Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Signing the stimulus bill

Many media reports portray President Obama's trip to Denver (where he's set to sign the stimulus bill this morning) and Phoenix as an attempt to boost popular support for his economic agenda. The Los Angeles Times says the tour "reflects a decision by the president to escape the Beltway and touch base with the rest of the country at least once a week" and a recognition "that congressional Republicans were gaining traction in the debate."

Politico, meanwhile, says that "in turning their fire on the capital's process-and-power-obsessed political class," Obama's aides are "actually indulging in a time-honored Beltway tradition." The Washington Post reports that in addition to the "gales of Republican criticism," the President "is...facing quieter misgivings from liberal Democrats who say the bill does not go far enough." On its front page, the New York Times notes that Obama did gain the support of several Republican governors. John Aloysius Farrell, writing for U.S. News and World Report, offers 7 Reasons Why Obama Bipartisanship Lives.

Why sign the historic stimulus bill in Denver? It's unlikely that this is an arbitrary decision by the White House. For President Obama, Denver represents one of the high points of his campaign - when he accepted the Democratic nomination.

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1 comment:

Shirazi said...

What an observation! What a point! I liked this personal touch by the President. I will add to his strength and to the strength of the stimulus.