Today is President’s Day. It’s a day for us to sit back, relax, and contemplate the cars of the presidents.
Well, I guess we are supposed to reflect on all the great things American presidents have accomplished over the last couple of centuries while looking forward to what the next four years could bring.
Presidents typically aren’t known for their cars, because they are chauffeured from early on in their political careers and in their presidential campaigns. They are more familiar with the back seats of luxury SUVs and limos than with the driver’s seat of the Chevrolets and Fords that their constituents drive.
On this President’s Day, let’s take a moment and look at the vehicles of some of the front-runners. Maybe doing so will point us in the direction of who might be best in touch with American drivers.
Truthfully, I don’t think Hillary has been behind the wheel of a car since her husband hit the campaign trail. Today, Mrs. Clinton is transported in a Chevrolet Express 1500 van that’s been tricked out with a raised ceiling, a television, and swivel seats that provide her campaign with a mobile strategic command center.
Sanders loves to talk about his commitment to the environment. One of his supporters even decked out his Tesla Model S in support of the democratic hopeful. So what does he drive in real life? His campaign car of choice is a Lincoln MKX. Homage, perhaps, to the 16th president of the United States?
Trump isn’t a man to be discrete or humble about his transportation choices. For long-distance travel he owns a Boeing 757.
Cruz famously gave a 22-hour speech to filibuster President Obama’s health-care initiative. After, he was seen driving away in a BMW. That’s a reasonable choice for a senator with presidential dreams.
We obviously can’t pick our president based on his or her choice in vehicles. After all, once elected, the next president will spend all of his or her car-time in an armored Cadillac and won’t be allowed to get behind the wheel until out of government service.
What really matters in a president is his or her attitude toward the auto industry. Both presidents Bush and Obama committed to saving the auto business when it nearly collapsed in 2008, but hopefully that’s something with which the next president of the United States won’t have to deal.
Do you think the next president should be knowledgeable about the auto industry?