President Barack Obama paid a visit to the Washington Auto Show, walking the halls flanked by execs from the Detroit Big 3 and taking the opportunity to check out some hot new American models. Obama spent some time in the new Corvette ZR1, Chevy Silverado and Ford C-Max Energi among others.
Like any real car guy, the President lingered the longest with Ford’s new sledgehammer 2013 Shelby GT500 Mustang, calling the car “sick” and “what I needed in high school.” Too bad it would not be… politically advantageous… for Obama to pick up a gas guzzler like the GT500, even if if it does make a pretty posterchild for a resurgent Ford.
The President couldn’t resist the opportunity to make a political statement, snubbing cars from foreign automakers (even those proudly being shown off as made in the U.S.) and lauding government-backed GM for its return as the world’s #1 automaker in 2011.
For the record, Mitt Romney opposed the Federal auto industry bailout packages: “It’s good to remember the fact that there were some folks who were willing to let this industry die,” the President said.