The unscripted Ford ad in which a customer explains that he bought a Ford because the company did not allow itself to be bought out by Big Government has been pulled under pressure by the same administration that has seized control of its competitors:
With President Barack Obama tuning his re-election campaign amid dismal economic conditions and simmering antipathy toward his stimulus spending and associated bailouts, the Ford ad carried the makings of a political liability when Team Obama can least afford yet another one. Can’t have that.
The ad, pulled in response to White House questions [i.e., pressure] (and, presumably, carping from rival GM), threatened to rekindle the negative (if accurate) association just when the president wants credit for their positive results (GM and Chrysler are moving forward, making money and selling vehicles) and to distance himself from any public downside of his decision.
To the long list of disadvantages Ford has chosen to shoulder to remain part of the free market we can now add that it can’t run commercials that the effective CEO of Government Motors and Chrysler (i.e., Obama) doesn’t like.
True Ford’s hands are not completely clean, because it has taken government loans. But compared to its government-subsidized Detroit competitors, it is the American spirit incarnate.