Not to say that the brief ride Tuesday will overcome all the negative fallout from the four congressional hearings in D.C. at which GM's future -- or lack of a future -- was discussed ad infinitum.
But plenty of people say Obama's use of a Blackberry helps its maker Research In Motion
Obama's Cadillac has a new design, one that GM calls "assertive, modern and elegant."
For instance, Obama's limo has a dual-textured grille, like the ones available on the CTS sport sedan and Escalade. And major aspects of the cabin are cut and sewn by hand -- just as they are in the CTS.
As compared with the previous model presidential limo, delivered in 2005, this one has "a more contemporary design, more expressive, with larger glass areas," Caldwell says. Of course, the glass is tinted so that occupants see out, but outsiders can't see in. So unless the Obamas get out and walk despite the predicted frosty temperatures, the millions gathered along the inauguration parade route probably won't see them at all.