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Obama lauds auto industry comeback as he ends tour of Big Three plants

By Nia-Malika Henderson

Chicago -- President Obama on Thursday continued his push to highlight what he said is a reinvigorated automobile industry, touring an auto plant here that plans to expand its workforce in the coming months.

In front of a crowd of about 1,700 workers at a Ford assembly plant, who cheered as the president lauded their work, Obama cast Republicans as the "Just Say No crowd," who tried to stand in the way of progress.

"There are a lot of folks who were ready to write off the American auto industry," he said. "But you know what, that's not how you build a better future....I refused to walk away from this industry."

The administration has signaled that telling the story of a revived auto industry will be a key strategy heading into the congressional midterm elections the fall.

More generally, Obama and Democrats heading toward a tough election season are pledging to reduce unemployment by focusing on a revival of American manufacturing. Some independent experts are skeptical, pointing out that U.S. manufacturing jobs have been on the decline for decades because of increased domestic productivity and less expensive labor abroad.

(The Democrats' manufacturing strategy)

With his Thursday visit to Ford, Obama completes a tour of the big three auto makers--in Detroit last week he toured Chrysler and GM sites.

The government bailouts of GM and Chrysler were initially a line of attack for Republicans, but many have backed off their criticism recently. Obama says that his hard choices on the auto industry saved 1 million jobs.

"All three automakers are now operating at a profit. That's the first time it's happened in six years," he said Thursday. "This plant right here is shifting into high gear."

Earlier Obama toured the assembly plant, where the fuel efficient 2011 Ford Explorer will soon roll of the line, employing 1,200 people -- nearly double the current workforce.

By Nia-Malika Henderson  |  August 5, 2010; 12:38 PM ET
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Pretty sad when you consider only 34% of Americans know that the TARP was enacted under Bush, not Obama.

What's to not like about this situation? The auto industry has paid back the money loaned to them under the Obama administration, it has added jobs for US workers and is showing a profit for the first time in years. These are not those pesky government jobs conservatives like to whine about either. It's private sector manufacturing jobs.

Yes, the auto industry hasn't paid back the $24billion the Bush administration gave them, but that's a different situation, and the agreement(s) reached at that time has/have to be followed. Obama cannot come in and change the rules after the fact. That's the same with any TARP funds, or with the AIG bailout, which happened before the TARP was enacted and under yet another set of rules/regulations/agreements.

I almost think that we deserve our current situation, since there seems to be nothing but negativity, and no matter what good news there is, it's always wrong and not good enough.

Posted by: StormAZ100 | August 7, 2010 5:54 PM | Report abuse

Wow the dumb Obama koolaid drinkers just cant get enough of this huxter of a president. But o boy he's just so smart.

Obama is so smart using all the bailout tax payer money to take over GM to repay his union thugs for supporting him to get elected...and now GM mgmt is investing $500 million of US tax payer money in Mexico to buy another 400 jobs in Mexico....when we have 10% unemployment in US!

Trying to buy that mexican vote Obama - way to continue to destroy this country and keep the unemployed unemployed....while still blaming BUSH.

Obama is making Bush look like one of the best presidents ever with his brillian decisions ;0

Posted by: bolt55 | August 7, 2010 2:57 PM | Report abuse

The GOOBERS forget this help was a loan. President Obama helped on of the greatest industries to ever operate on American soil and all the right wing clowns on here can do is cry and make excuses. To tell you the truth it's getting pretty sickening. You have one party trying to get this country back on their feet then you have Goobers that want to sit on their fat rear ends, say no and take home a paycheck. It's time to clear out their offices. Pack their backs and give them a one way ticket to the unemployment line. I'm tired of these do nothing taking my tax money. The only thing they have is some bloated man behind a mike as a leader and dome ya betcha woman running around spreading garbage from her idiot brain. Pretty soon you are going to run out of room on your hand Palin.

