Plug It In And Fire It Up, Mr. President
And speaking of plug-in vehicles....here's a story from the Detroit News reporting Preznit's interactions with a prototype which is never likely to travel a street or highway, given that it is designed by engineers trapped inside the Promethean chasm known as the Ford Corporation. It's also a simple, apple-pie story relating just another normal, inspiring day at the office for the Deciderator. As it happens, we almost got Bush, Cheney, and a failed auto industry shill to go up in one big, gloriously crispy ka-boom:
Credit Ford Motor Co. CEO Alan Mulally with saving the leader of the free world from self-immolation. (Adored By Hordes editorial comment: Dear Mr. Mulally, Dipshit, Esquire: *&^%$#!)
Mulally told journalists at the New York auto show that he intervened to prevent President Bush from plugging an electrical cord into the hydrogen tank of Ford's hydrogen-electric plug-in hybrid at the White House last week. Ford wanted to give the Commander-in-Chief an actual demonstration of the innovative vehicle, so the automaker arranged for an electrical outlet to be installed on the South Lawn and ran a charging cord to the hybrid. However, as Mulally followed Bush out to the car, he noticed someone had left the cord lying at the rear of the vehicle, near the fuel tank.
"I just thought, 'Oh my goodness!' So, I started walking faster, and the President walked faster and he got to the cord before I did. I violated all the protocols. I touched the President. I grabbed his arm and I moved him up to the front," Mulally said. "I wanted the president to make sure he plugged into the electricity, not into the hydrogen. This is all off the record, right?