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Obama drives a car, haltingly

By Michael D. Shear

DETROIT -- President Obama got behind the wheel of a car Friday for the second time since he started receiving Secret Service protection in the spring of 2007 -- driving a black Chevy Volt for about 10 feet, haltingly and at a crawl.

Watch the video.

"Pretty smooth," he announced after emerging from the new electric car, which his administration helped make possible by bailing out struggling General Motors.

White House official said the only other time the president has been behind the wheel of a moving car recently was when he drove a Dodge Charger at a Secret Service training facility a few months ago. There were no cameras for that presidential moment.

Obama happily hopped into the Volt after brief consultations with the Secret Service and a concern voiced by press secretary Robert Gibbs that the novel new car had an airbag.

(Read more on the Volt)

The president's last personal car was a Ford Escape hybrid that was returned when the lease was up, an official said. He now is often driven in a car dubbed "the beast" for its armor plating and bulletproof glass.

By Michael D. Shear  |  July 30, 2010; 2:04 PM ET
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it seams the teabag republicans hate anything and everything American companies do as long as a democrat is in the white house I guess if old man McCain was pres they would love the Volt..this of course assumes it has nothing to do with the Presidents color..right?

Posted by: 7trumpets | August 5, 2010 6:51 AM | Report abuse

$41,000 for a compact car that goes 40 mles before you have to recharge it. Plus no place to recharge it. Plus you need coal to generate electricity. Plus Japan already has a much cheaper one that goes 100 miles without recharging.
That is what happens when you spend billions to bail out failing companies, and then listen to a "green POTUS" who decides what kinds of cars the company should manufacture. No one will buy it. GE lied when they said they paid us back. They took the money from a $13 Billion escro account paid by the government.
The Bailouts were a disaster on our taxes, and Ford who took no bail outs is doing the best.

Posted by: joanz3 | July 31, 2010 11:04 AM | Report abuse

The batteries need to be charged after 40 miles!!! To think all that for only $41,000. (before taxes of course).

Posted by: dcharlson | July 31, 2010 10:47 AM | Report abuse

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Posted by: robertfrost31 | July 31, 2010 7:06 AM | Report abuse

Nice thought, the Volt. What are you charging it on? If your power is nuclear, fine, as long as you can live with the fact that you'll never recover your cost over a Gas powered Cobalt, never mind the range issues. If your electricity is oil, gas or coal-fired, line losses of 3% per mile transmitted over the wires to your house, there's absolutely no gain in carbon output advantage and especially cost (and, those line losses occur with nuclear-generated electricity too).
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On carbon balance:
1) Point source vs. distributed. It's much easier to sequester output from a big stack than many small ones.
2) Line losses average 6.5% in this country. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electric_power_transmission#Losses)
3) ICE's manage 18-20% efficiency on average. Electrical motors waste less than that.

Posted by: mason08 | July 30, 2010 9:15 PM | Report abuse

But, Why is Obama Destroying America. If you truly want to know what is going on; Then you will have to accept these things as the TRUTH. Once you understand the following things; All things will be understood. So I tell you Obama is Satan on Earth, Lawless One, or what ever else you want to call this Demonic Figure. His words describe him, He is a False Hope, If you listen to him you will love him. He carries a Bow without an Arrow. He will conquer all through his speech, his false hoods will capture all who sit and listen to him.
2 Thessalonians 2:11-12
11And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, 12 that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

Posted by: makom | July 30, 2010 9:06 PM | Report abuse

Nice thought, the Volt. What are you charging it on? If your power is nuclear, fine, as long as you can live with the fact that you'll never recover your cost over a Gas powered Cobalt, never mind the range issues. If your electricity is oil, gas or coal-fired, line losses of 3% per mile transmitted over the wires to your house, there's absolutely no gain in carbon output advantage and especially cost (and, those line losses occur with nuclear-generated electricity too). In short, it makes no sense other than political dogma. The resources consumed in battery manufacturing, the damage to the environment getting rid of them one way another, yet more energy expended transporting them for recycling and the sheer weight of the things in the car make the entire enterprise without redemption. And again, the initial $41,000 dollar purchase price makes this thing a very, very poor business model. Why bother?

