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George W. Bush Depreciates Like A Ford Taurus


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Like a rock.

Not long after national icon Bob Seger began singing those words, Chevrolet licensed the song to sell its line of heavy-duty trucks. Not to be outdone, GOP supporters hijacked it for their iconic leader, the perfect anthem for the decisive decider, the heavy-duty doer.

However, further analysis shows that, rather than sharing traits with a Chevy truck, George W. Bush is actually better represented by a Ford sedan.

Given that an approval rating is a measure of the value constituents place on a politician—much the same way that a Kelly Blue Book price reflects the value used car markets place on an older vehicle—turns out that President George W. Bush has depreciated at the same rate as a four-door Ford Taurus purchased new at the time of his inauguration.

George W. Bush. Built Ford tough. Ford Taurus tough.

This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on August 2, 2007

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