President Obama will visit the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, part of a wide-ranging visit to the city that will include a detour to at least one local neighborhood. A stop at the UAW-GM Center for Human Resources is also on the docket. The President is expected to speak about how his administration has helped the city and its biggest industry recover from the brink of disaster highlighted by the managed bankruptcies of Chrysler and General Motors in 2009.
It’s not clear how long President Obama will spend walking the halls at Cobo, examining the latest cars and trucks on display at the Detroit Auto Show. In his most recent weekly address to the nation, Obama said he would ‘see the progress firsthand’ that the automakers have achieved, much of which he attributes to his plan to “retool and restructure” the auto industry. “I believe that every American should be proud of what our most iconic industry has done,” wrote Obama. With record vehicle sales figures pretty much across the board in the United States in 2015, this is a good year to be visiting the auto show.
This will be President Obama’s first visit to the Detroit Auto Show and his 17th to the State of Michigan since he took office in January of 2009. The last sitting US President to visit the show was Bill Clinton, back in 1999. Before that, Dwight D. Eisenhower attended the festivities in 1960.