Posted by: JamesChristian | July 30, 2010 8:46 PM | Report abuse

"Miserable failure Obama" The losers-wing nuts-birthers-Obama bashers have become a circus act. It is so apparent that they hate Obama so much they want America to fail simply for self vindication. Well you meat headed clowns, we have three automakers turning things around which keeps jobs here at home. Obama is instrumental in saving AMERICAN jobs and WILL be in the WH for a second term. So you under-educated creeps just keep making fools of yourselves and proving that you are as UN-American as possible, the rest of us will enjoy the circus.

Posted by: Letsgetapizza | July 30, 2010 8:17 PM | Report abuse

Obama is such a flaming D-Bag..

Posted by: wewintheylose | July 30, 2010 8:15 PM | Report abuse

From an owner of 2 exciting GM innovations, the Corvair and the Vega, skip the Volt, even though you can drive 40 miles from home in it.

Posted by: llrllr | July 30, 2010 6:37 PM | Report abuse

screwjob18, now you are blaming the president for power outage from storm, you are an f_u_c_k_i_n_g idiot m_o_t_h_e_r_f_u_c_k_e_r.

Posted by: hemisphere
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Where did you learn to communicate with such sincere respect the opinions of others, express your thoughts so tactfully and form such wonderfully crafted arguments with folks when you disagree with them -- DC schools?

Posted by: JAH3 | July 30, 2010 6:33 PM | Report abuse


A $41,000 clown car that seats four passengers and is much smaller and less comfortable inside than a $14,000 Hyundai Elantra that seats 5.

To top it off Barry the incompetent boob's clown car requires you to plug it into an electric outlet every night, no street parking. Otherwise unless the batteries are completely charged, it runs on gas and only gets 48 MPG.

Barry the inept bungler bought GM at the taxpayers' expense for this? This is the car that is going to save GM?

Miserable failure Obama

Posted by: screwjob18 | July 30, 2010 6:29 PM | Report abuse

The car is a dumb idea and will never sell. $41K for that piece of garbage will never compete with any Civic or Corolla.

Posted by: Jsuf | July 30, 2010 6:23 PM | Report abuse

I'm glad they didn't let that fool drive a NICE car.
You can believe one thing, though: it might prove interesting noting what Obama likes...and then avoid those things like the plague. If he likes something, it must be a time-waster, a money-waster, something hailed too much by the press, and incapable of doing what it was bought for. If it could think, it couldn't discern the truth.

Posted by: flipper49 | July 30, 2010 6:13 PM | Report abuse


hemisphere wrote, "screwjob18, now you are blaming the president for power outage from storm, you are an f_u_c_k_i_n_g idiot m_o_t_h_e_r_f_u_c_k_e_r."

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gee hemisphere.. you really need to learn how to express your feelings. keeping it inside will only tear you up.

Posted by: WikiLeaksAreGood | July 30, 2010 6:09 PM | Report abuse

This is a joke, right? Even his father (whom I respect) feels he was a disaster for the country. It took him 8 years to run things into a ditch, and it's gonna take at least 3 years to stabilize things.

As to the Volt, it uses gas to generate electricity after 40 miles, not for propulsion. See:

http://www.chevrolet.com/pages/open/default/future/volt.do

Posted by: tjconnor | July 30, 2010 6:05 PM | Report abuse


onesugar wrote; "So Many Hater's!!"

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WikiLeaksAreGood sez-

and so much time...
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97 days... 97 Days... and the clock keeps ticking...

Posted by: Computer_Forensics_Expert_Computer_Expert_Witness | July 30, 2010 6:03 PM | Report abuse

Some hard working fool somewhere is going to pay $7500 in tax that will ultimately subsidize some tree hugger like John Kerry, so he can drive his 'status-symbol' Chevy Volt around DC.

I have no problem with GM building the Chevy Volt, so long as GM is using investor money to develop the car. That is precisely what capital investment is all about. If one believes this car will be a hit, they can freely invest their money in it in anticipation of reaping rewards in dividends and capital gains.

However, the investors are the American public. It is NOT their free will investing in the Volt and they damn sure will not reap any dividends or receive any capital gains from it. The government is simply taking their money and rewarding others with it.

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Posted by: Hawaiian_Gecko | July 30, 2010 5:59 PM | Report abuse

"President Obama is hitching his wagon to a small, underpowered vehicle that will never be more than a green status symbol for upper income tree huggers. GM admits that it cannot make money on the Volt, even at $41 K per car."

