Skip to comments.Ford apologizes after joke on Bush blows up
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.
Seriesly NOT LMAO
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).
I won’t hold my breath for the apologies from everyone who took it seriously.
They wanted it to be true because the story reinforced their meme that “Bush is dumb,” so they ran with it.
— 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.
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...
Now that is funny! Good on GWB for telling them that they make junk!
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!
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.
I’ll always associate Alan Mullaly with the hugely successful Boeing 777.
As for his stint at Ford, ... time will tell.
He thinks he’s Megan Mullally.
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.
Wait. Am I getting my news stories mixed up again?
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!
you could not give me a Ford.BTW Dubya drives an F250
crew cab pickemup
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.
Huh? I don't even get it. How would "plug into" the hydrogen make sense? Not much of a joke, I guess.
Yo dude - you threw bloody red meat to a pack of wolves. What the hell did you expect?!
Wanna see something REALLY funny? Look at your last 10K.
Is this another “botched joke”?
Hardy har har.
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.
So, you decided to stick with the American built vehicles.
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.
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.
The famous Pinto trial case was over a car which had the GAS CAP left off before being hit.
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.
If it were a pickup that explodes, NBC Dateline would buy them.
What a dumb @ss (and I’m not referring to the President)...
Ford Faggot corporation strikes again.
Ford’s new slogan - “Our vehicles are still our biggest joke.”
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.
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.
I am still driving my Ford Explorer Sport and it’s a 1996 model. I still love to drive my truck.
I’m a GM man but some Fords are ok.My point is the back stabbing to their customers is unforgivable
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
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.
"It gets so quiet around here at night you can hear your neighbor's Ford rusting away."
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