Friday, January 27, 2012

Campaigner In Chief

Despite assurances his visit to Ann Arbor wasn't a political event, but rather official White House business, Barack Obama surely played the role of campaigner in chief today. This was the scene at the Al Glick Field House. Read the story.

"Michigan is all about making stuff," Obama said. "If there's anybody in America who can teach us about how to bring back manufacturing, it is the great state of Michigan."

Obama was welcomed by a receptive crowd of cell phone-waving University Michigan students.

The field house where the speech took place.

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan talks to a television crew. "Tuition is skyrocketing much faster than the rate of inflation," Duncan said, adding that many middle-class Americans believe college is becoming out of reach for them.

State Rep. Jeff Irwin, D-Ann Arbor, talks with Washtenaw County Clerk Larry Kestenbaum. Asked before the event how political he thought Obama might get in his speech, Irwin jokingly replied: "Six out of 10."

Ann Arbor Mayor John Hieftje offered his thoughts before the start of Obama's speech: "I'm hoping he's going to say some stirring things and announce some programs that are going to help people get an education they can afford."

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