Obama praises hard work of auto workers during Ford plant speech

President Barack Obama stopped in metro Detroit Tuesday as the first stop of a three city tour.

Obama spoke at the Ford Motor Co. Wayne assembly plant, calling the auto bailout an American success story and praised the hard work and sacrifice of union workers.

It was almost like a pep rally for the auto industry, as Obama even likened it to a child wanting to open his presents a little early. 

He talked about how the bailout was able to help the industry, particularly Chrysler and General Motors - offering $80 billion in bailouts for them five years ago.

Ford did not accept that assistance but Obama said the bailout was responsible for saving  more than one million jobs in the auto industry. 

This visit came to the Ford plant when employees here are currently not working - in fact some employees told FOX 2 that they were laid off this week ahead of the president's visit.

The reason has to do with the lagging demand for the cars manufactured at the Wayne plant, the Focus and the hybrid C-Max.

The country is in the 57th month of job growth across the country and that manufacturing is the best that it's been since the 1990s. He credited the hard working people of Michigan and mainly, Detroit.

"If there's one thing that you can take to the bank when talking about Detroit, is that Detroit always comes back," Obama said.

His next stop is Phoenix where he will talk about how his administration helped the housing market, followed by a stop in Tennessee where his administration helped the education sector. 

Later this month, he will make his State of the Union address. 
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