President Obama visits Laborfest in Milwaukee

His last visit to Laborfest was in 2010
President Obama visits Laborfest in Milwaukee

President Barack Obama spent his Labor Day at Milwaukee’s Laborfest to commemorate the holiday.

The president spoke to a crowd of several hundred at the festival, highlighting the role workers have played in helping to build the economy.

“Because of our hard work, because of what we’ve been through together, the bet is starting to pay off,” Obama said. “America is stronger.”

For union members who heard the speech, the fest – and Obama’s presence – took on a special meaning.

“Workers are the backbone of the economy,” said Kenneth Stribling, a retired union worker. “Without us, nothing moves.”

On Labor Day, the president’s message in Milwaukee was clear – our country has come a long way, but we still have work to do.

“America’s best days are ahead, I believe it,” Obama said. “You need to believe it too.  Let’s get to work.”

Monday marked Obama’s second visit to Laborfest, the first being back in 2010 to honor the holiday.

In all, Laborfest saw a crowd of about 6,000, according to event organizers.