Obama Jet Sets to Columbus to Talk Stimulus
Matt | On 19, Jun 2010
President Obama dropped in on the friendly people of Columbus, Ohio on Friday after capping a hectic week of travel and meetings.
Obama was in Ohio’s capital city to celebrate the 10,000th road project to be funded with federal stimulus money. In this instance, an intersection will be upgraded near the city’s Nationwide Children’s Hospital. The $15 million construction is expected to bring needed jobs to the area. As the intersection improves, it will funnel even more people to the expanding hospital, which is another major employment hub for the area.
Obama gave his remarks right in the middle of Livingston Avenue, where construction will soon begin. [Knowing Columbus like I do, you couldn’t PAY some people to stand in the middle of Livingston. But, I digress. It’s the President.] He was joined by Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, and Ted Strickland and Michael Coleman, the governor of Ohio and mayor of Columbus, respectively.
Funny, I would suspect that the President set a world record for spending the LEAST amount of time in Ohio. He was there for a total of 58 minutes. That includes the motorcade from the airport to the job site and back. His remarks were about 13 minutes. He did the usual handshaking and mingling, but then he hit it back to Washington, D.C. I don’t think standing in the blazing sun on a Friday afternoon to talk jobs was the highlight of his week.
The man has GOT to be tired, though! He’s been to the Gulf Coast, then in intense meetings with BP, appeared on primetime television at the White House, and now skipped to Ohio in five short days. I’d rush home too. In fact, I would be asleep on the plane ride to and from the state. Hell, I’m tired just from reading that.
This was the President’s eighth visit to Ohio since taking office. If he drops in again, he will have to switch over the tags on his motorcade limo and sit for an Ohio driver’s exam. ::smh::