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41 Comments on “Rick Wagoner Arrives At Bailout Hearings...”


  • avatar
    thalter

    What, they couldn’t at least come up with a set of wheel covers? Or would that have been too “showy”?

    And I think he left a window rolled down…

  • avatar
    Sigsworth

    I can only assume that the length of Rick’s tie is juuuust riiight.

  • avatar
    Bancho

    Sigsworth :

    I lol’d hard at that. Thanks.

  • avatar
    Adub

    I still think he should have been forced to drive an Aveo.

  • avatar
    Philip Lane

    Let me get this straight, Red-Ink Rick’s in so much of a hurry that he can’t park in an actual, you know, parking space?

    Will a government bailout cover his parking fine?

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    Here’s a little tidbit, re the magnitude of Rick’s (GM’s) challenge.
    What does it mean when you aspire(d) to be the world’s largest manufacturer of cars?

    Let’s say the average length of a GM vehicle is 5 meters. (It’s probably well over, but I’m being conservative.)
    And that GM built 8,5 million of them last year.

    The circumference of the Earth at the Equator is 40.075 kilometers.

    8.500.000x5m=42.500.000m

    Yes, GM in a year makes enough vehicles to stretch around the world at the Equator, and then some. Should companies be that large? Can they be that large, and operate efficiently, delivering topical solutions that are cutting edge?

    To answer that question: no. (Rick toodling up to Congress in a concept car without hubcaps, begging cup in hand, should be clear evidence of that.)

  • avatar
    Stu Sidoti

    Picture Caption:

    ” Bailout Financing brought to you by the law firm of Wagoner, Levin and Levin…”

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    1996MEdition

    Did he really drive all 540 miles in this or was it just from the penthouse suite to congress? Suit looks to pressed. Did he drive 40 miles, plug-in, recharge, drive 40 miles, plug-in, recharge, etc? Do we have an actual picture of him on the road? Still don’t believe it unless I have a picture.

  • avatar
    thalter

    I can hear the questioning now:

    “How many of you parked illegally to get here today?”

  • avatar
    thalter

    @1996MEdition:

    Wagoner definitely didn’t make the entire trip in a Volt prototype. Here’s a picture of him riding shotgun in a Malibu (presumably hybrid) in Frederick, MD.

    http://news.yahoo.com/nphotos/Financial-Crisis/ss/events/bs/093008bailout#photoViewer=/081204/480/16546b429bcb4ddfaa247f62d4cb5e3a

  • avatar
    jolo

    Alternate Picture Caption:

    ”Bailout Financing brought to you by the law firm of Fine, Howard and Fine…”

  • avatar
    toxicroach

    I CAN HAZ BALEOUT?

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    http://www.vg.no/uploaded/image/bilderigg/2008/12/04/1228394906349_254.jpg

  • avatar
    Usta Bee

    East bound and down, loaded up and truckin’,
    we’re gonna do what they say can’t be done.
    We’ve got a long way to go and a short time to get there.
    I’m east bound, just watch ol’ “Bandit” run !.

  • avatar
    Usta Bee

    ……..

  • avatar
    Jason

    My mind is picturing his private jet just to the left, carefully cropped out. Upon leaving it, they happened to walk past this small car that some have-not must own.

  • avatar
    Stingray

    toxicroach :
    I CAN HAZ BALEOUT?

    No you can’t has baleout…

    I has cheezburger for ya if wanted =)

  • avatar
    thalter

    GM cars must have really lousy seats or interiors or something, because he always looks so glad to be getting out.

  • avatar
    Stingray

    Ummm… I want to see Mullaly and Nardelly’s rides

  • avatar
    John R

    Maybe I’ve been playing Resident Evil too much but Wagoner looks like he’s starving for brains.

  • avatar
    Orian

    Nah, it ran out of charge there – he’s in a hurry to avoid having to talk to people about it not having the advertised range yet.

    (I kid. I think)

  • avatar
    mcs

    Can’t wait to see the photo shopped versions!

  • avatar
    Conslaw

    Watching Wagoner get out of that car reminds me of the saying “10 lbs of s**t in a 5 lb. sack.”

