Obama Promises to Buy a Chevy Volt

Detroit News:

President Barack Obama delivered an endorsement to General Motors’ struggling Chevrolet Volt, saying he plans to buy the extended-range electric vehicle upon leaving office.

“Five years from now when I’m not president anymore, I’ll buy one and drive it myself,” Obama said to applause during a speech Tuesday to 1,600 workers and retirees from the United Auto Workers union. “Yes, that’s right.”

But the president forgot he had once driven a Volt all of about 10 feet, a move that worried the Secret Service during a July 2010 visit to GM’s Detroit-Hamtramck plant

Obama said Tuesday that the “Secret Service wouldn’t let me drive it. But I liked sitting in it. It was nice.I’ll bet it drives real good.”

Obama recounted his brief drive during a speech to GM workers in 2010. “Now, I have to tell you some of you saw me drive a Volt about 12 inches. They don’t let me drive much these days,” Obama said.

There is a compromise. Why doesn’t the president insist all of his cabinet members drive a Volt?

Most Popular


Fire the FBI Chief

American government is supposed to look and sound like George Washington. What it actually looks and sounds like is Henry Hill from Goodfellas: bad suit, hand out, intoning the eternal mantra: “F*** you, pay me.” American government mostly works by interposition, standing between us, the free people at ... Read More
Film & TV

Black Panther’s Circle of Hype

The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) first infantilizes its audience, then banalizes it, and, finally, controls it through marketing. This commercial strategy, geared toward adolescents of all ages, resembles the Democratic party’s political manipulation of black Americans, targeting that audience through its ... Read More