USA Today, Dec 8, 2008:
"Barack Obama said Sunday the plan includes spending on "shovel-ready" projects to rebuild roads, make buildings energy efficient, modernize schools and upgrade hospital technology."
WaPo: Jan 8, 2009:
"Barack Obama can create jobs, and the president-elect promises to move fast. After all, he says, he's met with a bunch of governors "and all of them have projects that are shovel-ready."
Announcing his energy team, Obama beams about "shovel-ready projects all across the country." Unveiling his choice for education secretary, Obama plugs his plans "to start helping states and local governments with shovel-ready projects."
NPR: February 9, 2009:
"...one of his President Obama's favorite selling points is the thousands of projects nationwide that he calls "shovel ready" - meaning planning is complete, approvals are secured and people could be put to work right away once funding is in place."
FOX News Interview 15 Feb 2009: David Axelrod:
"Well, I think that there'll be signs of activity very quickly. As you know, the package will help fund infrastructure programs and other programs that are ready to go around the country."
Now Public: 1 Mar 2009:
"Obama's StimulusWatch.org - proposed "shovel-ready" projects. ... Please look at your local Shovel Ready Projects."[snip]
Chicago Tribune: March 3, 2009 11:20 AM