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Obama, governors discuss stimulus

Posted February 23, 2009

— President Barack Obama addressed members of the National Governors Association Monday on how to spend the economic stimulus money soon flowing to their states.

"We expect a lot from you as the hard work of making the recovery plan's promise begins," Obama told the governors. He put Vice President Joe Biden in charge of overseeing the implementation of the stimulus, saying, "Joe will work closely with governors and mayors to keep things on track."

Obama named Earl Devaney, a former Secret Service agent who helped expose lobbyists' corruption at the Interior Department, to head the new Recovery Act Transparency and Accountability Board. Devaney, Obama said, "will watch the taxpayers money with more rigor and transparency" than ever before.

Obama created the board as an at-large body to oversee how the government spends the $787 billion stimulus package.

After his remarks, the president ushered the media out of the room so he could take questions from and offer ideas to the governors.

Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell, a Democrat and the NGA chairman, said he planned to press the president on the need for more investment in infrastructure projects like road and bridge repair going forward.

"Although the stimulus program is a great first step, we want to impress on the president that it's only a first step. We need to plan for the future, for the next five to 10 years," Rendell said Sunday.

Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, a former Republican National Committee chairman who has criticized the stimulus plan, said he nonetheless looked forward to hearing Obama's views on repairing the distressed economy.

"He's a new president, and we certainly owe him that," Barbour said.

White House officials said that for his part, Obama would stress the need for accountability and transparency in how the governors spend the stimulus funds. He issued a similar warning to the nation's mayors on Friday, saying he would "call them out" if they waste the money.


WRAL reporter Dan Bowens is in D.C. Watch his live reports beginning  tonight at 5 p.m.

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  • Here kitty kitty Feb 23, 2009

    I hate green...

  • Here kitty kitty Feb 23, 2009

    All you people who spout green green go green! Come sit in my chair in our green building in the 65deg chill where the green censor light bulbs that stay on constantly even when no one is in the room...what a waste of money!!! I am freezing in here!

  • Eduardo1 Feb 23, 2009

    JAMES27613....COMMON, WAKE UP! HOW CAN YOU DRINK CHAMPAGNE, HAVE FANCY HOR DOURVES, SALMON, LOBSTER, TAILS, FILET MIGNON IN A TELECONFERENCE. AND WOULD YOU LOOK SILLY SITTING IN FORMAL WEAR DURING A TELECONFERENCE, AND WHY WOULD YOU WANT TO BE BACK WORKING IN YOUR HOME STATE, WHEN YOU HAVE THE CHANCE TO FLY FIRST CLASS TO WASHINGTON AND HAVE A LIMO PICK YOU UP. DON'T FORGET, IF YOU TELECONFERENCE YOU MIGHT STILL HEAR THE PEOPLES VOICE IN YOUR HOME STATE, THAT ARE OUT OF WORK, HAVING HOMES AND VEHICLES REPRO'D, AND OF COURSE, THOSE HAVING TROUBLE PUTTING FOOD ON THE TABLE, OR PURCHASING MED'S. ON A TELECONFERENCE HOW COULD YOU HOBNOB WITH THE PREZ, VP, AND ALL OF THE OTHER BIGGIES.I DON'T UNDERSTAND JAMES, YOU ARE NOT LOOKING AT "CHANGE" IN THE RIGHT WAY. DO YOU THINK IT IS EASY TO DRINK CHAMPAGNE, AND SEND ANOTHER 17,000 TROOPS TO A LOST CAUSE, AND HEY FOR GOOD LUCK, MAYBE ANOTHER 13,000 BY DECEMBER.THAT WOULD BE A GREAT HOLIDAY GIFT FOR THE FAMILIES & SERVICEMEN.

  • Here kitty kitty Feb 23, 2009

    And you are going to buy a new car? No I don't feel sorry for you. I'm living in my means driving a 7 yr old car. It's people like you who are the problem.

  • Here kitty kitty Feb 23, 2009

    Shaleen: I could not afford the house but got one anyway." Were you forced to buy? Did they put a gun to your head? You obviously knew you couldn't afford it. There is a word in the English language you should learn: NO!! I knew on my income I couldn't afford a large mortgage so I bought small. Somehow I just don't feel much sympathy for you...

  • james27613 Feb 23, 2009

    More taxpayer money is wasted with these meetings in person.

    The President and the Governors should be teleconferencing instead of flying to DC and back home again.

    If IBM and other companies can have teleconferencing,
    what is Washington waiting for ?

  • Clover Feb 23, 2009

    Again, that's utter nonsense! You must get your information from FoxNews. See the link below for some real information...

    http://mediamatters.org/items/200901210005

    Or if you don't like that link, find any link that lists the unemployment rates during the 1930s.
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    Hah! You're citing Media Matters that propaganda machine started by Hillary Clinton and George Soros while condemning FoxNews. Now that's ridiculous.

    You might as well cite the Daily Kos!

  • Clover Feb 23, 2009

    "Course both Graham and Bush are extremely conservative compared to hard-core Socialist Barack Obama."

    That's a tremendous negative there on that one. You have been deceived, successfully so apparently, by the national party into a false belief that either of them are conservative in the least and that has never been the case. Neo-conservative is not conservative and is comprised of formerly self identified Trotskyites who worship at the altar of spreading democracy at the point of a gun.
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    ifcdirector, you are beyond confused if you are trying to make the point that Obama is conservative to the slightest degree. In fact, I've never heard anyone try to make that argument before.

  • ignc73 Feb 23, 2009

    I'm happily surprised to see the president talking to governors. This hasn't happened enough in the past 8 years under the Iron Fist of King George II. Our government should be discussing with each other, not dictating.

  • bettyboopr2 Feb 23, 2009

    "bettyboopr2: still smoking the Dick Cheney's bong there my friend..??

    No that would be Monica and Bill Clinton my friend. Just keep your head in the sand. I hate if for you and all the others out there that believe we need to cut our defense. I am prepared I hope you are too.

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