Ray LaHood has seldom kept his opinions to himself.
The country's U.S. Secretary of Transportation since 2008, LaHood early established a reputation for bluntness and rattling cages.
After Toyota recalled millions of vehicles around the world for faulty floor mats that could entrap the gas pedal, LaHood advised people who owned Toyota cars to "park them" immediately and not drive them until the company fixed the problem.
He later distanced himself from the startling pronouncement.
LaHood also angered many a car company executive for attacking sophisticated car infotainment systems as too distracting. Those systems promise a new source of precious revenue for the automakers.