February 11th, 2009
02:00 PM ET
14 years ago

Obama goes to Virginia, pushes infrastructure spending

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(CNN) – Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine joined President Barack Obama just outside Washington in the latest event in the new president’s efforts to push his economic stimulus package.

Watch: Obama visits Virginia

“The time for talk has passed and now is the time to take bold and swift action,” the President said.

“Look around us,” Obama said standing on a construction site for the Fairfax County Parkway in Springfield, Virginia. “We’re surrounded by unmet needs and unfinished business in our schools, in our roads, in the systems we employ to treat the sick, in the energy we use to power our homes.”

“There’s a lot of work that needs to be done on our nation’s roads and congested highways, crumbling bridges and levees, and crowded trains and transit systems,” Obama added.

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As he advocated for hundreds of billions of dollars in governmental spending to jumpstart the economy, Obama also promised transparency and personal accountability for the spending he’s advocating. “As President, I expect to be judged – and should be judged – by the results of this program,” he said.

The president’s visit to northern Virginia Wednesday was his third trip in as many days as part of the White House’s efforts to highlight the need for economic stimulus across the country. Obama is scheduled to visit East Peoria, Illinois Thursday.

Filed under: economic stimulus • President Obama • Virginia
soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. J.P.

    Hey, Barry, infrastructure spending. Great. So what happens when the government money runs out? Those artificial, government created jobs will disappear as quickly as they appeared, because they are created in response to an artificial demand for labor.

    February 11, 2009 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  2. Evan Caruthers

    In this day of near-catastrop[he, where does all that money come from for all those trips? Doesn't he use EMail?

    February 11, 2009 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  3. 2young2vote-OR

    good, bout time we start fixing our roads

    We got some good projects going on here in Oregon

    Bigger bridge to Washington, this will create jobs and reduce congestion. 2 ways to increase productivity.

    February 11, 2009 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |