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Obama pledges ... to buy a Chevy Volt

USA Today -- Presidents seeking re-election make campaign promises.

Today, President Obama made one of those rare post-presidential pledges.

To buy a Chevy Volt.

Speaking to a raucous crowd of United Auto Workers, Obama recalled a 2010 visit to the General Motors Hamtramck plant near Detroit, where he slid behind the wheel of "a new Chevy Volt fresh off the line."

"Secret Service wouldn't let me drive it," Obama said.

"But I liked sitting in it," he added to laughter. "It was nice. I'll bet it drives real good."

"And five years from now -- when I'm not president anymore -- I'll buy one and drive it myself," Obama said to thunderous applause. "Yes, that's right."

Note the "five years" comment, a re-election prediction Obama has been making a lot lately.

Even if Obama follows through with a Volt


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Submitted Feb 29, 2012 By: BurntOrange
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dave27johnson
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Message Posted: Mar 4, 2012 12:19:57 PM

Or maybe he won't buy one...
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drpepperTX
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Message Posted: Mar 3, 2012 7:57:11 PM

Volt Cost To Taxpayers

Volt cost

One more

For what it's worth.
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E-Squirrel
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Message Posted: Mar 3, 2012 5:19:28 PM

honda0105 says:

'DEG: would like to see the facts behind that claim that every Volt cost the tax payer $100k+'

I would too. There are federal subsidies applied at multiple stages of Volt design and production, but I don't know how to figure the true figures.

GM does tell us that the average annual income of Volt buyers is $175,000 per year, however. I think that we can all agree, can't we, that taxpayers earning less than that really shouldn't have to be subsidizing the purchase of this vehicle for those with that income.
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honda0105
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Message Posted: Mar 3, 2012 7:20:52 AM

DEG: would like to see the facts behind that claim that every Volt cost the tax payer $100k+.
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drpepperTX
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Message Posted: Mar 2, 2012 5:01:23 PM

About the only chance he has of buying a new one will be next January. If he's re-elected I doubt they'll still be in production. Maybe he can find a used one?
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E-Squirrel
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Message Posted: Mar 2, 2012 4:44:11 PM

GM has announced that it has suspended the production of the Volt, as inventory exceeds present demand. It may resume production later.

Volt Production Suspended

GM suspended production of the EV-1 years ago also. At that time the inventory was approximately five years worth of sales, and production never resumed. Eventually all remaining vehicles where destroyed.

So will GM resume production of the the Volt? Can they profitably make this vehicle in such small quantities, or will that raise the price even further?

Most buyers prefer to buy the similar Cruze instead. Is GM beating a dead horse?

Will the president have to buy a used one?

[Edited by: E-Squirrel at 3/2/2012 5:45:26 PM EST]
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goldrose1
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Message Posted: Mar 1, 2012 6:09:44 PM

political promises ...
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Penny_Pincher
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Message Posted: Mar 1, 2012 3:37:45 PM

He can buy whatever he wants. Good for him.

Ron Paul 2012!
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Message Posted: Mar 1, 2012 2:47:17 PM

So what, who cares?
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Message Posted: Mar 1, 2012 3:21:00 AM

Barry can drive that vehicle next January when he is unemployed and no longer has his current position.
Whatever the size or shape of the vehicle, Produce and ‘Drive’ vehicles with high MPG, are very reliable, have a ‘reasonable’ cost and a good ‘value’ for the money. Consider using ‘other’ forms of transportation to help lower your cost.
The price of fuel at the pump is too high!
12/22/2012!
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DEG
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Message Posted: Feb 29, 2012 11:08:18 PM

Every Chevy Volt coming off the production line costs the taxpayers in excess of $100,000. I think that production of the Volt should be halted as a waste of money.
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jetlagAK
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Message Posted: Feb 29, 2012 11:04:52 PM

Anyone but BO.

