President-Elect Barack Obama has been in favor of assisting Detroit automakers, but the soon-to-be Commander in Chief agrees with a Congressional demand to see concrete plans before any checks are signed. Obama's Cheif of Staff, David Axelrod, was all over the boob tube Sunday sharing the President Elect's thoughts on what the industry needs to do, saying a real plan to "retool and rationalize" is needed. Without a solid plan, Axelrod said there is little taxpayer dollars can do to fix the problem. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi added that she hopes the automakers have "gotten the message" about the need for a plan, which is due to Congress by December 2nd.

Axelrod also took a bit of a shot at the Detroit execs when he said that they need to "take a commercial flight" to discuss the plan on December 8th. We'd take that a step further and suggest that the three automakers get in their most fuel efficient vehicles and take a drive to our nation's capital.

[Source: Automotive News - subs req'd | Image: Bill Pugliano/Getty]

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