  • avatar
    Geo. Levecque

    From what I heard he used the :Volt: only for last two miles, before that it was the Malibu H for most of the trip!

  • avatar
    thalter

    So who are the two dour looking seniors traveling with him? Ebenezer Scrooge and Montgomery Burns?

    Who got to ride shotgun and who had to ride in the back?

  • avatar
    Conslaw

    Watching Wagoner get out of that car reminds me of the Simpson’s Very Tall Man.

  • avatar
    wytshus

    So who are the two dour looking seniors traveling with him? Ebenezer Scrooge and Montgomery Burns?

    If Im not mistaken, that’s the Levin twins, Carl and Sander.

    Who got to ride shotgun and who had to ride in the back?

    Seeing as the back window is open, I’m betting the Levin twins sat in the back. This could also explain Rick’s obvious expression of relief, the old man funk must have been overwhelming…..

  • avatar
    Bunter1

    So here’s a question-what did it cost in time and rescources to get the psuedo-Volt to Dc so Rick could grandstand in it? Would a ride in the Gulfstream have been cheaper?

    Enquiring minds…

    Bunter

  • avatar
    toxicroach

    Man, no way to win.

    They take a personal jet, ohh your so profligate.

    They show up in a Volt, where’s the hubcaps you bums?

    Next hearing Wagoner should have himself taped up in a box and Fedex’d to the Senate.

  • avatar
    montgomery burns

    thalter :

    So who are the two dour looking seniors traveling with him? Ebenezer Scrooge and Montgomery Burns?

    !

    Smithers, release the hounds.

  • avatar
    catharticflux

    Sigsworth … you’re a genius :)

  • avatar
    Orian

    toxic – that’s not a true volt. And all the money they spent on the decals but they couldn’t pilfer some hub caps from a Cobalt? lol

    I have to wonder the same thing as Bunter – how much did it cost to get the Cruze or whatever that is with the Volt technology inside to DC before he arrived to take it for a spin.

  • avatar

    This might be the funniest thread on TTAC ever.

    I just got the “juuuuuuust right” line. BRILLIANT.

    Just the thought of Carl Levin helping to run this country is almost as infuriating as the thought of Barney Frank chairing a committee. RIDICULOUS.

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    They probably flew the Volt up to D.C.

  • avatar
    jkross22

    And GM is the one that brags about how adept their marketing is??

    What buffoons.

    Has it ever occurred to anyone on the BoD that Rick not only lacks the leadership skills, but he doesn’t even have the appearance of leadership? Seriously, his threshold appearance looks like his mom just clipped that tie on and brushed his hair.

  • avatar
    jkross22

    I think the two older guys were extras in Lord of the Rings.

  • avatar
    Nicodemus

    Does anyone else think that humility would have been more adequately shown by taking a commercial jet, then a cab from the airport, as opposed to this circus?

  • avatar
    Potemkin

    Rick’s arrival in a Volt is another example of why GM failed. Apperances are everything but they are clueless of public perception. They would spend thousands shipping the Volt from Detroit so Rick could roll up to Congress in “the future of automobiles” and not get that we would question the money spent.

  • avatar
    billc83

    They probably set up a task force of senior executives to decide what Wagoner would arrive in, and another task force to decide what hubcaps, if any, should be applied…

  • avatar
    IOtheworldaliving

    http://tinyurl.com/627hro

    Canada’s Highway of Heroes (401 in Ontario). The fallen from Canada’s war effort in Afghanistan are honored by being driven down the 401 with hundreds of onlookers on the overpasses.

    Unfortunately there is no American Highway of Heroes, as current SOP is to hide our war dead. But we do now have a Highway of Beggars and Thieves, don’t we? I want to see some new trailblazers on the OH and PA turnpikes. (I think the Engine of Democracy logo would be a suitable design for these!)

  • avatar
    Johnster

    thalter : What, they couldn’t at least come up with a set of wheel covers? Or would that have been too “showy”?

    They were plastic and they fell off.

    thalter : And I think he left a window rolled down…

    The crank mechanism broke and the window fell down inside the door, just like on a Cavalier. Probably the same Cavalier parts.


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