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Friday, February 20, 2009

Obama Lectures Mayors: Don't Screw this Up!

As reported by The Huffington Post and other news and blogger outlets, President Barack Obama warned many of the nations Mayor's not to screw-up and don't float wasteful ideas.

President Obama also warned the mayors he would call them out.

Barack Obama, Joe Biden

Barack Obama speaks to a group of mayors in the East Room of the White House while Joe Biden looks on. Photograph: Ron Edmonds/AP

The Huffington post reports, that President Obama, sounding, at times, like a school teacher lecturing a classroom of mischievous students, President Barack Obama warned a gathering of mayors on Friday that the stimulus money they received better be spent wisely, transparently and without political motives.

"There is an unprecedented responsibility and accountability on all our parts," said Obama. "The American people are watching. They need this plan to work. They expect to see the money that they've earned... I want to be clear about this: we cannot tolerate business was usual. We will use the new tools that the recovery act gives us to watch the taxpayer's money with more rigor and transparency than ever... If a federal agency proposes a project that wastes that money, I will not hesitate to call them out on it and put a stop to it. I want everybody here to be on notice that if a local government does the same, I will call them out on it." More HERE

AAPP: President Barack Obama may need to coach this nations Governors as well. This would include his own buddy, Gov. Deval Patrick, whom I and many others are wondering if Massachusetts is ready to steal the stimulus money?

Of course I don't say this lightly, it has happened before in Massachusetts and Mississippi.

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