These days President Barack Obama might travel in a heavily armored high tech limo nicknamed "The Beast", but the commander-in-chief began his driving career in a decidedly low-tech Malaise-mobile.

The president revealed in a recent interview with AAA that he made his driving debut behind the wheel of a Ford Granada—

"I have to confess; my first car was my grandfather's car," Obama told AAA in an interview. "Which was a Ford Granada." While the Ford Motor Company "is doing great now," Obama said the Granada "was not the peak of Detroit engineering." "It rattled and it shook," Obama said. "And I don't think the girls were particularly impressed when I came to pick them up in a Ford Granada."

Amusingly enough it appears that despite it's obvious shortcomings the President has good memories of his first car.

"You know what?" Obama told AAA. "It moved and so I have fond memories of the fact that it got me to where I needed to go. That's about all I can say about the Ford Granada."


Certainly a more diplomatic assessment than we would allow a Granada.