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Obama Still Selling Stimulus Plan

The stimulus bill has been law for two weeks now, but President Obama is still selling it. At an event at the Transportation Department this morning Obama sought to demonstrate progress, saying the first highway construction contract has been awarded, and 200 more will break ground in coming weeks.

These projects, Obama said, are "fueling growth in an industry that's been hard hit by our economic crisis." He estimated that projects like highway repairs will create or save 150,000 jobs by the end of 2010 - more jobs than were cut by GM, Ford and Chrysler. According to a White House release, one third of those jobs are created secondarily, through increased spending by those who are directly employed through the construction jobs.

The president announced that each project made possible by recovery funds will include special signage indicating as such.

"Let it be a reminder that our government, your government is doing its part to put the economy back on the road to recovery," he told department employees.

Obama was joined by Vice President Biden, who he said is called "The Sheriff" around the White House for his oversight role of recovery funds.

"If you're misusing taxpayer money, you'll have to answer to him," Obama said.

As the stock market continues to drop and his economic team works to sell his massive budget plan, Obama sought to reassure Americans that his philosophy was the right one for this crisis.

"There are those out there who say this can't be done, it can't be done efficiently, it can't be done effectively. We've gone through a lot of years where we're told what government cannot do," he said. "Government can't do anything by itself, we've got to have the private sector involved. But there are critical things that government can do."