June 18th, 2010
01:59 PM ET
5 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. Sniffit

    58 MINUTES!?!?!?! OMG NO!!! That's a full on 4% of one day that he wasted during which he could have been in the Oval Office fixing the Gulf, inventing jobs and threatening foreign entities we don't like because they're full of brown people!!! How dare he waste 0.575% of an entire week talking to the American public?!!! This is an outrage!

    June 18, 2010 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  2. anotherGDlefty

    Ok. Ready, set, bitch & moan. GO !

    Let me get you RW whiners started...
    He shouldn't have traveled.
    He should have stayed longer.
    He's not focused on the issues.
    He doesn't care about the gulf.
    He's extorting BP over the gulf.
    He's an empty suit.
    He's the campaigner in chief.
    He hates America.
    TelePrompter.
    Chicago Style.

    Let's not forget Ayers, Wright, Alinsky, Commies, Marxists & Fascists oh my!

    Did I hit all the Fox Opinion Channels talking points for you righties.
    My post is written higher than a 10th grade level, do you rghties still understand it?

    June 18, 2010 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  3. Who does he think he is? President of the United States or something?

    This is EXACTLY the type of criticism of the President that sends me over the edge! CNN, if we want to hear these idiotic talking points, we know where to find them, 24/7. It is called FoxNews. Shame on you. What the heck? Ridiculous. Absolutely ridiculous.

    June 18, 2010 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  4. John

    What a waste of tax-payer dollars!

    June 18, 2010 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  5. mike

    Just the other day he was on TV talking about smaller carbon footprints, using too much fossil fuels, etc. Days later he's flying to Ohio for a 58 minute stop to campaign for a bill passed and signed into law months ago.

    June 18, 2010 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  6. SA in OO

    Stevie Weavie:

    I don't know which is lamer. The fact that the President shuttled in and out in less than an hour, or the fact that as a reporter you found the time he spend in Columbus more newsworthy than the speech or the jobs program he was talking about .

    Did you ever consider the fact that, unlike yourself, the President may have more important things on his plate these days. On this Friday alone, President Obama probably dealt with a dozen issues of national and international importance. With all this material to criticize him for, you couldn't do any better than watch the clock while he was talking. Did you even go to the see the speech?

    No doubt in my mind who you vote for. You wear it on your tag line. But the bigger question is who pays your salary. I mean who really pays you for this kind of reporting.

    Have you ever read "The Republican Noise Machine"? You should, you are in it.

    June 18, 2010 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  7. The Man In Charge

    I agree! This is more important than the OIL SPILL CRISIS! Keep up the incompetent work, Mr. President!

    June 18, 2010 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  8. mar

    Can someone please tell me what the purpose of this article is? CNN didn't have anything else to talk about today?

    June 18, 2010 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  9. Naqib

    Guy spends more by the minute that he's worth... that's for sure

    June 18, 2010 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  10. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    And how many hundreds of thousands of dollars did that 58 minutes cost American taxpayers? The flying time of Air Force One is likely tens of thousands of dollars per hour. Were there fighter escorts? More tens of thousands. Secret Service advance team and whatever other ground security there was. Marine One to ferry the Pres between AF1 and the White House. And on and on.

    All so Obama can try once again to convince a rightly sceptical public that his "stimulus" isn't just one of the biggest rip-offs in American history.

    June 18, 2010 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  11. mark

    Obama hasn't done anything other than raise the future cost to support our gov't

    June 18, 2010 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  12. JES

    What a waste of our tax dollars.

    Great leadership in showing how to save our tax dollars.

    I wonder what that cost us.

    June 18, 2010 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  13. doug

    And what did his trip cost us the taxpayers? Seems like a waste of money for him to fly in for 58 minutes of publicity. Talk about government waste. Mr. President, please be more fiscally responsible when spending MY Money!

    June 18, 2010 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  14. Steve- Illinois

    Got a lot of bang for the tax payers $$$$' on this trip! 13 minutes, a cat must have had his tongue! Of course there isn't a whole lot to talk about! They are calling it the "summer of jobs" which is suitable, since by the time the snow flies, the census will be over, construction will come to a halt, and the majority of these "created" jobs will have flown bye bye!!

    June 18, 2010 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  15. AbolishPoliticalParties

    The 10,000th road construction project that will yield no relief to the ailing unemployed American citizentry because Illegal Immigrant labor is being used on them. No wonder he is so against defending our country from foreign invasion by Mexico...

    June 18, 2010 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  16. felicia

    Sowhat cnn i mean so what yall saying. President Obama is already spreaded thin. Give the President a freaking break all you people do is talk mess, that's why i don't cnn anymore your just a pathetic as fox news.

    June 18, 2010 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  17. Blown

    The only thing he can get pat himself on the back for is spending $$. He makes the Bush Administration look like rote amatuers when it comes to spending cash. We definitley have the professional spender running the show now but unfortunately he is completely incompetent in all other arenas.

    June 18, 2010 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  18. If you want something ruined let a democratic community organizer handle it

    Lets calculate the cost for Obama the Community Organizer to fly out to Ohio for a one hour campaign stop. The hourly cost of AF1 (crew, maintenance, fuel) plus the Secret Service detail and police details.

    Remember Barry needs those Ohio electroral votes for 2012.

    BTW – Were 60 days into the Gulf Coast Disaster and Barry's wasting money visiting Ohio for 53 minutes.

    June 18, 2010 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  19. Tina

    CNN, really!? This is what you're focusing on? We have an economy threatening to go into a double dip, an unprecedented natural disaster in the Gulf, a failing strategy in Afghanistan and in the face of all of this....you are criticizing the President over the fact that he spent less than an hour in Ohio? Please, please, please, can someone, anyone at CNN get back to the practice of REAL journalism?

    June 18, 2010 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  20. Sarah

    How much did that 58 minutes cost the taxpayer? Air Force One is not cheap.

    June 18, 2010 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  21. Tax Payers Money Well Spent

    So cost per minute for him to be their campaigning – Cost of Jet Fuel, Cost of Military Air Crew, Secret Service a bag of M&M with all the Green ones removed.... Good use of tax payers money in deed!

    June 18, 2010 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  22. The_Traveler

    For a guy who has as much on his plate as the President, I wouldn't hang around for something like this very long either...

    June 18, 2010 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  23. Val in MA

    Yup, and he only had 20 minutes to spare with the oil executives on Wednesday to discuss the biggest disaster in the history of our country and how to clean it up. It shows where Obama's priorities are – and that's campaigning for his party's candidates for November elections. Very very sad.

    June 18, 2010 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  24. Jim in St. Johns, FL

    Great, now he has been to all 55 states huh?

    June 18, 2010 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  25. Paul from Phoenix

    And how much did that 58 minutes cost American taxpayers?

    June 18, 2010 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
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