Please don’t say we’re not going to take the van home.
Reporters in President Biden’s motorcade were driven around the Los Angeles area in a custom van on Tuesday by “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” actor Alan Ruck, who played Cameron, the repressed pal who drove the truant Bueller around Chicago in his dad’s classic Ferrari in the 1986 blockbuster before accidentally destroying the car.
Ruck — whose Cameron initially resisted Bueller’s request for a ride, but later accepted the car’s destruction as a moment of empowerment in his relationship with his authoritarian father — posed for photos with reporters in Long Beach, Calif., ahead of a 17-minute one-way drive to the airport.
Mario Parker, a White House reporter for Bloomberg News, posted to Twitter a group photo with Ruck, who also played a wealthy family’s aloof older brother, Connor Roy, in HBO’s “Succession,” a TV drama involving an intra-dynastic struggle for corporate control. The show’s third season begins airing next month.
Biden was in California to campaign for Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom, who faces a recall election on Tuesday. He will stop in Colorado during his return trip to Washington. Local volunteer drivers often pitch in with presidential motorcades.
Ruck gained fame for his comedic performance as Bueller’s high school best friend — including impersonating the father of Bueller’s girlfriend to get her out of school for the day, telling principal Ed Rooney over the phone, “Call me sir, God damnit!”
Cameron at first resisted Bueller’s idea to borrow his dad’s car, telling him: “The 1961 Ferrari 250GT California. Less than 100 were made. My father spent three years restoring this car. It is his love. It is his passion.”
Bueller countered: “It is his fault he didn’t lock the garage!”
“Ferris, my father loves this car more than life itself,” his friend pleaded.
“A man with priorities so far out of whack doesn’t deserve such a fine automobile,” Bueller declared before jumping behind the wheel.
At first, the car was going to be used only to trick the principal while picking up Bueller’s girlfriend. But Bueller decides to take it or the whole day after Ruck nervously mutters, “Please don’t say we’re not going to take the car home.”
Ultimately, the friends decide to roll back the car’s odometer after a wild day of skipping school — and after taking it to a valet parking garage in Chicago where shady employees take a joyride, adding even more miles.
The car is destroyed when Cameron kicks it in a fit of rage against his dad’s emotional abuse, accidentally sending it crashing through the glass of his father’s luxury garage and into a ravine. Although shocked, he accepts that “it’s going to be good” because it will force him to stand up to his father.