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Photo Gallery: President Obama Speaks in Detroit on Labor Day

Here are a few of the sights from the day when President Obama visited Detroit Monday to talk about jobs. Patch will be updating throughout the day.

President Obama talked about jobs during his visit to Detroit on Monday.

After a performance by Aretha Franklin, the president delivered a speech to metro Detroiters and labor leaders.

"If you want to know who helped lay these cornerstones of the American middle class, you just have to look at union labor. That's the bedrock this country is built on: Hard work. Sacrifice. Looking out for one another. ...," he told the crowd gathered next to the GM headquarters.

"These are tough times for working Americans, and even tougher for those looking for work. And a lot of folks have been looking for work for a long time," he said. The president then said he wants to "fully restore the middle class in America."

The president's comments were pro-union, and he talked about protecting collective bargaining rights. "We are strong when we are united. We're firing on all cylinders. The union movement is going to be the center of it."

Obama teased the crowd about his upcoming speech on jobs, which is planned for Thursday, saying he would propose "ways to put America back to work, that both parties would agree to."

"Labor's on board. Business is on board. We just need Congress to get on board to put Americans back to work," he said.

In the comment section below, tell Patch what you would like to see from national leaders to help Michigan turnaround.

What do metro Detroiters want to see from Obama and other leaders? Click here to see what others in the region think. Add your thoughts to the comments.

Other local Detroit media coverage of the speech can be found here:

Detroit Free Press:

In Detroit stop President Obama: I will stand up for collective bargaining


The Detroit News:

Obama: New jobs plan includes rebuilding roads, bridges

WDIV TV with video:

