By on May 24, 2011

Isn’t the idea of President Barack Obama’s truck-turned-limo that it can get out of a situation real fast? Instead, it caused howls of laughter all over Europe by getting stuck as it emerged from the gates of the US embassy in Dublin.

The low clearance of the car had problems with a little bump  at the gate.

According to the BBC, “the US President and First Lady then left by another exit.”

The Secret Service said later it wasn’t the real “Beast” that got stuck. They claimed “it was a spare limo, carrying staff and support personnel.” Traveling in low-riding style.

The Russian news channel RT has a longer version that shows how the view of the car is blocked by a huge grey van before the passengers emerge.

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53 Comments on “That’s Low: Embarassing Beastiality...”


  • avatar
    Apollo

    Should have ridden in the Bimmer.

  • avatar
    AKADriver

    Standard equipment on the next presidential limo: “no fat chicks or my sh*t will scrape” sticker.

    • 0 avatar
      Robert Schwartz

      Watch what you are saying about Michelle. She is very sensitive.

      • 0 avatar
        sfdennis1

        @RS
        Congrats dude, you’ve earned the coveted “Dooshbaag of the Day Award” at TTAC…

        and trust that Michelle is multiple times hotter than ANY woman you’ll ever get.

      • 0 avatar
        CJinSD

        Is she really sensitive? She’s a meter accross at the hips, but she wants the working classes to be priced out of the food market. It doesn’t seem like the act of someone with any level of self awareness. Don’t let them eat cake!

      • 0 avatar
        sfdennis1

        So you’re saying the First Lady is overweight? Trying to abuse our children by encouraging healthy nutrition and moderate excercise? She’s not pricing anyone out of anything, (news flash-vegetables and moderate, outdoors excercise are cheap)…and the delusional attacks on her show the level of “Idiocracy” which runs rampant in our country, that only Fox News addiction can explain.

        Dude, you wouldn’t know reality if it high-centered itself on your tin-foil hat.

      • 0 avatar
        CJinSD

        The only delusional comments, not to mention deranged, are yours. Calling Robert names for making an obvious remark and proclaiming Erkel’s cow to be some physical ideal that mere mortals can only mate with in their dreams is completely insane behavior. She’s proportioned like a snowman. Part of her campaign hinges on produce being too expensive relative to processed foods, so the solution is to price processed foods out of the reach of people who work for their money. Look for Michelle’s SuperBowl party menu. She’s as hypocritical as she is pear shaped.

      • 0 avatar
        MikeAR

        Wow, politics aside, calling Michelle Obama hot by any standards is laughable. She is obese by the latest BMI standards and has a permanent offended scowl. You need to get your eyes checked badly.

    • 0 avatar
      friedclams

      In my years of reading TTAC, this thread is one of the low points. Desist.

  • avatar
    philadlj

    That is indeed not “The Beast”: The Beast has a unique front end, unlike the DTS-style front end of the limo that got stuck.

    The Beast also features an unique 12-box egg-crate grille, not the 24-box version of the DTS limo.

    The spare limo(s) also sport DTS wing mirrors, while The Beast has beefier Escalade mirrors. I doubt the real Beast would have gotten stuck, as it features greater ground clearance.

    It would be a break of protocol for the President to ride in one of these spare limos, especially if the Beast was on location, since it provides the greatest protection.

    Finally, no president would never ride in the front-most limo in any motorcade; that would just be silly.

    • 0 avatar
      cfclark

      I was thinking that the Beast is more Escalade-ish. Is this backup model (which someone at the Secret Service still should have checked out to make sure it could clear the driveway at our own embassy) also built on a truck chassis?

      And BTW, not to be “that guy”, but it’s “douchebag”, if you’re going to name a D-bag of the Day. (So maybe it’s me for pointing that out.)

      • 0 avatar
        CJinSD

        The Secret Service has been looking the other way for two years. Remember the White House party crashers? The problem is that any enemy of the US has zero interest in stopping Obama.

      • 0 avatar
        Advance_92

        Now now; if the secret service really wanted to kill the liberal islamofacsict socialist black guy with the stereotypical fat wife they’d make him walk like Carter.
        http://media.nara.gov/media/images/24/5/24-0442a.gif
        Are those snow tires on the back of that limo?

