COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) On a day when the nation's jobless rate
reached 8.1 percent, President Barack Obama is insisting that he
"did the right thing'' with the $787 billion economic recovery
Speaking in Columbus, Ohio, Obama noted what he called an
"astounding'' number of job losses in February. But he told
critics of his economic recovery plan that it is saving jobs.
He specifically pointed to the 25 police recruits in Columbus
who will be on the beat, thanks to the stimulus spending. Obama was
speaking today at a graduation ceremony for the recruits.
Obama said those recruits had faced the same jobless future that
millions of Americans are facing -- but he said it's not a future
he accepts for the country.
A spokeswoman for one of the eight Ohio Republicans in Congress
who voted against the stimulus noted that the money that saved the
recruits' jobs will run out next year, and that the mayor hasn't
said how he'll pay the salaries after that.