President Barack Obama’s bus trip on Thursday through northern Ohio was taking him to four areas with big auto plants as he defends his decision to rescue U.S. automakers.
After a morning stop in the Toledo suburb of Maumee, Obama arrived at a park in Sandusky just blocks from Lake Erie. Hundreds of people packed the sidewalks in the downtown area, and school buses lined the park on all sides for security.
Russ Dickman, of Sandusky, said the auto industry’s health has a big impact on everyone. But he said the economy isn’t where it used to be.
“Not yet,” Dickman said while sitting on the steps of a merry-go-round museum in Sandusky’s quaint downtown. “I can see it getting there.”
Terry Jones, a truck driver who hauls auto parts, was straining to hear Obama’s voice on a loudspeaker from two blocks away. He said the rebounding auto industry will help the president a great deal.
“Ohio is a key state, and that’s most of your workers in autos,” he said.
Earlier, hundreds of supporters, including several wearing United Auto Workers union T-shirts, waited in Maumee for two hours for Obama’s arrival.
“The best thing he ever could have done was save the auto industry,” said William Harris of Holland, a worker for a Chrysler engine plant in Detroit for 36 years before retiring. “It’s not back yet, but it’s come a long ways.”
Former Gov. Ted Strickland, U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur and U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown warmed up the crowd in Maumee, all touting the auto industry’s revival. Brown applauded U.S. efforts to defend American auto jobs against what he called unfair Chinese trade practices.
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