President Joe Biden came to Michigan Thursday to meet with the UAW, which just endorsed his re-election.
He also stopped at "They Say," a Black-owner bar and restaurant Vernier Road in Harper Woods and shmoozed with patrons and local notables like the Bishop Charles Ellis III. Also in attendance were Michigan Sens. Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow, Rep. Debbie Dingell and UAW President Shawn Fain.
Ebony JJ Curry of the Michigan Chronicle writes:
Spending around 20 minutes mingling, he moved from booth to booth and conversed with patrons at the bar, sharing moments, taking photos, and even participating in a FaceTime call with someone on a customer’s phone. His interactions were personal and direct, though kept out of earshot from the media, showcasing a side of Biden keen on making genuine connections...
Biden’s entrance was not just a political maneuver but became a moment of genuine connection, as he moved through the restaurant with ease, engaging with individuals and families. Each handshake, photo, and conversation further bridged the gap between the high office and the everyday lives of Black Detroiters. The President’s willingness to listen and engage, to share moments of laughter and listen to personal stories, resonated deeply with those present.