February 17th, 2009
10:34 AM ET
11 years ago

Obama heads to Denver for a reason

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/02/17/art.denver.gi.jpg caption="Obama will sign his stimulus bill in Denver."]DENVER, Colorado (CNN) - Denver. Why Denver? There are several reasons why President Barack Obama will sign the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, better known as the Stimulus Plan, Tuesday in Colorado's capital city.

First of all, signing the bill outside of Washington allows Obama to escape the nation's capital, where the battle over the $787 billion piece of legislation turned into an ugly partisan battle, and to be close to people who the White House hopes will benefit from the massive bill.

The setting, the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, is no accident either. Obama boasts that the stimulus will help create up to a half a million so called "green" jobs in the field of alternative energy. Prior to signing the bill into law, the president and Vice President Joe Biden will tour the museum's solar panel installation project.

Colorado has a growing green energy industry.

"Denver would be as good a place as any to highlight investments, putting people to work in energy jobs; investments that will help long-term growth," said White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs.

And finally, the Democrats held their convention in Denver last August, where then-Senator Obama officially accepted his party's presidential nomination. Obama ended up winning Colorado in the presidential contest, one of three western states that swung from the Republicans to the Democrats.


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soundoff (179 Responses)
  1. obama-mama

    Obama I don't blame you for getting away from the negative obstructionists.....It's a shame you have to deal with them.

    February 17, 2009 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  2. shawn

    He waits four days to sign an emergency bill. More evidence nothing has changed. More politics

    February 17, 2009 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  3. Obama Victim

    what is it costing for this travel................this is clearly political...is the DNC paying for this???

    ah yes......change we can believe in

    February 17, 2009 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  4. sam, HIGHLAND RANCH, COLORADO

    What a wonderful day, for Colorado. What a great day for our Nation. On that, I will say, If you opose this stimulus bill, DON'T ACCEPT ANY MONEY! I LIVE IN HIGHLANDS RANCH, OUR IDIOT CONGRESSMAN VOTED NO, SO OUR DISTRICT SHOULD NOT GET 1 PENNY!!!

    February 17, 2009 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  5. RR

    If only Air Force One ran on econ-friendly fuel!
    How much carbon was emitted by the President's plane and the planes for the DC press corps?

    February 17, 2009 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  6. obambi

    Will this man never stop blowing our money to feed his enormous ego? Another "spiffy" ride on Airforce One? What is wrong with the Oval Office? Oh, I forgot–The Million dollar Greek Columns are probably still in Denver. This showmanship has got to stop! Is Al Gore watching from his own "carbon spewing" jet? Where is the "Left-WingWatchdog", now?

    February 17, 2009 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  7. Jonathan

    What a waste of time being bipartisan was! Obama tried to ring in a new year and presidency with a bipartisan spirit, and the GOP has responded with "more of the same." Now we have a bled and gutted stimulus package which will not be enough to provide the necessary recovery needed for our nation. Americans will suffer, and when it fails, tha GOP will blame Obama and the Democratic congress.
    Those tools on capitol hill just dont get it.

    February 17, 2009 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  8. Chuck, Tennessee

    So far, Wall Street seems unimpressed with the stimulus package. People are already seeing it for what it is – a huge spending bill that will do very little to create long-lasting jobs. Over the last 10 years, Congress and the White House have mortgaged the future of our country to the point that we may never recover. I doubt my children will enjoy the same lifestyles that we baby boomers have had.

    February 17, 2009 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  9. J

    I can't believe the fate of the nation is being left to some guy who has no experience what so ever. Even worse, it seems as though Pelosi is running the show...how scary.

    February 17, 2009 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  10. Chill out

    This president is great and thinks of everything. To the sorry republicans get over it you lost again. Try to block Obama's agenda and get knocked flat on your A*S

    February 17, 2009 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  11. Kevin in Ohio

    He's got one last chance NOT to sign this travesty of a bill. But I doubt he'll do the right thing. Anybody noticed how the stock market is reacting today? ..... Whatever comes from this spending plan will be 100% on the dems and liberals. I hope everyone remebers that in 2010 and 2012.

    February 17, 2009 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  12. frodo

    Please, Mr. President, stop campaigning! your carbon footprint is huge!! Start leading by example. Why can't you just get on TV and spread your message? Is it because you fear that no one will have digital TVs?

    Or are you having a hard time justifying the bill...?

