[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/08/06/art.obama.volt.0730.pool.jpg caption ="President Obama drove a Chevy Volt last week."](CNN) - There is plenty of power that comes with being president – being commander in chief, being able to veto laws passed by Congress, and the power to make important appointments –but doing something as simple as driving a car is a real rarity.
"I can't do it. The Secret Service doesn't allow it," President Obama said in an interview taped Thursday in Chicago with CNBC's Phil LeBeau.
"I miss nothing more than just driving right along Lake Shore Drive [along Lake Michigan in Chicago]. I would love to hop in a convertible right now on a nice day like today and drive all the way up along the lake," Obama said. "But I can't do it. So my driving is either at the Secret Service testing site, the training site there where you can do some J-turns and do some pretty spiffy moves, or the golf cart. Those are the two opportunities I get to drive, and I miss it tremendously."
Late last week, Obama did get to drive a Chevy Volt about 10 feet while visiting a GM factory in Detroit, albeit after getting his Secret Service agent's approval.
"We probably have to restart the heart of Vic [Obama's agent] who seemed less than thrilled," White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said last week, according to a White House pool report.
At the time of Obama's very short stint in the Volt, White House aides confirmed that, other than at the Secret Service testing site, Obama has not driven a car since he got Secret Service protection in early 2007.