In search of economic successes, Obama again turns to auto recovery

Now that the companies have experience a turnaround in fortunes, the White House has sought to turn the federal assistance to Chrysler and General Motors that Obama was heavily criticized by Republicans for into a political winner. Chrysler said last it was it was repaying its government loans early, and General Motors said recently that it was investing $2 billion in a new plant.

After weeks of talking up the successful mission to kill terrorist Osama bin Laden, the White House has used the good fortunes of the car companies to make the case that Obama's leadership has been effective as the 2012 campaign begins in earnest.