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Old 02-23-2009, 03:49 PM   #1
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Gov't Auto team drives imports

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Fed task force has few new U.S. cars
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WASHINGTON -- The vehicles owned by the Obama administration's auto team could reflect one reason why Detroit's Big Three automakers are in trouble: The list includes few new American cars.

Among the eight members named Friday to the Presidential Task Force on the Auto Industry and the 10 senior policy aides who will assist them in their work, two own American models. Add the Treasury Department's special adviser to the task force and the total jumps to three.

The Detroit News reviewed public records to discover what many of the task force and staff members drove, but information was not available on all of the officials, and records for some states were not complete.


At least two task force members don't own a car, and there are still two open slots on the 10-member panel that will be filled by the secretaries of labor and commerce, who have not yet been appointed.

The co-chairs of the task force -- Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner and White House National Economic Council Director Lawrence Summers -- both own foreign automobiles.

Geithner owns a 2008 Acura TSX, registered in New York. He once owned a 1999 Honda Accord and a 2002 Acura MDX, according to public records.

Geithner is the president's designee for purposes of enforcing loan agreements with GM and Chrysler and must approve or reject any proposed transactions by either company that would cost $100 million or more.

His maternal grandfather, Charles Moore, was a vice president at Ford Motor Co. from 1952-63, according to Peter Geithner, the secretary's father. But Geithner wasn't very interested in cars growing up -- in part because he graduated from high school in Asia, his father said.

Summers owns a 1995 Mazda Protege that's registered in Massachusetts. He previously owned a 1996 Ford Taurus GL.

What other task force members drive:

• Office of Management and Budget Director Peter Orszag owns a 2008 Honda Odyssey and a 2004 Volvo S60. He previously owned a 1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee and 1982 Datsun.

• Carol Browner, the White House climate czar, said earlier this month at the Washington Auto Show that she doesn't own an automobile. Public records show she once owned a 1999 Saab 9-5 SE.

• Energy Secretary Steven Chu doesn't own a car, his wife, Jean Fetter, said in a telephone interview on Sunday. Cabinet officials are typically transported to and from work by security officials in government vehicles.

• Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson owns a 2008 Toyota Prius and a Honda Odyssey minivan, she said Sunday. "It's great," she said of her Prius.

• Vehicle information was not available for Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood or Christine Romer, head of the Council of Economic Advisers.

Here's what task force policy aides drive:

• Austan Goolsbee, staff director and chief economist for the White House Economic Recovery Advisory Board, owns a 2004 Toyota Highlander.

• Joan DeBoer, the chief of staff to LaHood, said in an interview Sunday she drives a 2008 Lexus RX 350. She doesn't consider herself "a car buff" and views her car as a way to get around town.

• Heather Zichal, deputy director of the White House Office of Energy and Climate Change, owns a Volvo C30, according to public records and officials.

• Gene Sperling, counsel to the Treasury Secretary, owns a 2003 Lincoln LS, and previously owned a 1993 Saturn SL2.

• Edward B. Montgomery, senior adviser to the Labor Department, owns a 1991 Harley-Davidson and previously owned a 1990 Ford Taurus L station wagon, public records show.

• Lisa Heinzerling, senior climate policy counsel to the head of the EPA, owns a 1998 Subaru Legacy Outback station wagon, according to her husband.

• Diana Farrell, the deputy National Economic Council director, doesn't own a vehicle. Her husband, Scott Pearson, owns a 1985 Peugeot 505 S.

• Dan Utech, senior adviser to the Energy Secretary, owns a 2003 Mini Cooper S two-door hatchback.

• Rick Wade, a senior adviser at the Commerce Department, owns a 1998 Chevrolet Cavalier and previously owned a 1998 Toyota Corolla.

• Jared Bernstein, Vice President Joe Biden's chief economist, owns a 2005 Honda Odyssey.

The White House declined to comment.

President Barack Obama traded in his Chrysler 300C for a more fuel-efficient Ford Escape hybrid during the 2008 presidential campaign.

Joe Biden, the son of a car dealer, owns a 1967 Chevrolet Corvette -- a wedding present from his dad. He primarily commuted from Delaware to the Senate on Amtrak.

Ron Bloom, a special adviser to the Treasury Department who is also advising the task force, owns an aging Ford Taurus.
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Old 02-23-2009, 04:05 PM   #2
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I would imagine almost all of them drove Volvo's...
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Old 02-23-2009, 04:22 PM   #3
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I would imagine almost all of them drove Volvo's...
or saab's.


the one thing it doesnt mention is the fact that Obama wont be driving his car very often.

because he gets driven around in an armored.... CADILLAC.



go armor up a prius and see if it could escape a "bad" situation.
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Old 02-23-2009, 04:24 PM   #4
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or saab's.


the one thing it doesnt mention is the fact that Obama wont be driving his car very often.

because he gets driven around in an armored.... CADILLAC.



go armor up a prius and see if it could escape a "bad" situation.

good one, anyone read about Mercedes to offer a armor option for the E-Class next year
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Old 02-23-2009, 04:25 PM   #5
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Old 02-23-2009, 04:35 PM   #6
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mccain drives a cadillac. romney has a GT mustang
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Old 02-23-2009, 04:53 PM   #7
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Didn't McCain have about 7 cars?
I saw video of him in an Acura during the election.


