Obama to speak at UAW-GM center during Detroit trip

Melissa Nann Burke
Detroit News Washington Bureau

Washington — President Barack Obama will speak at the UAW-GM Center for Human Resources during his visit to the Detroit auto show Wednesday, the White House said Sunday.

Obama plans to highlight the revival of the city and the 640,000 auto-industry jobs created since the $85 billion bailout.

It will be Obama’s first visit to the North American International Auto Show and 17th trip to Michigan since taking office.

In an address earlier this month, Obama noted the Metro Detroit unemployment rate has been cut by more than half, the Big Three automakers are raising wages and the auto industry had a record sales year in 2015.

He said he would attend the auto show “to see the progress firsthand. Because I believe that every American should be proud of what our most iconic industry has done.”

Obama will be at least the third sitting president to attend the Detroit auto show. Others include Bill Clinton in 1999 and Dwight Eisenhower in the late 1950s.

Obama was last in Michigan in September with Jill Biden, the vice president’s wife, at Macomb Community College to talk about apprenticeship programs and making community college free.


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