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You're probably correct about the car, but it's a start. Remember when hybrids got a rocky start? I was just told by my local Toyota dealer that I can't get a Highlander hybrid for a year.

He's hardly "hitching his wagon" to the Volt (where'd THAT come from???). Just another photo op in an election year.

Posted by: tjconnor | July 30, 2010 5:54 PM | Report abuse

"Miss me yet?"

-George W. Bush

Posted by: Computer_Forensics_Expert_Computer_Expert_Witness | July 30, 2010 5:53 PM | Report abuse


I was just listening to CNN on this Volt car and they were explaining that
on one charge it goes 40 miles.
After that charge is done, it switches to gas.

Well, what if a spark from the charging system or electrical system hits the gas tank???

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | July 30, 2010 5:51 PM | Report abuse

How does the Volt produce heat in the winter? Does the gasoline engine have to run continuously to keep the car warm?

Will the EPA stickers on the window have to be changed to say Milage City/Summer:xx City/Winter:xx Highway/Summer:xx City/Hawaii: xx City:/Alaska:xx

This will be fun to watch.

Posted by: Hawaiian_Gecko | July 30, 2010 5:47 PM | Report abuse

President Obama is hitching his wagon to a small, underpowered vehicle that will never be more than a green status symbol for upper income tree huggers. GM admits that it cannot make money on the Volt, even at $41 K per car. This kind of wishful thinking is a metaphor for his Presidency.

Posted by: crunkcar | July 30, 2010 5:34 PM | Report abuse

GM had a hydrogen-powered vehicle that had a range of about 300 miles and cost $8 to fill-up. Shell Oil agreed to partner with GM and install the pumps at all of their stations, nationwide.

King Obonehead comes in and decrees that electric is the way to go and the production of the Volt, will get 40 miles, if the batteries don't freeze over first. If you think the Beltway is bad now, watch these cars block traffic.

The moral to the story is, when government comes in and starts running the show, the costs are dramatically higher, a poorer quality machine is developed and no consideration (the electric grid) is given to the infrastructure to support the deliverable, in this case, the Volt.

97(?) more days before the Obama referendum.

Posted by: Computer_Forensics_Expert_Computer_Expert_Witness | July 30, 2010 5:33 PM | Report abuse

screwjob18, now you are blaming the president for power outage from storm, you are an f_u_c_k_i_n_g idiot m_o_t_h_e_r_f_u_c_k_e_r.

Posted by: hemisphere | July 30, 2010 5:30 PM | Report abuse

if President Obama is a inept bungler ... hmmm what would that make Bwush?
Haters, Go hunting with Cheney!

Posted by: evpoison | July 30, 2010 5:26 PM | Report abuse

Holy Chevy! The President should have ordered chatty Mr. Gibbs and a couple of those hefty Secret Service guys to climb into that cute little Volt for a quick trip down to the Arizona border. They could all duck behind those airbags for cover as the illegals flip over their compact. Hang on Mr. President, you're in for a bumpy ride!

Posted by: mpwynn | July 30, 2010 5:23 PM | Report abuse


You can't even have three hot days in a row in the Northeast without the electrical power grid having brownouts and failures.

But now Barry the incompetent boob Obama wants you to run your home air conditioning and charge up a 16 kwh battery pack on top of it.

Posted by: screwjob18 | July 30, 2010 5:18 PM | Report abuse

onesugar wrote; "So Many Hater's!!"

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and so much time...

Posted by: WikiLeaksAreGood | July 30, 2010 5:13 PM | Report abuse

"and a concern voiced by press secretary Robert Gibbs that the novel new car had an airbag."

Check the owner's manual. I think it might be called a "Built-in Press Secretary". Maybe they just didn't quote him correctly: already has an airbag ? Guess I'll just have to watch this one, said Gibbs dejectedly.

Posted by: gannon_dick | July 30, 2010 5:09 PM | Report abuse


How fitting. Barry the incompetent boob Obama is driving the clown car.

Barry's toadies and WaPo cheering section trying to whitewash this inept bungler as usual.


Posted by: screwjob18 | July 30, 2010 5:09 PM | Report abuse

Even with a $7,500 tax credit, not many people are going to pay over $40,000 for the Volt. It was fine to build a prototype for the auto shows, but a really bad idea to put it into production.

