Ford apologized after CEO Alan Mulally made a joke during his keynote speech at the 2007 New York Auto Show, claiming that during a recent visit to the White House, he saved President Bush’s life. Mulally claimed that he attempted to prevent President Bush from plugging an electrical cord into the hydrogen tank of the Ford Edge HySeries Drive. Mulally said the comment had been made as a joke and didn’t expect the press at the 2007 New York Auto Show to make a big deal out of it.
During his keynote speech, Mulally said that the president was going to plug the power cord into the wrong outlet of the rechargeable Ford Edge HySeries Drive.
“I violated all protocols. I touched the president. I grabbed his arm and I moved him up to the front. I wanted the president to make sure he plugged into the electricity, not into the hydrogen,” he said. “This is all off the record, right?”
Who really cares if it’s off the record. Mulally, we appreciate you telling us a joke at 7:15 am in the morning.