President Obama Drives a Car — Sort Of

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(McLEAN, Va.) -- President Obama on Tuesday got a chance to do something he hasn’t done in years: drive a car.

“They are finally letting me drive again. This is so exciting!” the president exclaimed, as he got behind the wheel during a tour of the Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center in McLean, Virginia.

“Man, this is so exciting. I haven’t been on the road in a long time,” he said grinning.

While Obama did get a chance to drive, the president will have to wait to get back out on the real road. This was just a driving simulation. The car was positioned in front of a giant screen where cars and trucks whizzed by on a fictitious highway.

Obama showed he has something of a lead foot.

“I’m going a little fast here,” he noted, as his speed climbed up to 90 miles an hour. “I got off a bit too fast.”

Obama did have one complaint though: “There’s no radio in here. Where’s the music?”

“You guys ever drive down the highway without music?” he asked the press standing nearby on solid ground. “Of course not.”

Later in his remarks, the president admitted the whole experience was a little “disorienting” given his rusty driving skills and said having the stationary press next to him made him “a little queasy.”

It’s been roughly four years since the president publicly drove a car. In 2010, he took the Chevy Volt for a very brief test drive of just a few feet.


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