Posted by: billr40229 | August 6, 2010 12:14 AM | Report abuse

I had no idea Comrade Barry had enough money to "save the auto companies," rather I thought it was tax dollars that "saved" the companies by stiffing the bondholders and turning most of the equity over to the UAW -- a group from whom he hopes to get votes forever.

But I know, I must be a racist rather than simply an anti-Marxist.

Posted by: rethman | August 6, 2010 12:13 AM | Report abuse

President Barak Hussein Chavez did not save the auto industry, he paid his union dues. Is it any wonder that GM is making political contributions to Democrat campaign war chests with taxpayer money? The "bailout" was/is a smoking mirror. The government is nationalizing a variety of industries and forwarding their agenda of control. Wake up America

Posted by: wwwilins | August 5, 2010 9:30 PM | Report abuse

AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA - he almost did not give them any mone. AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA - He saved the auto industry while putting millions out of work? AHAHAHAHAHAHA - I needed a good laugh.

Posted by: zendrell | August 5, 2010 9:21 PM | Report abuse

I can just imagine Mr. Posner, "patiently explaining" how his company wasn't at the core of the U.S. economy. I'd also like Mr. Posner to tell us what he would do if his business was falling apart because of legacy contracts that were adding to the price of his product, making it non-competitive. My guess is the Mr. Posner would do, exactly what GM and Chrysler weren't allowed to do, file bankruptcy.

These companies would have still been in business, making products, and would have been better off financially. We've done nothing to improve their bottom line and the only reason they're capable of showing good numbers now is they're not paying back their loans.

Posted by: bflat879 | August 5, 2010 8:23 PM | Report abuse

You are so right Joesmithdefend! Obama did not save the auto industry, the US taxpayer did.
All he did was make concessions to unions and make the unions owners. And the thank you from GM is to build their new plant in Mexico. So all you who contributed your dues that was used to fund Obama and his cronies get the shaft. Your hard earned money for making political payoffs did not benefit you but your union leadership who is using you.

Posted by: greatgran1 | August 5, 2010 8:12 PM | Report abuse

What an arrogant idiotic fool is our President Obama thinking HE saved anything.
FLASH - The economy and our beloved country are going backwards!

Posted by: rteske | August 5, 2010 8:00 PM | Report abuse

No, Obama, you liar and Fraud...

I SAVED the automakers....

AMERICANS saved the automakers.

YOU own NOTHING, you Freak.

You completely clueless, ignorant fool.

Posted by: joesmithdefend | August 5, 2010 7:38 PM | Report abuse

the fact that 1.5 million children in this country go to bed hungry each and every night. How do they sleep? and I don't mean the children.
The salaries and bonuses paid to Wall Street's elite over the last few years could have paid for our recent misbegotten wars, and something more useful, like universal healthcare, with plenty of change left over.
As long as we stay focused on debt, the real business of producing something useful and of real lasting value (a healthy, educated and fearless population, clean and sustainable energy, for instance) will remain a distant and unattainable dream.
So, should we Tax the rich? No, just take back what is/was not theirs to begin with.
by Kazak
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2010/4/1/852478/-Q-Poll:-Tax-the-Rich!#c41

Posted by: ganttbarb | August 5, 2010 7:24 PM | Report abuse

The top 2% does not OWN their obscene wealth that they now propose to GIVE AWAY.
The top 2% need to give their stolen millions-billions-trillions….
1. By moving their Offshore Outsourced businesses BACK TO THE USA.
2. By removing all illegal immigrant labor from their USA companies

For all your US Government entitlements and tax breaks and tax rebates…You SUPER rich
need to help restore your OWN COUNTRY that you have systematically destroyed
since JFK and especially since NeoCon reaganomics.
SUPER rich 2%...do not put yourself on a god pedestal by saving a foreign third world country,
FIRST SAVE YOUR OWN COUNTRY.

