President Obama in Michigan, Talking about the Economy

News accounts report that President Obama will deliver a speech in Warren, Mich., Tuesday on the economy. Only a passing reference at the White House website, a June announcement of the visit, then billed as a “town hall.”

Commentary, analysis and political speculation from The Prowler columnist at The American Spectator:

Several weeks ago, it was announced that tomorrow the president would attend a town hall in Warren, Michigan, a Macomb County suburb of Detroit. Yesterday, however, the White House announced that Obama would not take questions from a community angry over his stimulus plans and auto bailout and where unemployment is higher than the national average of about 10 percent. Instead Obama will make a prepared speech, expected to focus, White House sources said, on education and job retraining programs.

Apparently some members of the public, including Republicans and union members, were going to attempt to ask questions. In the interest of message control, more speechifying, especially on health care.

Reuters is still calling the event a “town hall,” however:

He takes his effort to win public backing for his plan to a town hall meeting in Warren, Michigan, on Tuesday, a state where closed factories and the highest unemployment rate in the country have left many without private health insurance and struggling to pay healthcare bills.

UPDATE (10:40 a.m.): Schedules are fluid, obviously. And not necessarily transparent. Today, for example:

The president will see labor leaders at 1:15 p.m., the Columbus Crew soccer team at 2:20 p.m. and deliver remarks at an Urban and Metropolitan Policy Roundtable at 4 p.m. Not on the daily lineup is his 3 p.m. meeting with the influential group of Jewish leaders, coming in the wake of Obama’s June 4 demand in Cairo for Israel to stop expansion of West Bank settlements.

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