President Obama Addresses United Auto Workers

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

US President Barack Obama speaks at the United Auto Workers (UAW) conference in Washington, DC, February 28, 2012. (SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images/Getty)

As voters in Michigan prepared to head to the ballots Tuesday, President Obama delivered a rousing speech to the United Auto Workers Union in Washington D.C., taking the opportunity to campaign on the success of the auto-bailout. Three years and some $80 billion later, the rescue of Chrysler and GM has remained fresh in the minds of voters in Michigan. However, the significance of the bank and auto bail-outs may mean something else — or perhaps nothing at all — to voters in other parts of the country.

Joe Nocera is op-ed columnist for our partner The New York Times.

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