10 April 2007

Ooh! The Irony!

Bush Almost Blows Himself Up
By: SilentPatriot on Monday, April 9th, 2007 at 9:02 AM - PDT

Not for nothing, President Bush and Dick Cheney have to despise alternative energy. They made (and continue to make) fortunes from oil and must see this as a direct threat to their livelihoods. And now that a hybrid almost killed the President, it must make it even worse.

Detroit News:

Credit Ford Motor Co. CEO Alan Mulally with saving the leader of the free world from self-immolation.

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?"

1 comment:

Reid Dalgleish said...

Bush story blows up on Ford ceo Mulally

Ford ceo Alan Mulally is no longer laughing about his suggestion he saved US President George Bush's life during a recent White House visit. Ford has apologized after Mulally said his claim he had intervened to prevent Bush from plugging an electrical cord into the hydrogen tank of an experimental Ford vehicle had been meant as a joke. On Wednesday, White House spokeswoman Dana Perino said, "The story wasn't accurate, and I'll just decline to comment further." Ford said Mulally never expected the story he told journalists in New York last week would be taken seriously. The ceo found himself in an embarrassing situation when the story was featured on blogs and even in mainstream media such as the Financial Times, which said, "he may have saved the incumbent of the Oval Office from blowing himself up." Mulally said last Wednesday, recounting a meeting at the White House on March 28, that he had noticed the president appeared to be ready to plug a power cord into the wrong outlet of a rechargeable vehicle that also runs on hydrogen. "I violated all protocols. I grabbed his arm and I moved him up to the front," Mulally told reporters at the New York auto show. "I wanted to make sure he plugged into the electricity, not into the hydrogen," he said to roars of laughter from the media, before adding: "This is all off the record, right?" Ford said Mulally's anecdote had been inspired by a video spoof featured on ABC-TV's Jimmy Kimmel Live talk show that suggested Bush blew himself up by plugging the cord in the wrong outlet. "I tried to tell a joke about it and proved I am no Jimmy Kimmel," Mulally said in a statement that was released to Reuters on Wednesday. "It never occurred to me that it would get such wide play or be taken seriously."
(Calgary Herald 070412)