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President Obama Visits Detroit Car Plants, Praises Auto Workers' Perseverance

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hide captionPresident Obama watches as a Grand Cherokee is assembled at a Chrysler plant in Detroit, Michigan.

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US President Barack Obama (C) watches as

President Obama watches as a Grand Cherokee is assembled at a Chrysler plant in Detroit, Michigan.

Jim Watson/AFP

This morning, President Obama traveled to Detroit, Michigan, where he donned safety goggles, toured a Chrysler automotive plant, and addressed automobile workers.

In his speech, he said the economy had improved since he took office, pointing to new economic figures from the Bureau of Economic Analysis, released by the U.S. Department of Commerce earlier today.

"The fact that we're standing in this magnificent factory today is a testament to the decisions we made and the sacrifices that you and countless stakeholders across this industry and this country were willing to make," he said.

Chrysler employees waited almost two hours to hear the president's remarks.

"Perhaps a bit restless after waiting for Obama since 10 a.m., the workers at the Chrysler plant began an impromptu wave around the plant floor, erupting in cheers each time it made a complete round," the Detroit Free Press reported.

Obama introduced The Great Lakes State's two Democratic senators, Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow, Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne, and others, and reminisced about his first new car, a Jeep Grand Cherokee.

To applause, he said that he "will bet on the American worker any day of the week."

I have confidence in the American worker. I have confidence in you. I have confidence in this economy. We are coming back.

If you happened to miss the president's speech, or if you want to see him sporting those safety goggles again, you'll get another chance in just a few minutes. He is scheduled to visit a General Motors plant later today.

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