Barack Obama http://michiganradio.org en Sights and sounds from President Obama's speech in Ann Arbor http://michiganradio.org/post/sights-and-sounds-president-obamas-speech-ann-arbor <p>President Barack Obama spoke on the campus of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor today. His speech focused on raising the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour by 2016.</p><p>Here's the text of his <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/04/02/remarks-president-minimum-wage-ann-arbor-mi">speech</a>, and you can watch it <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/watch-president-obamas-speech-ann-arbor">here</a>.</p><p>And you can listen below to hear how the speech wrapped up:</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/142743799&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Click on the slideshow above to see some of the images captured during his speech.</span></p><p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 20:18:00 +0000 Mark Brush 17080 at http://michiganradio.org Sights and sounds from President Obama's speech in Ann Arbor Zingerman's co-founder talks about why raising the minimum wage matters http://michiganradio.org/post/zingermans-co-founder-talks-about-why-raising-minimum-wage-matters <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">President Barack Obama was in Ann Arbor today, pushing the Fair Minimum Wage Act.</span></p><p>That’s the bill that would gradually raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $10.10 by 2016. Senate Democrats are planning votes on a bill, but Republicans are working to block it.</p><p>Back here in Michigan, the minimum wage is $7.40 an hour – though groups are working to gather petition signatures to boost the state's minimum wage.</p><p>But can a state that is still recovering from a terrible recession weather a 36% hike in the minimum wage?</p><p>Paul Saginaw is co-founder of Zingerman's Delicatessen in Ann Arbor. He has been pushing to increase the minimum wage and he is already committed to paying Zingerman's workers above the minimum wage.</p><p>We talk to Saginaw about the president's push for raising the minimum wage.</p><p><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 19:21:29 +0000 Stateside Staff 17073 at http://michiganradio.org Zingerman's co-founder talks about why raising the minimum wage matters Watch President Obama's speech in Ann Arbor http://michiganradio.org/post/watch-president-obamas-speech-ann-arbor <p>President Obama is in Ann Arbor on the campus of the University of Michigan today to give a speech on raising the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour by 2016.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">You can watch his speech below (or you can follow this </span><a href="http://youtu.be/qpDn6BAu4_g" style="line-height: 1.5;">link</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">):</span></p><p>http://youtu.be/qpDn6BAu4_g</p><p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 18:48:54 +0000 Mark Brush 17078 at http://michiganradio.org Watch President Obama's speech in Ann Arbor President Obama stops at Zingerman's in Ann Arbor http://michiganradio.org/post/president-obama-stops-zingermans-ann-arbor <p>President Obama was in Ann Arbor today to <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/watch-president-obamas-speech-ann-arbor?nopop=1">give a speech</a> on raising the federal minimum wage. Prior to the speech, Mr. Obama stopped at Zingerman's Delicatessen&nbsp;and ordered a Reuben sandwich.&nbsp;</p><p>From the White House pool report:</p><blockquote><p>POTUS and motorcade stopped at Zingerman's Deli in Ann Arbor just before 1:30 p.m.&nbsp;With his suit coat off and U.S. Rep. Gary Peters by his side, the president ordered a Reuben sandwich.</p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 18:35:22 +0000 Mark Brush 17077 at http://michiganradio.org President Obama stops at Zingerman's in Ann Arbor President Obama in Ann Arbor today calling for a minimum wage increase http://michiganradio.org/post/president-obama-ann-arbor-today-calling-minimum-wage-increase <p>A minimum wage increase is something President Obama has been calling for since he was a candidate.</p><p><a href="http://www.buzzfeed.com/andrewkaczynski/as-candidate-obama-promised-to-raise-the-minimum">Buzzfeed </a>has a whole collection of "I'm going to raise the minimum wage" videos from campaign stops Obama made in 2008.