• Nov 17th 2009 at 3:58PM
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After General Motors and Chrysler required a combined $80 billion in government assistance to keep their doors open, many speculated that Uncle Sam would want to keep a hand in the carmaking cookie jar. While it is debatable how much control (a lot) the White House and Congress have over the Detroit automakers, it certainly appears that our politicians have taken a keen interest in the nation's auto industry.

One sign that our government is keeping an eye on our investment is the overwhelming amount of interest Washington is reportedly taking in the 2010 North American International Auto Show. The Detroit Free Press is reporting that Congress, the Department of Transportation and other agencies are making so many requests for access to the press days of the show that special gray and silver government badges are being created just for them. NAIAS Chairman Doug Fox says more than twice the politicians and government agencies have requested to attend the show than last year, and we're guessing the queries will continue to pour in as the show draws nearer. There is also speculation that President Obama may himself attend the show, though the White House isn't likely to confirm or deny that until much closer to the actual event.

On one hand, it's nice to see that Washington has finally decided to pay attention to the auto industry, but we can't help but wonder what what the value add is of joining the scrum during press days. We're thinking most of the politicians and government officials can learn all they need to know about the show from Autoblog, save a few million dollars, and perhaps avoid some time in the frozen tundra that is Detroit in January.

[Source: Detroit Free Press | Image: Stan Honda/AFP/Getty]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      I wanna know if McCain will be attending...

      Helluva a reception those UAW boys'll give him...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Political VIPs? Automakers have to distance themselves from these VIPs, all these VIPs have is access to taxpayers money. And automakers do not want to link themselves to being suckers of our money.

      By the way while you guys there, can someone by accident spill their soda on some of those VIPs?
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Sea Urchin

        "Small beating"? Try "mouth wired shut" a la mAnn Coulter....
        • 5 Years Ago
        Only if they want to be wrestled to the ground.

        /ow.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Frankly speaking most people won't give a damn who shows up, a single automobile debut will outweigh all of the VIPs combined.
      Carlos
      • 5 Years Ago
      While they're there they should look into fixing Michigan's economy or whats left of it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Cadillac should have think of having a XTS concept there. Since many potential customers of its limos will be attending.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hide the SUV's.
        • 5 Years Ago
        "Hide the SUV's."

        Hide SUV's?! Better yet, I'd say run 'em down... ;p
      • 5 Years Ago
      Really, they just want to feel special and privileged by getting more free stuff on the dime of industry and the people. If they really cared about this country and the industry they wouldn't cry out for special treatment and they'd go on a public day so they could see the real show with the people who elected them. It's also a nice way for them to look like they're actually doing something (when they aren't) and take away the attention from what the shows really about. Typical modern politicians.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Ford better tie down everything they bring to the show and put up a few barriers.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I think it would be better for them to take a walk though some of the neighborhoods of collapsing buildings...or maybe take a tour of the Packard plant...
      • 5 Years Ago
      "most of the politicians and government officials can learn all they need to know about the show from Autoblog..."

      Amen. I just had an interview in the auto industry, and the interviewer asked if I knew about the results (Oct sales CYTD & MTD) that had just come out. Fresh off a quick perusal of the "By The Numbers" segment, I think I gave him more than he bargained for. Keep up the good work guys. Even though not everything resonates with everyone (Great, ANOTHER rumor about the G8 not dying?!?) you guys do a great job covering the industry.
        • 5 Years Ago
        You guys should be like, the automotive scuttlebutt czars....
      • 5 Years Ago
      A few extra dollars for Detroit's economy will be nice for the locals. Unless the VIPS stay at Japanese-owned hotels.
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