    So, the average American gets $13/week tax cut. That's $676/yr with an average of 160million Americans paying taxes, this means that this portion of the bill costs about $110billion...So, for my $8 invested in this bill (~$800billion) i will stand to see about $1 returned to me. Gee, thanks!

    February 17, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  13. Texas Teacher

    Of course.... this man hit the ground running. Just as he promised! The only mistake he made was to try to be bipartisan. As I said, the Republicans will smile at your face and laugh at your back. Bipartisanship is the very LAST thing they want to have! They are running for the next election... and that is what they always have done. Rush Limbaugh is their leader and Sara Palin, pg or not, is their poster child!

    They want to energize the economy exactly the same way they got us into this mess. Their answer to every thing is to make the rich richer and the poor poorer! Because their main goal is to do just that. DO NOT THINK FOR ONE MOMENT THAT THAT IS STILL NOT THE ADENDA FOR THE REPULIBAN PARTY!

    February 17, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  14. Good move!

    I am proud of President Obama. he has been a voice for the people and he will not forget them. I have never experienced a President that actually cared about the people. I am happy that he is not in Washington with the bickering and fighting. I am sick of republicans that do not care about the people. Thank god my neice is born in a world with a President that is African American and loves all people. He loves his family and loves his country. God bless him. God bless America as we recover from tjis mess. How Bush can sleep at night is beyond my understanding. May God have mercy on his soul. I cannot wait to see the signing of this package.

    February 17, 2009 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  15. Mike

    Big Obama Decision Coming Soon......

    Ladies and gentleman we present you with the new official barack Obama half dollar....which he will now use to make this decision.

    Through him...with him...in him...
    In the unity of Pelosi and Reid...
    All glory and Honor is yours almighty Obama...
    forever and ever...

    February 17, 2009 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  16. Tom in Delaware

    The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) sounds like the mating call for a Kennedy.

    Hey, it's the biggest Tax and Spend bill in our history, so the King of the Liberals (Teddy) should be honored.

    February 17, 2009 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  17. Gordon Shumway

    Hope this isn't another one of his famous, let me step on my doofus speeches..................

    February 17, 2009 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  18. Randy from MD

    I can't help but get the sinking feeling that this thing is falling apart... it is so sad.

    February 17, 2009 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  19. ken

    I see someone has forgotten the campaign is over.

    February 17, 2009 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  20. Ray Fisher, Albuquerque, NM

    Soon we will be calling the frequent announcements of an announcement coming soon, an Obama Drama!!! I cannot understand why announcements cannot simply be made without prior notice to build anticipation. Perhaps it is pure politics which I don't understand yet am lost on the melodrama on announcing an announcement for a future happening or annoucement. We have just forgone a longweekend waiting for the President to sign a dire piece of legislation to save our nation yet it could wait for the weekend after chartering a plane to fly the deciding vote in from Ohio because of the urgency. It is very confusing to have the President cry wolf constantly!!!

    February 17, 2009 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  21. Scott, Tucson

    Thats a laugh! Obama talks about the Green Environment and yet he flys cross country in a fuel belching jet at taxpayers expense. That sure sets the example for the rest of us.

    And just what are these green jobs he's speaking of? Picking up litter along side the highway for minimum wage?

    February 17, 2009 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  22. Henry Miller, Cary, NC

    If Obama had any courage at all, he'd veto Nancy Pelosi's spending spree and tell Congress to try again, this time leaving out all the pork, the political pay-offs, and the pandering to the welfare bums the Democrats depend on to get themselves reelected.

    February 17, 2009 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  23. GenTwelve

    This monkey is not acting very "presidential"! He insists on being a "campaign" president, hey pal, the election is over!

    Get back to Washington and be a leader. Have the courage to stand up to the Senate Republicans and the cancerous dynamic duo, Harry and Nancy.

    Eight years of pathetic divided leadership, and it seems, at the very least, we get four more years of the same.

    February 17, 2009 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  24. p Coleman

    Seems like a lot of money and wasted time to fly to Denver to sign this, did he not have the guts to just sit in the Oval Office to sign his name, this is stupid.

    February 17, 2009 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  25. Butterfly

    A Texas local radio station, KRLD, reported this morning that Gov. Rick Perry MAY NOT accept stimulus $$ targeted for Texas. If this is true, will the Texas stimulus $$ be redistributed to other states that want the $$?

    February 17, 2009 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
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