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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]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      As a supporter of Obama, I'm glad he is not attending because he would overshadow the event, in addition the republicans will some how spin this as him "lusting" over new cars rather than running the country. Plus, as others have said the issues of securing the premises would have been too much of a hassle.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Uhh... its a media event. Him showing up would only help to promote the NAIAS.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Nancy Pelosi's going?

      Ford better hide their 2011 Mustang GT's...
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm not an Obama fan, but I think he's making a smart move by not going. It would smack of meddling in the industry, and he's made it clear that he wants the government out of the car business ASAP. It would be cool to have a president who was an enthusiast some day, and who might attend such an event purely in the role as Gearhead in Chief, but I don't see how Obama could pull this off without inciting a PR nightmare.
        • 5 Years Ago
        You mean like a President donning a cowboy hat and a bale of hay? Great image.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It's no doubt more convenient for him to attend D.C.'s own auto show at the end of this month, which will have all the newly unveiled cars anyway.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It's no doubt more convenient for him to attend D.C.'s own auto show at the end of this month, which will have all the newly unveiled cars anyway.
        • 5 Years Ago
        you could say that again.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Obviously the Salahis are attending.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think he has enough to do to keep his Democrat minions in line in DC to be jetting off to Detroit.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Oh, so the b##%& from hell is gonna be there! The one who's patting herself on the back for giving us a health bill we don't want. The woman who wasn't satisfied with her plane so the g'vernment gave her a larger luxury plane. I do congratulate the prez for saving us money by not flying his $55,000 plane to Detroit.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Of course he's not going. Look at what happened to the last flight that went to Detroit...
        • 5 Years Ago
        Which one? The one on Christmas or the one coming from Miami last night?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Not a big deal anyway.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Who cares....he'd probably just hang out at the Cadillac exhibit waiting for free handouts.
        • 5 Years Ago
        He can't, you scooped them up already. Now i know what "Moreland" means.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I imagine it would be ridiculously expensive to arrange such a trip when he could just video conference in and then sit back and check out the AB for the review of the Auto Show.
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