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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

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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