It can withstand biochemical attacks and a barrage of gunfire but apparently not a drop of diesel fuel.
President Barack Obama’s customized Cadillac limousine often referred to as “The Beast” was photographed on the back of a flat-bed hauler in Israel today. Israeli press is reporting someone mistakenly filled the vehicle with diesel fuel rather than gasoline, which caused the breakdown.
“The Americans filled it up with diesel, rather than petrol,” reports Channel 2 — stressing that it was the Americans, not the Israelis.
Unsurprisingly, the car wouldn’t start.
The president, visiting Israel today, was not in the limo when it broke down. The car was waiting at the airport to take the president to his various stops around the country. Organizers reportedly just learned of the malfunction before the president arrived. A replacement vehicle is being brought in from Jordan.
The secret service has multiple copies of the vehicle, some of which travel with the president everywhere. Details on the vehicle are top secret for obvious reasons but they are rumored to weigh somewhere around 8 tons and cost about $300,000 each.