But... they will probably need presidential approval to stop making them, even if they lose money on each one and they sit on dealership lots unsold.

Posted by: JBaustian | July 30, 2010 5:09 PM | Report abuse

So Many Hater's!!

Posted by: onesugar | July 30, 2010 5:06 PM | Report abuse

"But to have an entire industry evaporate?"

The industry wouldn't have evaporated.
No, it would not have taken years for the solvent car companies to take up the slack.

They would have purchased the required assets and plant (assembly) from GM, action, of which would have paid off the creditors/bond holders, hired the laid off employees and would have built more Fords or Toyotas or tanks or whatever.

This isn't rocket science! Obama simply bought votes with taxpayer money.

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Posted by: Hawaiian_Gecko | July 30, 2010 5:04 PM | Report abuse

I'm reminded of Gov. Dukakis riding a tank with his head sticking out top. I hope others agree.

Posted by: mclovin | July 30, 2010 5:00 PM | Report abuse

One imagines Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom at 84 bouncing over the hills of Scotland in her Rover, cigarette in hand and corgie (dog) on her lap, versus this sad little man we have in the White House.

Posted by: George210 | July 30, 2010 4:55 PM | Report abuse

Obama drove the "Chevy Volt for about 10 feet, haltingly and at a crawl."

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Reads like a metaphor of Obama's economic recovery.

Posted by: JAH3 | July 30, 2010 4:51 PM | Report abuse

It is actually an extended range electric which has and engine and radiator.

Why does an electric car have a front grille?

Posted by: bsimon1

Posted by: MerrillFrank | July 30, 2010 4:49 PM | Report abuse

That car ought to be gold lined. American tax payers spend more than 260 billion including 150 million to a Korean battery maker to get the first one off he assembly line. And most car folks, including one who wrote in the New York Times, say it is a big lemon. Way to go Washington, you have blown our tax dollars again.

Posted by: tonyjm | July 30, 2010 4:48 PM | Report abuse

wow. our uppity president drives an uppity $41,000 gm compact car 10 feet.

and this was in detroit. it only cost the u.s. taxpayers OVER A MILLION DOLLARS for the tall and scrawny one to fly over there on air force one.

nice photo op at our expense o'bama.

NO O'BAMA IN 2012

Posted by: WikiLeaksAreGood | July 30, 2010 4:34 PM | Report abuse

..."Good Job sir, KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK AND HAMMER THE REPUBLICANS!

They lost a record/fact 8.5 Million jobs, and then America they wanted to close GM and lose more jobs, and this registered Voter/Vet USAF, glad, glad, glad,
the President bailed them out, saving hundreds of thousands their jobs, remember that America when you go vote this November that the PARTY/NO/REPUBLICANS wanted to close GM, and lose more jobs on top of the record number they lost in eight years of the "BLEW IT BUSH/Republican/Admin
that has in fact RUINED YOU BUT GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOD/America!

..."Be sure now you/run and put them back in they really do appreciate it...fools...lol...

Posted by: ztcb41 | July 30, 2010 4:31 PM | Report abuse

@fuquafalcon, this is the single best WaPo post ever. Thanks, and let the weekend begin.

fuquafalcon wote: This confirms all my pet theories, political predispositions, and unexamined opinions. I told you so!

Posted by: greyK | July 30, 2010 4:26 PM | Report abuse

"mongrel" hussein is now taking American down the lunatic-left d-crat socialist "Road to Hell" in a $41,000 obozomobile.
Posted by: TeaPartyPatriot
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Uh, perhaps you missed the part where the car companies are coming back and have added 50 thousand jobs? Sounds like this public/private venture just might pay off for the taxpayers.
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Only a nitwit liberal would defend using tax payers money to bailout a corrupt union and their 50$ an hour(with all the perks included) workers.
Posted by: votingrevolution
>>>
Ronald Reagan was a nit-wit liberal?

Stick that in your pipe, silly rabbits.

Posted by: delantero | July 30, 2010 4:19 PM | Report abuse

Hawian Gecko...

So all the people in Michigan would have just moved to Kentucky, etc.

I agree, it happens all the time..people move to where the jobs are..

