Presidential Limo

No, you can't rent the president's limo but it sure would be nice. President Barack Obama rides in a Cadillac Limousine that entered service on his inauguration day, January 20, 2009. The limo is specially outfitted with advanced communications equipment, military grade armored plating that is at least five inches thick, a mine resistant floor, special conveniences features, defense countermeasures, and run–flat tires. The presidential limo is also known as "Cadillac One".

The presidential limo also has additional features such as a fluorescent halo lighting system, a folding desk where the president typically sits, and reclining rear seats. On international trips, a U.S. Air Force C–17 Globemaster III airplane transports the limo typically. The United States government also provides similar limousines for visiting heads of state and VIP guests.

The presidential limo's outward appearance is an enlarged version of the popular Cadillac CTS. However, the car's chassis and driveline are actually derived from a GMC Topkick commercial truck. The car uses a variety of styling elements. For example, the headlights are those used on the Cadillac Escalade sport–utility model. While the vehicle's price has not been announced, it is estimated to cost the United States government more than $400,000 per vehicle. President Obama also travels in a specially outfitted Chevrolet Suburban and the limousine of former President George W. Bush.

American presidents have ridden in limousines and other state vehicles since the 1930s. Traditionally Cadillacs and Lincolns have been the chosen vehicles. Security has become increasingly important and significant changes were made following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. President Kennedy was shot on November 22, 1963 while in Dallas, Texas while riding in a Lincoln Continental Convertible. Presidents no longer ride in convertible state cars.

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President Limo