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GM has provided presidential limos for 30 years

The president of the U.S. rides as a passenger around the county (and the world) in the back of a highly armored limousine called "The Beast." As formidable as this current limo is, the U.S. Secret Service is seeking bids for firms to build a next generation limo to protect future presidents.
Last week a contract proposal was posted on the government contract site announcing that the Secret Service plans to award the contract by August 29 based on "the best value to the government."

President Obama's "Beast"
The project includes four different phases. The first phase of the project is armor development and is already underway. Phase 2 will include the integration of the armor with final automotive components. Phase 2 also requires the selection of chassis, interior, exterior, and test vehicle fabrication and automotive component testing.
The third phase of the project will be the automotive validation with the final phase focused on production of vehicles. The contract proposal is limited to major domestic automakers with headquarters based primarily in the U.S.

The current version of "The Beast" is capable of surving brutal assaults (although it can be tripped up by driveways) [Image Source: The Daily Mail]

General Motors currently has been the primary contractor The Beast and has provided Cadillac presidential limos for 30 years.
“There’s more security around the development of a presidential limo than any of our products,” GM vice president for design Ed Welburn said in a Detroit News interview in September. “It takes a number of years to develop the car. It’s a great project to work on. This particular one, more so than any of them in the past. In the past, they were retrofitting existing vehicles — with this, this is really from the ground up a new vehicle, and we really do it right.”

Sources: Detroit News, Time Magazine,, The Daily Mail

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By BRB29 on 3/12/2014 12:39:17 PM , Rating: 3
You do realize it's 2014, not 2008. If he was really just balling then he would've done this in 2008.

If you know anything about the US SS, you would know the President does not have any authority over their decisions on how to protect him. This is to avoid stupid mistakes and conflict of interest.

Basically, he doesn't get a choice on what he rides in, how he gets there and when. They do their best to meet this daily agenda but safety is their primary mission. The stupid scenes in movies where he tells SS to go away and then gets kidnapped or killed is not true.

Besides, this is a vehicle for Presidents, not just Obama.

If you're going to pick on something, then pick on something more legit. He doesn't have to pay rent, food, etc.. for 8 years. Even his entertainment is covered.

By Reclaimer77 on 3/12/2014 12:48:54 PM , Rating: 2
Hey dummy, where in that entire post did I even mention this Limo? I wasn't even talking about the damn car!

I did mention flying though. Hmmm does this Limo have wings? Maybe THEN your post would make sense.

By StevoLincolnite on 3/12/2014 6:38:33 PM , Rating: 2
I did mention flying though. Hmmm does this Limo have wings? Maybe THEN your post would make sense.

Chitty chitty bang bang!

By Reclaimer77 on 3/12/2014 7:31:05 PM , Rating: 2
By hpglow on 3/12/2014 1:07:39 PM , Rating: 2
Don't try and talk common sense with Reclaimer. He gets his accurate, unbiased "news" from talk radio and Fox.

By Flunk on 3/12/2014 2:38:38 PM , Rating: 4
I'm not sure you always comprehend what you're typing.

That statement is impossible. How could he know if he comprehends your posts if he doesn't read them?

By BRB29 on 3/12/2014 1:38:17 PM , Rating: 2
Yea like how Obama spends more time on vacation when Bush clearly spent over 700 days on vacation lol. It's even documented.

Some people are just to biased to even smell reality.

I don't like Obama or Bush but slandering fools are annoying regardless if they're with or against you.

By Reclaimer77 on 3/12/2014 1:44:21 PM , Rating: 2
Do you ever get tired of being stupid?

And hey genius! Bush was in office for 8 years. Obama isn't done yet, hello!?

Bush clearly spent over 700 days on vacation lol.

If you believe that you're an idiot. Unbiased source please?

By Reclaimer77 on 3/12/2014 1:49:30 PM , Rating: 2
Actually scratch my vacation complaint off the list. I think we would be far better off if Obama was on vacation EVERY DAY of his term.

Still steamed about his reckless personal spending on our dime though. Inexcusable.

By BRB29 on 3/12/2014 1:55:38 PM , Rating: 3
As of Aug. 13, 2013, Obama is on his 15th vacation trip, covering all or part of 96 days total. He's spending this vacation in Martha's Vineyard with his family.

At the same point in his presidency — Aug. 13, 2005 — George W. Bush had made 51 visits to his ranch in tiny Crawford, Texas, totaling all or part of 335 days. (Note: Bush sometimes used the property to host world leaders.)

Bush took the longest single vacation — 5 weeks — of any President in 36 years.

President Bush spent 32% of his presidency on vacation.

Bush passed Reagan in total vacation days in 2005 with three and a half years left in his presidency. Reagan spent all or part of 335 days in Santa Barbara over his 8 year presidency. Bush spent 487 days at Camp David during his presidency and 490 days at his Crawford, Texas ranch, a total of 977 days.

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Basically, you get the picture. Bush spent so many days on vacation that nobody even knows how many days he took. Everyone knows it's a lot.