Obama Delivers Labor Day Speech In Detroit

Susie September 07, 2011 at 01:51 AM
Herb, There is a time when you can blame the other person, but there is always a time to take personal responsiblity for your wrongs. I voted Democratic for the majority of my life. It is the democratic party that tout "they are for the working man". Sorry I am just not buying that. I believe it may have been true at one point in history. Clinton has never taken responsiblity for his part in NAFTA or trade agreements with China. He has never acknowledged his part in the housing market when he opened the floodgates for loans that people were unable to pay. Barney Frank never acknowledged his part in the housing bubble, instead he stood and said there was not a problem. Clearly there was! These are just a few examples. I believe as Americans we need to open our eyes to the failures of both parties. You suggest you have no need to resort to namecalling about Fox News...yet in the above post you did it! You insulted Lee by suggesting his information is spoon-fed by Fox News. So it would be fair to say you are spoon-fed by MSNBC or any other democratic "newsworthy" source. Your brush appears to be a little broad as well. I personally don't give a hoot about what any of these sources say. You may not see it, but maybe you should take a look at your posts and realize that you are continuously insulting other peoples intelligence in a very clever way. But hey if it makes you feel like a bigger person than go for it.
Lee Jacobsen September 07, 2011 at 02:00 AM
Mark, You complain that the rich get more in tax savings than the middle class. The way our tax system works. the people who pay the highest taxes get the most benefit from a tax reduction. Tax them too much, attack them for being wealthy, and they just may not invest anymore. In fact, they might move overseas where the atmosphere is somewhat friendlier. We have one of the highest corporate tax rates in the world, 35%, only Japan is sometimes higher. Mark, obviously you have never tried to run a business. Try it sometime, boy, would your view change in a hurry!
Susie September 07, 2011 at 02:55 AM
Clare, I couldn't agree with you more. It isn't just about Hoffa's one little dirty word. It is the hypocritical point that Obama himself called for civility after the Arizona shootings. How many times did Hoffa suggest war with the tea party? War, battle field, take them out. I guess it is ok if it comes out of the mouth of a democrat. Your inclusion of President Obama's speech after the Arizona shootings makes you question if he was speaking to both parties or just the one that did not agree with him or his party. If it were Michelle Bachman or any other republicans that made that speech there would have been an outcry for their attempt to provoke violence. Who needs to go to the freep to read it..I heard it out of the horse's mouth.
Edward Smith September 07, 2011 at 11:28 AM
Herb and Mark relax.Take some valium and your medical maryjane.Ed Schultz has infected your thinking
Mark Blackwell September 07, 2011 at 12:44 PM
Hmm. That sounds like hostage money to me. I don't care for your system of government run by hostage takers at all. And it's not the way it was intended to work either.
Mark Blackwell September 07, 2011 at 12:46 PM
You actually wasted everyone's time by logging in, not to present an opinion, but to make a personal epithet about what you believe my television viewing habits are (incorrectly btw)? I think I'm finished talking with you people. It's like a swarm of stupid.
Clawson Citizen September 07, 2011 at 01:18 PM
hmm...Love how Mark "ended" this. Only he knows everything..the just of us"I think I'm finished talking with you people. It's like a swarm of stupid." But, we don't reduce to name calling......
Mark Blackwell September 07, 2011 at 01:51 PM
It's a little late to suddenly give a crap about that now, phony hypocrite.
Lee Jacobsen September 07, 2011 at 05:11 PM
Talk is cheap, anyone can namecall, but use your eyes and see what actually has been done by our local govt, Detroit being a prime example. We know the Dems and unions have controlled Detroit for decades. If their policies are valid, are what we want, then look again at Detroit, is that a place you would want to live, to raise a family, educate your kids? Sorry Dems and unions, time for a change. Many of those in Detroit have read the writing on the wall (the smart ones that can read) and have simply moved, one obvious reason that Detroit has withered. Yet we have 13 city unions, no cutbacks, acting as if the city still has 2 million folk instead of 750,000. Have you ever tried to open a business in Detroit? Compared to other cities, Detroit stifles any business growth. How many other cities just send a bill for $260 , calling it an 'existance fee'? Charge $600 a year to pick up a garbage can? When my warehouse was broken into, and I called 911 for backup, and my door repairman,who do you think responded first? 30 minutes for a new door, 2 hours for the police to respond to clear out the building. There is hope for Detroit, but only if the Dems and unions leave. So far, their performance speaks for itself, deplorable. We can do better. Pittsburgh, Cleveland, even Toledo have a better administrative city system. By the way, since I secured the building, that made it twice as valuable, according to the city tax folk. Dumb! Kick the Dems and unions out!
chris. roznowski September 07, 2011 at 05:44 PM
I agree with Lee Jacobsen. Every time some one tries to do good to help Detroit. The council gives them a hard time or destroy it.
Mark Blackwell September 07, 2011 at 05:47 PM
Yes. Talk IS cheap. Nice to see you rolling out your "anyone can name call" 4 days AFTER you stood by silently and watched your teabaggish friends ripping other users viciously, and now suddenly have a conscience. Nice.
Lee Jacobsen September 07, 2011 at 05:59 PM
Mark, anyone can also talk in 'generalities', not 'specifics'. 'ripping other users viciously' is a 'general' statement, backed up by nothing. Since you didn't question my comments on Detroit, Dems, and unions, then can I make the assumption that you also agree with me?
kidcat24 September 08, 2011 at 11:23 AM
I see many have neglected to look up history before posting. Democrat majority myth, look it up. And Fox conveniently left out the part where Hoffa tells first We have to vote, and take them out that way, take them out of office. Sad sad for this United States. Look up who fought to get China in the WTO.
Bryce September 08, 2011 at 07:06 PM
And I thought the song she sang was most appropriately titled for that get together!
Susie September 08, 2011 at 08:19 PM
