Obama gave a speech today.  It was in Detroit.

Jimmy Hoffa Jr. set the tone as the warm up act (video links below)(h/t @allahpundit):

Teamsters President Jimmy Hoffa had some profane, combative words for Republicans while warming up the crowd for President Obama in Detroit, Michigan on Monday.

“We got to keep an eye on the battle that we face: The war on workers. And you see it everywhere, it is the Tea Party. And you know, there is only one way to beat and win that war. The one thing about working people is we like a good fight. And you know what? They’ve got a war, they got a war with us and there’s only going to be one winner. It’s going to be the workers of Michigan, and America. We’re going to win that war,” Jimmy Hoffa Jr. said to a heavily union crowd.

“President Obama, this is your army. We are ready to march. Let’s take these son of bitches out and give America back to an America where we belong,” Hoffa added.

I haven’t heard Obama’s speech yet, but will do an update when it’s available. For now, you will have to accept James Taranto’s summary:

Update: We now know Obama’s theme for Thursday’s speech before Congress, Republicans need to put country before party:

“We’re going to see if we’ve got some straight shooters,” Obama told a friendly crowd at a labor picnic on Detroit’s waterfront. “We’re going to see if congressional Republicans can put country before party.”

“Show us what you got,” Obama said at another point.

Thanks to Breitbart TV for the embeds of the Hoffa rant and Obama’s warm verbal embrace of Hoffa.

And, Media Matters is complaining that the “take these son of bitches out” language was “doctored” by FoxNews and that it really related to voting, not a call to violence.  It does appear that the wording related to voting, but does MMFA endorse calling political opponents such terms together with talk of being an army and marching to battle?  Notice MMFA parses words without condeming the violent imagery and war talk.