He came and The People loved him! President Obama addressed a cheering crowd of 3000 people in a high school gymnasium in the inner city of Toledo. I got to shake his hand; he is one skinny man! I was privileged to drive a van in his motorcade from the airport to his hotel and then to the site of the event. People lined the streets all along the route, cheering, waving their hands, American flags and campaign signs. I drove the wire press [API, UP, Bloomberg] to and from the airport and the event and was honored to meet the President just before his speech.
It was a terribly hot and muggy day here today and the 3000 cheering fans and the TV lights quickly heated the room to +90 degrees. The President congratulated the auto workers, firemen, police, teachers and other public workers on this Labor Day. He also hit Mitt Romney for having no economic plan for middle-class jobs except for ‘the same old policies that nearly drove us off of the cliff.’ They loved it. He used a metaphor of a black and white TV with rabbit ears for Romney’s ideas.
After the speech he flew to Louisiana to view the damage from the hurricane, all of this before the opening of the Democratic Convention on Tuesday.