But to have an entire industry evaporate? Remember that during WWII these same companies built the weapons needed for war. Now I'm not predicting a WWII type scenario, but to keep a major industry in the hands of foreigners is not a good idea.

Secondly, it would have taken Years for Toyota, Honda to pick up the slack. Car prices would have gone through the roof, and with MILLIONS without jobs the drop in DEMAND would have pushed us to enemployment at the Great Depression Levels.

Did GM and Chrysler make some bad choices? Absolutely. But, just as with the financial sector, they had us by the male you know whats.

Republicans are in a "safe" position to scream that they are opposed to "government intervention" because they are not in power and therefor their ideas will not be implemented. If McCain had won the Presidency, he most certainly would have done the same thing Obama did with the car companies because he knows that not doing it would have put even greater strain on the economy.

It looks to me at the cars that both GM, Chrysler and Ford (they didn't take government money but they were not profitable) are making are of better quality and what Americans want. I hope that the Big 3 (and the Unions) have learned their lessons and strive to become top-notch companies with quality products that help the AMERICAN economy to grow.

Posted by: smith6 | July 30, 2010 4:19 PM | Report abuse

Why does an electric car have a front grille?

Posted by: bsimon1 | July 30, 2010 4:16 PM | Report abuse

Oh I forgot. No these weren't typical investors subject to the swaying of the stock market. They were bankers/investors that had essentially 'secured' notes, as the assets of GM would have been sold in liquidation and they would have been paid according to the CONTRACTS that GM signed when they received their money.

Your messiah, simply came in and paid these folks 10 cents on the dollar and told them to go DO themselves.

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Posted by: Hawaiian_Gecko | July 30, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

"Its just like Congress not reading the Health care Act in depth, but they vote for it anyways.

Posted by: alutz08 "
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All members of congress have aides and assistants who read the bills thoroughly page by page and advise their superiors on its content. The congressperson knows and helps shape the overarching policy which goes into the bill. Writing a comprehensive health care bill is a complex task, thus the long length of the bill. If the members of congress read each bill in its entirety themselves they would never have time to do their elected priorities, they would be highly paid readers.

Posted by: JRM2 | July 30, 2010 4:10 PM | Report abuse

"So Lets get this straight... it is o.k. for GM, Chrysler and Ford to fail because the jobs would have just "gone" to Toyota and Honda."

In short... YEP!

First, Ford never was in danger of failing, nor did they take one penny of bailout money.

Second, all these secondary jobs you speak of being lost would have been gained in Dearborn, MI near the Ford plants, or KC,MO near the Ford plant or Kentucky near the Toyota plant or ... so on and so forth.

GM's first and second line investors/bond holders lost 90% of their billions of dollars in GM. And people wonder why trillions of dollars of capital is lying around on the sidelines not being put into the economy.

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Posted by: Hawaiian_Gecko | July 30, 2010 4:04 PM | Report abuse

I can't wait until we get rid of that socialist, government intrusion on the free market called the Food and Drug Agency. How DARE they tell companies that they can not sell food that will make people sick.

GIVE ME VOMIT OR GIVE ME DEATH!!!

Posted by: smith6 | July 30, 2010 4:03 PM | Report abuse

10 Feet? That's it???

might as well ride a bicycle 10 feet. that is only 3 rotations of the tires, if that. How can anyone form an opinion of a vehicle in that amount of time. Its just like Congress not reading the Health care Act in depth, but they vote for it anyways.

Posted by: alutz08 | July 30, 2010 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Did you see the look on his face in that photo?

They must have had Rush Limbaugh on the radio and he couldn't get it turned off. No wonder he stopped and got out after 10 feet.

Posted by: DeskJockey | July 30, 2010 4:02 PM | Report abuse

HATERS COME IN ALL SHAPES SIZES AND COLORS!!!AND THATSRIGHT2 LOOK A LITTLE CLOSER AND YOU MIGHT SEE THAT THATS YOUR MOMMA IN THE PASSENGER SEAT.

Posted by: cuziwuzi | July 30, 2010 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Writing in the New Republic, William Galston unveils the results of a most recent Democracy Corps poll taken on the public's perception of President Obama.

The left-leaning polling firm, headed by James Carville and Stan Greenberg, found that 55% of those questioned agreed that "Obama is a socialist," versus 39% who do not. By a similar margin, those polled don't believe he has realistic solutions to the country's problems.

