US Labor Secretary Buys American, in an ‘Obama’s Jobs Tour Bus’ Kind of Way

During President Obama’s midwest bus tour, he promoted US jobs by cruising around in a bus that was mostly manufactured in Canada. His Labor Secretary learned from observing her boss’s embarrassing lesson… or maybe not:

To show her support for American workers, President Obama’s labor secretary, Hilda Solis, has junked the standard black limo and purchased a new Chevrolet Equinox to ride around Washington in. The problem: the crossover SUV is built and assembled in Canada from parts also made in Canada.

Solis proudly arrived at a media breakfast hosted by the Christian Science Monitor today in the shiny silver vehicle, which she has dubbed the “bullet.” She was asked about why she traded the standard-issue limo for the SUV. “What better example could I set if I encouraged my staff to go and purchase and seek how we could acquire a vehicle that would for me would send a signal that we’re for supporting our American workers, American-made products, fuel efficient as well,” she told the Monitor’s Dave Cook, who provided this video of her answer.

Well, North American made anyway…

But here’s the real “prestige” of the joke. After being informed that the the “buy American” Secretary’s SUV wasn’t made in the United States, the Labor Department pinched off a serious “six degrees of economic separation” pile of Pelosi:

When Whispers notified her office that her “American-made” car was actually Canadian, Labor spokesman Carl Fillichio said, “Modern automobile manufacturing is a global industry and General Motors is a company whose reach extends far beyond the boundaries of the United States.”

Eh, at least it sounds better than “we don’t back up our BS talking points by actually researching where the stuff we buy with American taxpayers’ money is made.”

So by that line of reasoning we can buy something made in any country and we’re still “supporting American workers”? I’ll bet the US union leaders would have a different opinion, provided this administration didn’t have them firmly in their pockets (and ours) already.