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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, FedBizzOpps.gov, The Daily Mail



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By BRB29 on 3/12/2014 1:58:50 PM , Rating: 2
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It's not possible for a president to truly be on "vacation" for that many days.


right....you 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.

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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.


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