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. 1/20/13

    To obama-mama

    Shouldnt you be job hunting instead of sitting on these blogs worshiping Obama???Typical Liberal

    February 17, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  2. Bill in California

    I'm amused by the intellectually superior dems who think they have solved the nations problems with the whisk of a wand and a new hand to wave it. You can blame everything on the last eight years on one party all you want but YOU need to grow up too. Political greed and misdirection cannot in good conscience be pinned solely on one party or even a political party. EVERYONE had a hand in this mess from those who only have their hand out to those who abused good legislative intent for their own gain.

    February 17, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  3. Jessica

    Poor Republicans I wish they would stop crying. The opposition you put the more we commend Obama for his endless efforts to put this country back together. Again he inherited this mess.. I can't believe McCain of all people has a the nerve to comment on the package.

    He had no idea what he was going to do and this is why he continues to sit on the side line. America has spoken.

    So all of the oppositionist are welcome because the more you oppose, the more we see you are not worthy of you current positions.

    We can vote you back to the sideline. This is the process......

    A U.S. citizen for change

    February 17, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  4. Pat F

    The endless publicity stunts on the Federal dime are going to start wearing very thin on the American people. Barry better start sticking around Washington and doing his job instead of campaigning for 2012.

    February 17, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  5. Dave

    By signing this in Denver, Obama is green? Puleeze....
    The guy took a page from al bore's book about being green.
    You know, fly around all over the world in your jet and then complain that everybody is creating too much carbon. Turn your thermostat down, but I get to turn mine all the way up.
    You Dems are following the Pied Piper of Illinois/Washington. For your own sake, you better hope that you are a cripple.

    February 17, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  6. HonestMistake

    Just another "Look at Me" moment for Obama. Can't he do anything quietly? No need to sell the bill, it's a done deal. Nothing we can do about it now except wait for the tax increases.

    February 17, 2009 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  7. Dave

    Yeah, "escaping" sounds about right. If this bill is any indication, their will be a lot of "escaping" going on by him and those in congress that vote for such idiocy.

    February 17, 2009 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  8. Jeff- Texas

    Energy should be a focus. But all this money for this solar energy. Where is the focus on "OIL". I can't believe how all you people have forgotten the $4.00 gas prices. Mark my words it is a matter of time and you will be paying $4.00 again, and you people will be crying. This solar crap will not power my vehicle. We will be back in the same boat. Remeber what your now president said? I am glad it went up I just wish it would not have gone up that quickly? We need to be self sufficient for our own oil!!!

    February 17, 2009 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  9. dennis

    Well these politicians are lying again and who is to blame these STUPID american people that vote them in. Did you all read all the package I bet not.

    February 17, 2009 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  10. tom

    I have a question....if this is a green conference, how much pollution did Air Force One and its entourage put out flying out to Denver? Also in this time of fiscal crisis, how much did this cost? Wouldn't if have been better for the environment and the budget to stay in DC and broadcast the signing via satellite? Hmmmm....Why don't they do what they preach in DC. Strike 1 and 2 for the Prez.

    February 17, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  11. Dave

    Havoc- the Dems have cried for the last 8 years so big deal. The two party scam has all the sheep in its web.

    February 17, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  12. dennis

    Well these politicians are lying again and who is to blame these STUPID american people that vote them in. Did you all read all the package I bet not.

    February 17, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  13. Harold

    As the headline says, Obama heads to Denver 'for a reason". This President will not live in a cocoon to satisfy those who disagree with him. It is obvious to me most folks who write negative comments do so because of an agenda. Well for at least four years,have at it; if things turn around, you will get another four years to vent and gripe

    February 17, 2009 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  14. Tom

    to MaryCO.
    Clean up the mess from the last 8 years?! While they were ATROCIOUS, we have far more cleaning to do than that. We lost control of policy back in the cold war when we thought it was ok to have professional military do the dirty work for us. Truman spurred this all on! If it weren't for him, Bush wouldn't have the tools to fight his sham war!

    February 17, 2009 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  15. Darin

    I work about 3 miles down the street from the museum, and I imagine that today will be crazy downtown. This SCIENCE museum is really awesome, and I love going to that place. It's one of the neatest science museum's I've ever been to.

    I guess we will just have to see if this bill will be effective the way we all imagine it will. I for one hope for the best for everyone.

    February 17, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  16. Larry from RI

    America wins and the GOP loses – AGAIN
    Ready, set – WHINE!

