Despite some truly impassioned pleading from Jay Leno himself – including calling on Arizona's notoriously Republican-rich voters to beat the $600,000 level set the last time Leno sold a vehicle for this particular charity... in California – bidding for George Bush's 2009 Ford F-150 pickup truck stalled at $300,000.

All proceeds will be sent to the Fisher House Foundation, so at least it's $300K going to a good cause. Feel free to check out the live image gallery above, which includes shots showing Leno's skills helming the auction, and read through the official auction description below.

*UPDATE: Video of the auction and Leno's prods to the crowd for more money can now be seen below.


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Barrett-Jackson Lot: 3017 - 2009 FORD F-150 KING RANCH SUPER CREW PICKUP

President Bush has used this stunning white F-150 at his Prairie Chapel Ranch in Crawford, TX since shortly after he left the White House in 2009. With a 5.4 Liter V8 engine commanding 310 horsepower, this impressive truck has a luxurious adobe King Ranch premium leather interior. President Bush and former First Lady Laura Bush have since used the truck to work around their ranch; entertain friends, family, and dignitaries and to give tours of their Crawford property. This is a unique opportunity to own a piece of presidential automotive history. Owned continuously by President bush since he ordered it new. The title is in the former President's name and will be transferred directly to the buyer. Additionally, the right airbag panel features President Bush's signature and a copy of a video showing him autographing the truck and driving it around his ranch in Crawford, TX will be included with the purchase. "I haven't driven on a street in many, many years, but I have been able to drive this truck on my ranch," said President Bush. "I want to thank all those who are supporting the Fisher House. In supporting the Fisher house, you're supporting our veterans. And in supporting our veterans, you're helping America." **ALL PROCEEDS TO BENEFIT THE FISHER HOUSE FOUNDATION** **WILL BE SOLD DIRECTLY FOLLOWING LOT 5052 ON SATURDAY, JANUARY 19, 2013**


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      Chris
      • 1 Year Ago
      It's a shame that so many posters on here can't take their political blinders off long enough to see a good thing. Here, we have a Republican doing the very thing liberals are always saying we need to do more of, and he gets lambasted. It seems a little childish and hypocritical if you ask me. Even the writer had to inject is partisan slant into the article. Have we really become that cynical? And one more thing, can someone please explain to me what a "Notoriously Republican-rich voter" is? It seems like an attempt to be clever on the part of this writer, but it makes no sense. And what exactly are the Kennedys and most Hollywood actors and entertainers? "Admirably Democrat-rich"?
        Avinash Machado
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Chris
        Well said.
        crshcrstr
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Chris
        that's "Arizona's notoriously Republican-rich voters," as in, there are a lot of republicans in arizona. ...Which, of course, there are.
        That Guy
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Chris
        Chris, don't try and figure out liberal hypocrisy. It's one of the great mysterys of the universe. As is their incredibly low IQ.
      marshknute
      • 1 Year Ago
      According to Cars.com, the most expensive 09' King Ranch in the country is listed at $37,991. Even considering that Bush's truck was only used on his private ranch (and therefore saw little to no abuse during its lifetime), it is worth no more than $40,000 at best. This sold for 7.9 times as much as it should be worth. Hardly a fizzle. Plus, that's $300,000 going to benefit veterans.
        whofan
        • 1 Year Ago
        @marshknute
        Even at 37,991 it`s a stretch. 37k for a used 4 year old truck be my guest! I guess thats why car prices keep going up because people keep paying.
      tiguan2.0
      • 1 Year Ago
      Jeremy Korzeniewski, Next time just start your article stating you are filled with ignorant blind hatred and biases as per the requirements of Adriana Huffington.
      windexsunday
      • 1 Year Ago
      Wow..Autoblog is really showing their bias on this one. $300K fizzled? Yeah right. Plus, you guys should really get your facts straight, in the previous auction Leno hosted the car was sold for $350,000. The other money came from other fund raising during the weekend.
      gfviperman
      • 1 Year Ago
      What should we expect?? The main-stream press, sports press and auto press all went to the same journalism schools ...
      mbukukanyau
      • 1 Year Ago
      Korzeniewski has obvious soviet leanings
      dude
      • 1 Year Ago
      what you mean "fizzles" ummm 300g's for a F150 is A LOT!...and good for charity
      scott3
      • 1 Year Ago
      How much did they get for the cars Obama and BIden gave for charity?
      C E F
      • 1 Year Ago
      I would think that $300,000 for a 2009 Ford F-150 would be a very generous bid and a successful one at that. Definitely no embarrassment with that figure. The economy is very low, and to get this amount of money in this day is nothing to be ashamed of.
        William L
        • 1 Year Ago
        @C E F
        Problem was that Leno's Fiat sold for $600k at a Pebble Beach charity auction before this one in Arizona. Stiffing the Bush truck was not effectively a shot at him, but screwing the charity it was trying to help. Helluva time and place to take stupid shots at President Bush. They hurt homeless vets, not W.
      johnb
      • 1 Year Ago
      $300K is a lot of money. I guess maybe Autoblog Writers are rolling in dough?
      ByronMill
      • 1 Year Ago
      OK, let's get the details correct. There was $600K raised at Pebble Beach in conjunction with the sale of Leno's Fiat, but the car itself sold for $350K, not a whole lot more than GW's truck. The remaining $250K was donations by contributors to the Fisher house and not directly connected to the car auction. Go Google it haters.
      Beancounter
      • 1 Year Ago
      Seriously! Who cares. Autoblog, do you guys really not have enough material to write about that you have to waste our time on garbage like this. Don't get me wrong I'm a huge fan, but it just seems to me like AOL might have you guys by the balls. Korzeniewski, you are the boss around here. Why the crap?
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