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Senator Barack Obama has tossed aside the keys to his Chrysler 300C in favor of a new Ford Escape Hybrid. According to the Detroit Free Press, the senator from Illinois was lambasted for driving the a V8 300C after chastising Detroit in a May 7 speech for failing to anticipate rising oil prices that have changed consumers' buying habits.

We for one wish Obama would've kept his 300, not because we hate the environment or think his lecture to Detroit wasn't a wee bit hypocritical, but because hybrids have become nothing more than a decorative accessory for politicians on both sides of the aisle. The Freep reports that John Edwards, Chris Dodd, Hilary Clinton, Mitt Romney and Bill Richardson all have Escape Hybrids in their fleets.

What does it all mean? Nothing really, as hybrids are now politicized to the point where politicians believe owning one gives them a free pass to guilt trip the auto industry in every speech. Less pandering, more substance, please.

[Source: The Detroit Free Press]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      Reminds me of his answer to what the Obama family was doing to conserve energy: "we're working on putting compact fluorescent bulbs in our house."

      They're "working" on it. Geez, these people are lame.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Hybrids and the politicians from both sides of the aisle all have a record of unfulfilled promises. Therefore, I think that they are all made for each other.
      • 7 Years Ago
      One who collapses under political pressure is not a leader. 'Nuff said.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Obama buying a hybrid has nothing on Fred Thompson driving a luxury car to a press event, only to hop out and into a old red chevy pickup truck a few blocks away so he can pretend to be a "everyman" and not the millionaire lobbyist/actor he really is.
        • 7 Years Ago
        it worked for Dubya...
          • 7 Years Ago
          Yeah but Dumbya took it to a whole other level by buying a ranch in Crawford in 1999 and pretending to be a cowboy. Of course the press just eats this crap up... because they are so "liberal" as conservatives always point out.
      • 7 Years Ago
      It's funny how the Escape is the "politically safe" choice for the wannabe-left in the US.

      Of course, left-wing politics in the US is just flat depressing. I'm really glad that, as a left-winger, I don't live there.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Ah yes...SLIGHTLY better gas mileage, under real-world driving conditions, mind you.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The truth is nobody cares what Obama the muslim wannabe Christian drives. How often is he actually driving any where??? He's too busy flying around in private jets polluting the environment that way. Maybe instead of getting rid of a lame car - 300c for an even lamer car - escape, he should put some time into coming up with some ideas. This guy is the most over-rated, over-hyped politician ever. His answers are always pie in the sky, wishy washy crap. He's never firm on anything, he never says how he really feels and he yet another flip flopper. I hope the dems run this guy, it will be too easy discrediting him. With facts. Something that will even surprise the liberals, there called FACTS!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Ok, Namir...you don't make any sense...a Lexus 450h? Aren't hybrids supposed to SIP gas, not GUZZLE it like Uncle Joe with the keg at the family reunion? That's why normal hybrids use small-displacement engines along with the electric motors to use the least amount of fuel possible. A 4.5L V8 tied to an electric motor? Come on...you might as well just chop off the electric assist, because I'm assuming that V8 has enough power on its own. And when it comes time to disposal of that battery? It does the environment more harm than good, what with all the chemicals in it. Plus...why drive a Lexus anyway? If I wanted plastic, I would run over to my local Wal-Mart. But if I wanted more upscale plastic a-la-Lexus, I'd go to Target to get my fix.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Toureg V10 Diesel running on Biodiesel, how bout it? Luxury and environmentally conscious. But of course it's German, and that's probably more important to politicians than a product that actually benefits the world.
        • 7 Years Ago
        No gas tax when you use bio-fuels from left over restaurant oil. Which is more important to liberals, green fuels or tax anything that moves. Sounds like a battle for the ages.
      • 7 Years Ago
      eh, if I were him i would have gotten the GS450h, that way you could have a nice car and still pretend like you are saving the environment

      or even better... the 600h when its available.
        • 7 Years Ago
        For sure, Ford should offer a hybrid Lincoln MKZ - you'd get all the hollywood and political posers who want the green image but can't do without that bling bling that their "fabulous" careers deserve.

        Make it $5k more with only 5mpg more mileage, they'll still stumble over themselves for it lol.
        • 7 Years Ago
        so would i, but he would get hell for buying an import
        • 7 Years Ago
        A Full-Electric Lincoln Navigator please. For $38,000 max please.

        • 7 Years Ago
        He wouldnt get a japanese car at any cost..that would affect the voters.
        I guess the politicians are left with no choice..
        american car+environmentally friendly (percieved) -> Ford escape hybrid..
        the celebs might lap up a caddy/lincoln hybrid..
      • 7 Years Ago
      From Democrats getting busted with gas guzzlers to Republicans getting busted with Ho's, hypocracy is running amok. In other words, it's the same as it ever was...
        • 7 Years Ago
        Did you hear about the politician who had the Ho in the back seat of his Chrysler 300?
      • 7 Years Ago
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