CEOs from the domestic auto makers took their lumps yesterday, but the two-day dressing in the House hit a low point when Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-NY) asked if any of them flew from Detroit to DC on a commercial plane. No hands went up. It appeared they each took private jets. Thus, the humilation was complete.
“It’s almost like seeing a guy show up at the soup kitchen in high hat and tuxedo. It kind of makes you a little bit suspicious,” Ackerman was quoted as saying in a CNN.com story.
My question is this: did GM CEO Rick Wagoner, Chrysler CEO Robert Nardelli or Ford CEO Alan Mulally (our 1996 Engineer of the Year when he was at Boeing) return to Detroit on a comercial airline. Wouldn’t have it been smart if one or all of them did? What do you think?
I have put the question to GM public relations.