UNDATED (WSAU) President Obama will start a three-day trip tomorrow that includes fund-raising concerts for his re-election campaign -- plus a message of hope for Milwaukee's impoverished inner-city. Obama will make his first visit to Wisconsin in more than a year. And his only stop will be at Milwaukee's Master Lock factory.
The White House says the Democrat Obama will quote, "discuss his blueprint for an economy built to last, based on American manufacturing and the importance of companies in-sourcing and investing in America." The president has hailed Master Lock several times as an industrial success story -- one that included the return of 100 jobs from China just over a year ago.
But while Master Lock succeeds, most of its industrial neighbors on Milwaukee's north side sit empty-and-bare. Marc Levine of U-W-M calls it the "epicenter of Milwaukee's economic decline over the past generation." Gloria Stearns, head of the 30th Street Industrial Corridor Corporation, is grateful for the president's help, creating an image boost that money can't buy. And she hopes new industries will quote, "look at us twice."
After leaving Milwaukee, the president has a couple of glitzy fund-raisers planned out West. The Foo Fighters, who won five Grammys on Sunday, will perform later tomorrow at an L-A fund-raiser. Chris Cornell will perform for Obama in San Francisco on Thursday. And on Friday, the band Head-and-the-Heart will be at a fund-raiser in Bellevue Washington.