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President Obama departs Andrews Air Force base at 9:40 a.m. ET for Denver, Colo., where he will tour the solar panel installation project at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science around 2:15 p.m. ET. Press Secretary Robert Gibbs will gaggle with the press on the flight.

At 2:40 p.m. ET, President Obama will deliver remarks and sign the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. His remarks will be preceded by those of Vice President Biden. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and Colorado Governor Bill Ritter will also attend.

At 5:25 p.m. ET, President Obama will leave Denver for Phoenix, Ariz.

By Paul Volpe  |  February 17, 2009; 8:52 AM ET
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This has all been political theater.

ACT 1: GOP pretends to be against the bill...
but provides exactly enough votes to pass it.

ACT 2: GOP didn't need to vote in the house. (Lot's of chest bumping) But they made sure this bill got done in the Senate AND they're spending the money.

ACT 3: Hmmm. No unpopular filibuster. Plenty of money to bail out GOP governors. Pretend to be against pork spending. IT'S A HAPPY ENDING!

Posted by: JohnQuimby | February 17, 2009 1:15 PM | Report abuse

Do the taxpayers have to pay for these trips? Why can't he sign this in D.C.?

Posted by: JakeD | February 17, 2009 12:21 PM | Report abuse

These are two White House priorities for which the stakes are very high. The stimulus and the mortgage plan must succeed, not only to save the economy but to continue to allow Democrats and the administration to portray Republicans as out of touch with their criticisms.

Posted by: parkerfl1 | February 17, 2009 9:21 AM | Report abuse

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