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Foreign auto companies irked by Obama snub at DC Auto Show

Posted Feb 8th 2012 7:30PM

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President Barack Obama checks out the new Dodge Dart

On Tuesday, President Barack Obama visited the Washington Auto Show, and he even had time to get a closer look at a few vehicles. We're guessing that the carmakers were more than happy to set aside some time to talk to the Commander In Chief, but not every automaker got the chance.

Bloomberg says that the Association of Global Automakers is upset because the president only spent time with the Detroit Three, even though other automakers reportedly flew in executives from around the world for the occasion. The executives were reportedly on hand and waiting in a "bullpen" in the event President Obama had any questions about specific vehicles, but The Pres stuck to American cars like the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1, Ford Mustang Shelby GT500, Jeep Grand Cherokee and the Chevrolet Silverado.

AGA CEO Michael Stanton voiced his disappointment about the perceived slight, adding that many members "bent over backwards to meet the request from the White House." Stanton also points out that AGA members have invested US$43 billion in the U.S. and employ over 80,000 workers there.

News Source: Bloomberg

Image Credit: Saul Loeb / AFP / Getty

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Gilles Thibault

Who cares about Obama anyway? He's on way out, so...

February 08 2012 at 10:46 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
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Michael Will

I bet the same thing 6 months ago but the Republican candidates are weak to the point of pathetic. The only person who stands a chance of beating him is Romney and even conservatives can't stand Romney.

February 08 2012 at 10:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Michael Will

The American President spends time with American automakers and this comes as a great shock? Lord knows he didn't have time to spend with them all and in an election year Obama being seen getting into a Prius or a Mercedes would have come back to bite him in the ass.

February 08 2012 at 10:36 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply