Detroit, MI – Though President Obama hasn’t even been inaugurated for his second term yet, and is presently working on pressing national issues like the fiscal cliff, one Detroit councilwoman has been expecting a bailout since Election Day and is wondering where her “government bacon” is.
FOX 2 Detroit reports that Councilwoman JoAnn Watson spoke before the Detroit City Council Tuesday, and said that President Obama owes the city a government bailout because they turned out in support of his re-election bid in November.
“Our people in an overwhelming way supported the re-election of this president and there ought to be a quid pro quo and you ought to exercise leadership on that,” said Watson. “Of course, not just that, but why not?”
“After the election of Jimmy Carter, the honorable Coleman Alexander Young [Detroit's former mayor of 20 years and former vice chairman of the Democratic National Committee], he went to Washington, D.C. and came home with some bacon,” she added. “That’s what you do.”
Indeed, Detroit is facing a major financial crisis, and Watson is right when she says that most of the city’s voters turned out for President Obama. Nearly 75 percent of Wayne County voters cast a ballot in Obama’s favor in the 2012 election.
And presidential bailout of cities is not unprecedented. Gerald Ford handed New York City nearly $2 billion in 1975 to help it avoid financial collapse.
As for Watson’s candor, Detroit’s situation is far more dire than most cities in the US. Some financial experts say that they could completely run out of money by the end of the year a mere few weeks away.
The White House has not announced any plans to supply the city of Detroit with relief funds.
Here’s the video of Detroit councilwoman JoAnn Watson asking for some government bacon. Do you think Detroit should expect a bailout for supporting President Obama?