MILWAUKEE (WSAU-Wheeler News) President Obama told an estimated 6,000 people in Milwaukee yesterday that his efforts to help workers are paying off. The Democratic president spoke for just over a half-hour at the city's annual Labor-fest -- where he also appeared in 2008 and 2010.
Obama renewed his push to raise the minimum wage, saying he'd continue the same hard sell to Congress that he once used to court his wife Michelle. As he put it, "I just wore her down." Republicans continue to reject Democratic calls to raise the minimum wage to 10.10-an-hour, both nationally and in Wisconsin.
The G-O-P says it's a job-killer.
Congress is not expected to act on the minimum wage before the November elections. Obama said congressional Republicans oppose "almost everything." The president spoke more aggressively to the Milwaukee crowd about the nation's economic gains than he had in the recent past. He said that "by almost every measure," the U-S economy and American workers are better off than when he took office. In his words, "the engines are revving a little louder."
Governor Scott Walker, House Democrat Gwen Moore, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, and County Executive Chris Abele greeted Obama when he arrived at Mitchell International Airport. Walker's Democratic challenger Mary Burke met privately with Obama.