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. James

    Funny for all of this change we heard about Obama is acting more like Bush everyday? If there is a problem throw a ton of monet at it! Is he going to campaign for the next 4 years or what?

    February 17, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  2. Kenneth

    Thank you for the transparency President Obama! Those with negative comments about where the President signed the bill are those who cannot be appeased by anything that he does whether good or bad. President Obama promised transparency and what better way than to promote his agenda in public view and sign outstanding bills in states other than Washington DC? At least we now have a President willing to look the public in the eye and accept accountability for his actions. Thank you Mr. President!!!

    February 17, 2009 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  3. sm

    Stop wasting taxpayers' money. Don't blame the CEOs if you want to be so lavish.

    February 17, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  4. Len in Washington

    To "GenTwelve"

    You didn't really say that.....did you?

    He's the President, people. Let's give him a chance.
    It's only been a month for cryin' out loud.

    February 17, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
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