Doh! Obama labor secretary buys Canadian made car

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?