President Obama: Up, Close and Personal with his Beast

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"The Beast"
"The Beast"

President Obama is on a State Visit to United Kingdom this month – May 2011. It’s an honour to have him around but my goodness, a few roads have had to be closed for him, “The Beast” and his entourage of about 16 cars. So, I thought while he was in London, I would use the opportunity to have a closer look at his Beast – The Caddy Limo (Cadillac).

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I found out some amusing facts:

a) It weighs 6,350kg – a lot of it from the armour protection. The body is made up of steel, aluminium, titanium and ceramic. The glass is five-inches and hermetically sealed to secure it from chemical attacks. The underside has a Kevlar mat to protect it from any bomb attacks.

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b) The doors are so thick and weigh as much as a Boeing 747's. Obama can't hear any outside noise, unless it’s played through to the speakers.

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c) The Chauffeur of the Beast can drive it through smoke and also in complete darkness, due to an infrared video system.The fuel tank is leak proof and is filled with special foam that will prevent it from exploding, even if hit directly. It also has two holes in the front bumper that can emit tear gas and fire smoke grenades.

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d) The Cadillac normally flies 2 flags, the American flag and the Presidential Standard. When Obama is on state visits, the Presidential Standard is replaced by the flag of the country he is visiting. You will notice below, on his visit to us in UK, it’s the British flag on the Beast.

 

e) In the boot of the Beast, there is a firefighting system. It also has a bank of the president's blood that is carried at all times. Now I understand why an Ambulance was part of the cars that followed him in London. The Beast also has it’s own Oxygen Supply, if anything terrible should happen.

 

f) The Beast’s tyres can run on flat. Heaven forbid, if the tyres are missing, the steel rims are designed to allow the car to keep on driving at high speed. However, the top speed is only 60mph and it takes about 15 seconds to reach this.

 

g) Obama also has his Gadgets and Toys - a 10-disc CD, sophisticated electronic communications, direct phones to the White House and internet etc I think he hid his Play Station / Xbox from me.

So, now you know why it’s called “The Beast”.

Would you Fancy a Spin in it?

Food for Thought

I admire Obama a lot, but don't see the reason why he should fly "The Beast" over to countries he is visiting, just so he can use it there. This must cost millions of Dollars a year for his visits. Even our Queen in England doesn't fly her bullet-proof Rolls Royce out to places that she will be visiting, yet her security is very tight.

There are many sophisticated Snipers etc out there - I guess if we ask Obama if he can out-smart them, his answer would be: "Yes, I Can!"

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jdove-miller 5 years ago

LOL! Love the ending of this piece. It was extremely informative. I had no idea the presidential car was that extreme. Nor did I know the prez flew his limo to whatever country he visits. I do understand why though; there are some crazies out there...


Lynn S. Murphy 5 years ago

I agree. You took some dry info and made it fun. Great work!


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Teylina 5 years ago

Coool hub! "dry info and made it fun." So true! I'm floored to find out he flies it elsewhere! Taxes, taxes, taxes!!! With all that extra stuff (a 10-disc CD?), have no doubt he hid his Xbox and Playstation from you! This is truly Extremism! Beast? or 007 Playmate?


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Mentalist acer 5 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

Ha,the Bat Mobile has nothing on the Beast Mobile:-)))


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Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

Hi Lady _E! Very informative hub! I wasn't aware that he flew "the Beast" overseas. Thanks for sharing!


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Lady_E 5 years ago from London, UK Author

** Thanks J Dove-Miller - Me too. I thought it was just a bullet-proof Limo. Nice to see you here.

** Cheers Lyn, I appreciate you stopping by.

** Ha ha Teylina - Love your sense of humour. Thanks.

** Mentalist Acer - Lol. Thanks for stopping.

** Dexter - Tell me about it. Airlines won't even let me fly my gold fish with me to another country. Thanks for stopping.


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Harvey Stelman 5 years ago from Illinois

Lady, You dug deeper than most Americans. You were honored to have this man in the UK, keep him. Don't forget his past visit to your country. B.O. returned a bust of Winston Churchill to the Queen that the UK had formally give another of our President's. As a gift, he presented the Queen wiith a handful of CD'S. All were previous speeches he made. I'm sure the Queen will love the CD's. The bust of Churchill should never be forgotten.

His umm car, the man always talks about saving money. Then he spends another trillion. Soon he'll be spending real money. H


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stars439 5 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

Great hub, and really enjoyed it, GBY.


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Philipo 5 years ago from Nigeria

Lady_E, I honestly enjoyed this hub maybe because i admire the American President as a person. The fact that he flies the Beast to any country he visits is good. That actually confirms that he is the number one president. That may be expensive but what can one do, his security is paramount.

Thanks for sharing.


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always exploring 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

I loved this story about 'The Beast 'He is no different than any other American President, except, he's loved and admired by the people who really want change in our country. Thank you for the info. I didn't know the Beast was so strong. I feel better knowing he is safe.

Cheers


paulgc 5 years ago

Great hub Lady E, the Beast would not look out of place in a hollywood movie. Thanks for sharing.


