Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Wilmette to Obama: Think Corn!

Shame on Barack Obama, the Illinois U.S. Senator who is touted as the Democrat's next Vice Presidential candidate. No sooner did he emerge from a Town Hall meeting where the extolled the virtues of high mileage hybrid cars, that he hopped into one of the biggest gas guzzlers of all: a GMC Envoy, the huge SUV not even available in a hybrid fuel model.

Barak Obama no longer represents Hyde Park; he represents the State of Illinois, home of corn and a likely beneficiary of corn-fed cars. While Obama wants to be a serious Senator, he needs to get serious about putting his money where his mouth is. Truth be told, this is a classic gaffe for someone new in office.

Obama needs to spend more time learning his political craft and where Illinois' interests lie before he eyes higher office. And, if he wants to talk about the value of gasoline conservation, he needs to end his penchant for choosing SUV's as his vehicle of choice.

Update: Someone should have given Barack Obama one of these "poor vehicle choice" tickets! As Hayley Rolfe, founder member of the England-based Alliance Against Urban 4x4s said,
"I do have to say that the drivers of these things in cities must be clinically insane." While I'm not so sure I agree with some of the Alliance's Euro-views and Euro-politics, you should read the top 10 reasons why you should not drive an urban 4 x 4 by just clicking here.

Keep thinking corn!

4 Comments:

Blogger Balaji said...

I am not from USA, so I don't know the senator that you are mentioning here.

But I agree with you fully on the fact that if someone says the need for conserving gasoline, he needs to do it himself instead of preaching to others.

You can never beleive a politician

Aug 16, 2006, 7:18:00 AM  
Blogger Publia said...

I hope you don't hear about this Senator next when he runs for Vice President! Clearly he needs to spend more time in the Senate learning how to practice what he preaches.

As for me, I will continue driving a car that saves gas and write blog posts about the benefit of making gas from corn!

You have great insight.

Aug 18, 2006, 7:56:00 AM  
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