Feb 16, 2010 8:47 AM by Associated Press

White House defends year-old stimulus

It's the fist anniversary of President Barack Obama's economic stimulus plan and he's sending top administration officials out to defend it.

Cabinet members will fan out across the country to try to calm an anxious public as Democrats head into potentially devastating midterm elections.

A weeklong push to highlight the $787 billion stimulus program's first year starts today with a trip by Vice President Joe Biden to hard-hit Saginaw, Mich. He'll tour a small business, a jobs
training program and a solar factory that received Recovery Act dollars.

In all, senior administration officials are scheduled to visit 35 communities before Friday to counter Republican claims the massive deficit-spending program has failed.

Obama plans to surround himself at the White House tomorrow with people who have jobs because of the stimulus plan, then travel to Colorado and Nevada.




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