presidential visit en Obama travels to Detroit today <p><a href="">President Obama</a> travels to Detroit today to <a href="">attend Detroit&#39;s annual Labor Day parade</a>. He&#39;ll address thousands of labor union members about his ideas to create jobs and help grow the economy, the Associated Press reports. From the AP:</p><blockquote><p>Obama&#39;s speech at a rally sponsored by the Metropolitan Detroit AFL-CIO may serve as a dry run for the jobs speech he&#39;ll deliver before a joint session of Congress Thursday night...In the speech to Congress, Obama is expected to outline a mix of tax credits and public works spending and press lawmakers to act quickly on the proposals.</p></blockquote><p>Michigan Radio&#39;s Detroit reporter Sarah Cwiek will be at the President&#39;s speech. As she notes:</p><blockquote><p>The President is looking to shore up support among organized labor, a key part of his base...</p><p>Speaking in the shadow of General Motors headquarters, it&#39;s likely the President will tout his administration&#39;s role in reviving the American auto industry. Publicly, Michigan&#39;s union leaders have generally praised Mr. Obama for rescuing U.S. automakers.</p><p>But, there are signs the President&#39;s support among union members has eroded, especially as unemployment remains high, and collective bargaining rights for public employees are under attack in many states.</p></blockquote><p>This will be the President&#39;s second visit to Michigan in the past month. Mr. Obama<a href=""> toured an advanced battery plant in Holland</a> in August.</p><p> Mon, 05 Sep 2011 10:43:01 +0000 Zoe Clark 4028 at Obama travels to Detroit today President Obama to visit Detroit on Labor Day <p><a href="">President Obama</a> will travel to Detroit on September 5th to speak at the city&#39;s annual Labor Day festivities, the Associated Press reports. From the AP:</p><blockquote><p>The White House says Obama will speak at a Labor Day event sponsored by the Metro Detroit Central Labor Council... Obama has touted his administration&#39;s work to rescue General Motors and Chrysler, which are both headquartered in the Detroit area.</p></blockquote><p>President Obama was in Michigan earlier this month, when <a href="">he toured an advanced battery manufacturing plant in Holland</a>. Mon, 22 Aug 2011 16:41:17 +0000 Zoe Clark 3856 at President Obama to visit Detroit on Labor Day President Obama to Holland <p><a href="">President Obama</a> is visiting West Michigan this afternoon for a tour of an advanced battery facility at the Johnson Controls plant in <a href="">Holland</a>. The president takes off from D.C. at 11:45 a.m. and is scheduled to touch down in Grand Rapids at 1:15 p.m. and then head to Holland by 2:25 p.m..</p><p>Of course, <a href="">any presidential visit</a> tends to warrant heavy media coverage. Here&rsquo;s what news-outlets across the state, and around the nation, are saying about the President&rsquo;s trip to the mitten state:</p><p><em></em>: <a href="">Obama&rsquo;s visit draws mixed reviews</a></p><p><em>The Washington Post</em>: <a href="">Obama tries to change subject back to green jobs</a></p><p><em>The Grand Rapids Press</em>: <a href="">As President Obama visits Holland battery plant, should government be betting on technology?</a></p><p><em></em> <a href="">Holland hopes to become leader in advanced battery manufacturing</a></p><p><em>The Grand Rapids Press</em>: <a href="">President Barack Obama&#39;s visit to Holland will be light on prominent Republicans</a></p><p><em></em>: <a href="">COMMENTARY &mdash; What about jobs, Mr. President?</a></p><p><em>The New York Times</em>: <a href=";scp=1&amp;sq=obama%20holland&amp;st=cse">Obama team turns its focus to tough re-election fight Thu, 11 Aug 2011 15:06:43 +0000 Zoe Clark 3703 at President Obama to Holland President Obama visits U.P. today <p><strong>Update 12:40 p.m.:</strong></p><p><strong>We will carry the live feed of President Obama's speech in Marquette on our website at 1pm.</strong></p><p><strong>Update</strong><strong> 12:01 p.m.:</strong></p><p>Governor Snyder has released the following statement about President Obama's trip to Marquette:</p><blockquote><p>“All Michiganders can take great pride in the national recognition earned by Northern Michigan University and the communities of Marquette County.&nbsp; Their partnership to expand high-speed wireless internet services through NMU’s WiMAX network wisely recognizes the critical need to enhance online availability in the 21<sup>st</sup> century.