I think this is an awesome blog:
by Kazak
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2010/4/1/852478/-Q-Poll:-Tax-the-Rich!#c41
No, Don't Tax The Rich... (0+ / 0-)
The problem here is obfuscation. The plain truth is that the top 1% of Americans have become richer by precisely the same amount as the national debt during the time period that the debt was accumulated. The only issue here is who's debt is it?
If you owe money, who do you owe it to? If I were to guess, you probably owe it to the Top 1%.
Almost all "Law Makers" are included in the Top 1%. "National Newscaster" propagandists are a wholly owned subsidiary of the top 1%, and the concept of "Debt" is a registered trademark and copyright of the top 1%. Digging into the details just obfuscates the central issue, remember that the Bush tax cuts (in which "we" the other 99% borrowed $2 Trillion from some rich Chinese people) provided the top 1% with a couple of trillion dollars that they are very willing to "lend" back to us, people that gave it to them.
We need to also remember that when we get "uppity" about these things they can reign down the "plague" upon us, at their discretion, in the form of mass unemployment, home foreclosures, and withholding of healthcare and education etc. which of course are the real WMD.
What is required is a paradigm shift in the way we think about "debt" and "value" and someone far more eloquent than I, (any takers, please?) to express these concepts in a way that the ordinary working people can comprehend.
What should be an easily understood idea, that people with more than their fair share of the pie do so at the direct expense of everyone else, somehow gets confused by discussing the details of what the pastry is made of or what the pie tastes like.
It is like the eighth wonder of the world to me how this top 1% manages to convince almost half of eligible voters to vote against their own best interest. Evidently we have a vast army of closeted masochists drinking the Tea flavored cool-aid.
We live under the delusion that it is acceptable (actually we encourage this deviant behavior) for a single individual to "earn" $4 billion for manipulating a portion of this so called debt (Hedge Funds). To put that in perspective, that is enough money to change the fact that 1.5 million children in this country go to bed hungry

Posted by: ganttbarb | August 5, 2010 7:23 PM | Report abuse

Obama helped GM and Chrysler. Fine but he caused the bondholders to be ripped off, which is one big reason why corporate lending is practically nonexistent. So how many jobs have been destroyed because Obama set out to save UAW jobs at GM and Chrysler?

Additionally, in a capitalist economy companies that fail must be allowed to die. The flip side is that this benefits the successful companies because they gain market share. By propping up GM and Chrysler, Obama prevented the other companies building cars in America -- Ford, Toyota, Honda, Nissan, Mazda, Hyundai, BMW, Mercedes, etc -- from fully enjoying the successes that they had earned.

Taxpayers may get back all or most of the money spent to keep Chrysler afloat, but that is probably not the case with GM. The jobs Obama credit for saving have cost taxpayers many millions of dollars each. It would have been cheaper just to write a $1 million check to each worker, than trying to save GM.

And it is still not clear if GM will survive in the long run. It is building better cars than before, but so are its competitors. It does not carry as much debt or as many liabilities as before; but that may not be enough for it to succeed.

Posted by: JBaustian | August 5, 2010 6:56 PM | Report abuse

Gov Motors and Chrysler will be feeding from the Public Trough like Amtrak does from now on. They will NEVER repay the money they were given and will continue to use PUBLIC funds to finance Dim candidates as well as the UNION money which is spent only on Dims. this is a travesty that companies will get bailed out only because they have UNIONs. If these were right-to-work plants in the South, they would have been left to rot on the vine by Obozo.

Posted by: morphy | August 5, 2010 6:46 PM | Report abuse

We should really be lauding the Chinese for giving us the money so that we could give it to GM.

Posted by: BradG | August 5, 2010 6:31 PM | Report abuse

To: ggwalt

Now count the number of jobs the greedy unions have cost this country as companies look off-shore for cheaper labor in order to remain in business. Take no pride in GM or Chrysler...without your and my tax $$$ they would have folded. Build a lousy mousetrap and people will send you to Obama for a bailout. Ford builds a better one and is the equal of the world in quality and innovation. Have you signed up for Chevy's $41,000 Volt - that gets 80 miles per charge? Yeah, that'll put 'em back in the game.