Nobama2012!
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BCM1
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Message Posted: Feb 29, 2012 11:04:00 PM

Obama quit now and we will give you a volt and maybe 20,000 more for treason.
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Message Posted: Feb 29, 2012 11:01:35 PM

Wonder what the discount would be for the owner of the company :)
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danreino
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Message Posted: Feb 29, 2012 11:00:20 PM

Wow. I'm so impressed I could scream.
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Message Posted: Feb 29, 2012 10:59:48 PM

He should, he could be the only buyer
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PAborn54
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Message Posted: Feb 29, 2012 10:59:16 PM

Well he can certainly afford it
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Message Posted: Feb 29, 2012 10:59:11 PM

What a bunch of CRAP.
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Message Posted: Feb 29, 2012 10:58:44 PM

Big Deal!
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Message Posted: Feb 29, 2012 10:58:24 PM

Ya, so.
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kgbellman
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Message Posted: Feb 29, 2012 10:57:43 PM

Wonder what the discount would be for the owner of a company :)
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Message Posted: Feb 29, 2012 10:56:31 PM

Good for Obama.
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Message Posted: Feb 29, 2012 10:51:32 PM

All talk, all lies. Hopefully, he will not be re-elected
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Message Posted: Feb 29, 2012 10:50:12 PM

Actually he can buy one next year.
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Message Posted: Feb 29, 2012 10:49:32 PM

Just the show.
EV is too expensive now, GM need do something make it price reasonable.
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Message Posted: Feb 29, 2012 10:46:21 PM

The current presidential limousine is not a Cadillac. Its a heavy duty truck, armor-plated and bodied to resemble a Cadillac.

Just do the same with a Chevy Volt - but make sure its electric drive, plug in, and a small gas engine to extend the range....

It can be done. Heck the president doesn't pay for it. The US government hasn't paid for a presidential limousine for years, they are usually gifts to the office of the president from limousine companies that want exposure.
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Message Posted: Feb 29, 2012 10:38:00 PM

good luck on his winning as far as I can see on gas buddy he doesn't seem to be a well liked man or President...I had had such high hopes for him to do well..he can also afford to buy a Volt where many people can't afford the hybrids at all...of couse he would buy one..
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Message Posted: Feb 29, 2012 10:36:33 PM

He would be better off to buy a Focus BEV or EcoBoost PIHEV. They get better MPG(e), are better put together, and much better value for the money.
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Message Posted: Feb 29, 2012 10:35:41 PM

Ah bless him -- so why can't he buy a couple of them now for some white staff and his family members. All talk!
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Message Posted: Feb 29, 2012 10:29:12 PM

he can buy a couple of them for his daughters!
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Message Posted: Feb 29, 2012 10:28:47 PM

live long and prosper...chevy & barack
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Message Posted: Feb 29, 2012 10:28:38 PM

Fascinating.
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Message Posted: Feb 29, 2012 10:28:32 PM

ok
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Message Posted: Feb 29, 2012 10:23:29 PM

Political BS.
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Message Posted: Feb 29, 2012 10:22:39 PM

Of course he will buy one if the company still in business. With his one that will make a total sale one sold. Hurry up November. We need to make his wish this year.
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Message Posted: Feb 29, 2012 10:21:52 PM

why buy it if you dont drive it, just give it to romney
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Message Posted: Feb 29, 2012 10:20:51 PM

Who cares what he drives? I just hope he's out of office a lot sooner than five years, with his regime of high taxes, social programs and brutal regulation that has bankrupted the country.
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Message Posted: Feb 29, 2012 10:16:45 PM

me too will buy, that is if I have a job and money left from buying gas
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Message Posted: Feb 29, 2012 10:14:26 PM

Blowing smoke.
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Message Posted: Feb 29, 2012 10:10:09 PM

Good for him. I will never buy it
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Message Posted: Feb 29, 2012 10:09:33 PM

I hope he gets to keep that promise 1 year from now, not 5!
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Message Posted: Feb 29, 2012 10:06:14 PM

...armored Volt will require lots of "volts" to move several tons...
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Message Posted: Feb 29, 2012 10:05:23 PM

Don't worry, they never keep promises.

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Message Posted: Feb 29, 2012 10:03:12 PM

Oh, yes, Obama will be able to buy a Volt with all that change. Uh huh.
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Message Posted: Feb 29, 2012 10:02:15 PM

He should give every driver in America a Volt. He owns GM, doesn't he? If he wants to get re-elected, this is what he needs to do.

Oh, I just woke up from a dream...

[Edited by: Chris46 at 2/29/2012 11:03:13 PM EST]
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PoohMcGoo
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Message Posted: Feb 29, 2012 10:01:45 PM

Doubt he'll keep that promise either.
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Message Posted: Feb 29, 2012 10:00:37 PM

it's weird how some people can lie so much and get away with it
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Good thing I wear boots, cause it's getting deep around here.
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Message Posted: Feb 29, 2012 9:57:33 PM

Is there anything he won't say to pander?
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Message Posted: Feb 29, 2012 9:57:08 PM

I thought he owned GM
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