HolyCoast: White House Pressures Ford to Pull Ad Critical of Auto Bailout

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

White House Pressures Ford to Pull Ad Critical of Auto Bailout

It was a great ad too and got a lot of media attention, so if the White House thinks this will make it go away, they're seriously delusional:
As part of a campaign featuring "real people" explaining their decision to buy the Blue Oval, a guy named "Chris" says he "wasn't going to buy another car that was bailed out by our government," according the text of the ad, launched in early September.

"I was going to buy from a manufacturer that's standing on their own: win, lose, or draw. That's what America is about is taking the chance to succeed and understanding when you fail that you gotta' pick yourself up and go back to work."

That's what some of America is about, evidently. Because Ford pulled the ad after individuals inside the White House questioned whether the copy was publicly denigrating the controversial bailout policy CEO Alan Mulally repeatedly supported in the dark days of late 2008, in early '09 and again when the ad flap arose. And more.

With President Barack Obama tuning his re-election campaign amid dismal economic conditions and simmering antipathy toward his stimulus spending and associated bailouts, the Ford ad carried the makings of a political liability when Team Obama can least afford yet another one. Can't have that.

The ad, pulled in response to White House questions (and, presumably, carping from rival GM), threatened to rekindle the negative (if accurate) association just when the president wants credit for their positive results (GM and Chrysler are moving forward, making money and selling vehicles) and to distance himself from any public downside of his decision.
I'm guessing that if we're able to dig deeper will find threats of union violence and strikes against Ford at the prompting of the White House. That's the Chicago way and the union thug way.  And as it turns out the bailout agreement does not allow strikes against GM or Chrysler, only Ford.

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