Thursday, April 12, 2007

Ford apologises after joke on Bush blows up

posted by anthony @ 12:56 PM BST

Poornima Gupta
Reuters
Wed Apr 11, 2007 9:18 PM BST

Ford Motor Co. Chief Executive Alan Mulally is no longer laughing about his suggestion that he saved President Bush's life during a recent White House visit.

The No. 2 U.S. automaker has apologised after 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 never expected the story he told journalists in New York last week would be taken seriously.

The CEO found himself in an embarrassing situation when the story was featured on blogs and even in mainstream media such as the Financial Times, which said, "he may have saved the incumbent of the Oval Office from blowing himself up."

Mulally said last Wednesday, recounting a meeting at the White House on March 28, that he had noticed the president appeared to be ready to plug a power cord into the wrong outlet of a rechargeable vehicle that also runs on hydrogen.

"I violated all protocols. I grabbed his arm and I moved him up to the front," Mulally told reporters at the New York auto show.

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1 comment:

anthony said...

Ford Motor Co. Chief Executive Alan Mulally is no longer laughing about his suggestion that he saved President Bush's life during a recent White House visit.
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No, but we are!!!

BTW, Suzie, I prefer your blog's new name.

I once taught EFL to a delightful young lady from Seville whose name was Maria, "but you can call me Suzie," she said, the name she was known to by her friends and family. When I asked why she was called Suzie, she said that when she was a little girl, she would always dance whenever she heard a song, "Dance, Suzie, dance", being played.

I also have a sister whose name is Susan, or Sue.