In case you weren’t paying attention, Wednesday was infrastructure day at the White House.
President Barack Obama went to the Virginia suburbs to look at a road, Vice President Joe Biden went to Pennsylvania to look at a bridge and Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood stayed in Washington and met dozens of state transportation officials.
“Look around us. Look at this construction site, right where we’re standing,” Obama said during a visit to the unfinished Fairfax County Parkway in Springfield, Virginia. “We’re surrounded by unmet needs and unfinished business.”
He was standing at a podium on top of a dirt berm talking to a group of reporters roped off behind a red fence. A stiff wind kicked up dust that occasionally enveloped him and his audience.
The unfinished business he was talking about was not the roadway but the nearly $800 billion economic stimulus bill on Capitol Hill. The event was aimed at keeping heat on lawmakers to send him a bill before his weekend deadline.