Obama says, "Not only should we thinking about historic preservation, but we should also be thinking about our national parks and our national forests. There is this treasure that we've inherited from previous generations, dating back to Teddy Roosevelt. That requires us to continually renew our commitment to our historic structures and our natural resource base."
"So we have actually tried to ramp up our commitment to these issues. We've, where we can, put a little more money into it. But a lot of it's not only money, it's also more planning. And the Recovery Act gave a range of grants to state and local governments, in some cases around preservation issues."
The President segued into a discussion of energy efficiency in existing structures.