The ad has a Ford Motor customer telling the press he bought his new Ford because they didn’t take “bailout” funds; they stood on their own for survival.
Now, as Obama gears up in campaign mode, they obviously don’t want this type of marketing biting at them. Ford Motor has pulled the ad, and Michelle Malkin reported that the ad does not appear on their YouTube page. From the Detroit News:
With President Barack Obama tuning his re-election campaign amid dismal economic conditions and simmering antipathy toward his stimulus spending and associated bailouts, the Ford ad carried the makings of a political liability when Team Obama can least afford yet another one. Can’t have that.
The ad, pulled in response to White House questions (and, presumably, carping from rival GM), threatened to rekindle the negative (if accurate) association just when the president wants credit for their positive results (GM and Chrysler are moving forward, making money and selling vehicles) and to distance himself from any public downside of his decision.
In other words, where presidential politics and automotive marketing collide — clean, green, politically correct vehicles not included — the president wins and the automaker loses because the benefit of the battle isn’t worth the cost of waging it
The man in the ad, Chris McDaniels, was not thrilled with the ad being pulled. He emailed Ford’s Marketing VP, stating that “I put myself on the line…… You either stand behind it or you don’t!” Ford has not responded.