By Sam Youngman - 07/14/09 10:16 AM EDT
He’ll give the address in a state devastated by job losses in the auto sector. Michigan’s unemployment rate, 14.1 percent, is the highest of any state.
Obama will be greeted in Warren, Mich., by an op-ed in The Detroit News authored by House Minority Leader John BoehnerJohn BoehnerIn House GOP, Ryan endorsement of Trump seen as inevitable House GOP faces dilemma on spending bills Overnight Finance: Puerto Rico bill clears panel | IRS chief vows to finish term | Bill would require nominees to release tax returns MORE (R-Ohio) and Rep. Dave Camp (R-Mich.) blasting Obama's healthcare proposal.
Republicans have also attacked Obama’s $787 billion economic stimulus package for not creating jobs. Obama defended the stimulus over the weekend, saying it was designed as a two-year program and would spur more growth in the second half of the year. He also sought to regain momentum in the healthcare debate on Monday.
James Kvaal, special assistant to the president for economic policy, said on a conference call Monday night that Obama will expand on the portion of his joint address to Congress in February wherein “he set a goal for leading the world in the proportion of our citizens who have college degrees by the year 2020.”
“[On Tuesday] he'll be setting a new goal which will be 5 million additional community college graduates by 2020, and that’s a means of achieving the college completion goal,” Kvaal said.
Aides on the call said there are about 6 million community college enrollees currently, but they said about 40 to 50 percent of those who enroll with the goal of graduating or moving on to a four-year program don't make it to the end.
“So one of the things that he'll discuss tomorrow is a plan to see that more to fruition as it relates to our community colleges up in Michigan,” White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said Monday.
Obama won Michigan by almost 17 percentage points over Republican rival Sen. John McCainJohn McCainTrump should apologize to heroic POWs McCain urges sports leagues to return 'paid patriotism' money Senators to Obama: Make 'timely' call on Afghan troops levels MORE (Ariz.) in 2008.