- The Washington Times - Friday, March 20, 2009

WASHINGTON (AP) - Back at the White House after a California trip, President Barack Obama continues cultivating support for his economic recovery program.

He’s to meet with state lawmakers, underscoring the need to spend Recovery Act dollars openly and wisely on projects to create jobs.

Obama also meets with New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell and California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to discuss transportation investments. It’ll be the second day in a row the president has met with Schwarzenegger, who’s fast becoming one of his top Republican backers.

Later, the president and first lady Michelle Obama receive the Newsmaker of the Year award from publishers of black community newspapers.

Mrs. Obama also joins public schoolchildren in breaking ground for a new White House vegetable garden.

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