August 6th, 2010
11:28 AM ET
12 years ago

Obama has access to nuke launch codes, longs to drive

[cnn-photo-caption image= 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.

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  1. Dan

    Re "JThomas" saying "...I'm an Independent and yet I've seen nothing to suggest any form of bi-partisanship from this president..."
    The President took most of the Republican ideas for a stimulus package, put them in the stimulus, was told he had support and then when the vote came the Rs went party line and bashed Obama. Did Obama expose all of this and make things worse. No. He still tried working with the Rs, including on health care, incorporating many R ideas, and, shifted the health care bill to look like Bob Dole's proposal in the 1990s. The Rs responded by a party line "No," and wild accusations of "death panels." When Obama tried to work on small business growth bill, the Rs said "No." When Obama proposed the same cap-and-trade bill proposed by Rs years earlier, the Rs said "No." Obama does not name call and does cast labels on the other side's position. The real cancer of American politics right now are those who call the administration "thugs," those who wish for Obama never to succeed in passing anything even if it has their ideas, the people who compare him to Hitler, the people who make up their own facts, etc etc.

    August 6, 2010 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  2. Get A Grip

    Oblammer is driving.....he's driving our country right off the cliff and he enjoys every minute of that drive.

    August 6, 2010 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  3. bob

    O wow President Obama misses driving, i bet the millions of people without jobs are missing having a steady paycheck too !!

    August 6, 2010 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
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