A tidbit Detroit’s Big Three automakers can’t be thrilled about: Of the eight people named to President Barack Obama’s auto industry task force, and the 10 senior policy aides who will help them, just two own American cars, the Detroit News reports.
Information wasn’t available for every task force member’s car, but Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and National Economic Council Director Lawrence Summers, the panel’s co-chairs, own foreign-made vehicles. Geithner’s is a 2008 Acura TSX, the News reports, while Summers owns a 1995 Mazda Protege.
For those keeping score, Office of Management and Budget Director Peter Orszag owns a 2008 Honda Odyssey and a 2004 Volvo S60. Carol Browner, the White House global warming chief, doesn’t own a car right now but previously had a 1999 Saab 9-5 SE. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson owns a 2008 Toyota Prius and a Honda Odyssey.
Significant? Maybe not — except that as CEOs from GM, Ford and Chrysler seek empathy and federal dollars from Washington, no doubt they’d like it better if there was an Envoy or Explorer owner sitting on the other side of the conference table.