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Ford apologizes after joke on Bush blows up
Reuters ^ | 04/11/2007 | Poornima Gupta

Posted on 04/11/2007 2:03:24 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd

DETROIT (Reuters) - Ford Motor Co. Chief Executive Alan Mulally is no longer laughing about his suggestion that he saved President Bush's life during a recent White House visit.

The No. 2 U.S. automaker has apologized after Mulally said his claim that he had intervened to prevent U.S. President George W. 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."

Ford spokesman Tom Hoyt said Mulally thought Kimmel's joke was funny and showed it to several Ford officials before his remarks to reporters.

"He just meant it as a joke. He kind of embellished the whole thing," Hoyt said. "There was no danger whatsoever."

Bush irritated U.S. automakers and allies last year when he said they should build more relevant products. He has been reaching out to them this year and promoting alternative fuel technologies as part of a plan to reduce gasoline consumption by 20 percent.


TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bush; ford; fordmotors; hoaxes; hydrogen; libmyths; mulally
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Ha. Ha. Ha.

Seriesly NOT LMAO

1 posted on 04/11/2007 2:03:26 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd
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To: Responsibility2nd

1 of those rare occasions when a hi profile honcho manages 2 piss off both the right (for lying) and the left (for not killing Dubya).

ROFL


2 posted on 04/11/2007 2:05:34 PM PDT by voletti (There's no place, I can be, since I found, serenity.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

I won’t hold my breath for the apologies from everyone who took it seriously.


3 posted on 04/11/2007 2:05:45 PM PDT by ilovew (Strong leadership. Romney '08.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

They wanted it to be true because the story reinforced their meme that “Bush is dumb,” so they ran with it.


4 posted on 04/11/2007 2:06:11 PM PDT by Cyclopean Squid (A Day Late and a Dollar Short)
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To: Responsibility2nd
Mulally is a great manager but obviously comedy isn’t his strong suit.
5 posted on 04/11/2007 2:06:26 PM PDT by COEXERJ145 (Bush Derangement Syndrome Has Reached Pandemic Levels on Free Republic.)
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To: voletti

— 1 of those rare occasions when a hi profile honcho manages 2 piss off both the right (for lying) and the left (for not killing Dubya).

And his own company for suggesting such an explosion is possible with their product.


6 posted on 04/11/2007 2:07:56 PM PDT by rbookward (When 900 years old you are, type as well you will not!)
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To: ilovew

Wait! Won’t this be something that scars our President for life - I think Ford’s President needs to step down as a result of his insensitive actions...


7 posted on 04/11/2007 2:08:16 PM PDT by princess leah
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To: Responsibility2nd
"Bush irritated U.S. automakers and allies last year when he said they should build more relevant products."

Now that is funny! Good on GWB for telling them that they make junk!

8 posted on 04/11/2007 2:09:09 PM PDT by avacado
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To: voletti

I think this Mullaly guy is off his rocker! Was seriously thinking of buying a Ford but will now buy something else, probably a Toyota or Acura, or whatever Nihondo is available.... No wonder Ford is losing money everywhere!


9 posted on 04/11/2007 2:09:33 PM PDT by Diogenes
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To: Responsibility2nd

I had doubts about this over the reference to plugging into the hydrogen. That made no sense, and no way would a manufacturer produce a product where such a potentially explosive mistake on the part of the user was even possible. At least, I would hope that’s that case; I don’t want the dork next door blowing out my windows because he comes home drunk and connects his car incorrectly.


10 posted on 04/11/2007 2:10:12 PM PDT by John Jorsett (scam never sleeps)
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To: Responsibility2nd

I’ll always associate Alan Mullaly with the hugely successful Boeing 777.

As for his stint at Ford, ... time will tell.


11 posted on 04/11/2007 2:13:28 PM PDT by newgeezer (Just my opinion, of course. Your mileage may vary.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

He thinks he’s Megan Mullally.


12 posted on 04/11/2007 2:17:00 PM PDT by Albion Wilde (...where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. -2 Cor 3:17)
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To: avacado

yes, I agree with the president as well, good for him for telling the truth about u.s automakers.
We’ve owned american and we’ve owned japanese, we now have 3 toyotas in our garage.


13 posted on 04/11/2007 2:17:23 PM PDT by psjones (u)
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To: princess leah
Or at least go on the Al Shaprton show and apologize for calling Bush a nappy headed ho!
Wait. Am I getting my news stories mixed up again?

14 posted on 04/11/2007 2:18:59 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd (Warning. If your tagline is funny... I may steal it.)
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To: Responsibility2nd
"Hoyt said. "There was no danger whatsoever."

Unlike the exploding Pintos that FORD sold, knowing full well that they were going to have law suits for the poor souls who died in them. (Cheaper then redesigning the car!)

