Obama speaks after Detroit Labor Day parade

DETROIT (AP) -- Barack Obama is assuring union members this Labor Day that he's "a labor guy."

At a morning rally in Detroit, he told supporters, "It's important to have a president that doesn't choke on the word 'union."'

Later, Obama met with a plumbers and pipefitters local in Monroe, Michigan.

Then he headed home to Chicago to monitor Hurricane Gustav.

Obama says today is a day "to come together as Americans and send our thoughts and prayers to our brothers and sisters who are concerned about their loved ones and their homes."

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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