Kidcat24, I think you may have forgot to look up some history as well :( the following is a cnn article from October 2000: The president has invited key lawmakers to the South Lawn to witness his signing of the U.S.-China Relations Act of 2000.The bill's passage by the Senate on September 19 capped years of negotiations with Beijing and intense lobbying by the Clinton administration, business and labor interests. Clinton argued that bringing China into the global trade regime will help make Beijing a more responsible and accountable member of the world community.The legislation is the result of a nearly year-old agreement between the U.S. and China that would ease China's entry into the World Trade Organization. With WTO membership, China will make significant cuts in its tariffs, thus opening its markets to the products and investment of America and other countries. You can read the entire article at: http://articles.cnn.com/2000-10-10/politics/clinton.pntr_1_wto-membership-china-global-trade-regime?_s=PM:ALLPOLITICS I find it interesting that you mention Fox, however I watched Hoffa's comments on a local news station. However, I think the point was that Mr. Hoffa used wording that has been deemed to incite violence by the Democratic party.
kidcat24 September 09, 2011 at 01:21 AM
That is because the republicans think that any station beside Fox is "liberal media" It's a lie.
Susie September 10, 2011 at 03:20 AM
I don't think republicans believe that all local stations are liberal media. Local stations spend the majority of their time reporting on local events, weather, etc. However, liberal broadcasting or I should say liberal commentators are plentiful on the national news programs. Evidently there is a place that liberals get there info, isn't there? We no longer have broadcasters in this country, it seems everyone is a commentator with an opinion and you know what they say about opinions don't you? Here is an example, national news organizations linked the Arizona shootings to vitriol from the Tea Party. Some came out and directly said it while others showed the shootings and insinuated by showing the tea party or Sarah Palin and her crosshairs on districts. Wasn't true! We have liberal commentators such as Mike Malloy who says terrible things and wished President Bush's death and talks about his hatred of the republican party or Ed Schultz who has made comments about Dick Cheney. I have never heard conservative talk show hosts ever wish for what these two guys have. I said it before, I believe it is disrespectful to suggest that people hold true to their beliefs because they have been brainwashed by "Fox News or Faux News". This saying came from somewhere...and you know what if you check out both of the liberal talk show hosts and others you will find they say it. So does that mean they brainwashed the masses to believe Fox news brainwash theory?
Bruce Northey September 11, 2011 at 11:19 AM
Why i gods name would a small business owner go through the trouble of putting on more employees, when any profits they make from those employees will be just taken (taxed) and giving to someone else. Liberals always talk about company creating jobs as if that's is the reason they are in business, get a clue, people go into business to make money not to make jobs. Because they are trying to make money they create jobs. If they are hindered by regulations, taxes and every other stupid social programs someone can think of to take away their profits from there own hard work and risk taking then you won't have new jobs. You can't have it both ways showing contempt for private sector and then asking them to risk their own time and money to hire someone.
Bruce Northey September 11, 2011 at 11:27 AM
Your middle class life style came about because of a surplus of jobs created by a free market system that used to reward hard work and risk taking. We have become a country that looks at someone who is successful as someone who lied and cheated there way there. If we allow people to benefit from hard work and risk taking then jobs will be created, not by social program put on place to redistribute wealth, and punish attempt to get a head in life not simple to work for someone else.
suzanne September 11, 2011 at 08:40 PM
http://www.laborunionsmademyday.com/ LABOR UNIONS MADE MY DAY
mike smith September 13, 2011 at 10:03 PM
are you sure? they promise you everything and do not deliver. Are you paying sue?
Lee Jacobsen September 14, 2011 at 12:46 AM
Let's make Michigan a 'Right to Work' state. If the unions are right, and make your day, then join them. If not , then don't join them. Right now, with many companies, and any that do work with the govt, they must join a union. Why? Give us a choice instead.....
chris. roznowski September 14, 2011 at 03:28 AM
Yes, let's make Michigan a Right to Work state. Why should the people have to pay the unions dues to work . So the unions can support Obama like $400 millions for his campaign. Now the UAW are seeking record $10,000 signing bonusess for each memeber. Where do you think all this money is coming from?
micheal j September 23, 2011 at 12:26 AM
Good idea right to work state we can all live of the government
micheal j September 23, 2011 at 12:28 AM
Kidcat24 You must live in detroit
Lee Jacobsen September 23, 2011 at 01:13 AM
Micheal, Glad to see some support for a Right to work State status for Michigan. The free publicity will attract all kinds of business to our state. When I quote a job, they ask two questions, your QC rating, and are you union? Hmmm, is being union a good thing, or not.? My customers think not.....why is that?
micheal j September 24, 2011 at 02:44 AM
Why do we need union for public officals. I don't like paying dues. I wonder why the south gets all the new car companies. Jennifer really messed this state up
Lee Jacobsen September 24, 2011 at 02:58 AM
The answer is simple enough. Look at what other states have done to create jobs and attract business, and copy the successful states. Here is a link.... http://dailycaller.com/2011/05/16/right-to-work-states-economically-better-off-study/
micheal j October 03, 2011 at 10:37 PM
Lee we are not like other states we are Michigan and everything we do is closely monitored by the democrats, they are the best people for our state after all we have Obama as our leader
Mark Blackwell October 03, 2011 at 11:16 PM
First thing is to vote out as many republicans as possible. Then everything else just kind of gets done. Because conservatism means "do nothing, change nothing, just jam up the system and grin." The politics of spoiled, deluded, uninformed children.

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