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One of the perks of being the Commander-in-Chief is getting to ride in the back of a presidential limousine. And while certain presidents have had hand-me-down chariots, President-Elect Barack Obama is set to get a brand-new, high-tech model.
Looking much like a standard Cadillac DTS stretched to the limits, Obama's new ride is an altogether different beast, with the highest levels of protection, technology and luxury a presidential limo has ever seen. Described as "a rolling tank with windows," word is that the limo is actually not a Cadillac, but rather something built on a medium-duty truck chassis.

Spy shooters have captured the limo testing alongside a pair of GMC Topkick pickups, and keen observers have noted that the wheels and rubber appear to be dimensionally identical to those found on the big trucks (the limo sports 19.5-inch Goodyear Regional RHS tires). Bystanders even contend that a the limo sounds like its sporting a diesel engine underhood.

The exterior is an amalgamation of various Cadillac bits, with Escalade headlights flanked by Caddy's corporate grille and a set of taillights pulled from the STS. It's doubtful that all this kit -- and the massive fender flares -- will find their way onto the model bound for the White House car port, but the ultra-thick doors should provide a presidential-sized barrier between POTUS and the outside world. The only question left is whether Obama's code name (Renegade) will carry over when he moves into Pennsylvania Ave. on the 20th, or if it the Secret Service will change it to Caddyman.

Hit the jump to view a video of Obama's new ride in action.

Embedded video from CNN Video

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      • 6 Years Ago
      Well, I hope they keep Obama alive...the last thing we need is for someone to remove him from office the hard way and make the man into a martyr.
      Ima Dumass
      • 6 Years Ago
      Well, why didn't they choose to go CLEAN BURNING natural gas?
      Oh yeah they are the party OF the environment!!!
      • 6 Years Ago
      @Andrew L:
      Ah ur right, nice! I assumed it was discontinued already!

      Well it is not looker exactly,
      until you put it next to that joke from Cadillac.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Makes me glad I didn't go to work for the secret service. Those boy's will be begging for transfer by the time his term is over. My bet is VP will be moving into Whitehouse before term is over
      B Insane Obozo
      • 6 Years Ago
      will he pimp his mobile? racoon tail, and dingle balls... spinning wheel covers?
      • 6 Years Ago
      The mirrors are from GMT900 Escalade
      curious george
      • 6 Years Ago
      So how high can it bounce?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Donot hate him because he is a black man get over it
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wonder if he will smoke in it.
      Bruce Kunick
      • 6 Years Ago
      I think Obama needs protection more from the blacks than he does from the whites. Black people do not want a light skinned, half breed in office. They want to keep things just as they are for them. They are so used to blaming the "man in office". Then blaming everyone but themselves for their problems. Now, they hear Obama telling them it is their own fault for their misfortune. They will not be able to pull out the race card and say everyone is racist but them anymore.
      • 6 Years Ago
      he cannot do anymore harm than george bush has done have you been watching the news NO JOBS
      • 6 Years Ago
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