While touring the Ford Motor Company’s Michigan plant on Tuesday, President Joe Biden surprised reporters by pulling up in the new electric Ford F-150 Lightning truck, rocking his trademark Aviator shades, of course. Biden stopped to chit-chat with the press pool for a bit but he couldn’t resist the urge to open the truck up outside the facility. As a noted fan of muscle cars, Biden floored the vehicle after promising to top out at 80. When he returned to the pool, the president was clearly impressed.
“This sucker’s quick,” a grinning Biden told reporters after tearing down the track. You can see some of the footage below:
Biden drove by with the window open. "This sucker's quick," he told the pool.
Biden said: "Okay, here we go ready?" And then he floored it. Biden eventually turned around and honked as he went by. https://t.co/tLSlaMARKJ
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) May 18, 2021
President Biden is currently driving a F-150 Lightning through an empty lot, with a Secret Service agent in the passenger seat. "This sucker's quick," he told reporters. pic.twitter.com/KsVzZiVDB6
— Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) May 18, 2021
President Biden got to test drive Ford’s F-150 Lightning pickup…and of course he is riding in style with his shades 😎 pic.twitter.com/PDkxxypiK8
— Andrew (@TheRealAndrew_) May 18, 2021
Before a new car design is rolled out to the public, automakers often camouflage stuff they don't want you to see, which explains the Ford "Lightening" electric truck that Biden drove in Dearborn today. Looks like he could be ordering a burger or something (Pool: @EvanVucci / AP) pic.twitter.com/L6dCnO4XiL
— West Wing Reports (edited by Paul Brandus) (@WestWingReport) May 18, 2021
Of course, it didn’t take long for social media to remember the last time a president was behind the wheel of a big truck, and it was notably less badass. In fact, it was anything but, as Donald Trump oddly screamed and yelled while pretending to drive an 18-wheeler parked outside of the White House. Trump even wore an “I Love Trucks” button, which again, was basically the exact opposite of Biden’s badass test drive.
why does joe biden want to actually drive the pickup truck instead of sitting stationary in it and pretending to honk the horn like a real working class american
— kilgore trout, junky horse (@KT_So_It_Goes) May 18, 2021
Trump's truck pic.twitter.com/J2YmTXQ9T6
— CUPCAKE Biden-Harris will MAGA 👍👍👏👏🥳🥳🥳🥳 (@CUPCAKEWILLIAM6) May 18, 2021
The new Ford F-150 Lightning reveal was not on the books, but the motor company apparently jumped at the opportunity to show it off when Biden arrived at the facility. According to CNBC, the updated version of the Ford truck won’t be on sale until next year, but it’s expected to drive the sale of electric vehicles as pickups are “the bestselling vehicles in the country.” In fact, don’t be surprised to see one parked outside the White House in the near future.