Obama: I’ll Buy A Chevy Volt After My Presidency Ends

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President Obama inspects the 2011 Chevrolet Volt

President Obama inspects the 2011 Chevrolet Volt

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Ever since Barack Obama became president in 2008, he hasn’t been given much chance to drive a car, let alone own one. 

But when his presidency ends, Mr. Obama knows exactly what car he wants to buy as his post-presidential ride -- a plug-in Chevrolet Volt. 

“Five years from now when I’m not president anymore, I’ll buy one and drive it myself,” Obama promised 1,600 auto workers at a United Auto Workers union event in Detroit on Tuesday. 

“Yes, that’s right,” he reiterated, accompanied by deafening applause. 

Back in July 2010, President Obama visited the Compact Power battery plant in Holland, Michigan, where he was given his first real Volt experience. 

A few weeks later, Obama visited General Motor’s Detroit Hamtramck Facility where the Volt is built. He even got a chance to sit behind the wheel of a pre-production Volt and drive it 10 feet -- but due to security concerns, didn’t get much further. 

“The Secret Service wouldn’t let me drive it. But I liked sitting in it,” The President told the assembled audience. “It was nice. I’ll bet it drives real good.”

Obama’s promise to buy a Volt when his presidency ends will no doubt lead to significant criticism from right-leaning networks like Fox, whose dislike of the President is only matched by its dislike of Chevy’s plug-in hybrid car

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President Barack Obama

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If Obama sticks to his word, his Volt will be the first Chevy he’s owned.  According to The Detroit News, Previous Obama cars have included a Ford Escape Hybrid, Chrysler 300 and Jeep Grand Cherokee. 

But even if Obama does buy a Volt, don’t expect him to be driving around in a current generation car.

If his presidency extends to a second term, it will be 2016 before the Obama family looks for its next car. 

2012 Chevrolet Volt

2012 Chevrolet Volt

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Given the average length of time cars are produced before a major revision, we’re betting Obama’s car -- if a Volt -- won’t be the same generation car rolling off the production lines today. 

The President’s open endorsement of the Volt will no doubt continue to drive political commentary for some time to come, but it has got us thinking. 

If you were the President of the U.S., what car would you choose when you left office, and why? 

Let us know in the Comments below. 


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Comments (17)
  1. That's really gonna' help sell it to conservatives. I think he is trying to sabotage it!

  2. I bet that comment will really piss off a lot of republicans, especially the republican CEO of GM. The CEO gives the impression that he is positive his company produced a real lemon in the Volt, in fact, he gives the Volt until July to either swim or sink. ...now, here comes Obama throwing a wrench in the works by promising to buy one in five years. Damn it, what can the CEO do now to make sure the Volt fails?

  3. The Republican CEO of GM, Akerson, owns a Volt as his personal car. Based on his congressional testimony, he is extremely bullish on the Chevy Volt. He even gushed about how derivative Volt technologies are already being implemented on other cars including the eAssist which makes big Buicks and Chevys get 36+MPG.

    Sorry, Facts don't fit these talking points.

  4. Oh, wait! I got it! ...plunge his company into bankruptcy again and make the Volt start more fires.

  5. GM is doing very well right now. A single Volt fire that occurred weeks after a 5 Star NHTSA test were debunked as an unfair test.

    Nice try. Facts don't fit your talking points again.

  6. With intelligent folk like the Obamas buying the Volt, how can it lose? I notice that no mention of the dreadful Volt sales figures was made. Given his history of campaign promises, I wouldn't alert Chevy's sales force to expect another sale come November.

  7. Nary a mention of the dreadful Volt sales figures. The Volt continues in production only because GM can't afford to upset Obama and the vast amounts of company stock held (underwater) by the Feds. Crony capitalism, American style.

  8. The Volt outsold the Leaf for 3 straight months before the unfair NHTSA fiasco in January.

    GM is just now ramping up for Ampera Sales (European version), where "punching bag" politics does not exist.

    The Leaf has outsold the Volt 2 to 1 in California, largely because of the HOV lane access, an issue which is now resolved.

    The Volt launched nationally on 11/1/2011, still a blink of an eye in terms of car sales.

    Signs point to a Volt sales rebound. It will be interesting to see what the February numbers look like.

  9. There are going to be a lot of people who wish they had a Volt as gas prices continue to rise.

  10. They can wish all they want but people who get affected by increases in gas prices can't afford the Volt to begin with. If the gas prices continue to go up, we will all get screwed and flush the economy down the crapper anyway. Sad truth :-(

  11. Another sad truth is the publics own skepticism of hybrids and EVs. If we had kept developing electric cars starting from around the era of the EV-1 we would have been a lot further along then we are right now. And we'ed be further along if people wouldn't loose interest in hybrids and EVs every time gas prices go down a little.

  12. I just wish I had the money for a Volt. I'd get one in a heartbeat. As it stands, I too will have to wait until Obama finishes his second term then I can, hopefully, get a used one in 2016.

  13. We'll have floating magnetic personal platforms by then... Just think about it! That's like 16 years after year 2000 when wereable rocket packs were already common and trips to our Mars colonies were an everyday occurence.

  14. Subaru BRZ because it has the excitement of a Porsche and all attributes of a Chevrolet Volt in half the price. and good reliability too

  15. Well, there will many of them to pick from as the program did worse than the DeLorean. Govt. Motors just shut down the Volt product line for five weeks when all other car sales are booming .. this is an epic failure as they did not figure out what Toyota did many years ago . . technology adoption is slow in the US.

  16. Good to see the President is joining the zero emissions cause!

  17. There are many reasons to buy an electric also for us, not only for Obama


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