In New York, GM's brass hats posed for photo ops ringing the bell at the New York Stock Exchange and honking the horn of a Corvette convertible down on Wall Street.
It almost seemed like happy days are here again as the company's incredibly successful IPO prompted international headlines … and even a little trash talking from President Obama.
At week's end, it's easy to be upbeat about the future of the two automotive bailouts.
But GM and Chrysler still need to focus on the basics of producing and selling great products. It's time to emphasize blocking and tackling.
It's still too soon for either company to spike the ball in the end zone.