Obama's Limousine Can Move on with Tyres Blown Off!

London, May 23 (IANS) US President Barack Obama's limousine, nicknamed The Beast by Secret Service staff, is the most technologically advanced bulletproof vehicle on earth.

It will carry Obama around during his visit to Britain and Ireland this week.

The black Cadillac, weighing three tonnes, can run at a top speed of just 60 miles per hour. Driven by an expert CIA agent, it has wheels that carry on even if the tyres are blown off, Daily Express reported Monday.

The armour-plated car is fitted with every conceivable defence mechanism, from super-thick bulletproof glass to tear gas canisters and pump-action shot guns.

Valued 185,000 pounds ($300,000), this special car is said to be built in such a way that it can withstand attack from rocket-propelled grenades.

There are supplies of Obama's blood on board in case he is shot and needs an emergency transfusion. The car is also equipped with state-of-the-art communication technology so the president can effectively run the US from the rear seat.

At the touch of a button, Obama, shielded behind 10-inch thick bulletproof doors, has access to a laptop with wireless internet, a satellite phone and a direct line to Vice President Joe Biden and the chiefs of staff in the Pentagon.

In case Obama wants to relax, he can pick from an array of CDs on the entertainment system, which includes an iPod dock.


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  • A. S. Mathew, U.S.A.

    Mon, May 23 2011

    Mr. Stephen Menezes: Some way you
    misunderstood my comment. Yes, I
    know that the U.S. is the most
    powerful economic and military
    power in the world, and accordingly, the U.S. government is
    spending money for the protection
    of the President and other
    politicians. I was simply stating
    that the amount being spent for
    the security and travel expenditure
    for the President and the politicians is a very high amount.

    In Dubai, you are not at all
    feeling the economic meltdown,
    but the situation in the U.S. is
    very frustrating. I have simply
    indicated that side of the story.
    Thank you for your response.

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  • Stephen Menezes, Shirthady/Dubai

    Mon, May 23 2011

    Dear A. S. Mathew, U.S.A, the President of United States is the commander-in-chief of the most powerful country in the world and a very powerful and important man and rightfully deserves that kinda security, safety, protection and luxury. US is world's No. 1 economy despite the recession, you being in the US should be proud of your President instead of writing negatively.

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  • A. S. Mathew, U.S.A.

    Mon, May 23 2011

    When we read about the facilities,
    luxuries, pomp, glory and the
    mammoth expenditure being spent
    for the U.S. President's travel
    both in the U.S. and abroad, it will be a staggering amount.

    When President Obama made his
    last trip to India and three
    other countries, the total number
    of planes used for his trip was
    40 including his Air Force 1.
    Even though the U.S. is faced with
    the worst economic crisis in
    history, the President and the
    politicians have all of their
    luxuries, travel and other
    comforts in tip top condition

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