These days President Barack Obama might travel in a heavily armored high tech limo nicknamed “The Beast”, but the commander-in-chief began his driving career in a decidedly low-tech Malaise-mobile.
The president revealed in a recent interview with AAA that he made his driving debut behind the wheel of a Ford Granada—
“I have to confess; my first car was my grandfather’s car,” Obama told AAA in an interview. “Which was a Ford Granada.” While the Ford Motor Company “is doing great now,” Obama said the Granada “was not the peak of Detroit engineering.” “It rattled and it shook,” Obama said. “I don’t think the girls were particularly impressed when I came to pick them up in a Ford Granada.”
Amusingly enough it appears that despite its obvious shortcomings the President has good memories of his first car.
“You know what?” Obama told AAA. “It moved and so I have fond memories of the fact that it got me to where I needed to go. That’s about all I can say about the Ford Granada.”
Certainly a more diplomatic assessment than I would allow a Granada. In fact, the very first Demo I ever got in the car business was a 1976 Granada Ghia, the same color as the one pictured.