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http://www.mahalo.com/McCain_Cars

Actually it was 13 cars. LOL.

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Old 02-23-2009, 05:39 PM   #8
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I always liked Biden....it must've been that Corvette aura....

Most everyone else? Screw off, ya lousy sunofa #$()&# )#%)&*!!! To think these people are charged with helping the restructuring effort of the US makes, when the vast majority of them haven't been in an American car in decades...Freaking rediculous.
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Old 02-23-2009, 05:44 PM   #9
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I always liked Biden....it must've been that Corvette aura....

Most everyone else? Screw off, ya lousy sunofa #$()&# )#%)&*!!! To think these people are charged with helping the restructuring effort of the US makes, when the vast majority of them haven't been in an American car in decades...Freaking rediculous.
Their mostly have a European socialist mentality so it is not surprising they mostly don't drive American cars. I'm quite sure many of them will go out and buy one now so they can say they have one by next election..lol..
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Old 02-23-2009, 06:21 PM   #11
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Old 02-23-2009, 09:29 PM   #12
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Well, its official. Poloticians are just as uninformed as the other 80% of the population.
Half of them drive what they think looks good, the other half drive what other people tell them are good.

Big ups to Biden, word.

The lady with the Lexus makes me laugh. How many people who buy a Lexus view it as unimportant and use it to just "get around town." ...lol. I'm calling bullshit on that one.
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How many people who buy a Lexus view it as unimportant and use it to just "get around town." ...lol. I'm calling bullshit on that one.
You apparently don't know many women.
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You apparently don't know many women.
I do know plenty of women. Most of them drive Cobalts.
The only dude I know who drives a Lexus is a dick, and I have to constantly hear about how awesome his car is.
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Old 02-24-2009, 10:15 AM   #15
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that's true though man... women like a car at first then they just turn it into a purse on wheels...
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Old 02-24-2009, 12:34 PM   #16
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Wow, one cool car out that whole list (the vette of course). Doesn't surprise me though.
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Old 02-24-2009, 05:17 PM   #17
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That's so ironic that the Task Force appointed by Obama to fix the U.S. automakers don't drive American cars themselves. So one of their goals will be to somehow get Americans to buy American, yet they don't do it themselves... Do as I say, not as I do.
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Who better to fix the problem then the people who are effected by it?

A group of people who don't drive American cars has a much better idea of why they didn't buy an American car than a group of people who did... don't you think?
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Old 02-24-2009, 05:42 PM   #19
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Well, its official. Poloticians are just as uninformed as the other 80% of the population.
Half of them drive what they think looks good, the other half drive what other people tell them are good.

Big ups to Biden, word.

The lady with the Lexus makes me laugh. How many people who buy a Lexus view it as unimportant and use it to just "get around town." ...lol. I'm calling bullshit on that one.
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I do know plenty of women. Most of them drive Cobalts.
The only dude I know who drives a Lexus is a dick, and I have to constantly hear about how awesome his car is.
Your so wrong. I know about 13 guys who drive a Lexus (including clients) and one of them is a nice guy.
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I dont see a problem with this at all. Obviously there was something about a "domestic" car that didnt appeal to some of those folks. And I use "domestic" very loosely. Do any of you want others to critique the make of car you drive or tell you what to drive?
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I dont see a problem with this at all. Obviously there was something about a "domestic" car that didnt appeal to some of those folks. And I use "domestic" very loosely. Do any of you want others to critique the make of car you drive or tell you what to drive?
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It'd probably help if the government bought GM cars for police and other government use. G8 AFM CHP cruisers and Hybrid/XFE trucks for park/transit use. It will replace the ones that are more inefficient and bring in some revenue.
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It'd probably help if the government bought GM cars for police and other government use. G8 AFM CHP cruisers and Hybrid/XFE trucks for park/transit use. It will replace the ones that are more inefficient and bring in some revenue.
Well they do buy American. I've never seen an import model on a law enforcement vehicle. And I seriously doubt there have been.
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They usually do, but its all ford and dodge stuff mainly. I know they use tahoes and suburbans, but nowhere near the amount of crown vics, chargers, and intrepids. The trans stuff I see are mostly 80s-90s ford trucks, once I serviced a 2005 Kodiak cone layer.
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Well they do buy American. I've never seen an import model on a law enforcement vehicle. And I seriously doubt there have been.
Over in the motortrend forums i saw a post where a police station in michigan just bought toyota prius (es)
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