ANN ARBOR (WILX) - President Barack Obama is taking a look around the Ann Arbor area, before giving a speech at the University of Michigan. Air Force One touched down just before one o'clock at the Willow Run Airport in Ypsilanti. The President emerged from the plane with Gary Peters, Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate.
While still at the airport, the President shook hands for about 5 minutes with a group of supporters.
The President's motorcade stopped for lunch at the popular Zingerman's Deli in Ann Arbor. The President and Peters ordered Reuben sandwiches.
The President met with three workers during his lunch. They were Mira Friedlander, 22, a senior at the University of Michigan; Aisha Thurman,36 and a mother of three; and Graham Kovich,31 of Warren, mi. All three are servers in various metro Detroit establishments. All were advocating for an increase in the minimum wage. Obama told them the reason they were at Zingermans was that the owner, Paul Saginaw, paid his workers above minimum wage. "If workers are being paid well, they are spending more money and businesses have more money."
Pres. Obama left Zingermans after about an hour. Crowds gathered around the eatery and loud cheers were heard as the motorcade drove off.
He drove through downtown Ann Arbor to the speech site. People stood along Main Street filming the motorcade. The intramural building where he is speaking is in the area nearby Michigan Stadium, where Obama spoke when he was here at the beginning of his first term to speak at graduation.
He was greeted by a small group of protestors
News 10 will be streaming the President's speech live at wilx.com.
News 10's Jason Colthorp is in Ann Arbor covering the President. Watch his report tonight on News 10 at 6.