Obama didn't believe that there were "shovel-ready" jobs a year ago, but didn't he still just recently push for a $50 Billion Stimulus Bill

Apparently, Obama didn't believe in so-called "Shovel-Ready" jobs a year ago.

DAVID BROOKS, NYT: Yes. Well, I shouldn’t have confessed this. He said this to me off the record about a year ago. But it hasn’t…

JIM LEHRER: Off the record? So, then you can’t talk about it.

DAVID BROOKS: Yes, because Peter Baker is a better journalist than I am, because I couldn’t get him to go on the record with that thing.

JIM LEHRER: He said this to you a year ago?

DAVID BROOKS: It was obvious. I mean, you are trying to build a stimulus package. And when they were trying to build it, believe me, they would have loved to have filled it with infrastructure jobs. But the projects just didn’t exist. They couldn’t do it. They couldn’t find them.

He told Peter Baker in October:

He realized too late that “there’s no such thing as shovel-ready projects” when it comes to public works. . . .

He realized "too late"? If that is true, what about the $50 billion bill that Obama put forward in just September that was know for building "roads, railways, and runways."

President Barack Obama on Monday proposed a quick $50 billion boost in federal spending to rebuild roads, railways and runways -- a move he said will create jobs and which Democrats hope will improve their election prospects in November.

Obama rolled out the Labor Day proposal at a speech to a friendly union audience in Milwaukee, the launch of a week-long push on the economy and jobs that will include an Ohio speech pushing tax breaks for business and a White House news conference on Friday.

It all comes as the country pivots to a fall campaign for control of Congress in which Democrats are expected to take a pounding. . . .

A copy of Obama's speech is available here.

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