  • avatar
    Zackman

    On your mark…get set…go!

    May the jokes about how heavy GM cars have gotten begin!

  • avatar
    GS650G

    Bad people take note of how to entrap the limo.

  • avatar
    aspade

    Passenger’s ego exceeded the GVWR…

  • avatar

    I’m guessing that’s the Limo we first saw under George W. Bush’s tenure, perhaps its just a spare now.

    • 0 avatar
      sfdennis1

      As correctly stated, this is not the new ‘Beast’, rather a leftover limo from the previous administration…

      and like everything else from that administration, it failed to perform it’s duties adequately, and caused international embarassment…how typical.

      • 0 avatar
        Detroit-Iron

        Looks like you just took the “Dooshbaag of the Day Award” from RS! Well played.

      • 0 avatar
        Kevin Kluttz

        How true!! Glad I wasn’t having my coffee at the moment…it would have come out my nose. That is the most accurate statement I’ve heard all year!

      • 0 avatar
        geeber

        And yet, the current administration has kept most of the previous administration’s policies in tact, just as it kept this limo. For example, the successful assassination of Bin Laden was the result of all of those awful Bush policies that had President Obama in a tizzy during the campaign…

  • avatar
    tced2

    skid plates needed?

  • avatar
    OldandSlow

    Skid plates or whatever armor plates are probably already there on that overweight, piece of stretched garbage.

  • avatar
    OmarCCXR

    It’s all about being Hellaflush baby.

  • avatar
    cdotson

    Looks to me like a mechanical failure caused the collapse of the front suspension. On replay just before the car high-centers the wheels seem to lift upwards faster and more violently than the body of the car crashes to the ground. Typically, being high-centered means the mass of the car is resting on the ground and the body teeter-totters around that point, meaning weight is taken off the suspension. The front wheels in this situation should not be jammed into the wheel wells, especially since the majority of the mass is behind the point resting on the ground.

    I’m sure a vehicle like this has pneumatic or hydraulic springs supporting the weight of the vehicle, and this is what happens on an overweight vehicle when such support systems fail.

    • 0 avatar
      Birddog

      I’ll second the mechanical failure. If it high centered it would have been a lot smoother. That drop was pretty violent!

    • 0 avatar
      George B

      Needs some type of suspension redundancy so a single point of failure can’t stop the motorcade. A determined enemy could use small roadside bombs to disable the limos and a big fire to roast an entire motorcade.

    • 0 avatar

      I think something (perhaps armor plating) caught on the ground, causing the car to lurch forward violently. I don’t buy “spontaneous suspension failure.”

    • 0 avatar
      panzerfaust

      I tend to think its just a heavy long car hung up. It just lurches and bounces like that because the inertial of the sudden stop. The way it sits isn’t because of a broken suspension but an air suspension that is compensating as best it can to keep the vehicle level, and so the rear wheels are extended up as far as they can, pushing the front down and tipping it foward. Whether the front suspension failed or not, it should settle back with the bulk of the weight on the rear of the car and the front wheels in the air. The BMW just ahead of it just scrapes past because it has a much shorter wheelbase. I assume the entrance to the compound is different than the exit. This is not only an embarrasing fail, it is a dangerous one for the POTUS.

  • avatar
    CJinSD

    It had to happen at the US Embassy on what is US soil in front of the world! Released in 2006, ‘Idiocracy’ was supposed to look 500 years into the future. Instead, it looked all the way out to the results of the next election. For shame.

  • avatar
    John Fritz

    No air springs? I’m disappointed. About ten years ago I worked with some German engineers retrofitting a couple Neoplans with air springs that could be raised by the driver so he could drive onto a ferry somewhere (forget where) without getting the bus stuck on the apex of the ramp.

    • 0 avatar
      Educator(of teachers)Dan

      Exactally. Semi-truck air-springs with adjustable height suspension. Seems like a perfect idea to me. Damn shame when there are guys driving modified 60s Caddys that have a technology that the President is without.

  • avatar

    The real beast uses an Escalade front end. If you look closely the headlamps and grille on this limo is off the DTS.

