Biden to Ford: ‘Thank You For Saving Our A–‘

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U.S. Vice President Joe Biden gives a speech about the future of the American auto industry at the 2014 North American International Auto Show on Jan. 16, 2014 in Detroit.

You know the story line.

The Obama administration saved the auto industry — or at least General Motors, which is no longer Government Motors and doing just fine from the family Impala to the hot rods.

Or maybe it’s just a chance to sit in the new ‘Vette.

It’s Vice President Joe Biden’s day at the Detroit Auto Show, aka the North American International Auto Show — a self-professed “kid in a candy shop.”

And for all the fun he was having with the newest Stringray and Ford’s light new F-150, the V.P. had one pointed message for Ford’s Bill Ford Jr.: `’Thank you for saving our ass.”

This was an apparent reference to the 2008-2009 auto crisis, when the Dearborn-based automaker didn’t seek a government bailout.

This show is a really big deal.

Having bypassed that bailout, here they are with the award-winning F-150, 750 pounds lighter than its predecessors.

At one point, Biden lamented that he couldn’t stay in Detroit longer. “I’m like a kid in a candy shop,” Biden said, joking that he planned to take a couple new vehicles home.

Ford said: “I think he’s driving back in one.”

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