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. Peggy - TX

    The Republican WAR Machine is at it again – paid bloggers struming up fake issues like critising Obama using Airforce One etc. It would be a mistake for Obama to cut cost of his travel as tsafe mode for his travel greatly enhance his ability to properly represent the American People. Thank God Obama is in control at this time of national Crisis and not the Republicans as thier failed policies are what got us here in this mess in the first place.

    February 17, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  2. JJ12345

    Jonathan February 17th, 2009 10:44 am ET

    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."
    Bipartisianship has to work both ways, I applaud Obama for calling for it but Pelosi and Reid need to let it happen. They didnt in this case.

    February 17, 2009 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  3. Joe in NJ

    "signing the bill outside of Washington allows Obama to escape the nation's capital, "

    He's been in office less than a month and he's already trying to escape.

    February 17, 2009 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  4. kelly WI

    He doesn't have the cajones to veto this spending bill. Nancy and Harry won't let him.
    11% of the money released this year. Interest on it will make it 3 Trillion. Next will be another bank, auto, baliout for trillions. Then they get to write the budget for next year and god only knows what they will put in there.
    Well, enjoy your 10$ a week while it lasts. Next thing you know it will cost you 20$ a week to have had the privilege of having it.
    The economy would turn around on its own. It always does. But this way the messiah can get out there and say he saved the nation and start throwing out the pork money to his pals.
    40,000$ an hour to fly around. But it might be best to have them out of DC so they can't devastate us any more.
    I really feel sorry for the working people. Looks like they will be working all their lives since the pensions are disapearing, SS is bankrupt, not to meniton medicare. I'm sure they'll think up another social ponzi scheme to make us have to work for.
    When is he going to start doing the only job he is required to and quit being Nanny in Chief and being Commander in Chief.?
    I see one of his pals chopped off his wifes head in NY.

    February 17, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  5. Thomas

    I believe the President can sign the bill where ever he feels like signing it. It is his decision.

    I don't understand why this is especially news worthy.

    February 17, 2009 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  6. Dot Livengood

    We put a man on the moon and if we can do that we can do this and this and this according to one of Obama's speeches while he was campaigning. Fly to Denver after being in Chicago the city of Crime and No-Gooders for valentines day!!!. He wants to do something about the economy-well we taxpayers who are old, lost our savings, and listened to an upstart who has had four or more of nominees to step down does not prove to me he is going to do us a bit of good. He is using us to run all over the country and we pay for this and the all of the security comes from city's government pockets plus kisses Peloski's and Reid's butts to make them push this package through-what a farce and it is a sad day here in MO. I'm a democrat by choice, and I have the choice again to vote Independent next time around.

    February 17, 2009 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  7. Americans against abusive wealth

    we will never be represented by a common man in upper government. Obviously only the welathy can get elected, or those who have already sold their souls to get where they are...

    Wealth requires you do special things for those who can make you wealthier.. and the truth is most of us have too much of a conscience to climb the ladder....

    I depise what has happened to this country, and I really can't be real proud of it.. we need a regular Joe or Jane to finally represent us workers...

    February 17, 2009 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  8. Americans against abusive wealth

    I commented on the wrong article sorry

    February 17, 2009 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  9. DAN

    Republicans are bad teamplayers. President Obama is the resolute president and I am looking forward to seeing him fare as the number 1 president of all time, beyond the previous 43 - especially #43. He is incredible and extraordinary ... especially in these times of fixing the problems of the past 8 years. Yes, Republicans are mad ... because he is so right for this time. John McCain should continue to keep his mouth shut - in addition to Boehner, McConnell, and the rest of the GOP elite. Because interesting enough the GOP brought us to this point in our nation's history. As President Obama said, we will rise to this occasion ... and he will dominate our political history. I am looking forward to the next 8 years with our dear president. He is going to make a world of difference for these United States and the world. God Bless Him on this defining journey... and to these United States in protecting Him... Godspeed Barack Obama. You are the one you will save us.

    February 17, 2009 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  10. Rose

    The gentleman who called Obama a monkey I think he should look at himself first before calling anyone a monkey, we are all God's children . It is a shame that this country is still divided and will always be dvided if the Republicans do not stop their racist ideas. Shame on you America.

