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08-20-2010, 01:21 PM
Obama had facts wrong about visit here

Finance director: Stimulus dollars didnít aid project

By Mark Niquette
Friday, August 20, 2010

A local project that President Barack Obama cited during a visit Wednesday to Columbus as an example of how the federal stimulus package has worked isnít actually being funded with stimulus dollars.

The president spoke at the North Side home of architect Joe Weithman, and both Obamaís comments and information from the White House touted Weithmanís work on a project that the president said was being at least partially funded by the $787 billion stimulus bill passed last year.

"What weíve been trying to do is to build infrastructure that puts people back to work but also improves the quality of life in communities like Columbus," Obama said in his remarks. "So Joe is an architect, and heís now working on a new police station that was funded in part with Recovery Act funds."

But although federal money is being used for the project in question, there are no stimulus dollars involved, said Columbus Finance Director Paul Rakosky, a Democrat.

Rakosky said the project is not a police station but rather the renovation of an abandoned warehouse that the city purchased on the South Side in 2007 to house the cityís police crime lab and property room.

Weithmanís firm, Mull & Weithman Architects, is handling the $300,000 in design work for the crime lab as part of the project, and the $300,000 is coming from a congressional earmark, Rakosky said.


08-20-2010, 01:50 PM
Whoops... someone at the White House just got fired.

Mike Honcho
08-20-2010, 03:53 PM

08-20-2010, 04:15 PM

He did not get it wrong, he lied.
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