Obama: Auto Industry Proves 'Any Comeback is Possible'

Image: President Obama Speaks On Automotive And Manufacturing Industry At Ford Michigan Assembly Plant
WAYNE, MI - President Barack Obama speaks at the Ford Michigan Assembly Plant January 7, 2015 in Wayne, Michigan. The President spoke about the American automotive and manufacturing sector during his visit to the Detroit area, the first stop of a scheduled three-day, three city tour. (Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)Bill Pugliano / Getty Images

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President Barack Obama used the first stop on his three-day roadtrip to tout the resurgence of the American automobile industry in Michigan on Wednesday, saying the turnaround proves “any comeback is possible.”

“Plants like this one built more than just cars, they built the middle class in this country and that was worth fighting for,” Obama said at the Ford assembly plant in Wayne, Mich.

The president said the federal government’s rescue of the car industry helped save not only American automobile companies, but the city of Detroit.

"The auto industry has proved that any comeback is possible. And by the way, so has Motor City," he said.

Obama is hoping to capitalize on an improving economic outlook by highlighting three areas of growth ahead of his Jan. 20 State of the Union address. He heads to Phoenix on Thursday to tout improvements in the housing market, and promote education and manufacturing in Tennessee on Friday.

“One of my New Year’s Resolutions is to make sure more Americans in Wayne, more Americans in Michigan, more Americans all across this great country, that everybody feels like they’re coming back,” he said.

-- Andrew Rafferty