Jay Leno and Chevy Camaro - Source: GM
In my post from this weekend, during the excitement of my annual bracket pick becoming a reality (of course, except for the outcome of the correct National Champion, ahem… Congratulations North Carolina Tarheels… Well done!) I stated, (besides GO STATE) that “Detroit is really a great place to live and work… Do these topics really matter to anyone else?”
Well, tonight Jay Leno reassured what many (including myself) already know as the correct answer to this question. Yes, Detroit (or as Jay joking corrected himself “AUBURN HILLS!” thanks to Martha Reeves for that material…) does matter to people! Leno’s free comedy show for unemployed Detroit workers opened with a jazzy performance by the Detroit band The Sun Messengers. Followed by a solid introduction from Kid Rock to the vivaciously loud cheering and proud Detroit crowd…
After approximately an hour and a half of non-stop laughs from this classy comedian, Jay summoned the lights to “see the crowd.” He then, genuinely expressed his love for Detroit and Michigan and the hard working people who live and work here everyday.
“This is one of the great American cities,” said Leno. “You guys are too close to Detroit. When you don’t live here, you appreciate it more.” Leno also thanked union members, whose parents and grandparents “created the middle class in America.” He certainly did not hold back from giving much love to a city he views possesses a deep-rooted hard work ethic, strong values and great products from our domestic auto industry.
Those from Detroit, know how to pick ourselves up after a nice sucker punch (or a few rounds of sucker punches…) It’s nice to see a good man (e.g. Jay Leno) acknowledges this too. Leno summed it up best, “It’s bad, but it’s not that bad. Things will turn around, they have before.” Thanks Jay and I agree, “God Bless Detroit.”