Obama Jokes White House Is Building ‘Iron Man’ Suit

February 25, 2014 3:34 p.m.

Before announcing the creation of two Pentagon-led manufacturing hubs to foster innovation, President Obama joked Tuesday the White House was undertaking a special project — comic book hero Tony Stark’s “Iron Man” suit.

“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.

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