Obama's Elkhart RV's

Amanda Carpenter

2/9/2009 8:47:50 PM - Amanda Carpenter
I'm really mystified why President Obama keeps talking about the struggling RV industry in Elkhart, Indiana.

Aren't these the kind of vehicles he was saying Americans shouldn't be driving on the campaign trail? Didn't he come right out and say "We can't drive our SUV's."

Yes, he did. Verbatim:
We can't drive our SUVs and, you know, eat as much as we want and keep our homes on, you know, 72 degrees at all times, whether we're living in the desert or we're living in the tundra and then just expect every other country is going to say OK, you know, you guys go ahead keep on using 25 percent of the world's energy, even though you only account for 3 percent of the population, and we'll be fine. Don't worry about us. That's not leadership.
Obama says they're not selling because they're isn't enough consumer credit, but their sales starting dropping pretty severely last fall. That's when gas prices were peaking and the GOP was cheering "Drill here, drill now!" to bring them down.

Obama, on the other hand, was saying we need to wean ourselves off of the RV's driving juice.

I think it's a lot more likely RV's quit selling because they, like lots of other "gas -guzzling" vehicles were being demonized and were becoming expensive to drive. And, I don't think Obama's favored cap-and-trade program would do much to increase sales, either.