Read more: http://www.newser.com/story/95072/democracy-corps-poll-obama-is-socialist-by-55.html#ixzz0vCIlVSa4

Posted by: Hawaiian_Gecko | July 30, 2010 3:57 PM | Report abuse

So Lets get this straight... it is o.k. for GM, Chrysler and Ford to fail because the jobs would have just "gone" to Toyota and Honda.

1. Do we really want the entire automobile industry in the hands of foreign companies?
2. How long would it have taken for Toyota, Honda, etc. to pick up the slack and what do we do in the meantime?
3. Losing millions of jobs (yes millions because it is not just the companies themeselves, but the suppliers, dealers, mechanics, grocery stores near the plant, restaurants near the plants, etc.) at a point when our economy was going down hill would have added fuel to the fire (call it the snowball effect)
4. How valid is it in the first place that Toyota, Honda, etc. would have picked it up?
5. I thought when you made investments you understood that their is risk. Yes the creditors lost money, but so did a whole lot of people.

Posted by: smith6 | July 30, 2010 3:53 PM | Report abuse

Remember America this is the car he wants everyone to buy and perhaps drive.

Posted by: krankyman | July 30, 2010 3:49 PM | Report abuse

You have to laugh at the claim that a million jobs were saved. If GM went under, people would have still purchased cars and trucks. The jobs would simply have moved to other parts of the country as Ford, Toyota and Nissan picked up the demand for autos.

All the bailout of GM did was screw creditors and bond holders while giving what is essentially a huge unemployment benefit to the the autoworkers at GM.

Posted by: Hawaiian_Gecko | July 30, 2010 3:46 PM | Report abuse

Regardless, of what the President does, some idiot is going to have something negative to say. When we had the last President, anyone who said anything negative were considered unpatriotic. Some of you people are idiots!

Posted by: karlpagliacci1 | July 30, 2010 3:37 PM | Report abuse

Cmon people, we all need to thinkdeeper ? ; - )God help us!!!

Posted by: votingrevolution | July 30, 2010 3:26 PM | Report abuse

Only a nitwit liberal would defend using tax payers money to bailout a corrupt union and their 50$ an hour(with all the perks included) workers.

Posted by: votingrevolution | July 30, 2010 3:22 PM | Report abuse

Don't you think remarking that it has a "smooth" ride after driving 10 (as the article says) or even 100 feet is kind of a dubious comment? Did he get all the way up to 5 MPH?

There's no sense speculating about the Volt. Let's check back in about 12 months and see how many were sold and what kind of customer feedback they get.

Posted by: jwhit34 | July 30, 2010 3:22 PM | Report abuse

"Socialism Socialist Socialism Socialist Socialism Socialist Socialism Socialist Socialism Socialist ..."
That is ALL Republican lunatics and the right-wing (LYING) Media can say.

NOT facing the fact or being too brain washed by the LYING right-wing Media (TalkRadio, Fixed news, etc.) to know that:

1- The way Universal nationalized health care is operated is the same way that we operate the US Military, Police Dept, Courts of Law, etc. so then according to Republican lunatics US Military is "Socialism..."

2- WE already are a Socialist country because we HAVE TO PAY Taxes. That is the moment you have to PAY TAXES by Law or you go to Jail if you do not pay Taxes, then you are a Socialist country. After all why do we pay Taxes for? To help our Society, our fellow man, which is what the meaning of Socialism is.

So the question is NOT whether we are going to become Socialist by having Universal Nationalized Health Care or Government regulating Mines from being operated for maximum profit and minimum safety, or Government regulating Oil platforms off-shore from being operated to maximize profits without regard to taking every step to avoid leaks, because we already are a Socialist country since we HAVE TO PAY TAXES. The only question is what happens to our Taxes? That is:


* Is our Taxes wasted on one unnecessary war after another? Like Iraq, Vietnam, etc. etc. unnecessary wars.
* Is our Taxes wasted on a Gargantuan military? Considering that US Military budget is larger than Military budget of all other countries on Earth combined while US economy is now barely 15% of world economy.
* Is our Taxes sent to Rich & Big corporations? As in in $750Bill bail out of Wall Street Banks in 08
* Or is our Taxes invested in our People and cities via Universal Nationalized Health Care and other Social services as ALL European nations already do.

