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Obama's All-American Auto Tour Angers Foreign Car Companies

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On: Fri, Feb 10, 2012 at 4:55PM | By: Chris Weiss

Obama's All-American Auto Tour Angers Foreign Car Companies

The Washington Auto Show is typically lost among bigger, more important shows like the Detroit Auto Show and Chicago Auto Show. This year's show made some headlines, though. It's not for crazy concepts or big debuts, but instead for an incident involving Washington's most famous resident.

According to Bloomberg, President Obama angered foreign automakers when he focused his tour of the show entirely on domestics. Despite the fact that White House staff told automakers including Honda, Kia and Mercedes-Benz that the President wanted to see green cars and planned to ask them questions, Obama focused all his attention on American automakers and took photographs with decidedly non-green models like the Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 and Corvette ZR1.

While Obama might have had a reason to pay closer attention to automakers like Chrysler and GM, which both received federal bailouts in 2009 when the industry was crashing, foreign automakers felt slighted both because of their investments in US-based production facilities and because, in some cases, they flew in special staff and green vehicles to meet the White House's requests.

Mike Stanton, CEO of the Association of Global Automakers, told Bloomberg: "Many of our members bent over backwards to meet the request from the White House. We were just terribly disappointed that the President refused to recognize the commitment that our members and others have made to the manufacturing base of the United States."

If you take a look at the Obama visit photo gallery on the Washington Auto Show's website, you'll see a whole lot of American cars, and only a BMW and Audi or two in passing. So what do you think of President Obama's trip to the Washington Auto Show?



Sami18 | 12:15PM (Mon, Feb 13, 2012)

I have heard about this last week and alot of auto dealers are very upset about this but i am sure he only had a certain amount of time to be their and he may not have had the time to get around to all the cars but no one will ever really know why he only looked at American cars.


Stephy21 | 12:31PM (Mon, Feb 13, 2012)

To be honest why does it matter if he only visited American made cars unless he gave people his word that he was going to look at their cars.

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