Congress was able to appease its constituencies to a point by pushing through legislation that gave dealers a second chance at life. Ultimately, it looks like 661 GM dealers have been given a new lease on life after going through the arbitration process, which, it seems, would make the National Automotive Dealers Association mighty happy, but The Detroit News reports that recent comments from President Obama have NADA spokesperson Bailey Wood hopping mad.
The President reportedly gave The General a pat on the back for reinstating the 661 dealers, adding "a year later, GM is hiring again, on the verge of reopening hundreds of dealerships." President Obama brought up the dealer reinstatement in part to show that the U.S. government's $50 billion loan was the right thing to do. But Wood was upset that President Obama would bring up the dealers after the administration spearheaded the effort to cut dealers in the first place. Even as the legislation that led to the arbitration process was taking hold, the administration was reportedly against the bill.
Does NADA have good reason to be upset over President Obama's comments? Maybe, but we're thinking the dealers NADA represents would have been in much worse shape had the administration not stepped in and bailed out GM in the first place. It's hard to sell cars when no one's making 'em.
[Source: The Detroit News | Image: Mark Wilson/Getty]