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Here's one of them:</span></p><p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 17:28:50 +0000 Mark Brush 17076 at http://michiganradio.org President Obama in Ann Arbor today calling for a minimum wage increase The week in Michigan politics http://michiganradio.org/post/week-michigan-politics-51 <p></p><p>This <em>Week in Michigan Politics, </em>Jack Lessenberry and Christina Shockley discuss<a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-will-be-weaker-washington-we-ve-been-ages"> the impact of a fourth member of the state's congressional delegation who won't seek re-election</a>, <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/michigans-medicaid-expansion-goes-effect-today">Medicaid expansion</a>, President Obama's trip to Michigan to talk about the minimum wage, and <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/orr-turns-heat-detroit-pensioners-they-push-back">Detroit's latest plan for bankruptcy</a>.</p><p></p><p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 12:24:05 +0000 Jack Lessenberry, Christina Shockley & Emily Fox 17071 at http://michiganradio.org The week in Michigan politics Students wait for tickets to see President Obama speak in Ann Arbor tomorrow http://michiganradio.org/post/students-wait-tickets-see-president-obama-speak-ann-arbor-tomorrow <p>President Obama will fly to Michigan tomorrow aboard Air Force One. He's scheduled to deliver a speech on raising the national minimum wage at around 3 p.m. on the campus of the University of Michigan in the Intramural Sports Building.</p><p>The event is open to those with tickets and the media.</p><p>Students on the campus of the University of Michigan started lining up last night for tickets. They had to wait overnight with their sleeping bags as the Michigan Union just started distributing tickets at 9 a.m. this morning.</p><p><a href="http://www.mlive.com/news/ann-arbor/index.ssf/2014/03/michigan_students_line_up_and.html">MLive's Ben Freed</a> spoke with students in line last night who told him that seeing the president speak is a "pretty unique opportunity." Janie Brown, Freed writes, was one of the first in line:</p><blockquote><p>“I came down here to get food at about four and then I decided to just set up out here so that I wouldn’t get shafted and not get a ticket,” [Brown said]...&nbsp;</p><p>“The last thing I waited this long for was the midnight showing of the last Harry Potter movie. I showed up more than 15 hours early for that and I was in full costume,” she said.</p><p>“But that was in daylight, and for a Harry Potter movie. Hopefully this is a bit more impressive.”</p></blockquote><p>The president's last visit to Michigan was on Feb. 7, 2014 when he signed the Farm Bill into law on the campus of Michigan State University. This will be Obama's third trip to U of M while president. <a href="http://www.mlive.com/news/ann-arbor/index.ssf/2014/04/no_sitting_president_has_frequ.html">The Ann Arbor News' Kellie Woodhouse</a>&nbsp;points out that no other president has visited more while in office.</p><p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 13:25:52 +0000 Mark Brush 17054 at http://michiganradio.org Students wait for tickets to see President Obama speak in Ann Arbor tomorrow President Obama picks Michigan State to win men's NCAA tourney http://michiganradio.org/post/president-obama-picks-michigan-state-win-mens-ncaa-tourney <p>President Obama, known as the first basketball fan in the White House, filled out his brackets for the NCAA men's basketball tournament yesterday.</p><p>He picked Michigan State to win it all.</p><p>"It's been awhile since Izzo won one," he said.</p><p>From <a href="http://espn.go.com/mens-college-basketball/tournament/2014/story/_/id/10630406/louisville-michigan-st-arizona-florida-president-barack-obama-final-four">ESPN.com</a>:</p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 16:24:34 +0000 Mark Brush 16898 at http://michiganradio.org President Obama picks Michigan State to win men's NCAA tourney Obama's proposed budget includes money for MSU's FRIB project http://michiganradio.org/post/obamas-proposed-budget-includes-money-msus-frib-project <p>A big-ticket construction project on the Michigan State University campus is in President Barack Obama's proposed budget.</p><p></p><p>The<a href="http://www.frib.msu.edu/"> Facility for Rare Isotope Beams</a>, or F-Rib for short, may turn MSU into a destination for advanced nuclear science research. But its $730 million price tag has raised questions about whether it will get the funding it needs to get built.</p><p></p><p>The president’s fiscal year 2015 budget calls for investing $90 million in the project.</p><p></p><p>Mark Burnham is the vice president of government affairs at MSU.