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Obama Jokes White House Is Building 'Iron Man' Suit

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"Basically I’m here to announce that we’re building Iron Man," he said, drawing laughs at a White House event. "I'm going to blast off in a second."

"Not really. Maybe. It’s classified," he joked.

The two hubs, located in Chicago and Detroit, were pledged in Obama's 2013 State of the Union address and will receive a federal infusion of $140 million. They will focus on light metal manufacturing and high-tech digital manufacturing and design.

"I don't want the next big manufacturing innovation to come from Germany, Japan or France. I want it to be here in America," Obama said.

Progress overnight on deployment of new commenting system. We hope to move into a short beta-testing phase shortly.