June 18th, 2010
01:59 PM ET
4 years ago

Obama spends 58 minutes in Ohio

President Obama visited Columbus, Ohio Friday for a groundbreaking ceremony marking the 10,000th road construction project using stimulus money.
President Obama visited Columbus, Ohio Friday for a groundbreaking ceremony marking the 10,000th road construction project using stimulus money.

Columbus, Ohio (CNN) - President Obama may love visiting Ohio, but he doesn't always stay long.

Friday's visit to Columbus for a groundbreaking ceremony marking the 10,000th road construction project using stimulus money was Obama's eighth visit to the state since taking office. He joked, "[Gov. Ted] Strickland said I've been in Ohio so much, he might start charging me for it."

But if he is charged by the minute, today's bill would be a small one.

He walked down the steps of Air Force One at Port Columbus International Airport at 11:33 a.m. He began speaking at the construction site on Columbus's southeast side at 11:55am, talking for 13 minutes.

After a quick tour and witnessing the groundbreaking ceremony out of the site of cameras, he was headed back to the airport. And at 12:31 p.m., he bounded up the stairs and waved as he disappeared back into the plane.

Elapsed time: 58 minutes.


Filed under: Ohio • President Obama • Stimulus
soundoff (58 Responses)
  1. AJ

    Well there was millions of dollars well spent. Millions in taxpayer dollars spent on a campaign stop that accomplished nothing for the larger good of the nation. This man is a worthless arrogant windbag who has only his own interests at heart, not the best interests of the country. I'm a lifelong democrat I pray every day that he is defeated in 2012.

    June 18, 2010 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  2. Eric in Denver

    Amazing 1 minute for every job saved by the stimubust!!!!!

    June 18, 2010 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  3. jbb

    CNN I'm getting tired of some of your headlines and have you as my Home Page and watch you on TV, but I'm beginning to think I can find better use of my time. What does it matter how long he is there!!! Some will think it is to long and others not long enough. I'm sure he has plenty to do and your reporters must have nothing to do if they can time every minute of his visit. Why not do something constructive and report on some of the people who will benefit from this project and are maybe going to have a job and off the unemployment payroll due to this road construction.

    June 18, 2010 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  4. jim

    And the cost of this campaign trip to the taxpayer is how much?

    June 18, 2010 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  5. Eric

    Hmmm, if only there was something else going on that might require the President's attention...

    June 18, 2010 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  6. j

    Wow, did Steve Brusk actually get paid to give us this valuable information?

    June 18, 2010 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  7. I'm from Ohio

    I agree, 58 minutes are about what Ohio is worth

    June 18, 2010 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  8. mj

    Great use of Taxpayer's money. I'm sure all that worked at this site really appreciated his visit. They were told not to show up for work today because of security issues. The cost? Approximately $200 per worker. All this for what? Another Photo Op.

    June 18, 2010 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
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