President Obama Promises to Buy a Chevy Volt

By · February 29, 2012

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In 2010, President Obama perused a pre-production Chevy Volt. Now, he says he plans to buy one.

Obama reiterated his support of electric cars on Tuesday, drawing a contrast between his support for federal bailouts to U.S. car companies in 2008 and 2009 and Republican opposition to it. The president told 1,600 workers and retirees at the United Auto Workers Conference in Washington that he plans to buy a Chevy Volt plug-in hybrid electric vehicle.

"Five years from now when I’m not president anymore, I’ll buy one and drive it myself," President Obama promised "Yeah, that’s right," Obama said. The crowd responded with chants of "Four more years."

President Obama pointed to the Volt as a symbol of how U.S. auto companies are playing a leading in transforming the automobile for the 21st century. "The American auto industry is back," he said.

Speaking to a revved-up crowd of United Auto Workers, Obama recalled his 2010 trip to General Motors' Hamtramck-Assembly facility outside of Detroit, where he sat behind the wheel of a pre-production Chevy Volt and drove it a few feet.

"The Secret Service wouldn’t let me drive it. But I liked sitting in it," President Obama stated. "It was nice. I’ll bet it drives real good."

Obama’s promise to buy a Volt when his second term as president comes to an end. If Obama sticks to his commitment, then the Volt will become the first Chevy and the first EV he's owned—although before taking office, he traded in his Chrysler 300 for a Ford Escape Hybrid.

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