• Dec 11th 2008 at 2:58PM
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The night that Barack Obama gave his acceptance speech in Chicago's Grant Park, the cameras caught Oprah Winfrey pondering the historical significance of the moment while leaning on some guy's shoulder like she owned it. The man turned out to be Sam Perry, who later appeared on Oprah's TV show after the fact got out that she had no idea who he was at the time. The image above was the picture perfect Kodak moment of racism being fixed in this country that everyone wanted to believe.

Turns out, it's also a great way to sell battery-powered sports cars! Sam Perry is reportedly a wealthy Silicon Valley consultant, which further explains his presence in the VIP section that next night to Oprah. Sam has bought the 100th Tesla Roadster to be sold, and the House that Musk built (along with Eberhard) isn't going to let the occasion go unnoticed.

In fact, Tesla is currently making its case for a small slice of $25 billion in government loans that have already been approved to help the Detroit 3 retool for greener vehicles. It only wants a grand total of $650 million, which would go towards developing its next all-electric model, producing more batteries, expanding its drivetrain business and, according to Debbie Schlussel, drop the price of the Roadster from $109,000 to just $57,000. She also argues that Tesla is using Mr. Perry's connection to Oprah and her connection to the President Elect to get the money. That would be the long shot of long shots, but in the meantime, kudos to Tesla for making it to 100 units sold.

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      • 6 Years Ago
      "which further explains his presence in the VIP section that next night to Oprah."

      So, they stood in the park the night after the election? Odd.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I can't think of a better way to spend that small hunk of that $14 billion. They're an american car company, they're doing something innovative (and fast, and cool) -- give them their fair share.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I am sorry, but how is this auto news? Dont you guys have your hands full with Detroit already?
      • 6 Years Ago
      I definitely want my country to go further into debt to subsidize an expensive car for rich celebrities like Oprah.
        • 6 Years Ago
        "It is producing something new and more competition is good for the consumer."

        That's the rich customer that usually buys GT3 and Astons. When does the Big 3 make a OEM car that's over 100K, accept the Z06? Anything over 100K is an import and pretty limited.

        If the car was a 60-70K car (i.e. elise), then as along as they could support the backlog, that would be competition. Sure maybe they set the high price to hold off customers, bu that's overvaluing the product--hmmm, typical of Valley start ups...
        • 6 Years Ago
        So you would rather your money goes to a bunch of CEOs who can piss the money up against a wall?

        If the Big 3 get a handout, Tesla also deserves some too. It is producing something new and more competition is good for the consumer.

        Why should GM, Ford and that other mob get all the money?
      • 6 Years Ago
      good job to Tesla, If tesla becomes part of the big three by replacing chrysler, it would not be a bad a idea. the tesla is a good sports car, and it deserves to be sold well.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Oprah is so rich her human furniture can afford a tesla roadster.
      and Debbie Schlussel is a psycho bitch.
        • 6 Years Ago
      • 6 Years Ago
      if she's in shotgun the right side of that tesla gonna be leaving scrape marks on the pavement......
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