Posted by: ddnfla | August 5, 2010 6:25 PM | Report abuse

Here Obama haters are dumb and vicious. Ford got non-repayable grants from the government (from~ 2.5 billion). Of course, Ford is first to realize their problem and reacted early. Still they needed the free public money. If govt did not bailout banks and American auto industry, we would be in depression with a 20-30% unemployment. Thanks to Republicans, who balooned the size of our govt and our deficits. All the banks who benefited by the public money under Obama are not investing their profits back into the communities. These are the greedy people who destroyed our economy in the first place. If you have any guts yell at them. Thank god for Obama, who is trying his best to make this country great again while Republicans are doing their best to stop him by calling him a socialist and drive us into becoming a third world country.

Posted by: Realist17 | August 5, 2010 6:24 PM | Report abuse

Obama is just like a GM product - nobody wants either. The man's family didn't even want to celebrate his birthday with him!! Did you catch that?? His wife and kids don't even want to be around him!!! That should tell you something.

Posted by: thatsright2 | August 5, 2010 6:19 PM | Report abuse

To: zackool (near the beginning of the posts)

If you think this is "change you can see", you better hope Obama has a "Cash For Glasses" tax payer giveaway planned for you.
------------------------------------------
Also...don't we tell our kids "just say no" to drugs; to premarital sex; to speeding; to dropping out of school; to texting while driving; to picking their noses; to being disrespectful; to all things harmful? Sounds like the Republicans are correct when they "just say no" to spending the country into bankruptcy; raising taxes; ruining the finest health care system in the world; weakening our national defense; allowing our hospitals to become maternity wards for Mexico; condemning us to continued dependency on foreign oil; to shoot from the hip on racial matters; passing legislation nobody gets a chance to read, and condoning tax cheats in the administration (and Congress, too).

Posted by: ddnfla | August 5, 2010 6:16 PM | Report abuse


So Ford, seeing FREE Taxpayer financing going to ITS COMPETITORS should just commit corporate suicide and NOT partake in the LOOTING of America's 'free' money?

Ford has to COMPETE, meaning it has to produce a quality product AT A PRICE.

If GM can get FREE financing, THAT'S an incredible financial advantage. So, Obama and his TERRORIST (against American Capitalism) REGIME are an existential THREAT against FORD and every worker at FORD ought to consider Obama and his Regime as ENEMY.

Posted by: istompislam | August 5, 2010 6:06 PM | Report abuse

Helping the auto industry was the right thing to do. As it is, our country manufactures very little, and when you consider the number of jobs that would have been lost. Funny how Republicans don't mind bailing out the Wall Street tycoons, but not the little guys.

Posted by: ggwalt | August 5, 2010 5:58 PM | Report abuse

I guess Obama went to the Ford plant to see how a sucessful auto company runs....unlike the failures called GM and Chrysler. How dare he suggest he helped Ford at all! The one American comapnay that is doing well is the one Obama didn't bailout - what a clown this moron is!

Posted by: Realist201 | August 5, 2010 5:39 PM | Report abuse

Ford was not bailed out, BUT ford received billions in Department of Energy credit line for the development of fuel-efficient vehicles, and updating some engine lines. Governments have always invested in private companies. And they have paid off. Its funny when private industries screw people over they complain to the government?

Posted by: Digikey | August 5, 2010 5:38 PM | Report abuse

It's real tough to make a come back when you have billions in taxpayers dollars to prop up the union thugs, make payrolls and buy materials. Give me a couple of billion of free money and I can show a profit too.

Posted by: phines1 | August 5, 2010 5:27 PM | Report abuse

Not only is this change you can believe in, it is change you can actually see.

