Obama not first to say jobs not coming back to Michigan
The politician stood up in front of a crowd in Michigan and declared that lost auto jobs are not coming back.
“I’ve got to give you some straight talk: Some of the jobs that have left the state of Michigan are not coming back,” he said. “They are not. And I am sorry to tell you that.”
The politician was Republican Senator John McCain. The date was Jan. 10, 2008, the place Grand Rapids, and he was seeking the Republican presidential nomination. He stressed the values of job retraining.
Fast forward to July 14, 2009. The scene: Warren, Michigan.
The politician stood up in front of a crowd and declared: “The hard truth is that some of the jobs that have been lost in the auto industry and elsewhere won’t be coming back.” He stressed the values of job retraining.
It was President Barack Obama.
McCain went on to lose the Michigan primary, with the ultimate winner, Mitt Romney, criticizing McCain for his remarks about jobs not coming back.
The Detroit News welcomed Obama’s remarks.
“His message is spot on, and one Michigan must heed,” the News said in an editorial.
“This state has found it hard to accept that the low-skill, high-pay factory jobs of the past are gone for good,” it said.
Photo credit: Reuters/Rebecca Cook (Sign in window of pawn shop in Michigan where decline of U.S. automakers has had impact)