Taking a shot at President Bush, democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama promised to meet with the Detroit 3 earlier on in his presidency. However his shot at Bush was a little wrong and misspoken.
“Unlike George Bush, I won’t wait until the sixth year of my presidency to sit down with the automakers. I’ll meet with them during my campaign, and I’ll meet with them as president to talk about how we’re going to build the cars of the future right here in Michigan,” Obama said.
Bush actually met with GM’s Rick Wagoner, Ford’s Bill Ford and Chrysler’s (at that time) CEO Dieter Zetsche on April 28, 2003 for a half an hour at Ford’s Center for Performing Arts in Dearborn. Nonetheless, Bush was under heat after delaying his meeting with the Detroit 3 for six months in 2006.
Barack also said today in his speech that he pledges to spend $150 billion over the next 10 years to help create 5 million jobs in the ‘green’ industry. He promises to help the Detroit 3 retool outdated plants to make plug-in electric vehicles.
Source: Detroit News