Obama talks to Jeep workers in Toledo, Ohio – Click above to view video after the jump

The Jeep Wrangler is renowned for its off-road capabilities. With recent updates, it has evolved from a slightly crude utilitarian workhorse, to a utilitarian workhorse with a long list of comfort options. To say the workers in Toledo, Ohio who assemble the trucks are proud of what they do is an understatement. They're fanatical about their work.

So, when President Obama jokingly questioned the Wrangler's capabilities this week, some workers didn't laugh. The President was in Toledo to take credit for Chrysler repaying money owed to the federal government for the bailout. During his speech, he said Chrysler had faced bumps in the road that even a Wrangler couldn't drive over. Jeep workers immediately voiced their consternation, and the president defused the situation with a joke. To see excerpts of Obama's Chrysler appearance, check out the video after the jump.



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      jimmy
      • 3 Years Ago
      Why didn't I hear anything about a wrangler....??
        bobmarley
        • 3 Years Ago
        @jimmy
        he said it about 20 seconds after this video ened... http://youtu.be/Px20jWN4ifQ
      simbadogg
      • 3 Years Ago
      the video i'm watched doesn't even show this jeep comment, am i missing something?
        Economist_101
        • 3 Years Ago
        @simbadogg
        It doesn't show ANYTHING .. wrong video .. yet people are going crazy saying he did something terrible. This obviously triggered a lot of posters political agenda, as most did not realize it is the wrong video, and still went on an on without listen/reading. All I know is the guy when to a Jeep factory -- told them what a great job they are doing and that it would be a terrific thing to transfer that success into the rest of the economy.
      kissingintongues
      • 3 Years Ago
      Where did the video give the text of Obama's slam on Wrangler? Is this a pro-Obama effort to diffuse the issue?
      Sondraleo
      • 3 Years Ago
      I saw the very first part of the video, but when it came to hearing what a worker said to Obama, defending the Jeep, it cut off...will we read it in the press? I hope so. I keep getting this "exclamation point in a circle" everytime I try to download the ending. Is this our new censor symbol? I'm serious guys...
      mcheddadi
      • 3 Years Ago
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Px20jWN4ifQ video
      Claud
      • 3 Years Ago
      The Wrangler is a "JEEP"..........A decendant of the GI's WW2 "General Purpose" do it all vehicle......Some Allies saw so many Jeep's, they thought every GI was issued one.....;0)
      jbserra
      • 3 Years Ago
      This linked showed the reaction: http://youtu.be/Px20jWN4ifQ
      caddy-v
      • 3 Years Ago
      A year and seven months from now until we kick this clown out of office and he'll be free to have a sit down with Biden just to see which one of them is the dumbest.
        Ed
        • 3 Years Ago
        @caddy-v
        If it weren't for this president, you'd have to go to Los Amigos used autos sales for your caddy-v.
          caddy-v
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Ed
          If it were'nt for this Bozo's continued destruction of the economy with his brainless economic policies and ideas, more people would be employed and better able to buy homes again and I could build more homes and employ more workers to continue to buy more homes and I'd be able to buy a good used Deusenburg.
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          @Ed
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        @caddy-v
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          caddy-v
          • 3 Years Ago
          First things first. I have never watched a single Beck show, nor do I believe half the crap he says or what others say about him. I don't need to ask him for a job, I've been self employed in a very successful construction business since the mid seventies and could retire this very moment very comfortably. I have never asked for nor have I accepted any help, ie. workmans comp, unemployment comp. etc. I choose to keep working until such time as one of my sons decides, and has enouph capital to assume control. Since the democrats took control of congress I watched the housing market mushroom like an atomic cloud. We built $700K homes as fast as we could get the materials and the vast majority of these homes went to people that could'nt afford a home one third the price. All approved by Barney Frank and the liberal idea that everyone has a RIGHT to own a home. Since Obama took control my fuel bill for 14 HD pickups, 3 dumps, 4 bobcats and various other power tools went from an average of $2grand per week to over $4grand. I've seen mine and my employees state income tax rise 64% along with the very people that some day may need but now can't afford a new house. There is'nt a day that goes by that someone does'nt come to my shop looking for a job, including people that have never held a hammer or shovel except for hanging a picture or turning over a flower bed. I have less than half the employees now than I had three years ago, and virtually no subcontractors. I blame this all on Obama. So before you get your pink panties in a bunch and complain about my "pathetic life" how about showing a little sympathy for the millions of newly unemployed Obama's policy created.
