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Posted on Fri, Jan 27, 2012 : 11:23 a.m.

Obama in Ann Arbor: Mega guide to the president's visit

By Cindy Heflin

President Barack Obama brought his message of college affordability to Ann Arbor Friday to a cheering crowd of mostly students at the University of Michigan.

From the details of the president's speech to his shout-out to Denard Robinson, here's a guide to's complete coverage:



Sat, Jan 28, 2012 : 6:23 p.m.

The Presidential Maneuver : My apologies to Julies for causing a boring irritation. My comment relates to my concern for the irony that I am witnessing, the President has just delivered his State of the Union address to U.S. Congress, has come to address students at Ann Arbor and openly encourages the students to contact the same members of the U.S. Congress to whom he has directly spoken. The President must know that he has a duty and responsibility to directly work with U.S. Congress and promote the well-being of all citizens. If he cannot do his job, it would be gracious of him to step aside and make room for a President who knows the tricks of the rope and is willing to work with the elected officials and representatives of people. The President should not ask and must not expect students to waste their time on protests and petitions and get drawn into a battle with the members of the U.S. Congress.

Ellis Sams

Sat, Jan 28, 2012 : 3:50 p.m.

The president accomplished what was thought to be impossible: the city salting roads. At 5:00 a.m. Friday the major streets were wet. Two weeks ago when a similar amount of snow fell, the streets were still snow covered at mid morning. Give the president his due: GOOOOOOOBama!


Fri, Jan 27, 2012 : 7:34 p.m.

Just tell me what time he gets the hell out so we can have our town back. ????

Jeff Gaynor

Fri, Jan 27, 2012 : 5:37 p.m.

@BhavanaJagat: If you read the constitution (and believe me, I get the sports analogy), you'll discover that it's the congress's job to pass laws, not the president's. So, yes, he was politicking (who isn't, these days) but essentially he is making clear the president is but one of three branches of government, and he is not going to usurp power.


Sat, Jan 28, 2012 : 1:56 p.m.

Jeff, President Obama has usurped power even more than George Bush. Pres. Obama recently made what he called "recess appointments" even though the Senate was techinically still in session. Remember that the Senate is controlled by Democrats and all legislation has to pass both chambers before the President can sign it.


Fri, Jan 27, 2012 : 5:29 p.m.

This was NOT BREAKING NEWS. You've been telling us this for at least 3 days!


Fri, Jan 27, 2012 : 5:26 p.m.

THE PRESIDENT'S BALL GAME : In games such as football, soccer, and basketball, the player/s controls the ball, defeats the detractors and takes the ball to the objective to win the game. In games like tennis, the player plays the ball into the opponent's court and waits for the opponent's reaction. Ecah time the opponent fails, the player scores some success. What is the game that the President is playing? It appears that he wants to throw the ball into the opponent's court called U.S. Congress and the President wants to claim success if the U.S. Congress refuses to play the ball that he has tossed into their court. To win the game called Presidential Race, President Obama's strategy involves not keeping the control over the ball until reaching the goal post; he would rather prefer to play it to the audience and complain that the Congress is not playing the game that he wants to play. It is much more easier to incite the gullible students rather than playing the game according to rules and engage the opponent in fair play.

Mush Room

Sat, Jan 28, 2012 : 7:10 p.m.

And in this case pretty ridiculous. Presidents propose, Congresses dispose.


Fri, Jan 27, 2012 : 5:35 p.m.

Sports metaphors are so boring.


Fri, Jan 27, 2012 : 5:22 p.m.

The only thing new he mentioned was an education plan where the federal government will provide funds to states that meet certain requirements in reducing the cost of college education, but that was like two sentences.