Obamateurism of the Day

posted at 8:05 am on August 16, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

Was there something in the air yesterday? Potential OOTDs fell into my lap all day long, but let’s go after one that went mainly under the radar. It seems that Barack Obama takes the sobriquet “Government Motors” a little too seriously, as he explained that the marketing plan that automakers use is all wrong:

The country’s automakers should ditch their focus on SUVs and trucks in favor of smaller, more fuel-efficient vehicles, President Obama said Monday.

“You can’t just make money on SUVs and trucks,” Obama said during a town hall forum in Cannon Falls, Minn. “There is a place for SUVs and trucks, but as gas prices keep on going up, you have got to understand the market. People are going to try to save money.”

Kind of like the Chevy Volt, huh? Yeah, if they want to make the big money, automakers need to put all of their effort into, er

The July sales numbers are out and the Chevy Volt continues to electrify (get it?) the country. GM sold … 125 Volts last month!

Way back in March I made fun of the Volt for selling 281 units in February. Turns out, February was a goodmonth. But wait, there’s more! GM says they’re going toincrease production to 5,000 Volts per month in order to keep up with demand. You see, they claim that the reason the Volt isn’t selling is that they can’t keep enough cars on the lot. A GM spokeswoman recently claimed that they are “virtually sold out.” Which is virtually true. Mark Modica called around his local Chevy dealers and found plenty of Volts waiting for an environmentally conscious driver to bring them home.

You know, we used to have a country where companies manufactured products, consumers made their choices, and government just collected the taxes on the transactions.  If companies got it wrong, they went out of business and others bought the assets and made better decisions.  Now we have a government that wants to tell manufacturers what to make, tell consumers what to buy, and collect a whole lot more taxes so that they can bail out companies and run other industries into the ground.  And that’s bad enough, but Obama’s marketing plans have all of the success of his economic plans, and baby, that ain’t good at all.

How about this, Mr. President: you work on making government efficient, and leave the consumer decisions to the consumers?

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heh~~! Put that in the battery of your Chevy Volt and smoke it!!!

great one, Ed.

ted c on August 16, 2011 at 8:09 AM

ReVolting.

NeighborhoodCatLady on August 16, 2011 at 8:09 AM

zing!

cmsinaz on August 16, 2011 at 8:11 AM

Wait, they’re claiming to be capacity-capped?

ROFLMAO

That’s ridiculous, and shows incredible mismanagement if so.

Okay, let’s talk about this. If they are ‘sold out’, and they sold 125 Volts in July, that means they… made 125 Volts in July? Or made even less, and sold inventory?

What kind of management plan allows for an increase in production from 125/month to 5000/month in a single month, on a car product?

Wow, can they hire me to do their forecasts? They need to fire whoever’s in charge of their MRP system.

Scott H on August 16, 2011 at 8:14 AM

What his speech yesterday also tells us is that he has no intention of changing any of his energy policies to help lower gas prices–so deal with it and buy a smaller car. He has no problem with gas prices sitting well over $3.50/gallon.

SusanAnne Hiller on August 16, 2011 at 8:14 AM

“There is a place for SUVs and trucks”

 
It’s called the front of the lot.

rogerb on August 16, 2011 at 8:15 AM

I got a charge out of that one, Ed.

JimK on August 16, 2011 at 8:15 AM

the community organizer at work once again

cmsinaz on August 16, 2011 at 8:16 AM

Proof once again that our president is mathmatically illiterate. Sad. Really.

kringeesmom on August 16, 2011 at 8:16 AM

Looks like Volt sales aren’t exactly electrifying.

kingsjester on August 16, 2011 at 8:16 AM

Now we have a government that wants to tell manufacturers what to make, tell consumers what to buy, and collect a whole lot more taxes so that they can bail out (their campaign contributors’) companies and run other industries (that support competing candidates) into the ground.

