Obama's Auto Team Drives Foreign Cars

Just 2 of task force's 8 members own domestic models
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 23, 2009 2:49 PM CST
In this Nov. 17, 2008 file photo, new Honda Civics are lined up at the Honda assembly plant in Greensburg, Ind.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Detroit’s Big Three might be in worse trouble than they thought: Of the eight people on the Presidential Task Force on the Auto Industry, and the 10 policy aides assisting them, just two own cars built by American-owned manufacturers, the Detroit News reports. The co-chairs—Timothy Geithner and Lawrence Summers—drive a Honda and a Mazda, respectively, even though Geithner’s grandfather was a Ford vice president.

Two members don’t even own cars. On the bright side, the Treasury’s special adviser to the task force drives a Ford, and there are still two open slots for the 10-member team. For the record, President Obama drives a Ford Escape Hybrid, and Joe Biden owns a 1967 Chevrolet Corvette, though he typically commutes by train.