Updated at 12:52 a.m. And it’s over. A 16-minute speech, by the clock. I’ll generate more details on the speech itself in a bit.
Updated at 12:40 p.m.: President Barack Obama was bang on time. He waited through a small portion of the crowd – then singled out Gov. Sonny Perdue, who is a Republican, and Savannah Mayor Otis Johnson, who is not.
No mention of the Senate filibuster, and he’s deep into energy details, so it won’t happen here. On why energy refurbishing of homes is a good area for producing jobs: “It’s very hard to ship windows from China,” Obama said.
Obama noted that Georgia’s 10 percent unemployment rate doesn’t include those who have been reduced to part-time jobs.
The most ironic note so far: Obama noted that he’s sending a record amount of federal cash to community colleges, such as Savannah Tech. But up in Atlanta, lawmakers are about to slash spending at the same Georgia institutions.
Updated at 12:05 p.m.: We are in a quiet mode. Unusual for a crowd of 300.