Published July 30, 2010
DETROIT - Don't say President Barack Obama isn't dutiful and law-abiding.
When Obama toured a General Motors assembly plant Friday, he was invited to test drive a battery-powered Chevrolet Volt inside the cavernous facility.
He looked beseechingly to his top aides, including press secretary Robert Gibbs, all of whom shook their heads. Obama appealed to the chief of his Secret Service detail, who threw up his hands in resignation.
The smiling president got in, buckled his seat belt and proceeded to drive — drum roll, please — 10 feet, and probably not above 2 mph, as news cameras clicked away.
"I hope it has an air bag," Gibbs said.
Obama, who almost never gets to drive, pronounced the ride "pretty smooth."