In Michigan, three times as many join Rick Snyder at Mackinac Bridge as heard Obama in Detroit

Three times as many Michiganders joined Gov. Rick Snyder to walk the Mackinac Bridge Monday than heard President Barack Obama deliver a Labor Day address in Detroit.

MACKINAW CITY — Gov. Rick Snyder led his first Mackinac Bridge Walk on Monday, striding across the 5-mile-long span with thousands of others in cold, windy weather and continuing one of Michigan’s most popular Labor Day traditions.

About 36,000 made the crossing — fewer than usual, probably because of the gloomy weather, said Bob Sweeney, executive secretary of the Mackinac Bridge Authority. Monday’s walk was the 54th-annual trek across the bridge linking Michigan’s lower and upper peninsulas.  http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2011109060327

And then there was this in the Free Press:

In his strongest words of support for organized labor, President Barack Obama told a riverfront crowd of thousands Monday in Detroit: “As long as I’m in the White House, I’m going to stand up for collective bargaining.”


The crowd, estimated at about 12,000, filled the GM parking lot next to the Renaissance Center and repeatedly chanted “O-BA-MA,” “More good jobs,” and “Four more years” during the speech, especially when Obama said he was prepared to stick up for organized labor.

Then, there was this as described on FoxNews.com

Teamsters President James Hoffa called on workers to get involved in opposing Tea Party-aligned lawmakers next November.

“President Obama, this is your army, we are ready to march,” Hoffa said. “But everybody here’s got to vote. If we go back, and keep the eye on the prize, let’s take these son-of-a-bitches out.”

A Google search of the James Hoffa speech produced 22,700 results, with dozens and dozens of citations.  A search of the NY Times website, on Hoffa speech Detroit, produced the AP story about President Obama’s Labor Day speech, which contained  no reference to Hoffa’s remarks.