Skip to comments.President's men fill up 'The Beast' in surprise visit to BP garage
Posted on 05/25/2011 9:24:40 AM PDT by US Navy Vet
He maybe the president of the most powerful nation in the world, but his car still needs filling up with petrol.
Workers at a garage in Pimlico today told of their astonishment after Barack Obama's car and the presidential entourage pulled up for refuelling.
The armoured limousine, nicknamed "The Beast", arrived with six other vehicles and police escort at a BP petrol station on Vauxhall Bridge Road during the president's state visit to London.
Onlookers said the cars took up the entire forecourt when they arrived yesterday at around 3pm.
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Did obozo personally pump the gas so he could feel our pain at the pump?
Was it being pushed or towed?
Did Obama use the bathroom? Did he buy him a Slurpee or have an ice cream while they filled up?
How come this sort of thing was never seen with prior presidents?
I thought the Beast was diesel.
He sure has managed to bring us to a new low every single day.
The presidential limo is not “the beast” ... but rather it is the socialist “thing” riding inside the limo.
Ah yes, the essence of barry bass turd ‘change’
He’s an evil bastard. This was intentional and noone should believe otherwise.
On a sidenote: The BP stations around here (podunk MO) have all folded or sold out.
Because the Official Thug Car probably gets about 0.3 MPG, on account of all those tons of armor.
No President in history has ever gotten the kind of security Obama gets. That’s also why he grounded out on the sidewalk in Ireland.
I doubt if they just closed down the gas station while he gassed up. They probably closed down half the city.
Maybe someone can explain this... Why does it feel so embarassing when this sort of thing happens, seeing the presidential limo being gassed up, or when it get stuck on a speed bump... I know it looks all silly, but it really does hurt from a national pride perspective to see this.
Consider this as well. The presidential limo stopping at a garden variety gas station can pose a real security risk to the President. Whoever is planning these trips needs to do a better job at keeping these details of these trips out of sight of the public.
They also told how the Cadillac - which is fitted with bullet-proof glass and has an armoured body, its own oxygen supply and even samples of the President’s blood - took up a bay and a half while Mr Obama’s driver filled it up with £50 worth of unleaded.
Ewwwww. Wonder what samples were in Clinton’s beast??
I don't object to the President having this kind of security. We should do everything in our power to keep him safe, even if we do not agree with him. But just seeing these kinds of things happen... it is like watching what happens when people stop caring about the details of a trip. I mean... would the Queen of England have such a problem? I would imagine that if her official vehicle ran out of gas that whoever was in charge of the logistics of such a trip would be out of a job ASAP.
Did obozo personally pump the gas so he could feel our pain at the pump?>>>>>>>>
He is so gay he has never changed a flat tire let alone plug it. That’s my guess.
Come on! I’m no Obama fan, but the only way these kinds of snafus (the driveway bump, and the gas) can be put at his feet is if he ignored the advice of the Secret Service.
I’m the first to bash Obama, but only when it’s legitimate. All these security breaches are probably not his fault. Assuming it’s his fault, or his incompetence that caused this security breach only makes those who oppose him look ridiculous.
Of course, I wouldn’t put it past him to create just that kind of culture in his administration that would either lead his handlers to ignore the Secret Service, or would lead the Secret Service to let their guard down.
Actually, it is likely safer to pick a station at random than to choose one in advance and secure it. The same logic applies to grocery shopping for the White House. It's much safer to deploy shoppers to random markets and stores for food rather than to designate a supplier and ensure the shipments' integrity.
A very large exception to this concept is the fueling of Air Force One. As I understand it, we ship fuel overseas and have it under 24 hour guard until it is pumped into the aircraft.
This was a pit stop for ice cream too! Rocky Road.
May the roads rise to meet him.
i don’rt see anything amiss here - the car was gettign low on gas, and the driver took it out to refuel. obama wasn’t inside.
the bad part is the eight dollar a gallon price of gas over there and the knowledge that they want us to pay the same.
Very true. It is probably even safer to bring the gasoline or diesel (whichever it is) with you.
You nailed it. It's a culture of incompetence that emanates from the top, and affects the whole chain of command and staff.
Because normally we don’t see any of this. The smallest item could benefit our enemies. For example they now know that the Beast needs flat roads and cannot handle bumps like the one from the embassy.
I saw a video clip yesterday of Obama talking to the commander of the British military that have the tall bushy headgear. All the men were equipped with swords and the commander who was talking to Obama had his sword drawn and positioned vertically and tucked into his armpit. My mind went back to the Naval Academy ceremony where the Secret Service wouldn’t allow the cadets to wear their ceremonial swords.
Michelle was on board.......
Community organizan be a hard yob, so he be lost wid the mechanecles of ca’as.
Indeed the Volt must have been in the shop.
I give a fat smelly Obama about anything the idiot-in-chief does.
I guess I’m having a hard time figuring out what’s “embarassing” about this. They have to fuel the thing up, so the secret service takes the vehicles out and gasses them up. They’re not doing it with the President on board. They’re probably taking advantage of some time at day meetings when the entourage vehicles can get away and fuel up. So what?
Most likely they left one or two vehicles wherever the President was, just in case they had to do an emergency extraction.
Maybe it’s time for Smirky to take some of his own advice....and get a smaller car.
After all, small car for a small and diminishing man.
For the love of Pete, why doesn’t the motorcade have a vehicle used for a type of tanker. Unbelievable.
I'm not sure why it should hurt one's national pride that the presidential limo needs gas. Note that the article said that Obama did not appear to be in the car at the time. If he had been, it might have been a security issue, but still not a real source of embarrassment. Cars need gas. Is is embarrassing that the president of the US doesn't ride in a nuclear-powered car?
sorry... no gas available
check the station on Churchill street
Why doesn’t FUBO put his money where his mouth is and ride in an electric vehicle?
Still... you just never saw this sort of thing go on until now. Maybe it is just the prevalence of cell phone cameras... but it just seems like more of these things were done "behind the scenes" than now.
It’s interesting that while Obummer had his own “Beast” built at the beginning of his term, this heavily armored and bulletproof version shipped to England is the 2005 model used by President Bush throughout his term. I’d like to think our president is given the best security available regardless of party.
I don’t know why the newer model was left in the states, or how many are actually in the fleet.
“He is so gay he has never changed a flat tire let alone plug it. Thats my guess”
Oh he’s plugged it, just not a tire.
Well, in that case they better fly in a new engine or he's gonna do a lot of walking - it's a diesel.
Ooops, if post #39 is correct it may be a gasoline engine after all. Never mind, then.
I do object.
He should have a bodyguard, and maybe an armored limo, but the entire highway should be shut down when he’s being driven on it, the entire sky should not be cleared for his helicopter or AF1. The White House should not be walled off and barricaded.
He’s not our god-king. Let him take his chances.
As I understand it, Naval Academy cadet graduates don't wear a sword. This is a picture of a few of this years grads.
This reeks of incompetence, but then again this is Zero. Running out of gas a new low. Just when I thought it could not go any lower.
On the other hand, this is probably a publicity stunt.
I would have thought the President would have brought his own gas where ever he went.
That's exactly his intention.