Barack Obama made his first visit to the Motor City on Monday, telling a crowd gathered at Joe Louis Arena that, "We are going to build the cars of the future right here in Detroit, right here in Michigan, right here in America." The Detroit metro area has one of the highest rates of both unemployment and foreclosure, so Obama's message found a receptive audience. Popular Mechanics is expected to post a sketch of Obama's "car of the future" later today, including an artist's depiction of its flight capabilities.
Sen. Obama continued with a message of alternative energy development, an industry for which many experts say Southeast Michigan's workforce is ideal. "We're going to create alternative fuels for our plug-in hybrids," he said. "We are going to help the auto companies. If you are ready for change, we are going to create a brighter energy future right here in America."