Top Ten Videos to watch

crime scene
Vote
Studio Portrait of Two Young Women Back to Back, One With a Tattoo
Mamie Till and Emmett Till
GOP Redistricting Plot To Unseat Rep. Corrine Brown Exposed
Protests Break Out In Charlotte After Police Shooting
'Keep the Vote Alive!' March Commemorates Civil Rights Act
White man shooting
Gun Violence Continues To Plague Chicago, Over 1,000 Shootings For Year To Date
HS Football
Gun Violence Continues To Plague Chicago, Over 1,000 Shootings For Year To Date
Police Line
US-POLITICS-OBAMA
2016 Republican National Convention
44th NAACP Image Awards - Show
MD Primary
Premiere Of OWN's 'Queen Sugar' - Arrivals
Democratic National Convention
US-VOTE-REPUBLICANS-TRUMP
Los Angeles Rams v San Francisco 49ers
US-POLICE-RACISM-UNREST
Protesters Demonstrate Against Donald Trump's Visit To Flint Michigan
President Obama Speaks On The Economy In Brady Press Briefing Room
Lil Wayne
Construction Continues On The National Museum of African American History To Open In 2016
Preacher Preaching the Gospel
Hillary Clinton Campaigns In Louisville, Kentucky
Miami Dolphins v Seattle Seahawks
US-VOTE-DEMOCRATS-CONVENTION
US-ATTACKS-9/11-ANNIVERSARY
Leave a comment

2aa09_obama-auto-bailout-greener-american-cars

CHICAGO (AP) — President Barack Obama declared Thursday that the U.S. auto industry is not just rebounding from its problems but on its way to being No. 1 in the world again.

His rousing pep talk to Ford factory workers came before he was heading into a night of high-dollar fundraising for the Democratic Party.

The president celebrated that the big three American automakers — GM, Chrysler and Ford — were all operating at a profit again. He described a remarkable turnaround for the car companies in an industry on the brink of collapse when he took office, thanks to federal taxpayer help and industry adaptation.

While Ford did not need to accept federal bailout funds like the other two companies, Obama said Ford still benefited because the government intervention helped prevent the loss of jobs and brand confidence throughout the entire auto supply chain. He spoke from a Ford plant in Chicago that is poised to add 1,200 jobs.

“I am convinced that we’re going to rebuild not only the auto industry but the economy better and stronger before,” Obama said. “And at it’s heart is going to be three powerful words: Made in America.”

RELATED: Obama In Detroit: His $60 Billion Investment Is Paying Off

The White House says Ford’s expansion is possible in part because of $400 million in new Energy Department loan guarantees for companies that redesign their plants to make more fuel-efficient vehicles. By the end of the year, the plant will begin cranking out a redesigned, energy-efficient 2011 Explorer sport utility vehicle that the company hopes to sell in more than 90 countries.

Obama also announced a $250 million export-import bank loan guarantee for Ford to help export its auto overseas. “We’re tired of just buying from everybody else,” Obama said. “We want to start selling.”

He later promised that the United States “is going to compete aggressively for every job out there, and every industry out there, and every market out there.”

While eager to frame the auto industry rebound as a success story Democrats can take to voters, most of Obama’s time in Chicago was being spent chasing the cash candidates need to fund their campaigns.

Pairing an official event such as the Ford plant visit with political appearances allows the White House to bill taxpayers rather than the Democratic Party or individual candidates for most of the president’s travel costs.

The president was headlining two events for the Democratic Party, at the Chicago Cultural Center and at a private home. Taken together, the two events were expected to raise about $1.5 million for the party.

RELATED: Obama Will Debut Cash For Clunkers Auto Plan

Obama also was campaigning for Alexi Giannoulias, the Democrat seeking the Senate seat Obama held before becoming president.

Losing the seat would amount to a huge embarrassment for Democrats come November and Giannoulias, the Illinois state treasurer, is trailing Republican Rep. Mark Kirk in the race for campaign cash.

Click here to view photos:

comments – Add Yours