Obama's Limo Breaks Down in Israel

Backup presidential limousine is being flown in after one of Obama's limos was inadvertently filled with diesel.

Air ForceOne landed at Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion International Airport this afternoon with President Obama set for awhistle-stop tour of the Holy Land and Jordan over the next coupleof days. Months of planning have gone into Obama’s first trip as President to Israel, yet it has only taken a couple of hours for one of the limos from hisfleet to break down after it was mistakenly filled with diesel. Another limois being flown in from Jordan to keep one carload of his 600-strong entourage happy.

As for the President, well, he wasn't in the limo at the time. While touring the Middle East, Obama will be riding in either his Marine One chopper or an armored Cadillac known as The Beast. Looking like a beefed-up Cadillac DTS but based on a Chevy truck chassis, The Beast (alternatively known as Cadillac One) uses a variety of parts, like the Escalade’s headlights, side mirrors and door handles, and the STS sedan’staillights and back-up lights. It comes with a special night vision system, issealed against biochemical attacks and a blood bank carrying the President’sblood type is kept in the trunk.

Latest News