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Listen as Gov. Snyder is booed in Flint

Gov. Snyder speaks to a crowd at Northwestern High School in Flint, MI.
Mark Brush
Michigan Radio
Gov. Snyder speaks to a crowd at Northwestern High School in Flint, MI.

Governor Snyder made a surprise appearance before the crowd of about of 1000 people in Flint waiting to hear from President Obama.

He was instantly and loudly booed by the crowd at Northwestern High School.

The crowd refused to quiet down for several moments, even as Snyder tried to speak.

Listen to his remarks below:

Snyder started by saying: "Let me begin by saying I understand why you are angry and frustrated. I want to come here today to apologize."

He could hardly get the words out over the boos and jeers.

The crowd got even angrier when Snyder said, "We have a short-term water crisis" even as he continued that "we have a longer term issue about building a stronger city of Flint."

Snyder continued, "You didn't create this problem. Government failed you."

Several people in the audience yelled "You failed us."

Snyder continued that "I will apologize and work hard to fix that."

Snyder thanked President Obama for coming to Flint and thanked him for sending "outstanding people" to the city over the last several months.

"I want to thank you for coming here today. This is an important moment to show how we can work together," Snyder said.

There was another eruption of loud boos when Snyder said: "Thank you for the opportunity to come share a few thoughts with you today."

He left the stage quickly.


Mark Brush was the station's Digital Media Director. He succumbed to a year-long battle with glioblastoma, an aggressive brain cancer, in March 2018. He was 49 years old.
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