    February 17, 2009 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  11. Nick

    I'd say, the republican's are learning how to get their troops in lock-step. Any article about our Pres. is filled with hateful negitive comments from the very ignorant bottom of the republican base. They must all be part of Limbaugh's loser army. Bye Bye Republicans, you had your chance and you failed.

    February 17, 2009 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  12. Alan

    It is ironic to me that all of the anti-Bush folks faulted him for running up our debt and spending too much. They also fault Wall St banks for taking bailout money.

    But...When the money is being doled out for them, they are all for it. Sadly, this bill only doles out money to Obama's, Pelosi's, and Reid's, pet projects. Ex: A light rail between Vegas and LA (Reids home state) started out at $3 BILLION and ended up being $8 BILLION in the final bill. Now, how many of the construction contracts will be awarded to Reid supporters. Now that is stimulus for Reids relection efforts, but does little for the country.

    February 17, 2009 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  13. Kelsey, MI

    Shooting for the stars. I love this president.

    February 17, 2009 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  14. Pat

    While I don't expect the stimulus bill to do much at all for the huge amount of dollars in it, I do expect all of those complaining about it to SHUT UP! Where were you all for 8 years when the Bush/Cheney regime put us into the state we're in now – trillions of dollars in debt and beholden to other countries?

    February 17, 2009 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  15. Gerri Adams

    Is this president aware that this country is in a financial critis.
    Why is he jetting across this country like air force one burns water.
    He thinks he is a rock star and need the american public to cheer him on. I will be so glad when the rest of america can see what I saw from the very beginning.

    February 17, 2009 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  16. Rick

    Yes, he is going to Denver for a reason.....because he was told to go to Denver by the lunatics who are actually running the show. Obama has no idea what's going on.....he is merely the puppet.

    February 17, 2009 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  17. Jan

    Gosh, after reading these comments, the Losing Republicans appear to continue to operate in Petty & Childish.

    America HOPES that President Obama succeeds beyond our wildest dreams. Why don't you? We need to get moving and rescue America, as a team!

    Yes, we can.

    As far as whining about the President of the United States using Air Force One to get out of DC and be with the people? Get a life!

    Bush used Air Force One to fly all over for fundraisers and to campaign for people! Yet you're complaining that Obama is going to Denver to highlight an American city's success and innovation, with no fund raising or campaigning????????????? The hypocrisy is just nauseating.

    Gosh, Rush Republicans are on the opposite side of the world.
    Obama got 53% of the vote, currently enjoys higher support from the public than the day he was elected, the job approval for Republicans is falling like a rock, and yet they still obstruct! And after eight years of rubber-stamping George W. Bush, the most incompetent President ever!


    February 17, 2009 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  18. A little sad

    @patNY February 17th, 2009 11:46 am ET

    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.



    While I agree with your sentiment 100%, I always felt better when W was in Crawford, 'cause it seemed like he did less damage there than when he was in the Oval Office.


    February 17, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  19. Big Surprise!

    Funnel money to the state you want to support you in your reelection bid in 2012...is anyone surprised anymore by this president and his playing politics with our economic future for his political gains?

    February 17, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  20. Irma in North Carolina

    Boy I see there are a lot racits on her commenting today, the republicans are out in full force again showing how dumb they are. They will never get over the fact that Sarah and John didnt win. And that we have a very well educated and caring president who is trying to make things right for this country. If republicans keep this up it will be a long time before their canadate makes it to white house. They must be counting on Sarah in 2012. The white house will be full of kids who didnt even finish high school and see how many children they can have out of wedlock.

    February 17, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  21. no corporate politics

    patNY – your comments can be synopsized as follows:
    1. Bush did it so Obama can do it.
    2. Don't dare question Obama because he is black.

    My own opinion is:
    1. I was not happy with Bush either
    2. I will question my leaders whenever I like – regardless of color

    February 17, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  22. jaye

    I hope CNN will bring this to us live!

    February 17, 2009 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  23. Gerri Adams

    I know president Bush did so many wrong things the last four
    years he was in office, including riding around on air force one,
    but we voted for change and hope and Obama is delivering the
    same old stuff that has been going on for years. I am disgusted.

    February 17, 2009 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  24. Obama 2.0

    Get-er-done Boss Man!

    February 17, 2009 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  25. Mary - Independent

    And why is Pelosi allowed to give money to MICE???? This is out of control! How can Obama accept this money going to NOTHING!!!

    February 17, 2009 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
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