• Jan 21, 2009
Click above for high-res image gallery of Obama's inaugural ride in Presidential Limousine

Inauguration Day for President Obama has come and gone, and while our freshly minted Commander in Chief was probably most interested in making his title official, we like to believe the high point of his day was taking the inaugural ride in his new Presidential Limousine. Secrete Service agents have reportedly begun calling Obama's new whip the "Beast" for reasons that are readily apparent. General Motors released images of the new Cadillac-based limo last week, but were of course not permitted to reveal the car's specifications. We're still in the dark on most everything about the new Presidential Limo, but new images from yesterday's inauguration reveal its true scale and capabilities.

First of all, notice the roof height compared to a Secret Service agent walking next to the car. Though it has the basic proportions of a very long-wheelbase sedan, this thing is nearly as tall as a Tahoe. The sidewalls of the tires are enormous, kind of like the front tires on a semi-truck, which suggests a level of puncture resistance far beyond your average run flat. The increased ground clearance and large fender flares also suggest this car can go off-roading when the need arises, like if an ICBM takes out the road ahead. Lastly, this image of an agent holding the car door open for Obama while he enters the vehicle shows the true thickness of its doors. Based on that, we imagine the new Presidential Limo would score 50 stars if crash tested by the NHTSA. Check out more pics below of the Obama family taking their first ride in the Presidential Limousine.


[Photos: Getty Images]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Now that's what I call a pimped out Cadillac.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think this is much better looking than the DTS-based one, several of which were in the motorcade for comparison. They look so cobbled together.

      For all its gargantuan (and necessary) size, this model is well proportioned and attractive. The STS taillights look good when trimmed back as they are in this use as well, as opposed to the wrap-over edges they have in the regular car.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Can anybody read that tire size? It looks kinda fuzzy to me. I zoomed in, but still can't read it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Will it Blend ?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Yes we can!!! WOW!!! President Obama and beautiful First Lady and family look great!!! And, (the "Beast", wow... mamoth... bigg boy ride... presidential indeed... you go Mr. President...)

      P.S. President Obama, thank you for everything you and your family have accomplished thus far, and in the Mighty name of JESUS!!! Bless all of your furture plans, much love from a brother that now has a man like you Mr. President, to look up to in the present, it's about time!

      :-) Looie "Gent"
      • 5 Years Ago
      picture 9, someone correcet me if i'm wrong... isn't it incorrect for a civilian (if that what the president is) to salute??? Much less since he's not wearing a cover
        • 5 Years Ago
        Almost correct...

        The CiC does salute Medal of Honor recipients, regardless of their rank.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The President is also Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces. Everyone in the military must defer to him.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I believe Presidents did not salute prior to Reagan who began the tradition. Even though the President is the Commander and Chief he is NOT part of the military and a civilian.

        As long as the military personnel initiates the salute there is nothing wrong with it. He is the President for crying out loud. It would only be (technically) incorrect for a higher-ranking officer (which the CiC is) to salute a lower-ranking officer/NCO.
      • 5 Years Ago
      They need to put that thing on a Dyno.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I don't know if this was noted before or not, but:

      Obama was not the first President to ride in Cadillac One. President Bush and President-Elect Obama rode to the Capitol for the inauguration with President Bush in the commander's seat (and Presidental seals on the door).
        • 5 Years Ago
        I wasn't technically Cadillac One until the moment Obama was inaugurated, in which case Bush was not President.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Bush's term actually expired about five minutes before Obama was sworn in. So Biden was acting President for about five minutes.
      • 5 Years Ago
      So, GM can basically de-Militarize the limo. Shorten the overall length, but keep the wheelbase b/t 120"-130" and put standard 20" tire&wheel package on. Then that would be a very excellent 1st step towards a new Cadillac flagship luxury sedan.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Nice Escalade! (That's not a DTS!)... All it needs now is twenty-eight inch wheels that spin!

      Sal Collaziano
      http://www.cadillacforums.com

      • 5 Years Ago
      Do people keep hitting their heads on the door? Everytime the Secret Service guys opened the doors they put one hand on the handle and the other on the top corner of the door. My first thought was that the doors are so heavy that they sag like the ones on my mothers '98 Eldorado.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I searched Goodyear's Web site, and it doesn't look like they sell that tire in this country, but they do sell it in Europe and Latin America. There's plenty of links, and here's one (in Spanish):

      http://www.goodyear.com.ve/tirecatalog/Regional_RHS__Carga_Liviana_Size.html

      It looks like they come in 17.5", 19.5", and 22.5" sizes. The RHS stands for "Regional Haul, Steer". Think RV or bus tires.
        • 5 Years Ago
        according to that website, if they're 17.5's

        max inflation: 100 psi

        max load - 1700 KG (which works out to 3700 lbs) so almost 15000 lbs for the 4 tires

        L speed rated - 120kmh (~75 mph)

        All this is for stock tires. Your Presidential mileage may vary

        • 5 Years Ago
        Look what a quick search on Findlaw found:

        http://news.findlaw.com/prnewswire/20090116/16jan20091427.html

        "On the new presidential limousine, a heavily customized Cadillac DTS, a set of Goodyear tires -- Goodyear Regional RHS -- will be occupying the four corners of the car. These are actually truck tires in a 285/70R19.5 size"
        • 5 Years Ago
        I run Goodyear G622 and G647 tires in size 19.5" on a 3/4 ton truck for special application use. I run about 100 psi in the tires and they are load rating G which means they are good for 4,540 lbs per tire. These tires are tough as nails and ride like rocks on a 3/4 ton truck. They weigh about 150lbs when mounted and aired up. I have had about as many broken wheels as flat tires. I doubt they use a conventional tire like this on the "Obama Beast" unless they are foam filled or something even better.
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