Keep up the good work Obama!

Posted by: zackool | August 5, 2010 5:09 PM | Report abuse

"The malignant narcissist is also delusional."

Well, yes, but Charles Krauthammer isn't the subject of this story.

Posted by: mattintx | August 5, 2010 5:07 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, let's look at how he did it... bailed them out with Billions of dollars which have yet to be repaid and then turned around and paid people thru cash for clunkers to buy the damn things. Hail the Messiah!! Any company should prosper if someone else is paying people to buy your stuff. Now whats going to happen when there are no government programs to entice people to buy your product. What's going to happen when your product is a battery operated go-kart that you want $40,000+ for. Bye-bye GM,Chrysler and all the bailout money Odumo sunk into them.

Posted by: 2012anewstart | August 5, 2010 5:03 PM | Report abuse

What BS that Republicans wanted US automakers to fail! But first, define "US automakers." Only GM and Chrysler required bailing out; Ford didn't and neither did "foreign" automakers operating manufacturing plants in the US. Obama's bailout was another sop to the Unions, like his efforts to get card check passed. Unions and their unrealistic compensation demands are what almost sank GM and Chrysler; and will eventually do so again.

Posted by: MadJack1 | August 5, 2010 5:00 PM | Report abuse

What BS that Republicans wanted US automakers to fail! But first, define "US automakers." Only GM and Chrysler required bailing out; Ford didn't and neither did "foreign" automakers operating manufacturing plants in the US. Obama's bailout was another sop to the Unions, like his efforts to get card check passed. Unions and their unrealistic compensation demands are what almost sank GM and Chrysler; and will eventually do so again.

Posted by: MadJack1 | August 5, 2010 4:59 PM | Report abuse

What BS that Republicans wanted US automakers to fail! But first, define "US automakers." Only GM and Chrysler required bailing out; Ford didn't and neither did "foreign" automakers operating manufacturing plants in the US. Obama's bailout was another sop to the Unions, like his efforts to get card check passed. Unions and their unrealistic compensation demands are what almost sank GM and Chrysler; and will eventually do so again.

Posted by: MadJack1 | August 5, 2010 4:58 PM | Report abuse

True, Ford didn't take any money. The right wing crazies still wanted GM and Chrysler to fail because they hate seeing anything go well during his presidency. These types of bailouts began way before Obama became president, why all of the faux outrage now? If the companies had shuttered and Americans lost their jobs, you'd blame Obama. Now that the companies have been saved, you find another reason to complain. That's all you right wing crazies know how to do, complain, complain, complain. Provide some real solutions. Let me guess, don't regulate business because they will regulate themselves; and cut taxes, because the money will trickle down to the rest of us. That's like saying, let's not have speed limits because people will drive safely on their own when you have no evidence to support your claim. Provide real solutions, and maybe someone other than the other non-thinkers will listen.

Posted by: nsu1203 | August 5, 2010 4:47 PM | Report abuse

All you right-wing haters here, go blog on Washington Times or WSJ. We don't want you here. If we give you your country back, can we please have our newspaper back?

LOL! Not gonna happen...

Posted by: washingtonpost31 | August 5, 2010 4:47 PM | Report abuse

What a load of bull.Obama bailed out the corrupt uniona,and I wont even mention how many billions of billions of tax payers dollars will never be recovered.These corrupt companys should of went bankrupt and their corrupt unions dissolved.They would of come back strong.Now this will happen again down the road.Were so screwed.

Posted by: votingrevolution | August 5, 2010 4:44 PM | Report abuse

Anyone who is saying that GM and Chrysler haven't paid back their loans, is a bit uninformed. Please refer to this link. Thank you.

http://bailout.propublica.org/list/refunds

Posted by: GordoAj | August 5, 2010 4:42 PM | Report abuse

The malignant narcissist is also delusional. The people have been hoodwinked by this snake oil salesman. When automobile makers fail because of greed and stupidity and unions that suck them dry they should go the way of Hudson, Packard, Studebaker and Cords.

