On Tuesday, President Barack Obama visited the Washington Auto Show, and he even had time to get a closer look at a few vehicles. We're guessing that the carmakers were more than happy to set aside some time to talk to the Commander In Chief, but not every automaker got the chance.

Bloomberg says that the Association of Global Automakers is upset because the president only spent time with the Detroit Three, even though other automakers reportedly flew in executives from around the world for the occasion. The executives were reportedly on hand and waiting in a "bullpen" in the event President Obama had any questions about specific vehicles, but The Pres stuck to American cars like the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1, Ford Mustang Shelby GT500, Jeep Grand Cherokee and the Chevrolet Silverado.

AGA CEO Michael Stanton voiced his disappointment about the perceived slight, adding that many members "bent over backwards to meet the request from the White House." Stanton also points out that AGA members have invested $43 billion in the U.S. and employ over 80,000 workers here.


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      clquake
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is how Autoblog makes money. Right here. Inflammatory headlines to get clicks.
      Car Guy
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's an election year. The resurrection of the domestic auto industry is one of the few "wins" this President has. Who the President spent time with in front of the camera was 100% political.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Car Guy
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          Krishan Mistry
          • 2 Years Ago
          Illuminati? They are everywhere! You better cut yourself from humanity to avoid the devil worshipers, hide in your closet, and rip out the internet cord from your computer! Conspiracy Theory BS is still BS.
      VVhistler
      • 2 Years Ago
      A calculated move, to be sure.
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        Brandon Allen
        • 2 Years Ago
        They don't, they want to meet with the PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES.
        A_Guy
        • 2 Years Ago
        This guy is such a bigot. Every time Obama is mentioned he comes in and just spouts hateful, childish comments. He's the epitome of a Fox News sheep.
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        Car Guy
        • 2 Years Ago
        Think again...............all the straw polls show Romney beating Obama......
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Car Guy
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          @Car Guy
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          Making11s
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Car Guy
          You have to pay to vote in a straw poll. They're irrelevant.
          Jason Allen
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Car Guy
          Biggest problem for 'conservatives' is that Obama has barely started to fight. It will be amazing when he does fight, the tirn around will be great and swift. Just like today with the Komen vs. Planned parenthood the decent american citizens are not going to give in to wacky religious nutty 'conservatives'. They just bully everyone and we are sick of it!
        dave and mary
        • 2 Years Ago
        Let's take it by the actual numbers - not my opinion or yours. Obama is leading in 10 out of the 50 states. Last time I checked, that's far from a majority.
        dave and mary
        • 2 Years Ago
        Let's take it by the actual numbers - not my opinion or yours. Obama is leading in 10 out of the 50 states. Last time I checked, that's far from a majority.
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      Nickoo
      • 2 Years Ago
      The Obama hate is getting ridiculous, he could cure cancer and his critics would complain because he didn't cure aids.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Nickoo
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          Brandon Allen
          • 2 Years Ago
          You're an idiot. He didn't kill the pipline, he just didn't sign the particular bill becuase of the unrelated tax legislation and legal loopholes that were attached. There will be another bill and when congress isn't trying to sneak other random pork through I'm sure Obama will sign it. Last month, the economy added over 200k jobs in 1 month and I'm sure they will do more for the economy than another pipline carrying less than 1 tenth of a percent of our petroleum supply. Get off your f'n High Urchin.
          carboy55
          • 2 Years Ago
          How timely, on the day of a positive Jobs report - and 22 months of jobs growth. Could you sound any dumber?
          ryanandrewmartin
          • 2 Years Ago
          Thank you Brandon. People don't look into anything that they spout off about. Also, that "200k jobs" number was super-inflated and pulled completely out of thin air. Not to mention that the percentage of PERMANENT jobs created by the pipeline was only a couple of thousand at BEST.
          Frank
          • 2 Years Ago
          Brandon if you believe that your an idiot or an ideologue. He killed the pipeline to appease his supporters in the green movement, end of story. If he really wanted it he would have put up a bill with just the pipeline in it. Maybe China will do us favor and sell that oil to us. If the job growth has been so spectacular - why is the unemployment rate the same? It will stay at the same rate this month as last. The true unemployment rate is over 10% and nothing he is doing is changing that. He is a failure, and I don't have to watch Fox News or read the Daily Kos to know it.
          Dayv
          • 2 Years Ago
          "If he really wanted it he would have put up a bill with just the pipeline in it." Congratulations Frank, you have no idea how the three branches of the US government work. Please don't vote until you take some basic civics lessons.
        tipdrip215
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Nickoo
        I'm not a fan of his by any means, but I don't think he could've handled the killing of Bin Laden any better. Not all of us look for just negatives when we have a President we disagree with.
        Basil Exposition
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Nickoo
        @Nick - he's the prez - it happens to all of them. People LOVE to rip on the president, whoever it is. Bush got it and Clinton before him. People just love to whine.
      WindsWilling
      • 2 Years Ago
