President Barack Obama has been near a Chevrolet Volt before, but he's never had the chance to have a proper drive of one. That changed recently when a Volt-driving friend came to the White House for a visit and let Obama take it for a spin on the grounds.

It became the source of a "secret" the president revealed to Jay Leno last week on The Tonight Show. Secret Service agents didn't like it very much, and made sure the gates were shut tight so that the president couldn't race down the streets of Washington "That was my big joy ride. Three times around the South Lawn driveway," Obama joked with Leno. "It was wild." You can watch the exchange below.

Conservative pundits likely have taken jabs at Obama's relationship with the car. Earlier this year, they were joking around that the Volt would replace Joe Biden as Obama's running mate. The Chevy Volt seems to represent all they find repulsive, especially the federal bailout of General Motors under the Obama administration, and the president's support for green technology such as the Volt's plug-in hybrid powertrain.

Mitt Romney didn't bring up the Volt during the debates – Tesla and Fisker were the main targets. Another Republican candidate might have good things to say about the joyride.



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      Oklahoma Wayne
      • 5 Months Ago
      when i sale all my Bain Capital, Fox (Murdoch), Koch Bros, Trump Stock, im going to get my whole foreclosed neighbor hood one in everycolor, so we can stop buying oil from Keystone pipeline, and Royal Shell in the, and leave those Dinosaurs alonein their pre-historic burial grounds.
      sirvixisvexed
      • 5 Months Ago
      And everyone forgets that the Volt concept was introduced by GM while GW was president, and GW also supported the auto bailouts and wasn't against the Volt in any way, but it was of course seen as "being in bed with big business" where when Obama is president, it is seen as "big government" intervening. Stigmas are for effing children. The Volt has noting to do with any president. The EV movement is worldwide.
      Ziv
      • 5 Months Ago
      This conservative likes just about everything about the Volt except for its price (this year) and its miniscule back seat. 38 miles on a dollars worth of electricity generated here in America? Sounds great! Buying a car that is cutting edge tech, and all American? Even better! Driving a car that motors along nearly silently with precise handling and decent get up and go? Priceless. Now if there were an EREV Orlando/MPV5 or a Volt SS the sales would be growing by leaps and bounds.
        Spec
        • 5 Months Ago
        @Ziv
        Yeah, they need to put the Voltec drivetrain into more car types. Mini-vans, sedans, pick-ups, etc.
        Grendal
        • 5 Months Ago
        @Ziv
        I probably would have bought a Volt except that it has the console running through the back seat. It's a great car. If I wasn't focused on getting a Tesla and going pure EV I'd probably get a Volt anyway in spite of the console and four seats.
      Spec
      • 5 Months Ago
      Best selling plug-in car in the nation, won piles of car of the year awards, . . . GM and the nation have good reason to be proud of the Volt.
      • 5 Months Ago
      Green travels is a perfect way of recreation and discovering the nature. Moreover, it helps to discover traditions of other peoples. Green travel to Ukraine provides outstanding opportunities for it. Just see these places http://ukraine-vacation-guide.com/publ/green_travels/13 I bet you will go there during your next vacation! :)
      Marcuslime
      • 5 Months Ago
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UEiuhKFxEPk for those outside US or Japan who can't watch content on Hulu.
      EVSUPERHERO
      • 5 Months Ago
      Mr President, do you think Sandy is flushing the proverbial east coast toilet? Hope you guys like high gas prices because they are predicting gas shortages on the east coast. EV's would not fair better as millions are forecast to be with out power. I am sure Sandy is not due to GW but if it was, the east coast pollutes tons and tons. If you have a Volt you can use what ever fuel you can find.
        Smith Jim
        • 5 Months Ago
        @EVSUPERHERO
        "I am sure Sandy is not due to GW..." We know, we KNOW!. People like you believe hurricanes are caused by gay people.
          Giza Plateau
          • 5 Months Ago
          @Smith Jim
          Smith, are you sure it isn't? : ) It certainly caused a bit of a storm over Sodom and Gomorra. Always be careful not to assume you know the truth without actually making sure. That you like to be right is no guarantee that you are nor is there safety in numbers. Same mistake right wing USA makes.
          Grendal
          • 5 Months Ago
          @Smith Jim
          LOL! Sad, but true.
          Rick
          • 5 Months Ago
          @Smith Jim
          How do gays cause GW Jim, please enlighten me? I thought is was caused buy bunker oil burning shipping Prius component parts all around the globe to assemble a Toyota kit car, rather than build it all local? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=badoMjA_rW0
          Marcopolo
          • 5 Months Ago
          @Smith Jim
          @ Giza Plateau , Um,...er.. Giza, you haven't been visiting Denmark lately have you?
        • 5 Months Ago
        @EVSUPERHERO
        Anyone can generate electricity, especially those with solar panels installed in their homes. Plus, power is restored much more quickly than the gas supply. Volt drivers will be back on the road in a day or two. Gas-only drivers can enjoy the other form of transportation we have: mass transit. Every time there is some kind of "gas crisis" it only makes me envy people who own cars like the Volt, and think that we need more of those cars on the road.
          Dave
          • 5 Months Ago
          "Plus, power is restored much more quickly than the gas supply. " In the case of Hurricane Katrina, which caused many refineries to shut down, that may be true. And in the case of the recent refinery issues in California as well. But in this case, any gas shortage will be over as quickly as the power comes back on at the gas stations.
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