Doh! Obama labor secretary buys Canadian made car

posted at 1:25 pm on September 1, 2011 by Jazz Shaw

File this one under the, “Wow! I could have had an American V-8!” column.

To show her support for American workers, President Obama’s labor secretary, Hilda Solis, has junked the standard black limo and purchased a new Chevrolet Equinox to ride around Washington in. The problem: the crossover SUV is built and assembled in Canada from parts also made in Canada.

Solis proudly arrived at a media breakfast hosted by the Christian Science Monitor today in the shiny silver vehicle, which she has dubbed the “bullet.” She was asked about why she traded the standard-issue limo for the SUV. “What better example could I set if I encouraged my staff to go and purchase and seek how we could acquire a vehicle that would for me would send a signal that we’re for supporting our American workers, American-made products, fuel efficient as well,” she told the Monitor’s Dave Cook, who provided this video of her answer.

What better example indeed? Ms. Solis expounds at length about her extensive tours of Detroit, the great pride the workers (many of whom are… *gasp* women!) take in making fine quality American cars. She cites this as proof of “the recovery,” presumably to claim that the policies of the Obama administration are working out just fine, thank you very much. Sadly, the car she is featuring is very nearly 100% Canadian. (Hey… at least she’s doing something to help somebody’s economy.)

In the current economic conditions it should be a no brainer that everyone in the administration be buying American built cars, as well as pretty much anything else they can sink some money into. But the labor secretary? It’s days like this when the word irony simply packs its bags and heads out of town in despair.

There’s not much more for it, so let’s all break out a fresh bag of popcorn and watch the video, shall we?

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Notice how much Solis’ syntax, and some of her inflection, resemble Sarah Palin’s? Yet, Palin is roundly criticized for her stupidity. Bet she drives an American car, though.

–American Citizen living in the heart of Canada…

brambo_42 on September 1, 2011 at 5:24 PM

Now if it could just be a NON-UNION plant, it would be perfect!

OBQuiet on September 1, 2011 at 5:32 PM

Obama cabinet stupidity at its finest. His Secretary of Education raps Texas for poor schools, but is so clueless about the failings of Chicago schools (which he used to run) that even Time Magazine jumped his case.

Now this.

As Glenn Reynolds says, the country is in the very best of hands.

tryptic on September 1, 2011 at 5:35 PM

Actually, the Equinox is made at the Cami Automotive Plant in Cambridge, Ontario, Canada. It is as far as I know a Non-Union Plant. They make several models of vehicles for GM, Toyota and Suzuki.

cdn.infidel on September 1, 2011 at 5:56 PM

Actually, the Equinox is made at the Cami Automotive Plant in Cambridge, Ontario, Canada. It is as far as I know a Non-Union Plant. They make several models of vehicles for GM, Toyota and Suzuki.

cdn.infidel on September 1, 2011 at 5:56 PM

If that vehicle was made in a non-greedy-union factory, that’s the bigger story.

slickwillie2001 on September 1, 2011 at 5:59 PM

Actually, the Equinox is made at the Cami Automotive Plant in Cambridge, Ontario, Canada. It is as far as I know a Non-Union Plant. They make several models of vehicles for GM, Toyota and Suzuki.

cdn.infidel on September 1, 2011 at 5:56 PM

CAW local 88 represents the employees at the Ingersol, ON plant (CAMI Automotive — now wholly owned by GM).

unclesmrgol on September 1, 2011 at 6:20 PM

Mr. D on September 1, 2011 at 1:17 PM

You people are all so smart.

It is like reading liberals discuss how much better off we are since LBJ’s Great Society, the explosion of federal programs on every nonsense topic this side of the tropic of cancer and the wonderful effects of the loss of religion, ethics and responsibility.

Um, all this free trade you righties love? Remember that? No unions? Sweat shops? Well parts go everywhere.

She bought with rough guidance to get an American car.

As much as it upsets you:

US BRANDS OVERWHELMINGLY SUPPORT THE US ECONOMY MORONS! Google domestic content.

Now I really don’t care about campaign donations to lefty pols, unions or most of the other issues the administration ties to this stuff. BUt recognize some facts.

IlikedAUH2O on September 1, 2011 at 6:38 PM

Here is a site supporting the idea that this lady could have reasonable concluded that she was helping US workers even though her unit may have been made in Canada;

http://www.uaw.org/articles/buying-uaw-built-vehicles-matters-our-economy

IlikedAUH2O on September 1, 2011 at 6:41 PM

Secretary Of Labor? Can you imagine a more “stupid bitch“?

Deacon on September 1, 2011 at 6:42 PM

I just want to know in what crazy world is this:

http://www.thecarconnection.com/cars/chevrolet_equinox

“a small, fuel-efficient vehicle”?

Seriously.

Theophile on September 2, 2011 at 2:56 AM