Obama To Attend Labor Day Festivities In Detroit

WASHINGTON (WWJ/AP) – President Barack Obama will travel to Detroit on Sept. 5 to speak at the city’s annual Labor Day festivities, a spokesperson for the AFL-CIO told WWJ Newsradio 950 on Monday.

The White House confirmed Obama will speak at a Labor Day event sponsored by the Metro Detroit Central Labor Council.

WWJ spoke with Saundra Williams, President of the Detroit AFL-CIO which is planning the city’s annual Labor Day Parade.

“We are so pleased that he’ll be here. He’s done a lot for Michigan,” said Williams. “For all of those folks that, you know, don’t have jobs … it’s just a little inspiration and encouragement for them to come out and join with us.”

The last time Obama made an appearance at the parade was in 2008… a few months before he was elected.  The September 5th parade “steps off” at 9:30 in the morning along Woodward and Michigan Avenues.  The parade traditionally attracts thousands of labor union members and their families.

This will be Obama’s second trip to Michigan in a month. Obama visited a battery plant in Holland, Mich., on Aug. 11. Obama has touted his administration’s work to rescue General Motors and Chrysler, which are both headquartered in the Detroit area.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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