Yeah, but it sounds like something he’d do. Larger Truth, man.

The No. 2 U.S. automaker has apologised after [Ford CEO Alan] Mulally said his claim that he had intervened to prevent U.S. President George W. Bush from plugging an electrical cord into the hydrogen tank of an experimental Ford vehicle had been meant as a joke.

On Wednesday, White House spokeswoman Dana Perino said, “The story wasn’t accurate, and I’ll just decline to comment further.”…

Ford said Mulally’s anecdote had been inspired by a video spoof featured on ABC-TV’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” talk show that suggested Bush blew himself up by plugging the cord in the wrong outlet.

“I tried to tell a joke about it and proved I am no Jimmy Kimmel,” Mulally said in a statement that was released to Reuters on Wednesday. “It never occurred to me that it would get such wide play or be taken seriously.”…

“He just meant it as a joke. He kind of embellished the whole thing,” Hoyt said. “There was no danger whatsoever.”

Didn’t sound like a joke. Exit question: Is Mulally playing it off as a joke now at the White House’s request, or did he just make the whole thing up to commisserate with reporters about the Chimperor’s alleged moronitude?

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