      Yet another blunder by the ringleader of the circus. Yeah, spend time with the big three, but man, at least he should've given them some time. I mean, how many people do these automakers employ here? And it seems foreign automakers are the ones making new factories and jobs for Americans. This is why Obama is FTL. Hopefully all those people who work for those automakers are brought aware of this, and don't vote for the biggest fraud pushed into office in decades. We can't sustain another term of him destroying our country/society/families/economy.
        untitledfolder
        • 2 Years Ago
        @WindsWilling
        Your post smacks of so much bias. Hell, if he'd spent too much time with the foreign automakers you'd be rambling about how he doesn't support American made cars! People like this ^ would complain that Obama ruined the chemotherapy industry if he cured cancer overnight.
        Matt
        • 2 Years Ago
        @WindsWilling
        Wait, are you assuming now that they are so pissed about this they will stop building factories here an employing people? And here I thought they were doing that to make money. But if a corp. wants to give up those profits just because they were "disrespected", then they are horrible businessmen.
      billfrombuckhead
      • 2 Years Ago
      If the foreigners just left that would just be more jobs for more Americans. Plain and simple. Bin Laden's dead and GM's still alive. Piss off the 1%, buy UAW!
        Jimmy Joe
        • 2 Years Ago
        @billfrombuckhead
        Hey Bill, you love to brag about the Occupy WallStreet Crowd. Are you proud of the Occupiers throwing condoms on Catholic School Girls yesterday and the Occupiers shouting over the Priest trying to pray? Bill, are you proud of the Occupiers burning American Flags and invading and destroying public buildings? Really, those are they type of people that make you proud?
        Matt
        • 2 Years Ago
        @billfrombuckhead
        Stop it with this damn political stuff. Just go and buy the better car! Whatever you think it is.
        Jimmy Joe
        • 2 Years Ago
        @billfrombuckhead
        So Bill, are you a Native American Indian, if not, I expect you to be packing your bags and MOVING out of the USA.
        Mr.Roadrage
        • 2 Years Ago
        @billfrombuckhead
        Okay Bill, then your American companies can stop selling their products abroad. "Plain and simple."
      Dogsquatch
      • 2 Years Ago
      Seriously, did they really want to meet him that badly???? I mean, we're talking about obimbo here!!!!
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Dogsquatch
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        Matt
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Dogsquatch
        So if you had the opportunity to meet a sitting president of the US, regardless of who he is or your political leanings, you wouldn't?
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Matt
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          Detroit
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Matt
          No interest in meeting that jackbag at all!
          Zoom
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Matt
          I actually wouldn't want "people" like dog and twit to meet the President. They're not worthy of the honor.
          ryanandrewmartin
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Matt
          shut up morons
          Pj Taintz
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Matt
          I would like to meet him so I can ask him if he thinks it is fair that he has spent more of my money that I will ever get to. Than I will ask him that since we own GM if i can walk off with that zr1 on the floor, it is mine after all.....
          clquake
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Matt
          Don't mind me, I'm just checking to see how far the rabbit hole went.
      Brandon Allen
      • 2 Years Ago
      Folks, you can stop complaining about the US bailing out the big 3 automakers. Look at what Japan does. http://forums.motortrend.com/70/6428367/the-general-forum/japanese-makers-get-a-4k-to-14k-subsidy-on-every-v/index.html http://autoyensubsidy.interactive.biz/ http://green.autoblog.com/2010/08/05/japans-green-car-subsidy-helps-boost-july-sales-by-12-9/ http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/12/15/japan-autos-idUSL3E7NF00520111215 That doesn't even scratch the surface, just look up "Toyota City" and lean about how Toyota got the land to begin with. Frankly, none of that bothers me because they've been successful and have contributed immensely to the world economy. Cooperating as a society to find international success is not a bad thing. I don't understand how the same people who complain about Obama's aid to US automakers while simultaneously accusing him of turning his back on big business. GM is once again the world's largest manufacturer because of the Government's efforts. How is that turning his back on big business? The Republicans were chanting "let them fail" That's blatantly turning your back. Obama is a busy man, if he visited the foreign automakers then people would complain how he is in the business of shipping our jobs overseas. Give. Me. A. Break.
      Freightliner
      • 2 Years Ago
      While I can admit that Obama is a moron, i'm not mad about this.
        Burabus
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Freightliner
        Probably smarter than you'll ever be.
        Tim Chak
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Freightliner
        Obama has a BA in Political Science from Columbia University, and a JD (magna cum laude) from Harvard... I would hardly call him a moron... Besides, why would *you* be mad? You weren't the one who was snubbed.
          Jimmy Joe
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Tim Chak
          Why is Obama paying laywers tons of money to keep his college transcripts secret?
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Tim Chak
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          Quen47
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Tim Chak
          @JimmyJoe Maybe because he really went to school in Kenya. Or Indonesia. Or the University of the Moon. Derp!
      shle896
      • 2 Years Ago
      The president is damned if he does and damned if he doesn't. Everybody knows that if he had spent any amount of time with a foreign car maker (especially one from the evil continent of Europe) Fox "News" would be on him like flies to ****. He's the busiest man in the world, so that he even stopped by the auto show is a big deal. I'm sure Fox "News" will still spin this non-story into some kind of fake controversy. They're good at that.
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