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Michigan Looks for Leadership on Jobs, Schools During Obama's Labor Day Visit

What can be done to help Michigan? When Obama stopped in Detroit for his Labor Day speech, Patch talked to Michigan residents about what our national and local leadership can do to foster the state's turnaround.

DETROIT — Thousands of people from throughout Michigan gathered in downtown Detroit Monday afternoon to hear President Obama speak after the annual Labor Day parade.

While the president spoke about, Patch asked members of the audience to talk about what they would like to see our nation's leaders, as well as those in power locally, do to help the state.

Obama teased the crowd about his upcoming speech on jobs, which is planned for Thursday, saying he would propose "ways to put America back to work that both parties would agree to."

So what can our leaders in Washington do? Jobs, education: Those were the major themes these Michigan residents echoed.

What do you think? Click through the photo gallery to read what Michiganders said, and add your thoughts to the comments below.

Also visit of the president's Detroit speech and visit.

Sandy G September 19, 2011 at 01:23 PM
I was so happy to read these comments this morning. Good to know that at least the ppl of Michigan still care about our children even when the politicians don't. If they would only look at the future of our country. They just can't see that the more the take away from education, the more they are putting our country's future in the trash. PLEASE JUST THINK OF THE KIDS.
Steve Cooks September 19, 2011 at 03:43 PM
Sandy, you are so correct. Time to stop the MEA shooters from spending money on Politics and get the money and responsibility back into the classroom. We all need to work to Recall the MEA Rich Elites and give power back to the teachers. Just for the record even the MEA office staff make far more than the teachers that they use as income only. Thanks......
Sandy G September 19, 2011 at 04:58 PM
Thank you Steve. Unfortunately, as parents and teachers, we care whole heartily for the children and the future of our state. Others would like to say they care (MEA) but I am just not seeing it. All I am asking is to stop taking from the children. I would rather my ss be taken then the funds from education. Please don't start commenting that I am wanting ss taken away. It is just an analogy, nothing more. THE CHILDREN ARE OUR FUTURE!!! Of course, more jobs would be nice too.
Denise Nash September 20, 2011 at 01:40 AM
Sandy G - I completely agree. I am not a teacher, but I don't understand all the hate for the unions. Unions serve a purpose. If they give money to the dems, so what? The Reps get plenty from the business community! Personally, I would like to see no business *or* union being able to donate to political candidates. Steve Cooks, I wish you would get as upset with CEOs as you seem to be with union leaders. They make a lot more money, and arguably it also belongs to "the people they represent".
micheal j September 21, 2011 at 12:28 AM
Steve Cook Jennifer Granholm was on CNN yesterday and listening to hear speak one will get sick She stated that during her term the employment in Michigan rose more than the employment in the whole United States. I freally think she meant UNemployment. The education and funds for our students were the best in the country.

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