Ala. Legislators Blast President for Airbus Comments

Ala. Legislators Blast President for Airbus Comments

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MOBILE, Alabama -

The slightest of mentions from the President have set off a firestorm of criticism.

"Because we bet on this country, suddenly foreign companies are too. Right now more of Honda's cars are made in America than anyplace else on earth. Airbus, the European aircraft company, they are building new planes in Alabama," said President Obama.

That last line about Alabama and Airbus has rubbed some state legislators the wrong way.

"I've got to say I was a little sensitive to the suggestion that Washington deserves credit for airbus coming," said Senator Jeff Sessions.

"He had literally had nothing, to my knowledge to do with airbus coming to Mobile, he probably just found out about it through a speech writer," said Senator Richard Shelby.

Troy Wayman of the Chamber of Commerce says getting to this point has largely been a home grown effort.

"The main players in the project were obviously the port, the city, the county, the chamber, the Airport Authority all came together to make this project work," said Wayman

An effort that started immediately after EADS lost the tanker project.

"When the tanker project was announced for Boeing, they basically met us in the middle of the room us coming from one side, them from another and said where can we go from here and we started building that model the business case for the commercial side," said Wayman.

Senator Sessions says if anything the federal government was a hindrance to Mobile's Airbus relationship.

"I think had we had we a more level playing field and not a tilt toward Boeing Airbus may have won that tanker competition years ago and Airbus may already be producing planes here," said Sen. Sessions.

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