Unnamed sources have revealed that in lieu of bail-out money, the Ford Motor Company threw untold millions of dollars behind presidential candidate Barack Obama's run for office, in exchange for some very subtle but strategic product placement.
Insiders report that Obama repeatedly referred to one of the company's worst-performing products, the Lincoln. FoMoCo marketing specialists have been trying for decades to find a way to sell the Lincoln, which has been saddled with an "old-fart" image to a younger audience.
When they learned that Mr. Obama needed financial support in his effort to defeat Hillary Clinton, they offered him the money in exchange for the name dropping.
By pretending to refer to Abraham Lincoln as a role model, Obama was able to live up to his end of the product-placement bargain.
Furthermore, Ford has also agreed, as part of the deal, to launch a new environmentally friendly hybrid SUV next year, called, appropriately, the Obama. It will be available in any colour, as long as it's half-black.