Obama's "Barn-Burner" Speech to United Auto-Workers, Calls GOP Philosophy "A Load of You-Know-What"

Today, President Obama delivered a "barn-burner" of a speech at the UAW conference, slamming the "you are on your own" mentality of his would-be Republican opponents who want to "let Wall Street write the rules again."

The words were strong, as was the tone and tenor of the rousing speech (even in the short video excerpts below, you can hear the audience shouts of "solidarity!") Obama singled out the words of Mitt Romney and his ilk who blamed the bailout on unions:

They’re saying that the problem is that you, the workers, made out like bandits in all of this; that saving the American auto industry was just about paying back unions. Really? Even by the standards of this town, that’s a load of you-know-what. 

As the Detroit Free Press noted, "The timing of the speech was notable: As the UAW held its national community action program conference in Washington, Michigan voters were headed to the polls to help decide which Republican candidate will face Obama, the Democrat, in the fall."

(There is some overlap here: the first video ends at the spot that's around a minute into the second.)

Let's be clear: not all of Obama's policies have been good for workers, and he could have been stronger in defense of attacks. But we can hope his new populist tone translates into some action, because heaven knows America's workers need it.

AlterNet / By Sarah Seltzer

Posted at February 28, 2012, 7:45am