Obama Highlights Successes During Trip To Chicago

President Obama visited a Ford plant in Chicago Thursday. He took credit for bringing the auto industry back from the brink, saying his decisions — unpopular at the time — made the turnaround possible.

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President Obama emphasized some good news yesterday when he went to a Ford plant in Chicago. Here's NPR's Ari Shapiro.

ARI SHAPIRO: President Obama's trip to Chicago had a few benefits for him: He took credit for bringing the auto industry back from the brink, saying his decisions that were unpopular at the time made the turnaround possible.

BARACK OBAMA: All three main U.S. automakers are now operating at a profit. That's the first time it's happened in six years.

SHAPIRO: He announced a $200 million export-import bank loan guarantee, saying it'll help Ford export more vehicles and create more American jobs.

And the trip let him attend some Democratic fundraisers, including one for Alexi Giannoulias, who is fighting to keep Mr. Obama's old Senate seat in Democratic hands.

OBAMA: Alexi's my friend. I know his character. I know how much he loves this country. I know how committed he is to public service for all the right reasons.

SHAPIRO: And the final benefit of President Obama's trip to Chicago was that it let him spend his 49th birthday with friends in his own home while one of his daughters is away at camp and the other is traveling with Michelle Obama in Spain.

Ari Shapiro, NPR News, Washington.

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