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Nancy's Niche 5 years ago from USA

It takes an amazing writer to turn dry facts into an enjoyable read; you did it! Obama has a problem with cutting waste in one area then frivolous spending (taking the beast on tour) in another. Now you know why US taxpayers are angry --- their tired of government waste.

Blessings x :o)


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Lady_E 5 years ago from London, UK Author

** Thanks Harvey - He and Michelle really charmed us. They have a very nice way with people but they sure know how to spend money. lol. Hope your new book is doing well.

** Thanks Stars439 - Best Wishes to you and family.

** Hi Philipo - yes I agree his safety is paramount... but what will be, will be. Nice to hear from you.

** Aaaawh Ruby - You are a sweet American Citizen. Actually, he had a great reception here. I wish I was opportuned to meet him. Thanks for stopping.

** That's true PaulgC. Its Posher than Posh. :)

** Thanks Nancy's Niche for your encouraging words. You are so right. That car is so heavy and is flown to and fro countries. I really wish he would re-think his transport and use the money for other things in America. Maybe lower your Tax. lol. (wink wink)


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andromida 5 years ago

You have revealed some awesome details about beast.I think the reason for carrying beast with him in his state visit to UK is the presidential security protocol.I wish he could read this hub.


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sweetie1 5 years ago from India

Wow Beautiful car. Loved it. Thanks for the info and sharing


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Teylina 5 years ago

Mentalist acer: I knew I'd been missing you! Now why didn't I think of that? Brain's always behind! Beastmobile seem appropo!


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anglnwu 5 years ago

I enjoyed reading this--the Beast is quite formidable. What could go wrong when riding in a car like that? Rated up.


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Lady_E 5 years ago from London, UK Author

** Cheers Andromida - Lol. I wish he could read it too. I might get an invite to the White House. :)

** Thanks Sweetie - lovely to see you.

** Teylina - Thanks so much for stopping.

** Anglnwu - True. What could go wrong? lol

Best Wishes


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Cari Jean 5 years ago from Bismarck, ND

Very informative - thanks for enlightening me about "the beast" (is that the official name of any president's car or just his??)


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Hello, hello, 5 years ago from London, UK

You have done a great job here, Lady_E giving all these interesting information. I think the world of the Obamas. Shame the Republicans don't give them at least some credit. What did Bush do? Run the country and us into the ground. They don't want to see that.


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Lady_E 5 years ago from London, UK Author

** Hi Cari, it's just his one. It was built for him specially. Hope you and family are fine. Thanks.

** Hi Hello Hello, Interesting comments. Nice to hear from you. Take care.


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Teylina 5 years ago

Had to let you know, Lady_E, I had forgotten to bookmark this hub, but came back to because I want to share it with my 8-yr-old grandson. He is absolutely fascinated with the higher office in this country and everything that goes with it! He's always throwing stuff at me he thinks I should know about Obama, the White House, etc. Can't wait to 'throw' this at him! We have a kinda "can you top that?" joke going on what unique info we can come up with, and there's no way I'm Not Going to Win This Round with YOUR HUB!!


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Lady_E 5 years ago from London, UK Author

Lol Teylina.... Aaaawh, that's so sweet. Hopefully, you'll win this round but these little boys are super smart. I wonder what he'll pull out of the hat next... :)


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StayPos 5 years ago from Florida, USA

Lady_E

Delightful and fascinating hub!

Several months ago I saw a documentary on American Presidental security and you've absolutely captured the muscle and mystic of the fortress on wheels called the Beast!

I for one am quite happy that we take security and protection of our American President to this level in these days and times.

Thanks for sharing with us :-)

Up and Awesome!


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 5 years ago

Lady E, Very interesting, informative and intriguing article! You have certainly done your research! What interesting thorough details about the construction and somewhat insuperable structure design of the “Beast. ” No doubt President Obama must be careful all things considered! Security for the President of the U.S. must be at a top notch level considering the way of the world today… So many impulsively aggressive people out there.. My prayers are with him and his family!

Great enjoyable educational presentation. Well done! Thank you for sharing this! In HIS Love, Grace, Joy, Peace & Blessings!


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Lady_E 5 years ago from London, UK Author

** Thanks Stay Pos - That sounds interesting. I will search on You-Tube to see if the documentary is there. Thanks for stopping.

** Hello DeBorrah - True....lots of aggressive people out there. It's nice to know you pray for him too. I like the way the Bible admonishes us to pray for "those in authority." Glad you stopped by. Best Wishes. xx


skye 5 years ago

great great hub lady_e You are an angel. Miss seeing you know I will be around as I know you will pop in on my side when you can. You have exploded at the hubs of love. You have worked hard and are a special gem. You deserve it. May God always make His favor to shine one you sister. I love ya your sis in Christ.


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Lady_E 5 years ago from London, UK Author

~Thanks so much for your kind, encouraging words, Skye.

Nice to hear from you. Hope you and hubby are doing well.

Best Wishes, Elena xx.


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Alladream74 5 years ago from Oakland, California

Thanks for these amusing facts.


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Lady_E 5 years ago from London, UK Author

Glad you enjoyed it, Alladream.

Salaam. :)

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