March 20, 2009: Obama urges states to use recovery money carefully (AP)

  • Obama said the rules he announced Friday “will help ensure that we are proving ourselves worthy of the great trust the American people have placed in us.” Obama also told state legislators gathered at the White House that decisions about how money will be spent will be based on the merits of creating the most jobs and helping reverse the recession.
  • He added: “The American people are watching what we do. They need this plan to work. And they expect to see their hard-earned money spent efficiently.”
  • Schwarzenegger said they “let the president know that we are 100 percent behind him on this, to go out and to sell this to the American people. … Not only does it help us make our economy function better, but also it helps us in creating jobs.”