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Obama's 'Beast' (8 Ton, Diesel-Fueled Armored Limousine) Creates Stir at NATO Green Summit
AOL News ^ | November 20, 2010 | Lisa Holewa

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.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: barackobama; bho44; cadillac; doasisaynotasido; globalwarming; goinggreen; limousine; nato; obama; obamisms; obamunism; portugal; secretservice
The Beast

President Barack Obama's limo; the sleek, armored car has fascinated Portuguese media, which dubbed it "Cadillac One."

1 posted on 11/21/2010 1:19:14 PM PST by DogByte6RER
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To: DogByte6RER
If Americans aren't exceptional.

How come Obama gets an “exceptional” vehicle.

More hypocrisy.

Remember U.K. Prime Minister Cameron flew over to the U.S. last summer on a British Airways commercial jet.

2 posted on 11/21/2010 1:22:38 PM PST by cruise_missile
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To: DogByte6RER

That piece of crap should be in a Goat cart!


3 posted on 11/21/2010 1:25:42 PM PST by Cheetahcat (Zero the Wright kind of Racist! We are in a state of War with Democrats)
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To: DogByte6RER
World leaders attending the NATO summit in Lisbon, Portugal, zipped around in zero-emission remote-emission electric vehicles.

Fixed it.
4 posted on 11/21/2010 1:27:59 PM PST by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: DogByte6RER

Can an electric car do what is needed in providing security for the POTUS?


5 posted on 11/21/2010 1:30:08 PM PST by skr (May God confound the enemy)
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To: DogByte6RER

Obama is such a wus.


6 posted on 11/21/2010 1:30:36 PM PST by Jim Robinson (Rebellion is brewing!! Nuke the corrupt commie bastards to HELL!!)
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To: DogByte6RER

What infuriates me is that we can’t get more diesel-fueled cars in America. A diesel-fueled hybrid would make sense too.


7 posted on 11/21/2010 1:30:43 PM PST by jonrick46 (We're being water boarded with the sewage of Fabian Socialism.)
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To: skr

I bet it could. All you need is a dozen decoys with tinted windows.


8 posted on 11/21/2010 1:33:34 PM PST by MetaThought
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To: DogByte6RER
You can be sure it never would be a Ford Built Lincoln limo under this administration.

His foremost loyalty is to his Statist Possessions....not American Enterprise.

9 posted on 11/21/2010 1:34:22 PM PST by HardStarboard (I'm sure George and Dick had quiet smiles while watching the election results!)
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To: DogByte6RER

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 ...

SnakeDoc


10 posted on 11/21/2010 1:35:06 PM PST by SnakeDoctor (Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum -- If you wish for peace, prepare for war.)
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To: jonrick46

Drove the new BMW 535D diesel - loaner car while my Bimmer was being fixed.

It was awesome - quick, quiet and it pulls stumps.


11 posted on 11/21/2010 1:36:12 PM PST by HardStarboard (I'm sure George and Dick had quiet smiles while watching the election results!)
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It’s okay. Obummer had the fed print up a few extra dollars which were sent to Al Gore to purchase carbon indulgences.


12 posted on 11/21/2010 1:37:30 PM PST by SC Swamp Fox (Aim small, miss small.)
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To: Jim Robinson

Naaaa....

He’s a gurl.


13 posted on 11/21/2010 1:38:20 PM PST by Bradís Gramma (Here's a thought!! Donate to the website you are on RIGHT NOW!! .... *waves hi to DS*)
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To: DogByte6RER
Portugal claims to derive 45 percent of its electricity consumption from "clean" energies...

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%
hydro: 31.3%
nuclear: 0%
other: 4.1% (2001)

Source: CIA World Factbook - Unless otherwise noted, information in this page is accurate as of November 3, 2010

14 posted on 11/21/2010 1:42:18 PM PST by upchuck (When excerpting please use the entire 300 words we are allowed. No more one or two sentence posts!)
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To: DogByte6RER

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.


15 posted on 11/21/2010 1:42:47 PM PST by PeteB570 (Islam is the sea in which the terrorist shark swims. It aids & comforts the shark on it's journey.)
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To: HardStarboard
it pulls stumps.

Don't you need low gear for that?

16 posted on 11/21/2010 1:45:28 PM PST by palmer (Cooperating with Obama = helping him extend the depression and implement socialism.)
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To: DogByte6RER
Obama the Islamo-Marxist-Chicago Gangster is a hypocrite and liar in chief.
17 posted on 11/21/2010 1:45:42 PM PST by Armaggedon
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To: Armaggedon

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.


18 posted on 11/21/2010 1:47:53 PM PST by MrB (The difference between a (de)humanist and a Satanist is that the latter knows who he's working for.)
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To: DogByte6RER
When we get rid of Obama (if we get rid of Obama), he will go down in history as the biggest joke of the millennium.

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.

19 posted on 11/21/2010 1:49:50 PM PST by SonOfDarkSkies (Liberals: It's what they know that isn't true!)
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To: jonrick46
What infuriates me is that we can’t get more diesel-fueled cars in America

Good point. More hypocrisy

20 posted on 11/21/2010 1:53:59 PM PST by MulberryDraw
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To: SnakeDoctor
"If only we had a President befitting the car ..."

So true.
21 posted on 11/21/2010 1:58:25 PM PST by FortWorthPatriot (Obama is no Hitler; Hitler got the Olympics!)
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To: DogByte6RER

And didn’t we have to fly that tank over there as well?


22 posted on 11/21/2010 1:59:58 PM PST by FortWorthPatriot (Obama is no Hitler; Hitler got the Olympics!)
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To: DogByte6RER
General Motors. Cars so nice, you'll pay for them twice.


23 posted on 11/21/2010 2:14:51 PM PST by Zuben Elgenubi
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To: MulberryDraw
I hate to sidetrack the thread, but . . .

If the President can ride in his beast, why can't we ride in something Europeans have that makes their life easier?

The RENAULT MEGANE DIESEL SPORTS TOURER 1.5 dCi 110 Dynamique TomTom 5dr EDC

Bottom line: 64.2 mpg

24 posted on 11/21/2010 2:30:15 PM PST by jonrick46 (We're being water boarded with the sewage of Fabian Socialism.)
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To: Zuben Elgenubi

Not even a car. It’s based on GM’s medium commercial truck platform and given a body to resemble a Cadillac.


25 posted on 11/21/2010 2:31:36 PM PST by antiRepublicrat
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To: jonrick46

That’s kind of nice. Although for a station wagon I’d probably opt for the 2.0l diesel, 160 horsepower and 280 foot-pounds of torque.

They’re pimping all this electric over here, when a simpler solution for energy independence and “greenhouse gasses” would be to have the diesels here that they get over there.


26 posted on 11/21/2010 2:41:50 PM PST by antiRepublicrat
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To: DogByte6RER

27 posted on 11/21/2010 3:50:55 PM PST by Iron Munro (Save The USA. Stamp out Affirmative Action: Get the Obamas out of the White House.)
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To: HardStarboard
The Caddy's were ordered by W.
28 posted on 11/21/2010 3:52:38 PM PST by mad_as_he$$ (What flavor Kool-aid are you drinking?)
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