How is Sacramento in the news this week? The good and the bad

David Gregory is the new host of NBC’s Meet the Press!  And he used to work at KCRA.  So, yay, us!

But, it’s not all News To Make Us Proud today: Bob Swift of Swift Dodge on Arden Way decided not to swiftly dodge uncomfortable jingoism – nay, he went right for it!

Swift said the American people can help save the auto industry by deciding to buy American-made cars.

“People are reluctant to buy our cars because of the perception that maybe the quality isn’t what it should be,” Swift said. “Therefore, they’re going to buy Japanese, they’re going to buy a German car, forgetting that 50 years ago, we had to bomb those people and kill them by the thousands to keep them from overtaking our country.”

Wow, srsly dude?  You know a lot of those damn-ferner cars are actually assembled in the US, right? And besides that, really? Really!  Really. Ugh.  And the story got picked up nationally, so now he’s Bob Swift of Sacramento. Rad. Thanks for that! I’m never, ever buying a car from you, sir.

2 Comments so far

  1. sac92 on December 8th, 2008 @ 3:38 pm

    The scary thing is that a lot of people feel the same way. He is the only one dumb enough to open his mouth.

  2. cd (cndn) on December 8th, 2008 @ 4:16 pm

    In today’s global economy? Doesn’t this guy know how cars are made these days? Where? And from what parts?

    Seriously, it’s not just a car from Japan or a car from the US. It’s a car from Japan made in Indiana from parts assembled in Canada, Sri Lanka, and Mexico, or something similarly convoluted.

    If people feel the same way, it’s based on ignorance and an inability to read those little stickers in car windows that say where the vehicle was made or turning a blind eye toward NAFTA.

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