AZCoyote on August 16, 2011 at 8:19 AM

“…you have got to understand the market…”

Exactly, Mr. President. The market, not the government, determines which models are in demand.

publiuspen on August 16, 2011 at 8:20 AM

There is a place for SUVs and trucks, but as gas prices keep on going up, you have got to understand the market. People are going to try to save money.

but they’ll also spend hard earned money on products that are proven to actually work, like SUVs and trucks. The Chevy Volt, while altruistic and feelgoodish, ain’t exactly getting people from A to B like it was supposed to.

ted c on August 16, 2011 at 8:22 AM

Now we have a government that wants to tell manufacturers what to make, tell consumers what to buy

That sounds almost Soviet.

darwin-t on August 16, 2011 at 8:22 AM

How about a Volt for the Dolt in the WH?

herm2416 on August 16, 2011 at 8:22 AM

Now we have a government that wants to tell manufacturers what to make, tell consumers what to buy, and collect a whole lot more taxes so that they can bail out companies and run other industries into the ground.

maybe we can tell that government where to go…..

ted c on August 16, 2011 at 8:23 AM

Mind you that the vehicle of choice for the whirlwind midwest tour just so happened to not be an economy cruiser of the Volt variety, its a bus of the SUV/truck/you got to know the market variety……

ted c on August 16, 2011 at 8:24 AM

Looks like Volt sales aren’t exactly electrifying.

kingsjester on August 16, 2011 at 8:16 AM

They don’t seem to be sparking any interest.

darwin-t on August 16, 2011 at 8:25 AM

ted c on August 16, 2011 at 8:24 AM

+1

cmsinaz on August 16, 2011 at 8:25 AM

He has no problem with gas prices sitting well over $3.50/gallon.

SusanAnne Hiller on August 16, 2011 at 8:14 AM

Why would he care? The taxpayers pick up the tab for his gas now, and when he gets out of office he’ll get a multimillion-dollar book deal and as many 6-figure speaking gigs as he desires. He knows that for the rest of his life he’ll have more money than he could ever hope to spend.

It’s not for nothing that this guy has been dreaming of being president since he was in kindergarten.

AZCoyote on August 16, 2011 at 8:26 AM

Gibbs says Obama favors a number of moves to help businesses step up hiring. He says “the president is not focused on keeping his job, most of all. He’s focused on creating jobs for the American people.”

from drudge headline

ted c on August 16, 2011 at 8:26 AM

ted c on August 16, 2011 at 8:26 AM

ok now that is funny :)

the only thing he is focused on is HIS job…

too funny, gibbsy back in da house…

cmsinaz on August 16, 2011 at 8:28 AM

AZCoyote on August 16, 2011 at 8:26 AM

It’s much more than that. Higher costs force us to tweak our behavior and change. Hmmm….change.

SusanAnne Hiller on August 16, 2011 at 8:29 AM

Way back in March I made fun of the Volt for selling 281 units in February. Turns out, February was a good month.

I’m shocked. Shocked!

itsnotaboutme on August 16, 2011 at 8:39 AM

“You can’t just make money on SUVs and trucks,” Obama said during a town hall forum in Cannon Falls, Minn.

Isn’t he touring the country in a bus/suv/truck? Looks like you can make plenty of money from the back of one of those…

right2bright on August 16, 2011 at 8:44 AM

“There is a place for SUVs and trucks, but as gas prices keep on going up, you have got to understand the market.”

This from the one who doesn’t even know what P/E ratios are:
“On the other hand, what you’re now seeing is profit and earning ratios are starting to get to the point where buying stocks is a potentially good deal if you’ve got a long-term perspective on it.”

Now the little punk pretends he knows something about markets?

petefrt on August 16, 2011 at 8:49 AM

This guy who has lived most of his life in the land of mass transit doesn’t understand that a lot of us out here in the sticks need a one ton truck to haul hay in from the fields and haul calves to market.

txsurveyor on August 16, 2011 at 8:50 AM

Why doesn’t Warren Buffett buy hundreds of Volts and distribute them to charities or to the needy? He’d help GM, help Obama, help those who need assistance, and he’d have to pay all those taxes on each Volt purchased. Sounds like a good deal from Mr. Buffett’s angle.

radjah shelduck on August 16, 2011 at 8:51 AM

How about this, Mr. President: you work on making government efficient, and leave the consumer decisions to the consumers?

Hope it made you feel good to write this, Ed, but you know this kind of thought could never penetrate Obama’s concrete melon.