The way to have propped up GM and the others was to place an order for hybrid/electrics to replace our federal fleets to keep the jobs in place, not by bailouts. Ford Motors is in competition with Obama Motors now. How Hugh Chavez is that!

Posted by: LETFREEDOMRING2 | August 5, 2010 4:40 PM | Report abuse

Ford bailed out themselves. They did it through hard work and tightening their belts and planning ahead.

Ford
Took
No
Bailout
Money

Obama didn't do %#^$% for Ford. Stop riding their coat tails of private company success.

Posted by: cavatellie | August 5, 2010 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Mr. President,

How can the industry be described as "comeback" if they owe the taxpayers 10's of Billions of Dollars? Because they showed a profit for a month or two?

Heck, give any business all that money and guess what.... they show a profit.

Do you think Obama is just dumb? Or does he think we're that dumb?

Posted by: Skeptic1 | August 5, 2010 4:25 PM | Report abuse

I am saddened by the nasty and juvenile comments that have been posted by those attempting to belittle Obama's remarkable accomplishment in saving our auto industry. I am afraid that these detractors are just not informed, or worse, 'informed' by Fox News.

Posted by: anicewander | August 5, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse

"They wanted GM, Ford, and Chrysler to fail so that they can attack him. "

People who call people who disapprove of President Obama's policies "haters" are not to be thought very highly of.

No one wnated GM or Ford or Chrysler to fail. GM and Chrysler fell on their own. They could not sell enough cars and trucks to support their operations. It is that simple.

Ford took no government money of any sort.

Posted by: etronsen | August 5, 2010 4:19 PM | Report abuse

The one company doing the best didn't take a bailout. GM/Chrylser on the other hand are still not out of the woods, and likely will never fully repay government loans.

Posted by: moebius22 | August 5, 2010 4:12 PM | Report abuse

Ha, Ford didn't take any bailout money and Obama trampled all over bondholders' rights with GM by rushing it through bankruptcy! What a hypocrite! HE doesn't believe bondholders have rights. That's frightening.

Posted by: melador | August 5, 2010 4:03 PM | Report abuse

@ sanfordflg - he couldn't limit it to the the Big 3, b/c the republican senators (the politicians who don't want any handouts, unless it's to their constituents) made sure the foreign companies were included b/c the have mjg plants in the south, an example being Sen shelby from Alabama.

Posted by: wpost2010 | August 5, 2010 4:01 PM | Report abuse

@ sanfordflg - he couldn't limit it to the the Big 3, b/c the republican senators (the politicians who don't want any handouts, unless it's to their constituents) made sure the foreign companies were included b/c the have mjg plants in the south, an example being Sen shelby from Alabama.

Posted by: wpost2010 | August 5, 2010 4:00 PM | Report abuse

He talks a good game,BUT, he should have limited "cash for clunkers" just to the big three auto makers.Oh yeah, I know that those "foriegn " cars are mostly made here in the US but all the profit went back to all those other countries.

What's he take me for? A fool? Alas, I think he does.

Posted by: sanfordflg | August 5, 2010 3:46 PM | Report abuse

All of the right wing crazies are out again today as usual. The auto industry is doing well and the right wing crazies are still complaining, why? Because they didn't want the plan the president implemented to work. They wanted GM, Ford, and Chrysler to fail so that they can attack him.

Posted by: nsu1203 | August 5, 2010 3:25 PM | Report abuse

If the US auto industry did nothing but effectively sell cars to the Chinese, the recession would be over.

Posted by: awofw | August 5, 2010 3:24 PM | Report abuse

As usual, the "Comments" section is a swamp of right-wing nitwits, drowning in their own putrid wastes.

What a joke.

