Tag: Beast

By on August 15, 2011

In the past, when a sitting president has hit the campaign trail, they’ve leased their own campaign bus which the Secret Service would then retrofit with all the latest security features. But no longer, as Talking Points Memo reports that the presidential bodyguards are buying their own bespoke campaign bus, reportedly from Hemphill Brothers Coach Company. Secret Service spokesman Jim Mackin explains

We’ve never been fully comfortable with the security provided by a bus we lease and then try to retro-fit. This would be just like other vehicles we’re adding to our fleet. We’d use them for the campaign, but they’re not for campaign purposes. They would be part of our fleet — just like our limos, just like our follow-ups, just like our emergency vehicles.

And this isn’t just for President Obama: one of the two new buses will be made available to the Republican candidate as well. And because the buses are government property, they won’t be allowed to have campaign logos and both campaigns will have to reimburse the Secret Service for their use. There’s no word on what retrofits the new buses will receive, but we’d be disappointed to find there’s not at least one minigun turret. Because you can never have enough miniguns on the campaign trail… [Hat Tip: Dan Licht]

 

By on May 27, 2011

Headed for the G8 summit in France, President Obama left Britain today on Air Force One. He left a pile of unpaid traffic tickets behind. London’s Mayor Boris “BoJo” Johnson announced that he will bill the U.S. government 10 pounds for each car in the presidential motorcade, including The Beast that either did or did not get stuck in Ireland. The money is for the London congestion charge, abbreviated to C-charge. “Our roads were not closed during the President’s visit so his motorcade will pay,” the Mayor told London’s Evening Standard. “The Beast will pay the charge, I’m delighted to say.”

While it looks like The Beast will be billed, payment is a completely different matter.

(Read More…)

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. (Read More…)

Recent Comments

  • Re: No Driver? No Problem: Michigan Just Legalized Autonomous Cars on Public Roads

    slavuta - I can’t wait to start spooking autonomous cars. A balloon attached to a rock thrown out of the window surely...
  • Re: QOTD: Hitchin’ A Ride?

    hgrunt - Last time I saw a hitchhiker, aside from on the way to or from Burning Man, was in the Humboldt County area. I’ve thought about picking up hitchhikers, but I...
  • Re: QOTD: Hitchin’ A Ride?

    Russycle - I’ve never hitched, but have picked up a few. One was in Nevada, a black guy heading from San Francisco to New Orleans. I was going to Los Angeles, took him...
  • Re: QOTD: Hitchin’ A Ride?

    Pch101 - I hitched in rural New Zealand. I hitched and picked one up in Samoa. (It is normal there and common courtesy; many people can’t afford cars, and there is no...
  • Re: It’s About Time – Lexus Will Finally Show A New LS Flagship AT NAIAS In 2017

    28-Cars-Later - “Tell us more about how great a 15 year old car is.” Pick some models.
  • Re: QOTD: Hitchin’ A Ride?

    PrincipalDan - To quote Detroit Rock City: “You know how many horror movies start that way?” “You know how many porno movies start this way?”
  • Re: QOTD: Hitchin’ A Ride?

    SnarkyRichard - I used to hitchhike all the time in the 70s . Miss the school bus ? Just stick out your thumb and someone I knew driving to school would stop and take me right...
  • Re: QOTD: Hitchin’ A Ride?

    mikey - I turned 16 in late 69 . Hitch hiking was a way of life. Myself , and my buddies , preferred , biting the bullet , and driving your own wheels. Yes, we would pickup...
  • Re: QOTD: Hitchin’ A Ride?

    zipster - Hitched to Vancouver in ’63 from Michigan. Still hitchhike back to my car when I do multi-day back packing trips, but that’s within national parks....
  • Re: Former Home of Diamond-Star Motors Now Home to a Mystery

    SCE to AUX - “Rivian will invest $175 million into the operation by 2024” That’s 7 years, or roughly $25 million/year....

New Car Research

Get a Free Dealer Quote

Staff

  • Contributors

  • Matthew Guy, Canada
  • Seth Parks, United States
  • Ronnie Schreiber, United States
  • Bozi Tatarevic, United States
  • Chris Tonn, United States
  • Moderators

  • Adam Tonge, United States
  • Kyree Williams, United States