More here:
http://RealNewsPost.com?n=Defeat_Demint.37507

Posted by: Thinkdeeper | July 30, 2010 3:22 PM | Report abuse

He also drove a Ford Escape hybrid which gets 30 MPG

And let's not forget Barry's car before that was a Chrysler 300C that got 16mpg before he got rid of it to run for President and show his "green" credentials.

Posted by: island1

Posted by: MerrillFrank | July 30, 2010 3:18 PM | Report abuse

Obama clearly looks like something is truly upsetting him in that picture.What the saying"a picture is worth a thousand words" ?

Posted by: votingrevolution | July 30, 2010 3:17 PM | Report abuse

"mongrel" hussein is now taking American down the lunatic-left d-crat socialist "Road to Hell" in a $41,000 obozomobile.

Posted by: TeaPartyPatriot | July 30, 2010 3:16 PM | Report abuse

This confirms all my pet theories, political predispositions, and unexamined opinions. I told you so!

Posted by: fuquafalcon | July 30, 2010 3:14 PM | Report abuse

As another proof of what utter complete Lunatics Republicans are, really what TRUE enemy of American people Republicans are, take the FACT that they did not want to provide help to the US Auto maker in early 2009 which would have resulted in GM and Chrysler going bankrupt and having added 500,000 more to the role of the Unemployed plus 1000 of other supplying companies to GM and Chrysler going bankrupt that would have added another 500,000 or more to the role of the Unemployed. But instead due to the capital infusion that GM and Chrysler got from the Government, because they could not get the same capital infusion in early 2009 from the so called markets due to the near collapse of US markets, they are now doing fine and are adding 1000s to their payrolls. In fact if the US Government had not provided capital to GM and Chrysler in 2009 and they had gone bankrupt then American people’s choice for buying cars would have been limited to German & Japanese cars which according to Republican lunatics are “Socialist countries…” since both German & Japanese have Universal nationalized health care in their countries for their people & businesses, which is one of the reasons why their Auto makers and their economies are doing so much better than the US Auto makers and economy.

More on this:
http://RealNewsPost.com?n=think.40851

Posted by: Thinkdeeper | July 30, 2010 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Obama and the Democrats like to brag about all the things they have passed and got done,the only problem is that just about everything they have done and passed the American people were mostly against.There's a reason he's nose diving in the polls.While most still think he's 'charming'most think he doesn't truly know what he is doing and is in way over his head and to inexperienced to govern.

Posted by: votingrevolution | July 30, 2010 3:12 PM | Report abuse


At least he didn't have a Honda accelaration problem.

(((rolling)))

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | July 30, 2010 3:12 PM | Report abuse

He should get a hybrid beast...

Posted by: soapm | July 30, 2010 3:12 PM | Report abuse

That pretty much sums up the Volt. You get 40 miles to the charge which apparently takes several hours at a clip. Won't see many of these on the road unless gas hits 9 bucks/gallon. What a total waste of taxpayer dollars. If I bought anything American these days (and that's a big if) it would be a Ford. At least they were smart enough not to take the bailout money and STILL turning a nice profit.

Posted by: rigoman33 | July 30, 2010 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Is that a convicted felon in the passenger seat?

Posted by: thatsright2 | July 30, 2010 3:06 PM | Report abuse

mmg3rln is underestimating what can go wrong -- especially considering this is a Chevy.. i.e. GM car, and it is a pre-production car.

It is not fun when the airbag deploys. In a real accident, when you are happy to come out alive, you tend to wear the whiplash and lacerations as a badge of honor. Not so much when all you want is to sit behind the wheel for a few seconds for a photo-op.

Also the secret service with a hair trigger in that close quarters could be really scary when the airbag deploys with a loud pop.

Posted by: kblgca | July 30, 2010 3:00 PM | Report abuse

And let's not forget Barry's car before that was a Chrysler 300C that got 16mpg before he got rid of it to run for President and show his "green" credentials.

Posted by: island1 | July 30, 2010 2:59 PM | Report abuse

He's driving this nation's car right off a cliff.

Posted by: c_e_daniel | July 30, 2010 2:55 PM | Report abuse

An air bag for an airhead? Gibbs is a total idiot to worry about a 100 ft. drive!

Posted by: nmg3rln | July 30, 2010 2:42 PM | Report abuse

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