February 15th, 2009
09:26 AM ET
5 years ago

Sources: Obama to sign stimulus Tuesday in Denver

President Obama will sign the economic stimulus bill Tuesday in Denver, Colorado, two officials said Saturday.
President Obama will sign the economic stimulus bill Tuesday in Denver, Colorado, two officials said Saturday.

(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.


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  1. chris

    well im sick and tired and done im a service member and i love my country to no end but im done im not even protecting the constatution anymore like i said an oath to do becuase out president isnt either im gonna have to get out of the corp that i love and the country that i love becuase of obamas perverted presidency you guys put him there so jump in that handbasket to hell with him

    February 15, 2009 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  2. Larry

    I am a DAV and I want to mention:

    Losers

    # Veterans: Nearly all items for Veterans Affairs were reduced and the $2 billion the Senate wanted for VA construction was wiped out altogether. The VA did get one thing: $1 billion for medical facilities renovation and retooling.

    # Military construction: Cut and put into a general pot, a change from targeted money for each branch of the services. Army construction alone went from $600 million in the Senate and $900 million in the House to $180 million in the final bill. But negotiators compromised over a general military construction fund - the House wanted $3.75 billion while the Senate allocated $118 million and settled on $1.45 billion for all services.

    February 15, 2009 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  3. chris

    what scared to put truth up cnn

    February 15, 2009 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  4. Linda Lu

    While it is applausible that Obama travels the nation in hopes to build morale, I can't help to perceive this as yet another promotional tour. It seems he can't shake the "I am Obama, it's time for change" appeal he had during elections; as if his mere presence is enough
    With that said, I'll move the topic to this new stimulus bill. Yes, it has happened on a rather fast pace (something that's become a rare occurence) but I can't help but to beg the question, why the additional five day sign off period? A means in which they can promote the humble display of this bill for "review" is nothing short of a publicity stunt to advocate Obama's "caring" nature. That aside, the bill itself sounds great... on paper. Disregarding details, the bill will help countless citizens effected by the current economic instability but I fear we will face daunting consequences in the future.

    February 15, 2009 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  5. Tracy M.

    No matter how everyone feels about this stimulus, it is necessary. We elected Obama to improve our infrastructure and create "green" energy and jobs. That's what he clearly is trying to do with this stimulus package. I really wish we were capable of governing ourselves; clearly, we are not. We buy houses we can't afford, and if we get our hands on a little power, we immeditely abuse it. We Americans are like children - we can't be trusted with "grown up" tools. Maybe it's human nature; maybe it's just generations of us hearing we can do or be anything we want to do or be - including a crooked CEO or a predatory mortgage broker.

    February 15, 2009 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  6. Pat F

    One publicity stunt after another – at the Federal government's expense.

    February 15, 2009 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  7. chris ludlow

    WHAT HAPPENED TO THE 5 DAY WAITING PERIOD BEFORE ANY MAJOR LEGISLATION IS SIGNED?

    thought we would have the chance to 'read' it on-line? no transparency this time folks. just another example of the lying sack of crap this presdent is. but...at least nancy got $30,000,000 for her field mice. yes people....A MOUSE. look it up and read all about it. utterly amazing.

    February 15, 2009 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  8. Harry, GA

    This guy is a hypocrite. He made congress work day and night because he wanted to have the bill on his table on Monday (Presidents Day) to sign it. Now he postponed it to Tuesday and he wants to be in Denver (Republican leaning state) to show them that he is performing well and he is still in the campaign mood. He is trying to to Republican areas so that he can turn red state into blue state. He does not know that he knows nothing about his new post as President and it is 'ON THE JOB TRAINING' for him. So far he has not achieved anything. He has not beeen transparent. He even did not give time to our elected congressmen to read that stimulus bill.

    February 15, 2009 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  9. katiec

    We have to move forward to save our country. The stimulous/job creation package is one step towards that goal. Although not perfect, no bill of this size is, it is needed to get our economy going.
    The old policies, beliefs etc have brought our country to it's knees.
    It is time for change and President Obama has proven that the people's welfare is his top priority.
    Have not seen any other acceptable solution, unless you consider ongoing tax cuts for big business and the rich as the answer.
    And, it is not!!

    February 15, 2009 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  10. Lynn

    Why isn't CNN questioning the Republicans' plan which would have given another 5% tax decrease for the top earners after the huge breaks they got during the Bush administration. Their tax cuts would have decreased revenue 1.5 trillion dollars over three years and they would have fought for any bill revoking those costs.

    February 15, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  11. chris ludlow

    hey charlie in maine. another democrat who REFUSES to admit the democrats role in this mess. Frank, Dodd, FANNIE MAY. More then a few republicans warned against lending money to DEADBEATS who probably never intended to pay back the loans in the first place. just keep listening to you idiot president when he keeps using that tired phrase....blah blah blah...the last eight years. what a slap in the face to every american that is accountable for his own family and financial well being.

    February 15, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  12. cedgar

    I thought the campaign ended in Nov.? When is he going to get
    down to business? Is this how the next 4yrs going to be?
    Who is running the country? (Nancy & Reid???) His cabinet? (tax
    cheats, lobbyist or the who is who in the elite) I voted for him, not them
    Last night on our local news–If you want to fix the economy go to
    the mall and spend-not joking this is what a economist said on TV.
    I looked at my husband an stated DO I HAVE STUPID STAMPED ON
    MY FOREHEAD? We have cut back on our discretionary spending by
    over 2000.00 (was saving 1/2 of my pay now we are saving almost
    all) This is going to be long (just like with Carter). We are only
    in the first stage.