By Reclaimer77 on 3/12/2014 2:07:19 PM , Rating: 1
You guys know Bush isn't in office anymore, right? Sheesh how long are you gonna use this tactic, it's embarrassing!

By Flunk on 3/12/2014 2:40:39 PM , Rating: 1
I think their point is that Bush was the worst President ever by nearly every quantitative metric and Obama looks better by comparison.

By retrospooty on 3/12/2014 2:45:39 PM , Rating: 1
Jimmy Carter FTW!!!

By FITCamaro on 3/12/2014 2:48:09 PM , Rating: 4
So Bush being responsible for signing budgets resulting in $5 trillion in new debt over 8 years is worse than Obama being responsible for signing budgets(sorry spending bills other than 2009 and finally in January 2014) resulting in over $7 trillion in debt in under 5 years.

And yes, for the record, Obama, not Bush, signed the 2009 budget. Democrats specifically refused to pass a budget until Obama was in office. So any talk of "2009 and the stimulus was Bush's debt" is crap. Who signed them and approved of them. It sure wasn't Bush.

By BRB29 on 3/13/2014 7:44:03 AM , Rating: 2
Bush started with a surplus and handed over a country with over a trillion in deficit per year. Unemployment was 5% and it was nearly 10% when his term ended. Actually, there wasn't anything that improved.

You can blame Obama for $7T of debt but at least recognize the condition of the country that was handed to him.

This is like asking why an old car keeps breaking down compared to a new car.

By BRB29 on 3/12/2014 1:51:38 PM , Rating: 2
And hey genius! Bush was in office for 8 years. Obama isn't done yet, hello!?


Read these
Says President Barack Obama "has taken 92 days of vacation since he was sworn in," compared to 367 for President George W. Bush at the same point in his presidency.
Al Sharpton, Friday, August 9th, 2013.

Bush took 879 vacation days, which included 77 total trips to his Crawford, Tex., ranch. Nine of those trips were taken in his first year as president.

By Reclaimer77 on 3/12/2014 1:55:02 PM , Rating: 1
It's not possible for a president to truly be on "vacation" for that many days. Just because he wasn't at the White House, doesn't mean he was on "vacation".

You honestly believe he was just AWOL for what amounts to almost three years of time!? Use your brain!

Washington Post and Al Sharpton, VERY unbiased sources by the way lmao.

By BRB29 on 3/12/2014 1:58:50 PM , Rating: 2
It's not possible for a president to truly be on "vacation" for that many days. want to say the thousands of sources I saw from a simple google search saying the same thing is wrong? Even the freaking white house said it.

Just because he wasn't at the White House, doesn't mean he was on "vacation".

I guess horse riding and painting pictures in his 6 ranches is considered working?

Please stop with your undying love for Bush.

By FITCamaro on 3/12/2014 2:11:53 PM , Rating: 1
How about all the times when Bush was meeting with foreign dignitaries there? Oh right vacation. Bush also mainly frequented his Texas ranch. The fact that his family had lots of land is irrelevant.

"Undying love for Bush"

I disagreed with Bush on many topics. No Child Left Behind, TARP, first GM "loans", and more. Funny the same kinds of things I disagree with Obama on.... The main difference between the two is Obama advocates for those kinds of things and more. Bush left the details to Congress and then signed them.

By Reclaimer77 on 3/12/2014 2:13:59 PM , Rating: 2
Exactly. You can tell they are just counting every single day he wasn't physically in the White House as him being "on vacation".

Not saying Bush was the best thing ever, but the reporting on his, especially online, is so amazingly negative and biased.

By room200 on 3/12/2014 3:00:08 PM , Rating: 2

Recalimer is a fool. He actually believe that Obama was able to "spend billions of dollars on travel." LOL

What a f*cking idiot.

By FITCamaro on 3/12/2014 2:05:06 PM , Rating: 2
Except much of that "vacation", Bush was actually working. Just from his ranch instead of the White House. Are you really going to fault a guy for wanting to get out of DC? He did a lot from his ranch including hosting foreign dignitaries and such. Even when on vacation, again most were at his ranch. Which cost the taxpayers nothing extra since Secret Service maintains a constant presence at every Presidential address all the time. It only cost us the trip to Texas and back. Far better than having rent out entire sections of lavish hotels like Obama is requiring of us. No President is truly on vacation. But the difference between the two is stark. Heck the guy just got back from yet another 3 day vacation after his big vacation in January.

Bush also gave up golf after 9/11 and instead spent his time visiting injured troops at Walter Reid. Without the media lapping behind him like a love sick puppy. Obama meanwhile has played over 160 times. 163 to be exact. And counting.

Lastly, Bush didn't make countless late night TV appearances treating the office of president like that of a celebrity as Obama has.

This is after only 5 years as well. He's got 3 more to go.

By Arsynic on 3/12/2014 3:16:24 PM , Rating: 2
And what makes where you get your news any less slanted or biased?

"Spreading the rumors, it's very easy because the people who write about Apple want that story, and you can claim its credible because you spoke to someone at Apple." -- Investment guru Jim Cramer

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