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Fairfax County Parkway to Get Presidential Visit

By Michael D. Shear
President Obama and Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine will pay a visit to the site of the final segment of the Fairfax County Parkway tomorrow in an effort to highlight the potential impact of billions of new dollars for infrastructure projects.

Obama and Kaine, who is also the chairman of the Democratic National Committee, will go to the Engineer Proving Ground, where the last leg of the parkway is under construction.

Construction of new roads and repair of old ones has been a struggle in Virginia and elsewhere as states find themselves without the funds to pay for the expensive construction.

Obama has said the infrastructure spending in the stimulus bill that passed the Senate and House in different versions would help create millions of jobs.

Posted at 6:14 PM ET on Feb 10, 2009  | Category:  Barack Obama
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First of all, Obama is not legally President. Second, the GOP should point out that $2 billion is too much to spend taking his case to the people when CNN will do it for free.

Posted by: JakeD | February 11, 2009 1:19 PM

Sorry, President Obama needs to take his case to the people and drag the Republican and "blue dog" noses through the mess that they have created.

Posted by: nwsjnky1 | February 11, 2009 1:15 PM

skipper:

I am asking whether, in these dire economic times, when other CEOs are forced to sell their airplanes, shouldn't Obama lead by example? $2 billion is simply too much. There are additional costs, even for the Secret Service, anytime he leaves the White House. By comparison, FDR passed 14 stimulus bills in his first 100 days and didn't travel as much. If it takes sequestration, then so be it.

Posted by: JakeD | February 11, 2009 10:27 AM

JakeD: What are you asking? That POTUS stay sequestered in the WH instead of being in front of the people he works for (not just those who voted for him)? I am assuming that the $100K cost for today's trip is your attempt at allocating a portion of the budget to the travel. It is not like getting outside the WH is adding any costs...the SS is there no matter what POTUS does.

Posted by: skipper7 | February 11, 2009 9:56 AM

carrdona:

At least $100,000. He also went to Indiana and Florida. In these dire economic times, wouldn't it be better to lead by example?

Posted by: JakeD | February 11, 2009 8:54 AM

Back then we weren't in an economic Armageddon, forcing CEOs to sell their airplanes, passing bills to limit compensation, etc. Socialism, here we come.

Posted by: JakeD | February 11, 2009 8:48 AM

JakeD was happier when Abramhoff was covering everyone's travel bills. He never complained back then. And, um, not to point out the obvious, but weren't last year's presidential travel expenses those of . . . Bush? Right?

Jeez, JakeD is really scraping the bottom of the barrel now, isn't he? White House travel expenses? Next he'll be offering scandalous details on the exorbitant toilet paper brand used to stock the White House bathrooms. He keeps keenly focused on the big issues, that JakeD.

Posted by: nodebris | February 11, 2009 2:38 AM

How much can it cost to travel about 15 miles?

Posted by: carrdona | February 10, 2009 10:12 PM

Thankfully, Rep. Waxman (D-CA) has provided a helpful guide to evaluate Presidential Travel:

http://oversight.house.gov/documents/20060316113550-47530.pdf

Posted by: JakeD | February 10, 2009 7:34 PM

How much are all these trips costing the U.S. taxpayers? The total cost to run the White House last year was at least $1.6 billion (probably over $2 billion). Can we afford this anymore?

http://theintrepid.blogspot.com/2008/11/how-much-does-it-cost-to-operate-white.html

Posted by: JakeD | February 10, 2009 7:16 PM

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