WARREN, Mich. – The state that gave 54 percent of its vote to Barack Obama last November greeted his first return since the election on Tuesday with skepticism, doubt and anxiety about the future.
Obama, accompanied by his campaign manager, David Plouffe, on Air Force One, arrived in this Detroit suburb, where one in five residents is unemployed, to face one of the most challenging audiences of his six-month-old presidency.
The president came to Warren to talk about community colleges, but that topic was far down the list of priorities for residents who said their top concerns did not get beyond one word: jobs.
Obama stepped onto a small stage set up outside the entrance of Macomb Community College, and after receiving a notably lukewarm welcome, declared, “It’s not the time to shrink from the challenges we face.”
“I don’t have to tell you that Michigan in particular has been hard hit,” Obama said at the beginning of his speech. He strove to convey that jobs were his top priority, too – creating them, saving them and trying to find new ways to train for them.
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