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. EC, MD

    Hey REPUGS....
    IF YOU OPPOSED the Stimulus, then DON'T TAKE THE MONEY!!!

    Put you money where you mouth is, because you've been talking out of your butts all week long and we're sick of it, IT'S TIME TO PUT UP OR SHUT UP!!!

    Let's see how many of these jerks have their greedy hands out for the billions..... Let's start with Lindsey Graham and Governor Mark Stafford of SC who talked so much CRAP about President Obama's stimulus while their state is sinking into a recession. I haven't HEARD either of these clowns reject the MONEY allowed to their state!!!!


    February 17, 2009 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  2. sabonin

    If people were upset with the motor companies flying a jet to D.C. to ask for a bailout, than why is our president flying to Denver to sign a bill to help a economy that is in trouble? Everyone needs to wake up and realize that everyone is to blame for the situation we are in, and politics are the most of the problem but not all.

    February 17, 2009 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  3. GOP

    Say no to Gop so called republican party which stands for white people only. United states is the most diversified nation in earth, please do not the the GOP to divide and concur.

    February 17, 2009 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  4. LIP

    Sitting here waiting for his signature makes me feel like I am sitting at the top of one of those water slides that plummets straight down to infinity and beyond. The suspense is killing me.
    Meanwhile, Obama is beginning to look like a Hawk with Hillary telling North Korea not to launch any missles or else (or else what?)and Obama is planning on escalating the war in Afganistan and will probably go back on his promise to get troops out of Iraq in 16 months and what is on the horizon for Israel and Pakistan? God help us if it has anything to do with Jimmy Carter's policy approach to that region.

    February 17, 2009 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  5. Andy J, Upstate NY


    February 17, 2009 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  6. southerncousin

    Hurry up, we are facing a "catastrophe," "a financial collapse," "a disaster of a huge magnitude," if this doesn't get signed, unread before last weekend. HuH????????

    February 17, 2009 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  7. Dutch/Hampton Roads, VA

    Let the road to recovery begin. Please, I hope this bill works.

    February 17, 2009 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  8. Dean in Florida

    Please do not call Obama a monkey...it's an insult to monkeys.

    February 17, 2009 11:27 am at 11:27 am |

    I don't care what President Obama does, people are going to have something negative to say. I wonder where all these naysayers were when that stupid moron bush set in the WH for 8 years and completely DESTROYED this country. This is the absolute worse I've seen the economy in my entire life. the only thing that big dumbbell did was start a war that he lost control of. With all the debt he got us in not 1 job came out of it. NOT ONE. now the repubs and other bush/cheney lovers want to whine and stomp their feet. they want to call President Obama the tax and spend. Well its my thought you have to start somewhere. I'm sure the president is open to suggestions.

    February 17, 2009 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  10. NY republican

    OK, let's see, the bill was in Washington and the President was in Washington, so he gets on a tricked out Boeing 7 something 7 and flys Denver. This saves money how?

    February 17, 2009 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  11. Rob

    Don't worry, Barry....if you want to go to Denver, stay there as long as you want. We have President Pelosi to work on policy issues, Rahm to run the White House, you're really not needed back here. Go skiing. Pose for another 1500 photo ops. Shoot some baskets. It's all good.

    February 17, 2009 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  12. Steph

    Ammericans are always complaining. Do nothing isnt good!? Do something isnt good to?

    And Bush didnt do anything to solve the problem and you people stille like him.

    Crazy peeps out there

    February 17, 2009 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  13. Danny G. Boca Raton, FL

    Critics are desperate; the president has landed one of the biggest bills in history with incredibly lasting effects in the American economy and all you ignorants and ney sayers seem to come up with is "he should have more tax cuts"? Republicans had a chance to talk to the president and to their Dem collegues; the blew it! this was not their bill to be responsible for... this was their opportunity to help amend and shape a spending and tax cut deal that will help the average American worker... instead they made these incredulous speeches and posturing and in the end they are ensuring that this president will not want to work with them. some people here are so racist that they resort to phrases like "This Monkey", well he is our president and one that has had an impressive start. I for one intend to support our president and to hope that we all can do our part to improve the economy and each other.

    February 17, 2009 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  14. Paul, Riverside, CA

    All of you pathetic tools who are soooooo concerned about fuel, should just go suck a cows butt for some methane if it was that important.

    All of a sudden everyone is concerned with our President doing what a President is elected to do. Your simple minds must have forgotten that when Bush was elected in 01 he took a vacation after inauguration before actually working. ALL ON TAXPAYER DOLLARS. At least PRESIDENT OBAMA is working, something #43 was never actually accustomed too.

