On September 27th the President told Peter Baker of The New York Times:
He realized too late that “there’s no such thing as shovel-ready projects” when it comes to public works.
Yet just three weeks earlier, in a speech to the LaborFest in Milwaukee, the President said:
So, that’s why, Milwaukee, today, I am announcing a new plan for rebuilding and modernizing America’s roads and rails and runways for the long term.
… But the bottom line is this, Milwaukee — this will not only create jobs immediately, it’s also going to make our economy hum over the long haul.