&nbsp; This cutting-edge approach benefits students and families while providing an essential tool that drives business development.</p><p>“At the state level, we are working aggressively to provide additional online and self-service alternatives for Michigan residents.&nbsp; Expanding wireless capabilities in the Upper Peninsula complements our efforts and provides welcome conveniences to U.P. customers.&nbsp; The President is right to highlight this initiative as a model of cooperation and innovation.&nbsp; We welcome the President to Michigan and look forward to him sharing this Upper Peninsula success story across America.&nbsp; We also applaud NMU and the Marquette area as they get their well-deserved attention on the national stage.&nbsp; They are outstanding ambassadors for the Upper Peninsula and our entire state.”</p></blockquote><p><strong>Update: 10:58 a.m.:</strong></p><p><em>Marquette, Michigan?? Wish we were going to Hawaii instead....</em></p><p>President Obama and his entourage of staff are flying aboard Air Force 1 to Marquette (Press Secretary Robert Gibbs is making his final flight).</p><p>The White House press corps is traveling along and they're not looking forward to the extreme cold temps.</p><p>Here's a "pool report" from the press:</p><blockquote><p>Marine One touched down at Andrews approx 9:35 am. POTUS, wearing overcoat but no hat or gloves, on AF1 5 minutes later, followed by staff including Jarrett , Sutphen, Mastromonaco, and Gibbs, making his final flight as press secretary.</p><p>AF1 rolling, with a flight time of just over 2 hrs from Andrews to Marquette, where the temp is said to be in single digits with a wind chill of -19. Pool fondly remembering travel pool in Hawaii just over a month ago.</p></blockquote><p><strong>7:12 a.m.</strong></p><p>President <a href="">Barack Obama</a> will visit the city of <a href="">Marquette</a> in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula today. The President will visit <a href="">Northern Michigan University</a> to promote his administration’s <a href="">National Wireless Initiative</a>.</p><p>It’s a program the President first announced during last month’s State of the Union Address.</p><p>The initiative would bring high speed wireless internet access to 98 percent of the nation’s population within five years.</p><p>Some say it’s a lofty goal, considering such technology is only now being built in major cities.</p><p>The initiative is part of the White House’s new focus on innovation and competitiveness as a way to “win the future.” Thu, 10 Feb 2011 17:40:07 +0000 Zoe Clark & Mark Brush 1231 at President Obama visits U.P. today President Obama to visit U.P. on Thursday <p>President <a href="">Barack Obama</a> will be in Michigan's Upper Peninsula on Thursday to discuss the National Wireless Initiative. The president will visit <a href="">Marquette</a> to talk about businesses that have prospered because of broadband access. The White House issued a <a href="">press release</a> detailing the trip:</p><blockquote><p>In his State of the Union Address, the President called for a National Wireless Initiative to help businesses extend the next generation of wireless coverage to 98 percent of the population.&nbsp; The next generation wireless network in Marquette is an effective demonstration of how the President’s proposal to open up airwaves will spark new innovation, put people back to work, grow the economy and help America win the future.</p><p>In his State of the Union, President Obama outlined a plan for America to out-build the competition to win the future. This plan for a 21st century infrastructure is about rebuilding our roads, rails and runways, but it is also about attracting new businesses to our shores and having the resources to ship American goods, products and ideas anywhere in the world.&nbsp; In order to do that, America must have the most reliable ways to move people, goods and information-from roads and airports to high-speed rail and high-speed internet.</p></blockquote><p>As the Detroit News <a href="">reports</a>:</p><blockquote><p>It'll be Obama's first trip to the Upper Peninsula as president and comes six months after he visited General Motors Co.'s Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Plant and Chrysler's Jefferson North Plant. The last time a president was north of the Mackinac Bridge was in 2004 when George W. Bush made a campaign swing through the region. Tue, 08 Feb 2011 12:42:35 +0000 Zoe Clark 1199 at President Obama to visit U.P. on Thursday