As a FoMoCo A/Z plan buyer, I will NEVER own another one!
LVD

15 posted on 04/11/2007 2:20:51 PM PDT by Las Vegas Dave (HDTV ping list, please FReepmail me if you would like your name added.)
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To: avacado
Now that is funny! Good on GWB for telling them that they make junk!

In many cases the 'effin unions mandate that they have to build certain models for a certain number of years in order to protect jobs. The cancer of the US automobile industry, and many others, has been unions - the same unions that Dems are now working to strengthen.
16 posted on 04/11/2007 2:21:42 PM PDT by Jaysun (I took one look at her unfashionable eyebrows and thought to myself, "she's literally crazy.")
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To: Diogenes

you could not give me a Ford.BTW Dubya drives an F250
crew cab pickemup


17 posted on 04/11/2007 2:22:11 PM PDT by advertising guy (If computer skills named us, I'd be back-space delete.)
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To: Diogenes

2007 Camry LE’s are being advertised in the Cleveland newspapers for $200/$300 over invoice, cheaper than I can buy a Fusion/Milan similarly equipped, even with the Ford employee pricing.


18 posted on 04/11/2007 2:26:17 PM PDT by Las Vegas Dave (HDTV ping list, please FReepmail me if you would like your name added.)
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To: Responsibility2nd
"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?"

Huh? I don't even get it. How would "plug into" the hydrogen make sense? Not much of a joke, I guess.

19 posted on 04/11/2007 2:26:57 PM PDT by Ramius ([sip])
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To: Responsibility2nd
"It never occurred to me that it would get such wide play or be taken seriously."

Yo dude - you threw bloody red meat to a pack of wolves. What the hell did you expect?!

20 posted on 04/11/2007 2:28:41 PM PDT by Condor 63
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To: Responsibility2nd
Bush irritated U.S. automakers and allies last year when he said they should build more relevant products.

That is pretty good advice. :)
21 posted on 04/11/2007 2:33:43 PM PDT by P-40 (Al Qaeda was working in Iraq. They were just undocumented.)
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To: Responsibility2nd
Looks like Mullaly is doing a good job of self-destruction on his own.
22 posted on 04/11/2007 2:34:11 PM PDT by Ukiapah Heep (Shoes for Industry!)
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To: Responsibility2nd
Hey Mulally!

Wanna see something REALLY funny? Look at your last 10K.

23 posted on 04/11/2007 2:40:38 PM PDT by DreamsofPolycarp (Ron Paul in '08)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Is this another “botched joke”?

Hardy har har.


24 posted on 04/11/2007 2:41:22 PM PDT by Shelayne (...And though my heart is torn, I will praise You in this storm... ~~Casting Crowns)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Ford has to know that there is little humor left in the USA. Everything that you say is taken as symbolic of something else, and is repeated and examined ad nauseam.


25 posted on 04/11/2007 2:46:16 PM PDT by Leftism is Mentally Deranged
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To: psjones
We've owned american and we've owned japanese, now we have 3 toyotas in our garage.

So, you decided to stick with the American built vehicles.

26 posted on 04/11/2007 2:48:00 PM PDT by Mr. Lucky
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To: psjones
We’ve owned american and we’ve owned japanese, we now have 3 toyotas in our garage.

The only problem I have with imports as that none of them, except Nissan, make a real sports car anymore (well, Acura has the NSX, but you can get a Lamborghini or Porsche for that kind of money).
27 posted on 04/11/2007 2:48:09 PM PDT by JamesP81 (Eph 6:12)
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To: psjones

But with that said, I drive a ten year old Nissan as my commuter car with over 150k on it. Starts the first time, every time, without fail.


28 posted on 04/11/2007 2:50:57 PM PDT by JamesP81 (Eph 6:12)
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To: Leftism is Mentally Deranged
Ford has to know that there is little humor left in the USA.

Imus found that out the hard way. It won't be long before the thought police take over of every aspect of your life, and you will not be allowed to say anything that hasn't been approved by governmnet censors.

29 posted on 04/11/2007 2:54:18 PM PDT by vox humana
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To: Las Vegas Dave

The famous Pinto trial case was over a car which had the GAS CAP left off before being hit.


30 posted on 04/11/2007 2:56:48 PM PDT by justshutupandtakeit (Defeat Hillary's V'assed Left Wing Conspiracy)
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To: Responsibility2nd
The joke may not have been so funny, but the fact that pressitutes and lefty bloggers tired to show that Bush is dumb, and only proved their own stupidity, is a riot.
31 posted on 04/11/2007 3:04:00 PM PDT by Stultis (I don't worry about the war turning into "Vietnam" in Iraq; I worry about it doing so in Congress.)
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To: Responsibility2nd
Image hosted by Photobucket.com the FPOS is dumber than he thinks W is...!!!
32 posted on 04/11/2007 3:09:48 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist)
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To: rbookward

That’s exactly the thought I had when I heard about this “story”. I said to myself if it’s that easy to kill yourself with one of these Fords then I certainly don’t want one.


