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President Obama official schedule and guidance, Feb. 16, 2009. Signs stimulus bill in Denver

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THE WHITE HOUSE

Office of the Press Secretary

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

February 16, 2009

DAILY GUIDANCE AND PRESS SCHEDULE FOR

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2009

Tomorrow morning, President Obama will travel to Denver, CO. The departure from the South Lawn and the arrival at Buckley Air Force Base in Aurora will be open press.

The President will tour the solar panel installation project at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. The President will then deliver remarks and sign the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Vice President Joe Biden, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, and Governor Bill Ritter will also attend.

After the President's speech, The White House will organize a conference call with staff to preview the President's visit to Canada on Thursday. In the morning, a state-specific report on the economic impact of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act will be released.

The President will depart from Denver to Phoenix in the afternoon. The arrival at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport will be open press.

Intown Travel Pool

Wires: AP, Reuters, Bloomberg

Wire Photos: AP, Reuters, AFP

TV Corr & Crew: CNN

Print: New York Daily News

Radio: NPR

Magazine Photo: Newsweek

Out of Town Travel Pool

Wires: AP, Reuters, Bloomberg

Wire Photos: AP, Reuters, AFP

TV Corr & Crew: CNN

Print: NYT

Radio: CBS/FOX

Magazine Photo: Newsweek

EST

9:00AM In-Town Travel Pool Call Time

9:25AM THE PRESIDENT interviews with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

Map Room

Closed Press

9:40AM THE PRESIDENT departs The White House en route Andrews Air Force Base

South Lawn

Open Press (Pre-Set 9:10AM - Final Call 9:25AM - Gather at the North Doors of the Palm Room)

10:00AM THE PRESIDENT departs from Andrews Air Force Base

Air Force One

Out of Town Travel Pool (Call Time 8:00AM - Virginia Gate, Andrews Air Force Base)

MST

11:30AM THE PRESIDENT arrives in Aurora, CO

Open Press

12:15PM THE PRESIDENT tours the solar panel installation at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science

Denver Museum of Nature and Science

Out of Town Travel Pool

12:40PM THE PRESIDENT delivers remarks and signs the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

Denver Museum of Nature and Science

Open Press

3:25PM THE PRESIDENT departs Denver, CO en route Phoenix, AZ

Air Force One

Out of Town Travel Pool

5:05PM THE PRESIDENT arrives in Phoenix, AZ

Open Press

BRIEFING SCHEDULE

Press Secretary Robert Gibbs will gaggle en route Denver, CO.

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3 Comments

Is there some pressing need for the President to constantly FLY to venues, in order to make yet another speech, and to pose for photo-ops?

We have all been cautioned that the "road, ahead" is a rough one...and that we must all make "sacrifices". However, I cannot help but tally-up the many hundreds-of-thousands it costs our already strained budgetary reserves to have the President cruise-around in Air Force One, several times a week! Wouldn't such funds be better spent aiding distressed Americans, who are on the verge of losing everything???

I admire him, and like his approach to his new job. In many ways, he is a solid role-model. However, "personal restraint" and "modesty" do not seem to be integral parts of his makeup...especially when our economy is in terrible condition, and the nation needs a leader who shoulders its burden with the rest of us.

I think the travel is associated with trying to explain the path forward and the reasons behind the actions to the American public.
The reality of politics is that if you don't take the lead in defining your position, your opposition will do it for you.
By traveling out of Washington to meet and address ordinary citizens, the President is breaking out of the cocoon that surrounds all Presidents.

THE MAN IS DOING HIS JOB, HE ISN'T GOING TO SIT
IN D.C. AND WATCH THE COUNTRY GO TO BLANK, HE IS
COMING TO US, AND CALMING OUR FEARS, HE IS DOING
A GREAT JOB, AND I WOULD ENCOURAGE YOU TO WATCH
HIM DO WHAT THE OTHER MAN SHOULD HAVE DONE,
INSTEAD HE SPENT MORE TIME AT THE RANCH, AND THE
COUNTRY WENT TO BLANK IN 8 YEARS TIME!
IT'S NOT COSTING YOU ANYTHING IF THE JOB IS
GETTING DONE!
WE ARE ALMOST IN A DEPRESSION AND YOU ARE WORRYING
ABOUT HOW MUCH TIME HE SPENDS WITH US, PLEASE!
HE IS SETTING THE BAR VERY HIGH FOR ALL FUTURE
PRESIDENTS OF AMERICA, GET OFF YOUR BLANKS AND
GET THE JOB DONE OR DON'T SEEK THE OFFICE!
THE MAN IS THE RIGHT MAN FOR THE JOB, MCCAIN
COULDN'T KEEP US HIS KIND OF PACE, AND YOU KNOW
IT!

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