    February 17, 2009 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  15. mg

    When is the President going to start being a presiident, All i see is travel and alot of waste... Nancy P is a crock of crap!~!! He sure did picked him... a bunch of DISHONESTY . Since he has become President I have not seen anything but rides on his plane and campaigning..Get to work, Your the President not a star role in a movie... Change what a LIE!!!!

    February 17, 2009 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  16. Henry Miller, Cary, NC


    I'd be delighted not to accept Obama's handouts–so long as I didn't have to pay for the handouts to all the welfare bums who accept them.

    Ever since 1932, this country has turned into the sorriest lot of whining losers in history; a gutless, spineless, bunch, always begging for scraps from Washington, whose only moral imperative is a determination to drag the rest of us down to their level of whimpering, puling, dependency on whatever their civil masters condescend to throw them.

    February 17, 2009 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  17. Pat, CA

    Texas Teacher February 17th, 2009 10:51 am ET
    Of courseā€¦. this man hit the ground running. Just as he promised! The only mistake he made was to try to be bipartisan.
    We certainly understand YOUR take on bipartisanship, Texas so-called "Teacher." Still working on that Obama shrine, are ya?

    February 17, 2009 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  18. RJ

    Obama... bi-partisan... are you kidding me?!?!
    You don't start a bi-partisan effort by opening up with the conversation with "I won".
    Bi-partisan ended the second that phrase left his lips.
    This is a purely Democrat bill full of wasteful spending.
    He BARELY won. 56% is neither a landslide nor a mandate from the people. In Vegas it's called a squeaker.

    And to Sam in Colorado, I won't take one penny of it if I DON'T HAVE TO PAY ONE PENNY INTO IT.

    February 17, 2009 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  19. merm

    I think it's funny that President Obama has been in office 4 weeks, has taken 2 vacations and has traveled to multiple cities – CAMPAIGNING, of all things. If he would have sat down with leaders of BOTH parties and had the leadership to create ground rules for the stimulus – the trillion dollar pork bill would not have happened. I see absolutely no leadership in him – he is still campaigning and letting others do the heavy lifting, without standing up to obvious pork. I think he'll be joining Bush 43 on the list of ineffective presidents in about 4 years – this isn't change, it's more of the same with a bigger pricetag......

    February 17, 2009 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  20. Sniffit

    @ Scott, Tucson

    How wonderfully ironic: a GOPer belching political filth to pollute this website and hiding behind eco-minded criticism of the POTUS using Air Force 1. Whatever happened to denying that global warming was a scientific reality?

    February 17, 2009 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  21. Don't Hate Me Because I'm Beautiful

    Given some of the hate-filled comments on this site, I pray some of the stimulus money will be transferred to the FBI and other security units in the White House.

    Some of you people are not well...I'll call Limbaugh and David Duke to see what they can to ease your pain.

    February 17, 2009 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  22. Baze

    Republicans are terrified of Obama.

    February 17, 2009 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  23. Rob

    Republicans: Get out of your snit, join in the Democrats' attempt to clean up the mess left by your people over the last 8 years.<<<

    Rob to Democrats: if you want big spending, pork barrel socialism....drop dead. No cooperation for you, ever. Republicans will be happy to cooperate when you start enacting policies that actually make sense.

    And, of course, it's a lie to pretend ONE party (or ONE person!) is responsible for the housing bubble. It's a complete falsehood which Obamamommas keep repeating again and again, apparently in the hope that that somehow will make it true.

    If everything that happened during Bush's Presidency is Bush's fault, is Obama responsible for the fact that the markets have dipped since he took office? Is Obama responsible for the prices that gas prices are going back up? What's with the double standard?

    February 17, 2009 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  24. A Kickin' Donkey

    All those hiding behind the "carbon footprint" talk about Air Force One ... get real.

    Barack Obama is the President of the United States ... he is going to take trips. I don't want another George Bush that is hiding out in the White House, afraid to interact with the publich or the press. Obama is smart, can think on his feet, is confident and has the truth / facts on his side. He doesn't have to hide like George did.

    President Obama is going to use "multipliers" like appearing at a solar energy location to encourage renewable energy development. I, and many other Americans, think that this is SMART. He is leading by example.

    If he can combine that with a traditional republican stronghold, that he happened to win in the election ...TOO BAD GOP .... you should have done what was necessary to keep Colorado in your column.

    February 17, 2009 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  25. PaulMoATX

    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."

    No, what's stupid is you not reading the article before commenting. Typical pessimist and republican just wanting to hate.

    February 17, 2009 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
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