In and outs of the political campaigns, focusing on Michigan and Lansing, Tim Skubick will report regularly throughout the primary and then general election campaigns.
Monday, August 4, 2008
Obama: Car Guy
Any residue from his speech last October that hacked off everyone in the auto industry is now long gone as Barack Obama tells a Lansing audience he'll do lots for the Big Three and his opponent won't do squat. The presumptive democratic nominee for president celebrated his birthday in Lansing while giving the U.S. domestic auto guys lots of gifts including a multi-million dollar grant to stimulate new energy car research not to mention $7000 to folks who buy one. In fact if you closed your eyes during his 35-minute energy independence speech, and if he had raised his voice a couple of octaves, you would have sworn it was Gov. Jennifer Granholm talking up alternative energy. Many of her ideas found their way=2 0into Obama's script that outlined an aggressive agenda for weaning this country off of foreign petro within ten years. Yep ten short years. Billed as a policy address and not a campaign rally, there were empty seats in the house, no signs waving and very little chanting. In fact only once or twice did the 900 or so loyalists erupt into the traditional "Obama, Obama" cheer. And when it came time to sing Happy Birthday, the audience sort of mumbled through it. Maybe folks forgot the words? "There is no place I'd rather been on my birthday than Lansing, Michigan," he acknowledged the half-baked birthday greeting. O.K. maybe he didn't really mean it, but what the heck, he's running for office. Don't they all stretch the truth just a tad? All the pro-auto stuff was grand, but he left out one tiny detail. If he gets elected and the republicans take control of one house in Congress, his energy stuff could run out of gas before he even starts the ignition.