Who says all the news coming from Detroit these days is bad?
President Obama is visiting two auto plants in Detroit today. His stops are at Chrysler's Jefferson North Assembly Plant and a General Motors plant in Hamtramck.
Much has been said of the government bailout of General Motors and Chrysler. I'm sure much more will be said of today's visit, with pundits from all sides looking for sound bytes to fit the story they have chosen to tell.
I encourage you to listen to them all, and then click here, to read the text of President Obama's speech he delivered at the Chrysler plant. Why let the pundits pick and choose what you hear? Also, while in the neighborhood, let me pass on a few more links that might help further inform you of why he's visiting, why the visit is important, and why you should care.
First, read a column written by Tom Walsh of the Detroit press, available here, where he proposes the bailout was more than just handing over a big chunk of cash. It was a complete reshaping of an industry desperately in need of one.
Next, zip of to the Detroit News, where columnist Laura Berman gives us some insight into the struggling neighborhoods you would encounter by driving between those two plants.
Finally, top your reading off with some good news by clicking here to read comments by Sergio Marchionne, Chrysler Group CEO, announcing they will keep the Sterling Heights Assembly Plant open beyond 2012 and add a second shift of nearly 900 workers in 2011.