For all the pushing we do for manual transmissions, I'll be the first to admit that an automatic is better for ease and convenience. That being said, don't you think this guy is exaggerating just a little bit?
Look, I get it, it's the 1940's and you're too busy fighting off the Nazis to be bothered to shift your own transmission. Especially when you're driving an Oldsmobile from way back in the day that seemed large enough to share a chassis with a Sherman tank and the shifter is mounted on the steering column.
You also might not think an automatic transmission was a big deal, but it was a relatively new innovation at the time, with the 1939 Olds Hydra-matic becoming the first to really reach the masses in a popular passenger car.