The hybrid’s creation was Clinton’s idea, and he approached Ford, the only American automaker with hybrids on the road. Ford obliged, eager to have a “tastemaker” behind the wheel, as one Ford executive described Clinton.
Could this be another sign of improved relations between Clinton and Al Gore, the former-vice-president-cum-enviro superstar? A Clinton spokesman dodged the question. “I know that as an Administration, they were both advocates of the environment,” said Ben Yarrow, deputy communications director at the Clinton Foundation. “It seems only natural that they would both continue to be.”