A Bridge for Obama

In his speech before Congress last Thursday, Obama mentioned "a bridge that needs repair between Ohio and Kentucky that's on one of the busiest trucking routes in North America." The bridge Obama described is the "Brent Spence Bridge," with a needed overhaul expected to cost $2 billion and take years to complete. Interestingly, as The Hill noted in its report on the bridge: "Ohio and Kentucky, respectively, are the home states of the top two GOP congressional leaders, House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell." Obama's choice of this particular infrastructure project to highlight in his speech, although touted as not being a "bridge to nowhere," seemed more of a "subtle jab" at his rivals, and far from an attempt to bridge the current political divide. The punch, however well-aimed, lost some oomph when it was reported that the "enhanced version" of the speech carried on the White House website erroneously showed a picture of the "John A. Roebling...(Read Full Post)

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