Not surprisingly, the largest applause of the afternoon here in Flint went to Mayor Karen Weaver, who has to easily be the most popular mayor in Michigan, even though she presides over the most troubled city in Michigan. Mayor Weaver was the last speaker to offer comments prior to the appearance of President Barack Obama, who is scheduled to appear within a few minutes here at Northwestern High School.
Also not surprisingly, when Gov. Rick Snyder stepped up to the mic as the first speaker, he received an openly hostile reception from the Flint crowd with numerous boos and catcalls. It was the first time that Gov. Snyder had appeared directly in front of a Flint audience on their home turf to apologize for what had happened to them on his watch, and the crowd wasn’t having it. Perhaps it was far too little, way too late.
Snyder was the only speaker to be booed. Sen. Debbie Stabenow and Rep. Dan Kildee, the other two ‘warmup’ speakers, also received warm applause.