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Bridget Johnson


April 19, 2012 - 6:11 am

President Obama told a campaign event at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Mich. — the same place where Mitt Romney kicked off his first presidential campaign in 2007 — that this presidential campaign “is and should be about values.”

“Hard work — that’s a value,” he told about 600 people who paid at least $250 each. “Looking out for one another — that’s a value. The idea that I am my brother’s keeper, I am my sister’s keeper — that’s a value. That I have a commitment larger than myself.”

Introduced by a UAW electrician for Chrysler, Obama took plenty of time to laud the auto bailout, along with the standard campaign lines about the Lilly Ledbetter fair pay act and ending “Don’t ask, don’t tell.”

“The American story has never been about just what we do on our own,” the president said. “We don’t win the race for new jobs and new businesses and security and growth if it’s just you’re-on-your-own economics.”

“…We’ve all got a stake in each other’s success.”

At one point an audience member yelled out, “We love you, Obama!”

“I love you, baby,” Obama responded. “Thank you.”

“We love you more!” the person shouted, drawing laughter.

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.
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