• Jun 11, 2007
Most people just have a spare tire or a can of fix-a-flat and an auto club card when they hit the road. But as we all know, they do things bigger in Texas, so when some guy from Texas goes for a drive around Rome, he brings along a spare stretch armored limo!

As President George Bush and his entourage approached the US Embassy in Rome this weekend, his custom Cadillac DTS limo decided to pack it in. .After attempting to restart, Bush ultimately got out and walked through the embassy gates, later using the backup limo for the rest of his appointments.

The video after the jump shows the crowd's reaction to Bush's limo breaking down, which was comprised mostly of laughter when the driver attempted to restart the car without success. Nevertheless, the President was cheered when he ultimately exited his stage coach and began to hoof it.

[Source: Reuters via OmniAuto.it]



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      • 7 Years Ago
      Some more info and pics on a vehicle that looks like a GM product:

      http://www.greatfunplace.com/2007/01/us-presidents-limo.html
      • 7 Years Ago
      I read on another site it was because of bad gas, can you imagine that, Haliburten must not have gotten their pay offs.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Does it still have the northstar? The starter is in the valley, so it isn't that loud. Especially with all the armor in the hood, it shouldn't be heard.

      So maybe GM has a transverse LS1, and a one off souped up 4t80.

      Too bad it doesn't have dual engines (that dual engine Eldorado) for redundancy.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Quality Control to GM...Quality Control to GM...GM we've got a problem. Roger that Quality Control.
      • 7 Years Ago
      pore widdle caddy musta godda code. guess in italy the car morphs to italian engineering and reliability.
      • 7 Years Ago
      How'd I know there'd be a GM quality joke in there. I was surprised they flew his limos over there for the trip. Do they do this every time? Wow.

      And another shock, cheers for Bush in a European country. Double wow.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Sam's right. The motorcade is flown wherever the President goes in a C-17 (possibly two of them, I can't recall). When he was in New Haven for his daughter's graduation a couple of years ago, you could see the planes at Tweed airport: C-17, AF1 -- actually the 757 that normally acts as AF2, since Tweed can't accommodate a 747 -- and another passenger plane (add'l media/staffers perhaps?).
      • 7 Years Ago
      Interesting info on the limos:

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_President's_limousine

      It is built by a defense contractor. The chassis is from a GM truck and there are no external body panels or mechanicals shared with the DTS.
      • 7 Years Ago
      That is one of the ugliest new limos I've ever seen.
      • 7 Years Ago
      You misunderstand Rob (post #3), that noise making coffee can muffler doesn't increase your power at all, it just makes it sound silly.
        • 7 Years Ago
        riiight, cause your car is just pure QUALITY. shut your mouth if you don't have anything to fall back on. and for the record i wouldn't ruin my car by adding a silly add-on.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Japanese cars are too wimpy to be made into limousines. A Honda with a fart-cannon and rice wing could not get out of its own way. Furthermore, not only can the anti-American crowd be counted on to make unqualified comments about GM products, but also take cheap shots at our President.
        • 7 Years Ago
        willem-

        youre an idiot... any car can be made well-armored. as everybody has been saying on here, this car is custom-built. please, know that "armored vehicle setup" is not an option for your malibu.
      James
      • 7 Years Ago
      Good old GM quality !!! He needs a Toyota or Honda limo..
        • 7 Years Ago
        @James
        Civic = 128 ft-lbs
        Cobalt = 155 ft-lbs

        Oops. :(

        Also, I don't believe James at all mentioned Acura, it was Honda. Not sure where a Cobalt would come into play, but if you find out let me know. :)
        • 7 Years Ago
        @James
        I'd like to see executive armor options for an Acura.
        • 7 Years Ago
        • 7 Years Ago
        @James
        Well, he couldn't get a Honda, that's for sure. She wouldn't have enough torque... and the second a hill were involved, BOOM.
      Kyle B of ft.myers
      • 7 Years Ago
      Actually Cadillac has European plants, European plants=European workers=horrible lazy workminship.

      Cadillacs have one of the most reliable engines ever made the Northstar V8 obviously those tea baggers dont know a piston rod from an manifold.
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