When word got out that the amount of high ranking government officials requesting access passes for the 2010 North American International Auto Show doubled versus last year's numbers, we were less than surprised. After all, General Motors and Chrysler have received billions in bailout funds from Uncle Sam and we could understand (kind of) why officials would want to check on the progress of the American public's investment. NAIAS chairman Doug Fox reportedly intimated that President Obama could attend North America's biggest auto show.

While we're sure the President would love to check out the latest sheetmetal from Motown and around the world, Leader One will not be stopping by Cobo Hall for this year's show. Detroit News reports that White House spokeswoman Amy Brundage confirmed that President Obama would not be attending the event. DN did confirm that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi would be among several members of Congress to attend the show. We're trying to contain our excitement.

[Source: Detroit News | Image: Bill Pugliano/Getty]