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Obama bound for Denver to sign stimulus bill

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DENVER, Colorado President Barack Obama was headed for Colorado Tuesday morning to sign the sweeping stimulus package into law at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science.Before signing the $787 billion stimulus bill, Obama planned to tour the museum’s solar panel installation to highlight the boost he hopes the measure will give to renewable energy.He was accompanied by Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, a former U.S. senator from Colorado.The museum was closed to the public for the event, but people began to gather outside hours before Obama’s arrival, hoping for a glimpse of the president.Denver mom Karrie Lucero brought her four children to wave signs. Fifteen-year-old high school student Lucy Westerfield was nearby hoping to see Obama.The museum has 465 solar panels mounted on its roof capable of producing about 100 kilowatts of electricity.Colorado Republicans plan a protest rally at the state Capitol to coincide with the signing. The state GOP ran full-page ads in Tuesday’s editions of the Rocky Mountain News and The Denver Post criticizing the bill as pork-laden and ineffective.Obama will fly to Phoenix after signing the bill.

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