    February 15, 2009 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  13. Mik

    Ok folks- do you not remember one of the main campaign pledges? "I will cut the pork out of Federal spending!!" Keep your promise, Mr Obama. Send the bill back to the House and Senate and demand they clean out the bull. Where's the change I CAN BELIEVE IN???

    February 15, 2009 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  14. dittohead with forty names

    I dont know what to write on the weekends,my messiah, Rush Limbaugh, is not on the air to give me my daily talking points and how to hate those evil libs. from taking over the country.

    February 15, 2009 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  15. ken

    Does he know that the campaign is over or is he giddy at the fact that taxpayers have to foot the bill for his stump speeches?

    February 15, 2009 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  16. Scott, Tucson

    If he was in such a hurry to leave the politics of Washington than why on earth did he ran for president in the first place?

    This stimulus does nothing for the average American, just more smoke and mirrors from the politicians.

    February 15, 2009 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  17. cedgar

    Tracy M you may be a child, but I m not. I do not take anything for
    granite We looked & saved for over 5yrs for a house, (down payment at 5.5% six years ago) no credit card debit no car loans (cash) So who is
    the child? So what you are saying if you acted like a child it is up to
    ME & FAMILY to bail you out. I do not think so!!

    February 15, 2009 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  18. Had It

    Folks – get facts straight.

    Military gets budget thru Pentagon. That won't be decreased and possibly COULD be increased in a future bill.

    This is to create immediate jobs. AND there are $$ in there for the militay – IN ADDITION to their yearly budget.

    THIS IS NOT THE ONLY BILL THIS YEAR. It does NOT need to contain everything.

    Email your US Representatives if you want to see an increase or decrease in something particular. Pissing and moaning on a blog just serves to wear out your keyboard on something useless.

    February 15, 2009 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  19. Dominic

    To all you who are trashing our President. Get a clue you are just mad that a young black guy was able to go farther than you ever will be able to in your whole pathetic life. Cant stand how smart and capable this guy is can you? This man is smarter than the whole of congress, Just wait and see how well this whole thing works out and how his will secure him a second term and will put conservatives out in the woods for generations....and I will say thank you Obama for putting the last nail in the GOP coffin. GET READY FOR A NEW BRAVE WORLD Conservatives YOU ARE DONE!!!!!!!!!!! This will work by next year we will be turning the corner and Obama will go down in history as the President who pulled us from the brink and the GOP will be in the same history book as the ones who broken selfish ideals put us on the brink of collapse. and to that ignorant fool who said Obama should get off his Afro America rear have fun in you pathetic life in te job you hate and you fat wife you cant stand with your inbred kids who will be cleaning my kids houses some day you sir are a dinosaur and are becoming obsolete. And no I am not black just smart enough to know that race has nothing to do with inteligence just look at Bush then Obama I mean come on!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 15, 2009 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  20. JB

    Michael and Nana-

    So your argument is, if you don't agree with the stimulus, then don't except the benefits. So, then you are essentially arguing that those who disagree with the plan should FUND it but not get the minimal benefits, as in $13 every two weeks. . . . . And, my children will be another trillion in debt as Pelosi spends 30 mil on field mice. What happened to no pork and a "stimulus" plan. This is not one. And to rationalize it by saying "but the republicans when they had control did this and that wahhh". I am sure you were unhappy then. Ae you less unhappy because the party you align yur self with is doing it now? This petty "you did it, so I get to do it to" stuff only sens us deeper into a hole. Well done dems!

    February 15, 2009 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  21. Ohio Woman

    Chris should maybe go back to elementary school and learn to spell before posting his hate messages..........

    February 15, 2009 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  22. Sammy

    Oh, so disrupting traffic in Chicago wasn't enough this weekend, he has to spend thousands of gallons of jet fuel to travel to Denver, close half the town down for his motorcade, all to sign a piece of paper. How come the oval office isn't good enough for that? Meanwhile, we're footing the bill for his star tour. Someone please tell him, the campaign is over, now stay put and do your job.

    February 15, 2009 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  23. Lance in PA

    @Tracy M. "I really wish we were capable of governing ourselves; clearly, we are not. We buy houses we can't afford, and if we get our hands on a little power, we immeditely abuse it. We Americans are like children — we can't be trusted with "grown up" tools."
    ____________________________________________

    Who is "we"? You got a rat in your pocket?

    February 15, 2009 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  24. Gerda Edwards

    Some facts:
    - There was more bipartisan support for the Repub position than for the Dem position
    - Obama admits he doesn't know if this will help
    - <23% will apply/be spent in 2009. David Axlerod just confirmed this.
    - Repubs are hypocrites for supporting the bank bailout, but not the stimulus
    - Dems are hypocrites and idiots for not supporting the bank bailout, but supporting the stimulus and spending just as much in round #2
    - The economy was fine until about a year or so ago - not 8 years ago. Hmmm...seems closer to when the Dems got control of Congress.
    - Obama promises to "create or csave" 4 millions jobs. Bush "created or saved" over 130 million jobs.

    February 15, 2009 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  25. baltimoreBJ

    Doesn't McCain get it. Old school policies have not worked and the American voters responded accordingly. As a Senator to not be in Denver when the PRESIDENT signs this stimulus package, only shows McCain's partisanship, which he is always advocating against. The American people know the real deal and are very aware of his hangups, doing anything he can to rebuke the Obama presidency. But yet, he'll probably be first in line for his share of the stimulus money.

    Like it or not Senator McCain, you lost the election. Get over it and grow up.

    February 15, 2009 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
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