The stimulus was mostly pork. That is one of the many missteps this amateur president made. Even many left wing pundits admit it as much.
I love the hypocrisy in this thread - for four years the media has been downplaying the recession. If a Republican was a president we'd see the daily homelessness articles. Instead it was the media trying to make the recession cute with "helpful tips to save money" and "ways to get a second interview" all the while just throwing money at the problem and lifting zombie banks and poorly run auto-companies' bills onto the tax-payer and our grandchildren get to shoulder the interest.
Now Romney is being accused of "downplaying the recession" by people in this thread. It's absolutely hysterical.