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article imageObama's limo has a breakdown in Israel due to wrong fuel

By Anne Sewell     Mar 21, 2013 in World
Tel Aviv - One of President Barack Obama's fleet of armored limousines, known as "The Beast", malfunctioned in Israel yesterday due to the vehicle being filled with diesel, instead of petrol.
The limo, brought in especially for Obama's visit from Washington, failed to start on Wednesday morning. The vehicle had been parked at Ben-Gurion airport in Tel-Aviv, ready for Obama's three-day Israel tour.
It was reported that the vehicle had mistakenly been filled with diesel, instead of petrol.
According to Secret Service spokesman, Edwin Donovan, “One of our protective vehicles experienced mechanical problems."
"This is why we bring multiple vehicles and a mechanic on all trips.”
He added: “Situations like this are planned for extensively by our advance teams so that the President’s itinerary is unaffected by these types of issues.”
Reportedly, Obama has already apologized to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for the size of the Presidential entourage during his stay. Harriet Sherwood, Jerusalem correspondent of the Guardian tweeted:
Tweet by Harriet Sherwood  Jerusalem correspondent of the Guardian.
Tweet by Harriet Sherwood, Jerusalem correspondent of the Guardian.
Twitter screen capture
Obama is accompanied by a 600-strong entourage during his three-day stay in Israel, who are occupying all 233 rooms at the King David Hotel.
Ma'an News reports this as the first unforeseen incident during Obama's three-day visit to the region.
On arrival in Israel, Obama described America as Israel’s “strongest ally and your greatest friend” and referring to the tensions and regime changes in the region, he added: “The winds of change bring both promise and peril."
“I see this visit as an opportunity to reaffirm America’s unbreakable bond and a chance to speak directly to Israelis and your neighbors.”
Getting back to the vehicle, "the Beast", as the Presidential limo is known, is an armored and heavily-modified Cadillac DTS and is estimated to weigh around eight tons.
According to RT News, the vehicle is well-armored with eight-inch thick doors and bulletproof glass. The chassis is composed of titanium, ceramic steel and aluminum.
Equipped with night-vision capable cameras, Kevlar-reinforced run-flat tires and tear gas cannons, the vehicle puts the famous James Bond 007 cars completely to shame.
The limo apparently has its own oxygen supply and is sealed from the outside environment against possible chemical or biological attacks. The cabin of the limo has the capability of being used as a "panic room". All outside sounds are piped in via speakers. Apparently there is even a supply of Obama's blood on board, for use in case of an emergency.
However, the vehicle is not exactly economical, as it reportedly gets just eight miles to the gallon. Oh yes, and it runs on petrol, not diesel. A mistake someone is probably getting into a lot of trouble for right now!
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