The Presidents and their Fords
Since the car was invented, our commanders-in-chief have been known to sport some of the most exclusive, expensive and often bulletproof rides about town. As the oldest automaker still producing cars in the US today, Ford has been a favorite amongst many including Truman, Kennedy and even Barack Obama. This President's Day, we wanted to look back at our former presidents' obsession with the blue oval and how it has become an automotive staple of the presidency. Franklin D. Roosevelt (1933-1945): Coming from an affluent family, FDR knew the definition of style at a young age. While a gorgeous Packard 12 may have been his personal vehicle of choice, he dare not skimp on luxury for his hand-controlled Ford presidential limo. Unfortunately, all of his personal Ford driving time was cut short due to an unforeseen assassination attempt in Chicago in 1933.
Harry S. Truman (1945-1943): Being the rough-and-tumble president that he was, followed in succession to FDR after years of declining health and abruptly put an end to WWII. Having done so, the first thing Truman went out and did was buy himself a brand new 1946 Ford Super DeLuxe Tudor Sedan– the first one off the assembly line after the war, in fact. John F. Kennedy (1961-1963): His presidency came more as a starring role in a movie for some- epitomizing early 60s style with his purchase of a 1961 Ford Thunderbird convertible. The "Bullet Bird" was even featured quite often in his inaugural parade.
Bill Clinton (1993-2001): Everyone's favorite sax-wielding president owned an ice blue 1967 Ford Mustang convertible during his time as Governor of Arkansas. Unfortunately, the move into the White House cost him the loss of his one true love (sorry, Hillary). Barack Obama (2009- ): Uur 44th and current commander in chief, has never been one to show off. As talks began of his run for presidency in the mid-2000's, the prez traded in his less-than-efficient Chrysler 300C for a Ford Escape Hybrid. Good choice.