Obama can take heart from the revival of the industry and hopes that with increasing sales this year, as predicted, will enhance his re-election chances. Last year, cars and light truck sales grew by almost 11 percent, as the two companies the administration assisted most, General Motors and Chrysler
, did better than average. Chrysler sales grew by 25 percent and GM recaptured her historic post as the world's number one car manufacturer. "On the day I took office, our auto industry was on the verge of collapse," said Obama. "Some even said we should let it die. With a million jobs at stake, I refused to let that happen.