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        @caddy-v
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      gayle2253
      • 3 Years Ago
      Obama is and always will be a moron.
        Brian E Parker
        • 3 Years Ago
        @gayle2253
        ...and Mrs Palin is what - a brain surgeon?
          jnbcressy
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Brian E Parker
          I believe the White House employes more proctologists.
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          @Brian E Parker
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          @Brian E Parker
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          @Brian E Parker
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        sensibility2
        • 3 Years Ago
        @gayle2253
        And you are and always will be a retard. He is the President. Get over it.
      Jerry Groff Jr.
      • 3 Years Ago
      President Obama proves once again he sucks at public speaking and cannot talk to the common man. HE does not get the economy or the car business. Yes, the workers at the plant have the right to offended. They work hard and take pride in their work. The president insults people because he has no respect for the common man.
        lkydrgn
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Jerry Groff Jr.
        ...and the whole Repubes including Mr. Boehner were willing to let the U.S. auto industry die when the " big 3 " asked for a gov't loan. Now the Repubes want to take credit for something they condemn as a bad investment in America's future. Just like getting Osama Bin Laden. Way to go Repubes!!!
        Alex
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Jerry Groff Jr.
        you must be a bitter green party member, since all the bitter republicans seem to think speaking skills are the only thing he has
      john m
      • 3 Years Ago
      hhmmm... I did'nt see the "joke" that Obama is being critisized about. However, if that is what some of the workers are getting all worked up over, then I think they need medication or booze or they need to stop watching Fox news all the time or something. That is'nt a bad joke at all. With the exception of how "Obamacare" is turning out, I think Obama is doing a good job. It took 8 years for the last guy to screw everything up, it's going to take at least that long to fix it. Politics aside though, you would think they would be more thankful for the money loaned to save their jobs and turn their company into a profitable one.
      Ryan
      • 3 Years Ago
      What is it with Americans blaming Obama for everything and acting like he's the worst president ever? Sure he may have not have delivered on some of his promises (and I'm not talking about the economy being magically fixed by now) but he's done a far better job than Bush ever could especially considering the mess that he left behind.
        valiant
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Ryan
        the unemployment rate is twice what that under Bush, and debt is out of control. it seems like Obama has to make things worst before they get better
          Gmetal
          • 3 Years Ago
          @valiant
          The american public and media seem to have the politic attention span of a gold fish. They see how bad it is, but dont talk about how bad it WOULDVE BEEN if Obama hadnt done what he did. Bush had a better employment rate??? Bush ruled in a time of economic growth, not the bloody GFC. HE finished his term as soon as that happened. 1.trillion in debt, but that money was oobvoiusly needed to keep the country going, imagine where the US would be without.I dont think people blame bush NEARLY enough. This crap that fox news spreads and people eat up really ingrains foreigners view of America. The country was on the verge of collapse, the major auto companies wouldve gone under, but they were saved, but you still complain that things arent perfect. /rant Back on topic, geez these people are bloody easy to offend, what the hell he made a metaphorical joke, and this guy saved all of there jobs....
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Ryan
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          LUSTSTANG S-197
          • 3 Years Ago
          Their were plans to bail out the auto industry before Obama even took office. And if you think that "obnoxious 30%" is something exclusive to those right of center, then you have another thing coming. The Left's loonies were out in full swing during Bush's first term. Making this about politics is pointless. Both parties are more or less the same.
        LUSTSTANG S-197
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Ryan
        It's nothing unique. Some people still try to blame Bush for everything. When the economy sucks and unemployment is high, those in charge take the heat, however fair or unfair it may be.
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