Mulally told journalists at the New York auto show that he intervened to prevent President Bush from plugging an electrical cord into the hydrogen tank of Ford's hydrogen-electric plug-in hybrid at the White House last week. Ford wanted to give the Commander-in-Chief an actual demonstration of the innovative vehicle, so the automaker arranged for an electrical outlet to be installed on the South Lawn and ran a charging cord to the hybrid. However, as Mulally followed Bush out to the car, he noticed someone had left the cord lying at the rear of the vehicle, near the fuel tank.It would have been a pretty ironic way to go: Death By Hybrid. And self-immolation would have resonated well with the suicide bomber sympathizers.
"I just thought, 'Oh my goodness!' So, I started walking faster, and the President walked faster and he got to the cord before I did. I violated all the protocols. I touched the President. I grabbed his arm and I moved him up to the front," Mulally said. "I wanted the president to make sure he plugged into the electricity, not into the hydrogen This is all off the record, right?"
Sometimes you should just let Nature run it's course, Mr Mulally. According to Darwinian theory, the slow-witted are supposed to remove themselves from the evolutionary cycle in such mishaps.
UPDATE: It occurs to me that if Bush really was in danger here, then the hybrid car scene has a big problem. There are plenty of dumberer people than Bush in this world, and if hybrid sales take off and they all risk such self-immolation then the process of Natural Selection is going to get a big kick along.
UPDATE 2: Now Mr Mulally says this was just a joke that went wrong. Wow, funny - NOT.