7:52pm

Thu September 22, 2011
The Commonwealth

Obama: "Help Us Rebuild this Bridge"

With traffic crawling across the rusty gray Brent Spence Bridge behind him, President Barack Obama discussed his job creation plan in Cincinnati today. Just two weeks after mentioning the "functionally obsolete" bridge in a speech to the nation, the President came to see the aging span for himself. Mr. Obama says his proposed jobs bill would put Americans to work on projects like replacing the Brent Spence Bridge... and the recently shutdown Sherman Minton bridge between Indiana and Kentucky.

"It would lead to jobs for concrete workers like the ones here at Hilltop. Jobs for construction workers and masons, carpenters, plumbers, electricians, architects, engineers, ironworkers. Put folks back to work."

The Brent Spence sits between two districts held by key Republican leaders in Congress... a not-so-coincidental fact that wasn't lost on the President. "Mr. Boehner, Mr. McConnell, help us rebuild this bridge. Help us rebuild America." Critics of the President's jobs plan however are calling the visit little more than a campaign stop.