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
Obama's Auto Team Drives Foreign Cars
In this Nov. 17, 2008 file photo, new Honda Civics are lined up at the Honda assembly plant in Greensburg, Ind.   (AP Photo)

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. (More auto industry stories.)

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