- The Washington Times - Sunday, March 22, 2009

WASHINGTON (AP) - Three prominent elected officials want President Barack Obama to channel the public anger over the AIG bonuses into action that supports public works projects.

Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell and California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger have joined New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg in a coalition that promotes rebuilding roads, bridges and other projects.

Rendell says the controversy over the bonuses paid to executives at the insurance giant American International Group Inc. has taken attention away from Obama’s efforts to get the country moving again.

Bloomberg says Obama faces a challenge in focusing the nation on shoring up the banking system and other aspects of the financial system.

The three appeared Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

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