</p> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 01:13:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 16717 at http://michiganradio.org Obama's proposed budget includes money for MSU's FRIB project Obama Administration to announce Detroit manufacturing institute http://michiganradio.org/post/obama-administration-announce-detroit-manufacturing-institute <p>CHICAGO (AP) - Chicago and the Detroit area stand to reap millions of dollars in federal grants and private sector investment as part of White House initiative to boost innovation in manufacturing and create jobs.<br /><br />The White House says President Barack Obama will announce Tuesday the creation of two manufacturing institutes. The Detroit-area institute will focus on lightweight metals, while the Chicago hub will push innovation in digital manufacturing and design.<br /> Sun, 23 Feb 2014 12:36:37 +0000 The Associated Press 16563 at http://michiganradio.org Obama Administration to announce Detroit manufacturing institute President Obama signs farm bill at Michigan State University http://michiganradio.org/post/president-obama-signs-farm-bill-michigan-state-university <p>About 500 people packed a Michigan State University campus hall Friday to witness President Barack Obama sign the new federal farm bill.</p><p></p><p>The event capped years of negotiations and some tough compromises with Congress on the complex legislation. President Obama said he’s always glad to return to Michigan to cheer the auto industry recovery. Now, he says, it’s time to do the same for agriculture and rural America.</p><p></p> Sat, 08 Feb 2014 11:09:00 +0000 Rick Pluta & Jake Neher 16359 at http://michiganradio.org President Obama signs farm bill at Michigan State University Mayor Duggan says President Obama asks for formal proposal to boost Detroit's economy http://michiganradio.org/post/mayor-duggan-says-president-obama-asks-formal-proposal-boost-detroits-economy <p>President Obama was doing more today in Michigan than talking about farm policy.</p><p></p><p>The president also met with Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>Over a lunch of salmon and rice, Duggan says the two men talked about improving Detroit’s economy.</p><p></p><p>“The conversation was very fast-paced. We exchanged a number of ideas on a number of strategies,” says Duggan. “You are going to see a continued partnership between the Obama administration and the city of Detroit.”</p><p></p> Fri, 07 Feb 2014 21:12:30 +0000 Steve Carmody 16356 at http://michiganradio.org Mayor Duggan says President Obama asks for formal proposal to boost Detroit's economy President Obama signs farm bill in East Lansing http://michiganradio.org/post/president-obama-signs-farm-bill-east-lansing <p>President Obama called the farm bill "a jobs bill” before he signed it into law today in East Lansing.</p><p>The president says the nearly $1 trillion package of farm subsidies and food assistance spending will benefit rural communities in Michigan and around the country that have struggled in recent years.</p> Fri, 07 Feb 2014 20:58:55 +0000 Steve Carmody 16353 at http://michiganradio.org President Obama signs farm bill in East Lansing President Obama will be in Mid-Michigan later today http://michiganradio.org/post/president-obama-will-be-mid-michigan-later-today <p>President Obama travels to Michigan today where he will sign the nation’s new&nbsp;<a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/02/04/271586651/congress-sends-five-year-bill-to-white-house">farm bill</a>&nbsp;into law.</p><p>The new law will <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2014/01/29/268102091/farmers-face-new-ag-policy-in-compromise-farm-bill">change the way the federal government aids the nation’s farmers.</a></p><p>The president is signing the nearly $1 trillion farm bill into law on the campus of Michigan State University in East Lansing.</p> Fri, 07 Feb 2014 11:11:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 16344 at http://michiganradio.org President Obama will be in Mid-Michigan later today President Obama will sign federal farm bill during Friday visit to Michigan State University http://michiganradio.org/post/president-obama-will-sign-federal-farm-bill-during-friday-visit-michigan-state-university <p>President Obama will sign the nearly $1 trillion federal farm bill into law when he visits Michigan State University on Friday.</p><p></p><p>The U.S. Senate passed the farm bill today, ending years of wrangling in Washington over the legislation that provides federal aid to farmers and the nation’s poor.</p><p></p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 22:08:51 +0000 Steve Carmody 16304 at http://michiganradio.org President Obama will sign federal farm bill during Friday visit to Michigan State University President Obama will visit East Lansing next week http://michiganradio.org/post/president-obama-will-visit-east-lansing-next-week <p><a href="http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20140131/METRO08/301310129/1361/Obama-to-visit-East-Lansing-Friday-for-event-on-economy">President Obama</a> will pay his first visit to Michigan in 14 months.