Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Obama goes to Virginia, pushes infrastructure spending

Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine joined President Barack Obama just outside Washington in the latest event in the new president’s efforts to push his economic stimulus package.


Pres. Obama and Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine discussed infrastructure spending just outside Washington Wednesday.
Pres. Obama and Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine discussed infrastructure spending just outside Washington Wednesday.

“The time for talk has passed and now is the time to take bold and swift action,” the President said.

“Look around us,” Obama said standing on a construction site for the Fairfax County Parkway in Springfield, Virginia. “We’re surrounded by unmet needs and unfinished business in our schools, in our roads, in the systems we employ to treat the sick, in the energy we use to power our homes.”

“There’s a lot of work that needs to be done on our nation’s roads and congested highways, crumbling bridges and levees, and crowded trains and transit systems,” Obama added.

As he advocated for hundreds of billions of dollars in governmental spending to jumpstart the economy, Obama also promised transparency and personal accountability for the spending he’s advocating. “As President, I expect to be judged – and should be judged – by the results of this program,” he said.

The president’s visit to northern Virginia Wednesday was his third trip in as many days as part of the White House’s efforts to highlight the need for economic stimulus across the country. Obama is scheduled to visit East Peoria, Illinois Thursday.

From CNN Associate Producer Martina Stewart

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