In picking the Mountain West city for the signing of the historic economic stimulus bill, President Obama returns today to one of the high points of his campaign -- when he accepted the Democratic nomination -- as well.
It also gets him outside the partisan backbiting of Washington and out into the real country as he tries to convince Americans that the $787 billion bill is worth the money.
But the precise setting -- the Denver Museum of Nature and Science -- is curious.
Ostensibly, it is to highlight the potential of "green energy" jobs. Just before signing the bill, Obama will tour the array of 465 solar panels that the museum uses to generate part of its power.
But could it also be something of an in-your-face move to opponents of funding for the arts?
The stimulus bill includes $50 million for the National Endowment for the Arts, but it didn't come without a huge fight. Not only was not in the version originally passed by the Senate, but the Senate even passed an amendment that banned stimulus cash going to museums, arts centers, and theaters.
The conference committee's compromise, approved Friday by the House and Senate, restored the NEA money and killed the amendment.
The Denver museum, by the way, reported receiving two government grants of more than $100,000 each -- from NASA and the National Science Foundation -- in 2007, when it drew 1.25 million visitors.
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