Inauguration Day Special: The President’s Ride

Today in Washington D.C., President Obama was publicly Inaugurated for his second term in the Office of the Presidency of the United States of America. In addition to the pomp and circumstance, the military band, the cheering and fraternity and general feel-good atmosphere — something rare in the capital — the one prominent feature that translated most clearly through the television was the parade. And the centerpiece of the parade is of course the President and the Presidential Motorcade!
Presidential State Car

One of the perks of being POTUS — Your very own, virtually indestructible limousine.

The current iteration of the Presidential state car was first put into service 4 years ago today, for President Obama’s first Inauguration. Previous versions of the Presidential state car have been use since Theodore Roosevelt’s presidency. The Obama state car, however, is one of the most high-tech and awesome additions to the fleet ever created. Obama’s state car is a 2009 Cadillac “Presidential Limousine” — a hybrid model with features of both the Cadillac Escalade and CTS. While the many details of the state car are classified for security purposes, there are some interesting features that known to the general pulic, including:
  • Armor plating
  • 5-inch thick bullet-proof and bomb-proof glass
  • Run-flat tires fitted into extra-large wheel wells
  • An advanced night vision system
  • Sealed crevices to protect against biological and chemical attacks
  • A blood bank stocked with Blood of the President’s type (Mr. Obama’s blood type is AB in case you were wondering)
  • “State of the art” electronics system
Bottom line: Obama’s ride owns you. Congratulations to the President on another 4 years as the Commander in Chief!