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. theroyalnonesuch

    I like biscuits!

    February 17, 2009 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  2. Bridgette-PA

    For the Whiners, get over yourselves! NO-ONE knows how the stimulus package will impact us (negative or positive) for a least a full year. Now, don't give anymore opinions until 2-17-2010!

    February 17, 2009 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  3. BT

    I would like to ask those who are constantly crying about Pres. Obama's traveling why they never spoke out our former Pres. Bush's traveling to Texas all the time? After all, he spent more days on VACATION than ANY other President in our history.
    So, if you never complained about his travels – shut up! We don't care what you have to say.

    February 17, 2009 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  4. Cheri

    Barack Obama is president of the people.... HOW REFRESHING!!!!!

    February 17, 2009 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  5. Kathy

    This plan is a joke.... Once again... as the GREAT ONE, speaks, the stock market tumbles.

    February 17, 2009 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  6. Lisa, Naples, Florida

    Excuse me!!! All you bloggers on here balking that The President of the United States of America is flying on Air Force One need to shut up. He was elected our President and has every right to use the airplane given for him to use as the President. What is it with you people? Can't stand a black man riding on the 747? I still say racisim is alive and well in the good ol' US of A.

    February 17, 2009 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  7. Chris W, Tampa

    I hear a-lot of sore loser Repugs on here just trying to tear down the country. All criticism and no solutions, OH wait I know, let's just deregulate everything and cut the taxes to the rich right?, that'll solve all our problems..
    Well at least your idiotic, broken record people are not in control to do so any longer, but I realize you can't stop yourselves from being who you are, just like that chimp that went on a rampage.
    If your a Republican and you have no feeling of responsibility for the state of the world right now, I challenge you to go on youtube and type in "Bushisms". Watch a couple of these vids and take a moment to step outside of yourself and think practically what a man of that caliber being your leader says about you. Oh wait, practical thinking isn't an option for people like yourselves who almost put a woman one heartbeat away from the presidency who thinks dinosaurs and people walked together before Noah's Ark.
    Yeah, we should all listen to your advice on the Economy?!?!?

    February 17, 2009 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  8. no corporate politics

    In these hard times it is a sign of elitism and arrogance to randomly fly somewhere just to sign something. Do you know how much that trip costs me, the taxpayer everytime it takes off?

    February 17, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |

    Although there is REAL change in the White House that was much needed. The nay sayers are still unhappy. Why must we always complain? What are YOU doing to fix the mess the country is in? It is so easy to point fingers at someone else. How about pointing it at yourself? Support this country and our president. He is a man of intelligence and great will. I stand behind him 100%!

    February 17, 2009 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  10. alvino

    It is the biggest tax relief bill in history, you right wing nuts!

    By the way, gen twelve-

    The monkey, who created this mess, you refer to is in Dallas. So remember that as you spank your monkey.

    February 17, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  11. Barbara Caniff

    Why don't the Republicans realize that they lost the election. I have never seen such poor losers. I think they should be ashamed to keep telling the American people the Stimulus package is a failure. I sure hate to see what would have become of this Nation if John McCain had been elected. We all would be starving to death because they don't want to spend a dime for nothing. You can always tell a Republican – they are stingy and arrogant.

    February 17, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  12. Chris


    To call our president a monkey is horrible. But if you must insult him at least refer to him as a half monkey because the other half of him shares your mothers race. You are a disgrace and a coward.....

    February 17, 2009 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  13. paual

    The "Buy American" plan is just a Union support ploy. Does it also include making sure every single job created by the Stimulus Plan will go to Americans only????

    February 17, 2009 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  14. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    The "real people" who elected Obama are not nearly as intelligent or well-informed as he is, or as most "inside-the-Beltway" residents are. Most 'real people" are ignorant of news and politics, focused instead on their families, jobs and possessions. I do not trust them to make important decisions for me or all of us.

    February 17, 2009 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  15. patNY

    you people complaining about Air Force 1's carbon footprint need to ask yourselves, did you make the same complaints about Bush's weekly flights to his Crawford Ranch?

    Get a grip! What do you think Obama should do? Fly economy on JetBlue? He's the flipp'n president! He needs to fly on Air Force 1, so he can run the entire country from it while travelling.

    I wonder, if he were white, would you be raising the same issue.


    February 17, 2009 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  16. Neiki

    It's truly refreshing to see America's highest office exude honesty, integrety & literally remembering those who helped him rise to this position. May God bless President Obama & give him continued wisdom & humility. Our nation has been truly blessed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 17, 2009 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  17. katiec

    I am so tired of politics as usual by the republican party. How can any worthy politician hope our country fails?? They brought our country and the world to it's knees these last eight years and now they are suddenly "experts" on the economy??
    We will all remember these immoral hypocrits come next elections.

    February 17, 2009 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  18. Ray from Gainesville VA

    Why is it that the Rethugs have no problem spending up to 1 Trillion dollars blowing up and building/rebuilding Iraq (who we now know was no threat to us), but they have a problem spending $800billion on their own people in America? Why? Please, some Rethug answer this. And GenTwelve, I got your monkey right here.

    February 17, 2009 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  19. Rachelraye49 - MD

    Good for him get as far away from hear as you can. Give him a chance. He is intelligent and I trust his judgment. We didn't get in this mess overnight so why all of a sudden you think we can get out of in in 30 days or less. Come on people give him a chance. The Republicans sure aren't. They didn't have any trouble signing the last stimulast that we got. Oh, right that President last name was Bush.

    February 17, 2009 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  20. Jon in CA

    When Obama was elected (Nov 5, 2008) the Stock Market (DJIA) was at 9139. Today the Stock Market falls below 7600.

    Could it be that Obama – in a single day – will create MORE debt than George Bush did in 8 years??

    This isn't "change" – this is called getting PUNK'D by the Democrats!

    February 17, 2009 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  21. Kevin F


    You ought to be ashamed of yourself. Referring to our President as a "monkey" is completely disrespectful. It is okay to have different opinions about his performance but it is not okay to disrespect him or any President.

    February 17, 2009 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  22. Havoc

    Shawn you cry when he waits to sign the bill. You cry that he is now waiting the 5 days so everyone can see it before he signs it. The only thing consistent about the Grand Opposition Party is...they cry.

    February 17, 2009 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  23. Paul Malinsky

    If I were Obama, I would stay out of DC too and hide from as many citizens as possible on AF One.

    February 17, 2009 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  24. Havoc

    correction...that he is not waiting...

    February 17, 2009 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  25. Ray from Gainesville VA

    Hey Shawn, if you'd pay attention, President Obama said he would give the people up to 5 days to review all bills before he signs it. Man, do you Right Wingers ever do your own homework or just listen to Rush and Sean.

    February 17, 2009 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
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