</p><p>The White House will release details next week on the president's scheduled <span class="aBn" data-term="goog_195910797" tabindex="0"><span class="aQJ">Friday</span></span> visit to East Lansing.</p> Sat, 01 Feb 2014 15:47:40 +0000 Rick Pluta 16269 at http://michiganradio.org President Obama will visit East Lansing next week Michigan's auto industry cited often in President Obama's State of the Union speech http://michiganradio.org/post/michigans-auto-industry-cited-often-president-obamas-state-union-speech <p>Michigan’s auto industry figured prominently in President Obama’s State of the Union speech last night.</p><p></p><p>He started by talking about a hard-working auto worker building fuel-efficient vehicles and helping America wean itself off foreign oil.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>The president then introduced the new CEO of General Motors, who was sitting with the First Lady. &nbsp;</p><p></p> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 11:25:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 16224 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan's auto industry cited often in President Obama's State of the Union speech President to deliver State of the Union address Tuesday http://michiganradio.org/post/president-deliver-state-union-address-tuesday <p>President Barack Obama will issue a call for expanding economic opportunity in his State of the Union address. He'll press a divided Congress to help shrink the income gap between the rich and poor, while asserting that he will take action on his own if lawmakers don't.<br /> Sat, 25 Jan 2014 20:28:00 +0000 Steve Carmody & The Associated Press 16175 at http://michiganradio.org President to deliver State of the Union address Tuesday White House Christmas card made in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/white-house-christmas-card-made-michigan <p>GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) - <a href="http://obamafoodorama.blogspot.com/2013/12/the-obamas-2013-white-house-christmas.html">The White House greeting card</a> being sent throughout the country has Michigan fingerprints all over it.<br /><br />The Grand Rapids Press reports that President Obama's 2013 card was designed by graphic artist Chris Hankinson of Hilltop Studios in Grand Rapids, Champion Die Inc. of Comstock Park made the die and Admore Inc. of Detroit made the card. Even the hand folding of the cards was done in state at Handy Bindery Co. in Clinton Township.<br /> Sat, 21 Dec 2013 15:38:00 +0000 The Associated Press 15795 at http://michiganradio.org White House Christmas card made in Michigan Outgoing GM CEO Dan Akerson says they've 'been trying to fix this airplane while in air' http://michiganradio.org/post/outgoing-gm-ceo-dan-akerson-says-theyve-been-trying-fix-airplane-while-air <p>Outgoing GM CEO Dan Akerson spoke to the National Press Club this afternoon cataloging all the changes the company has made to make it profitable once again.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The U.S. Treasury sold the last of its holdings in the company earlier this month. The government said they lost about $10 billion on its bailout of over $49 billion.</span></p><p>Akerson said over the last four years, the company has invested more than $10 billion in its U.S. operations, including <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/gm-invest-127-billion-plants-michigan-ohio-and-indiana">$1.27 billion announced today</a>.</p><p>"There's that $10 billion again. But we're investing it - that will keep paying dividends to the American public that supported this company in its darkest hour," said Akerson.&nbsp;</p><p>Akerson said the company is still in the early chapters of the comeback story and that they still have a lot to prove to people who left the brand for other car companies.</p><p>Akerson&nbsp;will step down as CEO on January 15, 2014.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Akerson</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;was with the Carlyle Group prior to taking the helm at GM in 2010.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The global auto industry will see its first female CEO when Marry </span>Barra<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> takes over in January.</span></p><p>You can watch Akerson's&nbsp;address to the National Press Club below:</p><p> Mon, 16 Dec 2013 21:34:49 +0000 Mark Brush 15716 at http://michiganradio.org Outgoing GM CEO Dan Akerson says they've 'been trying to fix this airplane while in air'