The Obama administration has regularly sought to highlight the American auto industry, which features two companies, Chrysler and General Motors, that have repaid government loans issues in 2008 and 2009.
Republicans have accused Obama of wanting to take over the auto industry, derisively referring to General Motors as "Government Motors," but Democrats have countered that Obama stood fast in the face of GOP criticism to save the city of Detroit, which relies heavily on the auto industry.
Earlier on Monday, another member of Obama's Cabinet, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, used his own appearance at the North American Auto Show to tout Obama's stance on the auto bailouts.
"Each of the Detroit automakers is yielding a profit for the first time since 2004," the Detroit Free-Press reported LaHood said. "Each gained market share last year for the first time since 1988."