I don't intend to comb through President Donald Trump's State of the Union message Tuesday night to look for mistakes or allege mistruths. I'll leave that work to others.
But I would like to put a yellow highlighter to just one particular line in the address -- not because it says something about the American president, but because it says something about public perceptions of the U.S. auto industry.
Trump was speaking about the investment that is occurring in U.S. manufacturing.
"Many car companies are now building and expanding plants in the United States," the president said, which is absolutely true. But then he called that phenomenon "something we have not seen for decades."
Wait -- what?
"Soon," he went on, "plants will be opening up all over the country." And he summed up: "This is all news Americans are unaccustomed to hearing -- for many years, companies and jobs were only leaving us. But now they are coming back."