The Things You Learn from Speeches

By March 18, 2008Infrastructure, Trade

From the President’s speech at the Port of Jacksonsville:

According to the most recent data, you move more than 8 million tons of cargo each year. This cargo doesn’t move itself. Somebody has to move it from port to port.

I’m sitting — standing in front of people that are all part of the process, good, hard-working Americans. They’re putting food on the table for their families because of trade.

You handle more than — more automobiles than any American port.

I don’t know if the people of Jacksonville understand that. Think about that, more automobiles are handled at this port than anywhere in the United States of America.

Wow. In fact, the Port of Jacksonville handles more than 18 million tons of cargo each year, including more than 600,000 automobiles and 760,000 containers.

Which ties into the growth of automobile manufacturing in the southeastern states.

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