SKYFOX on August 16, 2011 at 8:54 AM

If we can’t be NUDGED they’ll PUSH us.

Either way, we’re going down that Progressive road of Control of individuals (Cars/SUV’s/toilet flushes/faucets and removing handles from them/shower heads and how much water flows out/gasoline cans and what the caps look like/seat belts/etc).

Buckle up boys and girls, it’s a bumpy highway.

PappyD61 on August 16, 2011 at 8:56 AM

Was there something in the air yesterday
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Yes Ed,the pres.went unscripted:):):)

ohiobabe on August 16, 2011 at 8:58 AM

JULY 2011 Auto Sales Roundup: Truck, SUV,
http://forums.trucktrend.com/70/8796601/truck-talk/july-2011-auto-sales-roundup-truck-suv-and-every-t/index.html

Looks to me like you make a lot more selling trucks & SUVs than Chevy Volts :)
.

philly_PA on August 16, 2011 at 9:07 AM

Need to stop making the Ford F-150, the Chevy Silverado, the Toyota Tundra, and the GMC Sierra for sure. Why hasn’t anyone ever thought of this before? Brilliant!

a capella on August 16, 2011 at 9:09 AM

Ø sez: “It’s MY way or the HIGHWAY, car buyers! Since I let you keep some of our tax revenues to do whatever with, just buy what I tell you to buy and everything will be good! I know you’ll be better off because… well, I just know!”

ExpressoBold on August 16, 2011 at 9:12 AM

So, can we expect a Cheap Plastic Deathtraps for All Act of 2011 or 2012?

SKYFOX on August 16, 2011 at 9:18 AM

Washington has thought they ran the automobile business now for over 40 years. It’s just lately they went ahead and STOLE one for their buddies and fellow back scratchers.

I sure wish I could get a hold of a NEW mid-late 50’s style Chevy say, with a simple little engine a man could work on without a degree in computer science.

golfmann on August 16, 2011 at 9:29 AM

Can’t wait to see the death and destruction on the roads here in (fill in the name of your northern state) when there’s 4, 6, 8, 12 inches of snow on the ground and we’re playing bumper cars in Chevy Volts. Will someone from GM or the White House call my boss and tell him I need a ‘snow day’?

mph on August 16, 2011 at 9:34 AM

I sure wish I could get a hold of a NEW mid-late 50′s style Chevy say, with a simple little engine a man could work on without a degree in computer science.

golfmann on August 16, 2011 at 9:29 AM

Remember when you could actually climb inside the engine compartment to work on them and you knew where the wires and hoses all led?

SKYFOX on August 16, 2011 at 9:36 AM

Remember when you could actually climb inside the engine compartment to work on them and you knew where the wires and hoses all led? SKYFOX on August 16, 2011 at 9:36 AM

When you opened the hood you could see the road underneath!

Akzed on August 16, 2011 at 9:56 AM

Well it seems some of you are really plugged in to the Volt. I find it very electrifying to read your comments. In other words, the comments sparked my interest. I think I could really get charged up watching Obama get a lot of wattage out of his auto manufacturing market experience. I just hope he doesn’t get shocked at American’s reactions. It might seem he’s using his power to sway business. Though I suppose there could be a surge of Volt purchasing now.

katablog.com on August 16, 2011 at 9:57 AM

The Cash for Clunkers, Shovel Ready, Leading from Behind Pimp will put out an economic plan…”in September”…2011…I’d laugh if it were appropriate. But, it isn’t for all who have no jobs, no homes, no food.

The irony and hypocrisy that he drives constantly in big cars and that bus, which looks like a hearse, escapes this Fool. May he be punished.

Get this cortege out of our lives, out of our faces, and especially out of our ears.

Schadenfreude on August 16, 2011 at 10:06 AM

Get back in your bus and STFU!

TXUS on August 16, 2011 at 10:08 AM

TXUS on August 16, 2011 at 10:08 AM

Oh your RACIIIIIIISSSSSSSST. You said back and bus in the same sentence!

katablog.com on August 16, 2011 at 10:19 AM

Whither the trolls?

CurtZHP on August 16, 2011 at 10:20 AM

How about this, Mr. President: you work on making government efficient, and leave the consumer decisions to the consumers?

