Skip to comments.Obama's 'Beast' (8 Ton, Diesel-Fueled Armored Limousine) Creates Stir at NATO Green Summit
Posted on 11/21/2010 1:19:09 PM PST by DogByte6RER
Obama's 'Beast' Creates Stir at NATO Green Summit
(Nov. 20) -- World leaders attending the NATO summit in Lisbon, Portugal, zipped around in zero-emission electric vehicles. Journalists covering the event hopped aboard electric buses to get from venue to venue.
And President Barack Obama's eight-ton, diesel-fueled armored limousine dubbed "the Beast" drew even more attention than usual.
Lisbon newspapers dedicated pages of coverage to the vehicle, with charts featuring every detail that the Secret Service is willing to divulge -- like the special foam in the gas tank to extinguish any fire from a direct hit, and the supply of presidential blood.
Per usual White House security arrangements, the Beast was flown out to Lisbon before Obama's arrival. Escorted by Secret Service vehicles and 35 Portuguese police motorcycles, it then brought Obama from the airport tarmac to his first meetings of the weekend.
Portuguese Prime Minister Jose Socrates and the president of the European Commission, Jose Manuel Barroso, meanwhile, had arrived earlier in quiet, zero-emission electric cars.
When amused Portuguese reporters asked about the mixed message, Socrates diplomatically told them: "I'd like to underline the priority both our countries assign to renewable energy and electric vehicles."
But the contrast was still striking. The Christian Science Monitor pointed out that a "note to the media" left at every journalist's work station in the press center said that the use of electric vehicles was meant to raise awareness of Portugal's "world pioneering leadership in electric mobility."
Portugal claims to derive 45 percent of its electricity consumption from "clean" energies and its "Mobi.E" electric mobility network is considered a world leader.
Perhaps all the attention to the Beast encouraged Obama to later sneak a peek at the plug-in hybrid car on display at the NATO convention center. He took a break from NATO sessions to praise a new hybrid electric car which General Motors plans to roll out in Europe next year.
"This is the future. Right here," he said, after inspecting the Opel Ampera at the convention center where he was wrapping up the two-day summit.
"This is a car made in America," he said. "We're going to start selling it in Europe."
The electric/gas vehicle is produced in Detroit where the GM Chevy Volt is made, with the same technology as the Volt. Both will be marketed in Europe starting in late 2011, according to Guillermo Sarmiento, managing director of GM Portugal, and Volker Hoff, vice president of Opel.
But the actual car that Obama inspected may become a collector's item. ABC News reported that the president signed the rear driver's side panel, and Hoff and Sarmiento said afterward that they wanted to get other world leaders to sign it as well, to put it in a museum.
President Barack Obama's limo; the sleek, armored car has fascinated Portuguese media, which dubbed it "Cadillac One."
How come Obama gets an “exceptional” vehicle.
Remember U.K. Prime Minister Cameron flew over to the U.S. last summer on a British Airways commercial jet.
That piece of crap should be in a Goat cart!
Can an electric car do what is needed in providing security for the POTUS?
Obama is such a wus.
What infuriates me is that we can’t get more diesel-fueled cars in America. A diesel-fueled hybrid would make sense too.
I bet it could. All you need is a dozen decoys with tinted windows.
His foremost loyalty is to his Statist Possessions....not American Enterprise.
It is a car befitting a President. I have no objection to the car, and no sympathy for the international whiners.
If only we had a President befitting the car ...
Drove the new BMW 535D diesel - loaner car while my Bimmer was being fixed.
It was awesome - quick, quiet and it pulls stumps.
It’s okay. Obummer had the fed print up a few extra dollars which were sent to Al Gore to purchase carbon indulgences.
He’s a gurl.
I have nothing against Portugal. But I wonder where they got that number?
According to this link:
Electricity - production by source: fossil fuel: 64.5%
other: 4.1% (2001)
Source: CIA World Factbook - Unless otherwise noted, information in this page is accurate as of November 3, 2010
When the President of the United States goes overseas he represents the US - plus he’s a much bigger target for terrorists then those Euro-weenies.
But as Snake Doc said - Just wish we had a better President to ride in it.
Don't you need low gear for that?
Leftists never see themselves or their leaders as hypocrites because they fully believe that laws about consumption are for everyone else. This goes along with their belief that THEY are the ruling class and will be holding the whip instead of under its lash. Every one of them believes this.
He is the final stage in the evolution of the African American pimp/con man...and he took it all the way to the top with NOTHING but smooth talk.
Good point. More hypocrisy