The news came Wednesday amid signals that Obama and his 2012 campaign team will pay particular attention to Michigan, with new TV ads here and in three other states set to air beginning today.
Obama is expected to talk about his speech to Congress, not the campaign. But there are increasing indications the president’s re-election team won’t rest on recent history to keep Michigan voting for a Democratic president. Democrats have won the last five elections.
Obama last visited metro Detroit in October, when he brought South Korean President Lee Myung-bak to the General Motors plant in Orion Township to promote a new free-trade agreement. Obama also visited Detroit for a Labor Day speech.
No details have been released, but a White House official told the Free Press that Obama will be in metro Detroit next Thursday and Friday, with an event planned Friday morning.
The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the schedule hasn’t been released. It’s standard practice for presidents to make public appearances after unveiling their agenda in a State of the Union address.
Obama is expected to deliver the address to a joint session of Congress at 9 p.m. Tuesday.
Michigan is considered to possibly be in play this year, particularly if a native son — former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who grew up in Bloomfield Hills — is the Republican nominee.