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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 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.


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