much as hauling Bush back and forth from his numerous vacations in Crawford, TX. Just thing about it before you post asinine thoughts.
Hey Congress...the people do care about the pork in this spending, I mean stimulus, bill.
I am a Democrat and an Obama supporter – a real minority in Oklahoma- the reddest of red states. Out of 7 in our congressional delegation only 1 had the sense to vote for the stimulus – the only democrat in the bunch. I applaud President Obama's efforts to save our economy.
Barbara Graham: When the Republicans were in complete control of our government for 6 years and made absolutely no efforts towards bipartisanship during the last 2 years, did you also quote George Washington and warn us about "one party domination"?
I really doubt it ... why not just admit you don't like Obama for any other reason than he's a Democrat.
I see the Republican paid bloggers are busy this weekend. Actually only about 4-5 people, each using many various names. What jerks !