Theodore Roosevelt became the first American president to make a public appearance in a car on the 22nd of August, 1902. On that date, the president started a tour of New England with a car ride through Connecticut. During the tour, Roosevelt made several stops, and cheering supporters greeted him at all points along his parade route, which he traversed in “a handsome Victoria automobile".

Such a mode of transportation as an automobile became an ideal choice for the tour, as the president wanted to find out more about his country's people and get closer with them. He was able to see more of each city and do it in less time. The people were always happy to see their president this close.

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