  • avatar
    gslippy

    That car did much more than high-center; it got caught on something which stopped it in its tracks, almost like the spikes at a rental agency.

    I wonder if a driveway malfunction caused this, rather than the car.

  • avatar

    It looks like something got caught on the gate track. You can hear the BMW scrape faintly, and the crowd makes noise. This looks like the same limo as the one Bush had in Rome when it broke down. Bad luck? Bush limo @ 1:25 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iX4-a7VBr4c&feature=related

  • avatar
    azmtbkr81

    These lipstick on a pig presidential “limos” are embarrassing even when they aren’t high centering on city streets.

    Let’s give the president an MRAP and call it good. Hell paint it gloss black and install leather seats; it would beat out the silly tank with a Cadillac body kit that can withstand an H-bomb but can’t negotiate speed-bumps.

  • avatar
    Japanese Buick

    This story reminds me of this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tFbG-4VWqpA

    Go to 2:09 in if you are the impatient type.

  • avatar
    GrandCharles

    Still less embarassing than what they did in Dallas…

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6uOrgc8yYFY&feature=related
    http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x256sc_jfk-assassination-secret-service-st_news

  • avatar

    Cadillac One is basically a rolling bank vault bigger than an Escalade ESV. Gotta expect some problems eventually.

  • avatar
    V-Strom rider

    Not sure I buy the front suspension failure theory. Looks to me as though the car continues forward somewhat after bottoming out, then comes to rest with the weight shared between the “chassis” and the front wheels, which therfore compresses the front suspension. The reason it can’t progress from there is that the rear wheels are now off the ground – not much traction in that position!

  • avatar
    EyeMWing

    The older DTS limos get a lot of play in Europe. The Beast is expensive to move around and the state department considers its environmental credentials (or lack thereof) to be an affront to the sensibilities of our European “friends”

  • avatar
    Subifreak

    That was not ‘The Beast’ that got stuck FYI…but yes…embarassing nonetheless…glad Obama was not driving…otherwise Fox would have a field day! lol.

  • avatar
    Paul W

    “the US President and First Lady then left by another exit.”

    What, they had to crawl out through the trunk?! Was that not to be spotted by the crowd? Then I realized the quote was referring to the embassy compound and not the car itself.

  • avatar
    obbop

    Problemo fixable via any decent auto repair facility in the Los Angeles area.

    Low-rider the vehicle with optional on-board hydraulics.

    Dazzle the feriners’ with how a car can hop and dance and waltz across the pavement.

    And what a supportive display for diversity and multi-culturalism.

    Remember, it is diversity that makes us strong; not bonds that unite a disparate people.

  • avatar
    oboylepr

    It certainly looks and sounds like something broke. Either way it’s a pretty sad indictment of ‘the standard of the world’ Crapillac! Noting that this unfortunate fail occured in my hometown, I can tell you that this will not help the prevailing opinion among Dubliners that all American cars are cheap crap (even though I know that is not true). That said, this Crapillac is typical GM sh1te, all show and no go!

    • 0 avatar
      panzerfaust

      This is pretty much a metaphor for the current admin. Pretentious and clumsy. Adding insult to injury is playing God Save the Queen while the President was giving her Majesty a long winded toast. The gaffes never end.

  • avatar
    azmtbkr81

    In fairness GM vehicles are mostly the opposite. Most are all go and no show with boring, pedestrian styling and interiors but are generally reliable and cheap to maintain.

  • avatar
    DenverMike

    You can hear the shorter Beemer also bottom-out on the strike plate and although there should be nothing to snag on a Caddy’s belly, it could have been flanges on a custom exhaust extension. The front suspension was “up” before the weight got taken off the back.

  • avatar
    DenverMike

    Security or the SS definitely got spooked when the limo went “Bang!”. Could it have been they thought it was a different type of “Bang!”? Either way, they started to runforit.

  • avatar

    Ah, seems that’s the 2005 Centigon-built DTS limo on a 4WD platform. Wiki describes it with some light detail, but it’s definitely not the Beast. And that bang is disconcerting.

    If I had to guess, I’d say there’s a crossmember under the driver’s seat carrying the transfer case, and it caught on a pavement seam.


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