    Don't like the stimulus then don't accept any help from it.
    Don't send your kids to our improved schools.
    Don't drive on our improved roads.
    Don'r apply for any jobs created by it.
    Don't accept your income tax refunds or decreased payroll taxes.

    Don't do anything – just as you always have!

    February 17, 2009 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  17. boered1

    So President Obama is going to sign the bill in my town I could not be happier. Here in Denver we understand a feww things that obviously the radical religious right do not yet grasp.
    1) a STIMULUS bill is just that a stimulus, a jump start, not a long term final solution. So all you complaining that his will not give long term jobsshould go buy a dictionary.
    2) The economy is driven by people spending,peole spend when they ahve confidence they will have a job and a home tomorrow, this bill will increase the confidence of the average person allowing the economy to recover.
    3)It is funny how many people cry about the carbon footprint of pobama who, three months ago, argued it did not matter that global warming is lie guess they want it both ways huh?
    4)For those crying about President waiting three days to sign the bill maybe you should look at the calendar those three days were over a Federal HOLIDAY nothing would have changed between signing it friday night and signing it today
    5)For those who complain about this package being loaded with pork, define pork, this package was DESIGNED to fund work that local and state governments wanted done.
    6)Finally for those who claim this is fear mongering maybe you should take a look at the local news at least once a day, unemployment is up and RISING, Businesses are failing at an increasing rate, homes are being lost, suicides are up, but I guess you want to follow the same plan bush followed on global warming for the growing economic meltdown, ie "if we wait long enough and say there is not enough truth to it someone else will have to deal with the problem!"


    February 17, 2009 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  18. carolflowery

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

    Obama Mama, someone needs to remind you on a daily basis, he ran for this office 2 or more freaking years, he wanted, he's got it, deal with it.

    February 17, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  19. Susan

    I can not believe the Obamamaniacs still think he is a Messiah! He is signing a bill that will give Harry Reid's state 8 billion dollars for a high speed rail along with so many other items that have absolutely nothing to do with stimulating the economy now. Why don't they take that 8 billion dollars and give it to the taxpayers to spend? This will help keep people in their homes, give them money to spend and give us American citizens a little breathing room. One day soon the Kool-Aid effect will wear off (it appears some people are starting to see this) and people will finally understand that in fact he is nothing but a BS artist!

    February 17, 2009 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  20. Lynn

    Why shouldn't people all across America get a chance to see and hear their president? The geographical divisions in this country need to be broken down and this is one way to do it.

    Plus this gives citizens a chance to hear what he has to say unfiltered by the controversy, ratings based media as well as the partisan bs coming out of Washington.

    I think Republicans are jealous of the attachment that has been made between many voters and our young, intelligent, savvy president! Who in the Republican party could do this?

    February 17, 2009 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  21. Griff

    This looks nothing like: Corfu. Too Square...

    February 17, 2009 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  22. Billy Jack

    So why did congress get in such an uproar over the Big 3 flying to DC by jet? This is sort of the same thing. Politics as comedy. I love it.

    February 17, 2009 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  23. Washington Insider

    Is anyone else annoyed that Congress lied about their 48 hour moratorium on the Stimulus Bill? Or the fact there it was posted 10 hours prior to voting? The only people who had seen the entire bill were those few people working in Conference, but 90%+ of Congress never saw the final bill.

    We call Republicans obstructionists, but we as Democrats need to hold our Congress accountable for their promises and actions. Otherwise we are no better than the Republicans. I am getting more and more disillusioned and annoyed with how its "business as usual" on the Capital.

    February 17, 2009 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  24. Richard

    Hey Sam, HIGHLAND RANCH, COLORADO, I oppose the stimulus, and I won't take any money. Please don't take any of MY MONEY for it and I'll be fine.

    February 17, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  25. An American

    I guess Obama is still on the campaign trail. More hype and grandstanding. Well, all of us do not think this bill is a good bill Mr. Obama. People that bought houses that could afford to and are still able to pay those mortgages are getting the royal shaft because we are not going into foreclosure. We are JUSt paying on a house that is not worth what we bought it for at the same mortgage payment and if we took out an equity loan (which we could afford to pay also) we not cannot refinance because now the house is worth less. I DO NOT HEAR ANYTHING ABOUT FIXING THAT. Actually, I don't believe that big huge spending bill is going to fix much.

    February 17, 2009 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
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