Posted by: yeahsure88 | August 5, 2010 3:18 PM | Report abuse

I'm really getting sick and tired of watching our bought-and-paid-for "leaders" crowing about their accomplishments (such as this completelty bogus "comeback") -- when it's the American Taxpayer paying for ALL of it. Obama et al have absolutely no shame.

I really, really hope that Americans are starting to wake up to the crimes our "representatives" have perpetrated against the citizens of this once-great country. Mussolini must really be smiling...

VOTE ALL THE BUMS OUT

Posted by: revolver | August 5, 2010 3:12 PM | Report abuse

Obama is so politically transparent its revolting. Unfortunately, it flies with the left side of the bell curve and those people vote.

Posted by: AmericanHeretic | August 5, 2010 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Obama is so politically transparent its revolting. Unfortunately, it flies with the left side of the bell curve and those people vote.

Posted by: AmericanHeretic | August 5, 2010 3:11 PM | Report abuse

I want my part of $57.6 billion the U.S. government paid for the shares of GM back.

Posted by: etronsen | August 5, 2010 3:11 PM | Report abuse

A few days ago it was Michigan. Now it is Illinois. Aren't those two states fairly close together?

Did President Obama go from Michigan to Illinois via D.C.?

Posted by: etronsen | August 5, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse

I well remember my Republican friends yelling about how unfair it was that the auto industry got bailouts. I'm a small businessman and they would demand: "Are you getting a bailout? Where's your bailout?" I patiently explained that my business wasn't at the core of the US economy, but that didn't satisfy the Obama-haters. Now we can see clearly how right Obama was, and how wrong the wingnuts were. But will they admit it? Will they EVER admit they were wrong? About anything? Hell will freeze over first.

Posted by: gposner | August 5, 2010 3:04 PM | Report abuse

obozo driving? get out of the way

Posted by: pofinpa | August 5, 2010 2:49 PM | Report abuse

Hey, GM! When do we get our $50 billion back? Did you get rid of those guys getting paid for sitting around playing cards? Or do they bother to come in at all?

Posted by: magellan1 | August 5, 2010 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Interesting how Pres Obama chose to give this pep rally from the plant of Ford Motor Company, the only true American company that didn't take any bailout money, and who did it the old fashioned way, by building a superior product that the public both wants and is willing to buy.

Anyone who buys a car from Government Motors, is supporting a program which dictates mandates and does not compete competively in the marketplace. Enough said.

Posted by: barrysal | August 5, 2010 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Barry, your the man. Cash for clunkers, Toyota maligned for ineffective brakes, and Ford did it all on their own. Just exactly what was yur contribution? Now we have those who can't afford a car driving around in a brand new one, Toyota is reinventing itself & will soon recapture market share, and GM and Chrysler are still foundering. Oh, I get it. It's time for the union vote. Tomorrow it's on to SEIU.

Posted by: jemvbcnyc | August 5, 2010 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Nice pic of Obama. Its about time he took drivers ed.

Posted by: magellan1 | August 5, 2010 2:44 PM | Report abuse

Being angry because McCain soundly lost and then writing anti-Obama nonsense at every opportunity,regardless how inappropriate, doesn't make your points any more logical - but I'm sure it allows you all to vent safely.

Posted by: BobSanderson | August 5, 2010 2:31 PM | Report abuse

Obama saved the auto industry? That's funny. This is the first time he didn't say, "Bush did it." But, I guess selective memory serves him well.

By the way Pres. Obama. The taxpayers are still waiting to be repaid by the two auto manufacturers who took loan #1 and loan #2.

Posted by: bethg1841 | August 5, 2010 2:20 PM | Report abuse

Obama didn't bail out the auto industry, the American taxpayers did. Using his "end justifies the means" policy Obama only wants union votes. They are subject to being thrown under the bus once he has got their vote.

The only union members getting rich are the thug bosses running them.

Posted by: thehamptons1 | August 5, 2010 1:20 PM | Report abuse

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