BY DEANDRE MCDAY, Staff Writer
Obama made his second stop in Michigan this year, bringing an uplifting, automotive-themed speech for 600 supporters at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, April 18, 2012.
On the exhibition floor, Obama spoke of his first-term accomplishments and rallied support for his future agenda. He spoke of keys issues including, but not limited to:
- The end of the war in Iraq.
- Progressive health care reform.
- The repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.
- The killing of Osama bin Laden.
These few successes, and more, were met with thunderous applause from the audience.
Obama spoke on a future founded upon the ingenuity of American manufacturing and energy. The president appears keen—downright adamant—about making a more independent America, adding that the beginning of such a future needs to being in cities like Detroit.
“When some politicians said, ‘Let Detroit go bankrupt,’ I placed my bets on American workers,” said Obama.
“…I want the next generation of manufacturing taking root—not in Asia, not in Europe—I want it happening right here in Detroit, right here in Michgan.”
General tickets for the event were $250, but many high profile supporters donated much more.
An old Chinese proverb says, “A picture’s worth a thousand words.” If so, how much is picture with the President of the United States? $5,000. Don’t worry; it came with dinner as well. The event even featured a special “VIP” section that required an extra $1,000.
It appears that Michiganders share Obama’s vision for 2012, and the years to come. Obama’s appearance at the Henry Ford Museum was met with great anticipation and the highest regard. Even so, Obama took it upon himself to express humility and reassure that promises made to America in his first run for office will continue to be kept in his second.
“I’m not a perfect man, I’ll never be a perfect president, but what I promised you was that I would… wake up every single day, fighting for you as hard as I could,” he said. “And I have kept that promise.”
Before leaving for his second Michigan fundraiser, Obama concluded his remarks at the Henry Ford last Wednesday with a call to action.
“If you are willing to continue to work, there is nothing that can stop us,” said Obama. “We are going to finish what we started in 2008.”
Non-watermarked photos available upon request.