Of course you know, Ed, that Obama can’t work on making government more efficient. He doesn’t have it in him. Name just one Keynesian who does. Sadly, he’ll never consider doing the one thing that would turn this market in the right direction in A BIG WAY. He’ll never consider resigning.

kscheuller on August 16, 2011 at 10:21 AM

The king has spoken!

LonelyMassRepublican on August 16, 2011 at 10:25 AM

Don’t forget Obama also wants to be your and my landlord.

He’s been trying to make all of us (homeowners) going under. And by his admission, he’s only half way done.

Sir Napsalot on August 16, 2011 at 10:30 AM

Sir Napsalot on August 16, 2011 at 10:30 AM

Yeah, but aren’t you excited to see what your new house government quarters will look like?

katablog.com on August 16, 2011 at 10:32 AM

This just in:

Obowma just created 100 shovel-ready jobs for scooping the BS coming from the Tragical, Misery Bus tour 2011. Change you can believe in.

Glad Obowma is focused like a laser on golf, fundraising and greasy cheeseburgers. Hmm, does Michelle grow cheeseburgers in the WH garden?

dthorny on August 16, 2011 at 10:39 AM

So, can we expect a Cheap Plastic Deathtraps for All Act of 2011 or 2012?

SKYFOX on August 16, 2011 at 9:18 AM

Auto Safety and Security – the ASS of 2012.

dthorny on August 16, 2011 at 10:42 AM

In all fairness, this article should have mentioned that GM had announced that Volt sales would be low, due to retooling of the assembly line to accommodate both the Volt and an Opel model:

http://gm-volt.com/2011/05/18/chevrolet-volt-plant-to-close-for-four-weeks-to-prepare-for-increased-production/

Having said that, it’s still striking how low the sales have been, and proclamations of demand are dubious.

Nobody’s commented on Obama’s lame assertion that money can’t be made on trucks and SUVs. I believe that more profit is made per vehicle on those two types than any other. As if it’s his business anyway . . . .

Sowell Disciple on August 16, 2011 at 11:05 AM

You know, we used to have a country where companies manufactured products, consumers made their choices, and government just collected the taxes on the transactions.

Ed, you don’t know what’s good for you. I mean, are you an expert on manufacturing cars, or a leader of men? Listen to your betters, and do what they say. We’re talking about social engineering to a higher level beyond the understanding of your puny mind. A future built on sustainable energy sources, albeit with us driving around in rather small, if not downright tiny, cars.

Paul-Cincy on August 16, 2011 at 11:13 AM

“You can’t just make money on SUVs and trucks,”

Yeah, Barry, you’re a real business expert, aren’t you?

Back in the 70’s, while in business school, did a paper on the costs associated with the production of a standard Chevy sedan vs a Cadillac. The Caddy cost GM $300 more to make in labor and materials when compared to the Chevy.

I guess in Barry’s world, that meant that GM sold the Caddy for only $300 more that the Chevy.

This FOOL has to be kicked out of office!

GarandFan on August 16, 2011 at 11:17 AM

How about this, Mr. President: you work on making government efficient, and leave the consumer decisions to the consumers?

Obama: Well Michelle and I can’t do that. You see…we’re the big mama and big daddy of our kingdom and we know what’s best for you and yours. If we say it’d be best if y’all live like peasants, than you will live like peasants and like it!

capejasmine on August 16, 2011 at 11:22 AM

Golfman, SKYFOX, and Akzed,
Don’t those new commercials for some car parts store crack you up by showing regular guys supposedly working on their cars in their garages? And why is it that every other deodorant or tampon commercial shows the youngsters tooling around free and easy in an early ’60’s gas guzzling convertible? You see the same thing in way too many movies, too. The same hypocrites that would have us all cram into a Volt just LOVE to cruise the highway in a ’64 Impala.

teacherman on August 16, 2011 at 11:39 AM

“There is a place for SUVs and trucks, but as gas prices keep on going up, you have got to understand the market. People are going to try to save money.”

Maybe he was thinking of that one guy with ten kids. I’m sure there’s no other legitimate use for a “SUV” or a “truck.”