33 posted on 04/11/2007 3:11:04 PM PDT by Doctor Raoul (What's the difference between the CIA and the Free Clinic? The Free Clinic knows how to stop leaks.)
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To: Responsibility2nd
NEWSFLASH: Bush just held a press conference to tell a secret the CEO of Ford told him. Ford is going to name the hydrogen fueled vehicle the "Pinto".

If it were a pickup that explodes, NBC Dateline would buy them.

34 posted on 04/11/2007 3:12:55 PM PDT by Doctor Raoul (What's the difference between the CIA and the Free Clinic? The Free Clinic knows how to stop leaks.)
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To: voletti

What a dumb @ss (and I’m not referring to the President)...


35 posted on 04/11/2007 3:15:53 PM PDT by Who is John Galt? ("Just don't call me Geraldo...")
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To: Responsibility2nd

Ford Faggot corporation strikes again.


36 posted on 04/11/2007 3:20:53 PM PDT by Cobra64 (www.BulletBras.net)
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To: princess leah

Um...whatever.


37 posted on 04/11/2007 3:24:00 PM PDT by ilovew (Strong leadership. Romney '08.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Ford’s new slogan - “Our vehicles are still our biggest joke.”


38 posted on 04/11/2007 3:30:53 PM PDT by hometoroost (TSA = Thousands Standing Around)
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To: Cobra64

The attitude of this loser confirmed I made the correct decsion when I bought 150 Nissan Titans for our light duty trucks this year, instead of the usual chevy/ford mix.


39 posted on 04/11/2007 3:36:50 PM PDT by MeanWestTexan (Kol Hakavod Lezahal)
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To: newgeezer
I’ll always associate Alan Mullaly with the hugely successful Boeing 777.

Ah, I'd forgotten that. He's a Seattleite, it all comes clear now. Nonetheless, I've already sent my email to Ford (for what it's worth) explaining that I won't consider buying another one if the CEO doesn't stop making jokes about the President I voted for.

I know, I know -- but I did feel better. And given that my '96 F-150 is approaching 190,000 miles, Ford would normally be my first choice.

40 posted on 04/11/2007 3:38:08 PM PDT by BfloGuy (It is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer, or the baker, that we can expect . . .)
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To: Responsibility2nd
As if you needed hydrogen for a Ford to explode.


41 posted on 04/11/2007 3:41:11 PM PDT by Caipirabob (Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: Caipirabob
Free Image Hosting at www.ImageShack.us
42 posted on 04/11/2007 3:43:25 PM PDT by Caipirabob (Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: advertising guy

I am still driving my Ford Explorer Sport and it’s a 1996 model. I still love to drive my truck.


43 posted on 04/11/2007 3:52:17 PM PDT by TN Conserative
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To: TN Conserative

I’m a GM man but some Fords are ok.My point is the back stabbing to their customers is unforgivable


44 posted on 04/11/2007 4:17:32 PM PDT by advertising guy (If computer skills named us, I'd be back-space delete.)
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To: Responsibility2nd
I gotta woonder...is the Ford CEO related to Megan?


45 posted on 04/11/2007 4:24:06 PM PDT by Cletus.D.Yokel
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To: justshutupandtakeit

Another thing left out of the story is that of the 2 million pintos produced ony something like 10-20 exploded due to rear impacts.
In the end a ford pinto was statictically no more likely to explode than any other vehicle that was rear ended...

But many lawyers got stinking rich...hehe


46 posted on 04/11/2007 4:29:45 PM PDT by Will_Zurmacht
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To: COEXERJ145
In my book he is a POS and I won’t buy a Shi**y car from Ford. They can keep their dinosaurs. Mulally can do what Cheney told leaky Lehey to do.
47 posted on 04/11/2007 4:34:16 PM PDT by mimaw
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To: Responsibility2nd

Mullaly got $28 mil for 4 months work at Ford in 2006.
His deputy Mark Fields got roughly $750k in private jet trips to commute to his home in Miami every weekend.

I’m all for capitalism but these guys don’t have a clue.
I’m sure their plea for concessions from the UAW will get a great reception this fall.


48 posted on 04/11/2007 4:35:44 PM PDT by nascarnation
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To: Responsibility2nd
He needs to be fired immediately. This racist statement shall not stand. To imply that presidents can’t do their own plugging is disputed by Bill Clinton.
49 posted on 04/11/2007 4:36:56 PM PDT by mad_as_he$$ (The road is long and the path is difficult, the reward is worth it.)
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To: Responsibility2nd
Apparently the Drive-by Media thinks it was a "hydroelectric" car. Just dam.

"It gets so quiet around here at night you can hear your neighbor's Ford rusting away."

50 posted on 04/11/2007 4:37:48 PM PDT by piasa (Attitude Adjustments Offered Here Free of Charge)
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