Bailout Watch 254: Ford CEO Alan Mulally to Drive to D.C. Begathon

Robert Farago
by Robert Farago
bailout watch 254 ford ceo alan mulally to drive to d c begathon

There are two ways to look at this. First, Ford CEO Alan Mulally “gets it.” He understands that he screwed the PR pooch when he flew into Washington to beg for bailout billions in a big ass corporate jet. Alternatively, someone somewhere needs to get a grip. The guy gets $25m a year, Ford burned its way through $7.7b during the last financial quarter, FoMoCo wants at least that much from your taxes in addition to its share of the $25b already allocated for retooling and we’re worrying about his travel arrangements? Yup. So, Big Al’s driving from Motown to The Big Sleazy. And down the rabbit hole we go. “Ford spokesman Mike Moran said Monday that Mulally will make the roughly 500-mile trip on the road in an undisclosed Ford vehicle,” The Detroit News reports. “Moran declined to say if Mulally would actually be behind the wheel, but noted that Mulally does have a license to drive.” Help me out here. Is Detroit News scribe David “Love Ya” Shepardson being sarcastic? Or is he actually trying to reassure readers that the head of The Ford Motor Company can drive a car? For once, Autoblog gets its right, focusing on whether or not Mulally will be driving a Focus for 10 hours straight (assuming Big Al doesn’t get high). Oh wait; Autoblog’s “WEBAD” (What Exactly Would Big Al Drive) poll doesn’t list the econobox amongst its vehicular choices. Never mind.

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  • Alex Nigro Alex Nigro on Dec 02, 2008

    I hate to say this, judging from the above comment, but he'll indeed show up in a Escape Hybrid. Crap, I wanted him to show up in a Mustang...

  • Alex Nigro Alex Nigro on Dec 02, 2008

    Also, Red Ink Rick will show up in a Malibu mild hybrid...

  • ZCline ZCline on Dec 02, 2008

    You know, I almost think it doesn't matter what he drives, escape hybrid, focus, fusion, whatever. What I want to know is, will it break down and he'll be stuck on the side of the road ... personally, I think i'd resign ;)

  • Tradedude Tradedude on Dec 02, 2008

    Ok if it were me working at any plant I would want to get everyone to work together. Everyone take a cut in pay NOW! TODAY!! The big guys can take a bigger cut than the line workers but I would want to think that all workers blue and white collar would want to make less money than no money at all We need to work as a team. I am offering my site to list autos free. spread the walls of the dealers and sell cars and trucks at move the inventory prices, What ever it takes to create cash flow. The loss of jobs in the auto indrusty today reminds me of the days when the steel workers thought that Japan was stealing the industry when we were not putting enough back into the mills. To busy buying big office buildings with hugh wooden desks and plush carpet. Big is not better. Solid slow growth with CEOs making good money not becoming millionairs for a couple of years work. Any qusetions about content or my site my name is Jon Varley,Apple Valley Ca, 909-499-8076 Lets work on our own bail out!! TOGETHER