Well, except maybe for transporting golf clubs.

winoceros on August 16, 2011 at 12:05 PM

If you want to take your spouse and three other couples out to dinner, you can go comfortably in 1 SUV or cramped in 2 Volts, take up more space on the road, more parking spaces, very little resulting energy savings and no fun.

The soccer mom can take more than half of a team to the game in 1 SUV, or you can get 3 moms to take them in Volts, save virtually no energy, take up even more space on the road and in the parking lot.

Great plan, Mr. Resident

Freelancer on August 16, 2011 at 12:23 PM

The whole problem with the GM bailout (or any bailout) is that it puts the government in the position of picking winners and losers. IF you favor socialism, and we heard yesterday that it irritates his majesty to be called one, then that is perfectly OK. However there is no clearer antithesis to free enterprise.

pgrossjr on August 16, 2011 at 12:28 PM

Sure thing:

If you’re transporting small kids, you certainly will want a death-trap-size car which takes 6+ hours to “re-fuel” instead of a you-get-the-worst-of-it-if-you-hit-me SUV which takes just 5 minutes to fuel up for another 250+ miles of use!!!

/SARC>

PS: The liberals at our community college are putting in two recharging stations, so we can will be able to (no firm installation date yet) accomodate TWO VOLTs in our greater metro area…provided that both owners work at the community college…and don’t ever get tied up in traffic!

landlines on August 16, 2011 at 12:36 PM

Melissa Ethridge, You Can Sleep While I Drive
ZZ Top, Goin’ Down to Mexico
Li’l Zane, Top Down
Eartha Kitt, Santa Baby
John Denver, Along for the Ride
Outkast, We Luv Deez Hoes
Sid Vicious, Something Else
John Fogerty, Hot Rod Heart
Kenny Chesney, Outta Here
Counting Crows, Raining in Baltimore
Mariah Carey, I Stay in Love
Bruce Hornsby, Fortunate Son
Justin Timberlake, Summer Love
Don Henley, Boys of Summer

I’ll bet each artist would be proud to have bought a Volt instead. I mean, if there were enough cars being produced.

winoceros on August 16, 2011 at 12:57 PM

And he said this in farm country.

mrt721 on August 16, 2011 at 1:07 PM

katablog.com on August 16, 2011 at 9:57 AM

Unfortunately, most of those jokes are current posts. You must show resistance to duplicating others’ works, or your attempts at humor will be grounded.

James on August 16, 2011 at 1:16 PM

Hmmmm . . . if you hooked 20 Volts together, could they pull a container trailer?

Adjoran on August 16, 2011 at 1:33 PM

Why should Obama have a 22 car entourage of SUVs? Let him buy a Volt and drive himself all over Washington. If he’d set the example for us peasants, then perhaps GM would experience a surge in Volt sales.

GrannySunni on August 16, 2011 at 1:34 PM

Supply/Demand – Means the will be giving them away in no time. Good, I have a 16 year old who needs a car.

E L Frederick (Sniper One) on August 16, 2011 at 2:00 PM

Gotta luv our Moron-In-Chief!

For years big auto has used their small cars almost as loss leaders so they would sell and raise the average MPG for the fleet allowing SUV sales.

That speech must have been put on TOTUS before the prices dropped earlier in the summer when high gas mileage cars were actually selling fairly well.

EconomicNeocon on August 16, 2011 at 4:14 PM

“There is a place for SUVs and trucks, but as gas prices keep on going up, you have got to understand the market. People are going to try to save money.”

And by “the market,” he means, “the left.”

didymus on August 16, 2011 at 7:44 PM

If you want to take your spouse and three other couples out to dinner, you can go comfortably in 1 SUV or cramped in 2 Volts, take up more space on the road, more parking spaces, very little resulting energy savings and no fun.

The soccer mom can take more than half of a team to the game in 1 SUV, or you can get 3 moms to take them in Volts, save virtually no energy, take up even more space on the road and in the parking lot.

Great plan, Mr. Resident

Freelancer on August 16, 2011 at 12:23 PM

It’s the low-flow toilet fiasco all over again.

You know how those low-flow toilets really do save water — or would, if you didn’t have to flush three times as often

didymus on August 16, 2011 at 7:46 PM