Tunes for a gloomy roadtrip
After being roundly criticized by politicians and the public alike for flying private jets to ask for public money, the CEOs of Detroit’s Big Three, GM, Chrysler and Ford, have decided instead to drive to Washington this week for their latest round of begging for a $34 billion bailout. One, Ford’s Mulally, was reportedly already on the road on Tuesday afternoon but it wasn’t clear if he would be overnighting at an Econo Lodge, Motel 6 or in the back seat.
Apparently, optics in the current economic crisis dictate that their time would be better spent on a 10-hour, 520-mile drive from the Motor City to the nation’s capital than on a one-hour flight.
That’s a lot of time on Interstate 70 for executives who are used to jetting from one private terminal to another. But perhaps the besieged CEOs will welcome the chance to take a road trip — a chance to put the pedal to the metal and crank up — or even rewrite — some tunes.
One can imagine GM chief executive Rick Wagoner penning his own version of “I Drove All Night,” a song recorded by artists that include Roy Orbison, Cyndi Lauper and Celine Dion. He could dedicate it to New York Democrat Gary Ackerman who asked the CEOs last month, “Couldn’t you have downgraded to first class or something, or jet-pooled or something to get here?”
I Drove All Night (written by Billy Steinberg and Tom Kelly)
I had to escape, Detroit was sticky and cruel
Maybe I should have flown first class
But I was afraid of being mocked by you
I was dreaming while I drove
Of making fuel efficient cars, uh huh, uh huh, yeah
Could taste your sweet bailout, your vault open wide
This dream of cheap cash is just burning me up inside
I drove all night to get to you
Is that alright?
I drove all night, nixed a hotel room
Won’t carpool with Nardelli, or Mulally too
Is that alright? I drove all night.
Other suggestions for the CEOs’ mix tape: AC/DC’s “Highway to Hell”, Ray Charles’ “Hit the Road Jack,” Tom Cochrane’s “Life is a Highway,” Golden Earring’s “Radar Love,” and the Cars’ “Drive.”