Alan Mulally's Excellent Road Trip To Washington
We're really having a lot of fun thinking about Ford chief executive Alan Mulally driving to Washington to beg for money, as opposed to taking a private jet to beg for money, which is what he and the heads of the other Big Three automakers did last time. And got hammered for it.
Apparently, you're having a good time with the idea, too.
Here are a few comments to our blog posting of last night's breaking the news of Alan's Excellent Road Trip: (It was just reported that GM chief Rick Wagoner will drive a Chevy Malibu hybrid sedan to Washington. As of this moment, Chrysler chief Bob Nardelli apparently will fly, but commercial this time)
-- "HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!! I'm laughing my head off at the very idea. But, here's the point, darlings: the three of them could hitchhike from Detroit to DC, packing tuna sandwiches in a hankie-on-a-stick slung over one shoulder, and stick a fake patch on old jeans -- but nothing can mitigate the corporate jet/tin cup reality."
-- "If Mulally or Ford had any brains whatsoever, they would make the road trip a PR event, with a video blog and Twitters the whole way."
-- "Why don't all three of them car pool? Along the way, they could stop in towns that would be affected by a shutdown and do town halls with employees."
-- "Car pooling? Great idea! But whose car are they going to ride in? Are Wagoner and Nardelli going to hop into Mullaly's Ford??"
We love the idea of a car pool, if only for the image of these three auto multimillionaires in suits shoved into the same car for a 10-hour drive. Lots of questions:
-- What do they drive? A GM, a Ford or a Chrysler? Do they switch vehicles at the one-third and two-third points of the trip?
-- Auto bingo or "I spy?"
-- Who gets shotgun and who has to ride in the back? ("I will pull this car over right now!")
-- Mickey D's, BK or Wendy's? ("No, Bob. There's no place you can get a 'nice salad.' This is the Ohio Turnpike, for crying out loud. You'll get Sbarro or nothing.")
-- Who gets control of the radio? We see Mulally as a country fan but Wagoner as more of a smooth jazz listener.
One other thought on Alan's Excellent Road Trip: God forbid his car breaks down. It would become the very definition of "PR disaster."
December 2, 2008; 10:18 AM ET
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