White House’s Administration Favoring Saab Automobiles?

Posted on 31. Mar, 2009 by in 2000-2009

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The Washington, D.C. Politico Magazine has recently indicated that the current administration at the White House favors Saab Automobiles as noted in their sightings of Saabs, from the climate czar Carol Browner that used to own a Saab 9-5 SE, to the White House Staffer parking lot sprinked with Saabs, amongst other vehicles.

As you know, the Washington, D.C. area as I reported in my Saab Sightings, has a lot of Saabs per capita, so this no real surprise, although it’s nice to see!

With President Barack Obama showing the ailing U.S. auto industry some tough love Monday, POLITICO wondered — what’s …

… in the driveways of White House aides? A lot of foreign cars, as it turns out.

A survey of West Executive Drive, where White House staffers park, revealed only five American cars out of 23 –a Dodge Grand Caravan, two Ford Escapes, a Jeep Cherokee and a Cadillac.

The lot was sprinkled with BMWs, Mercedes, Hondas, Toyotas, Saabs, Audis, Volkswagens and a Volvo.

Obama himself owns a Ford Escape Hybrid (apparently sitting in Chicago), according to his press secretary Robert Gibbs, who said he drives a gray Ford Escape.

As for Obama’s presidential task force on the auto industry, The Detroit News reported what many of them drive when the task force formed. The News said:

Timothy Geithner owns a 2008 Acura TSX and once owned a 1999 Honda Accord, as well as a 2002 Acura MDX.

Larry Summers owns a 1995 Mazda Protégé and previously owned a 1996 Ford Taurus GL.

Peter Orszag owns a 2008 Honda Odyssey and a 2004 Volvo S60, and he previously owned a 1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee and 1982 Datsun.

“Climate czar” Carol Browner has recently said she doesn’t own an automobile, although she used to own a 1999 Saab 9-5 SE.

Energy’s Steven Chu’s wife told the Free Press that he doesn’t own a car.

The vice president’s economist Jared Bernstein owns a 2005 Honda Odyssey.

Obama’s economic adviser Austan Goolsbee owns a 2004 Toyota Highlander.

Midwest recovery chief Ed Montgomery owns a 1991 Harley-Davidson and previously owned a 1990 Ford Taurus L station wagon.

Gene Sperling, counsel to the Treasury secretary, owns a 2003 Lincoln LS, and previously owned a 1993 Saturn SL2.

A search by POLITICO on Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood shows he owns a 1997 Buick Regal and a Ford Escape Hybrid. He previously owned a Cadillac Deville.

Records could not be found for Christina Romer and Gary Locke.

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