• Feb 27, 2012


You know your job is going well when the President of the United States takes the time to mention your success. That's what happened to Ed Welburn, vice president of global design for General Motors, who was tasked with giving President Obama a tour of GM's latest offerings last month during the Washington Auto Show.

As they sat together in the front seats of a 2013 Chevy Malibu, Obama, among other matters, delivered a short assessment of all that transpired in the auto industry since the federal government bailed it out three years ago. And as they ended their tour, Obama mentioned that "the design of GM cars has gotten so much better in the past few years."

More than any person, Welburn is responsible for that improvement. Today, our sister site AOL Autos profiles the 40-year General Motors employee for a feature celebrating Black History Month. The profile focuses on his early fascination with the automotive industry, his role in helping it withstand its recent tumult and his status as the highest-ranking African American in the domestic auto market.

As for Obama's other thoughts on the rest of GM's offerings? Among the seven company models in D.C., Welburn reports the president was captivated by one in particular.

"He immediately wanted to get in the Corvette," he said.


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      Chris
      • 2 Years Ago
      What an awkward photo!! It looks like they are about to start making out, or something. $20 says this photo makes its way to the cover of 'The National Enquirer'!!
      jonnybimmer
      • 2 Years Ago
      "So your place or mine?"
        lorenzo
        • 2 Years Ago
        @jonnybimmer
        I was just gonna say it looks like they are about to kiss.....
      Gabbo
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ed Welburn's crowning achievement: The Olds Achieva. "nuff said.
      tigersharkjr
      • 2 Years Ago
      HA, that photo is waiting to be MEME'D. I cant wait for the rubes to come out... HE TOOK A PHOTO WITH A RED COMMIE COLORED CHEVY!
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        @tigersharkjr
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      razorpit
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ass, grass, or cash. No one rides for free...
      pickupmiami
      • 2 Years Ago
      IF YOU BUILD IT THEY WILL COME.......THEY DIDN'T
      Think Free
      • 2 Years Ago
      Getting tired of all the pro obama crap on AB since they changed ownership.
        Shiftright
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Think Free
        Facts work both ways, sometimes in favor, sometimes against your side
        Making11s
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Think Free
        That's such BS. If you search "bush" on the Autoblog page you get all kinds of stories. Some are bad. Some are positive. Same for Obama.
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        Evan McMiller
        • 2 Years Ago
        What are you on about you moron. The government has grown TREMENDOUSLY under Obama. Health care is now much worse than it ever was. And much more expensive for all tax payers. Wall street reform? Hardly. More like regulated the hell out of everything so banks more or less don't want to do anything and must lay off thousands every year. Didn't "save" the auto industry. Merely continued what Bush started. Who cares about don't ask don't tell. He didn't kill Bin Laden. He just said yes when they asked if they could. Idiot. Didn't help topple Gaddhafi. Just got us involved in yet more bs that we shouldn't be spending money on at a time like this. Incidentally, it's funny how when Bush got rid of Hussein it was "interfering, imperialist, controlling, and unnecessary, yet when Obama funnels some money towards this he's praised. Funny how that works. Anyway... Unified the world against Iran? Hardly. The whole world knows they shouldn't have nukes with that mentalist in power, Obama just is finally admitting they might be right. Ok...so he told the AL to watch Syria...like they weren't already? How naive are you? Good thing no tax dollars were spent on the BP cleanup...what else did you expect. More deportations than Bush...don't you guys hate how the GOP is against illegal immigrants? Either way, much evidence has come out saying #s of illegals in the US, and deported have been highly inaccurate for years now, so I don't really care. Just keep them out in the first place. FEWER REGS? ARE YOU INSANE? HAVE YOU SEEN A PROGRAM CALLED...THE NEWS? Obama has increased total regulatory costs as a percentage of GDP more than almost any other president. I believe we're still in Iraq...not sure what you're saying. Reduced military spending while increasing operations...means someone is losing here, and it's the troops. Increased Vet Benefits. Ok...good. It was a long time coming. Hired more border patrol agents? Ok...so what. It was needed anyway. Like it took a genius to do that. And you guys, again, were pretty opposed to it under Bush so... Quit smoking. Great. Awesome. Who cares. I don't care if he smokes honestly.
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          @Evan McMiller
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        Shiftright
        • 2 Years Ago
        The inconvenient truth hurts, and is inconvenient to some people's delusions of reality
      Aric Matthew Beemer
      • 2 Years Ago
      Tired of Obama he couldn't lead a group of girl scouts into an ice cream shop.
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        fat kid
        • 2 Years Ago
        you moron, they fired just about all the public school teachers. America's education system is going down the crappers. plus, F-35 is now delayed with no end in sight due to budget problems thanks welfare and illegal immigrants
          CBJMNWLD
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          @fat kid
          F-35 delayed for Obama?? The program is 16 years old. Its mismanaged and blatantly over budget. POTUS has actually threatened (and rightly so) to cancel the whole thing. Repubs wanted to force and second engine into production the USAF and Navy didn't ask for. The program is a Trillion dollar waste that has budget problems due to crappy gouging Lockheeed. NOT welfare and immigrants you ignorant clown.
        fat kid
        • 2 Years Ago
        oh, and 8 dollars per hour private sector jobs don't even grow the economy, heck they won't even keep pace with population growth
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          mikey683
          • 2 Years Ago
          SNP your an ******* "-Repealing dont ask/dont tell is pretty insignificant and more symbolic than anything. Every president has their fingerprints in minor initiatives and this was one of them." Insignificant to whom?
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        fat kid
        • 2 Years Ago
        Osama was the least of America's concerns. China + Russia + Israel are the biggest threats to the American people
      Zoom
      • 2 Years Ago
      My guess is Mitt wouldn't get invited to the GM party.
      Kimura
      • 2 Years Ago
      Inb4 political butthurt and conspiracy theorists.
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