Rules are rules, and they apply equally to everyone – including the President of the United States. Especially when he's on foreign soil.

After President Barack Obama's famous Cadillac limousine – known as The Beast – got stuck exiting the US embassy in Dublin, it was shipped across the Irish Sea to England, the next leg of the president's European road trip. Now the mayor of London is demanding Obama pay the congestion charge for his limo and the rest of his motorcade.

A notorious car nut and onetime automotive journalist, Major Boris Johnson insists that the £10 ($16) charge applies to each of the president's vehicles, and that the bill is currently being tabulated. The fees are only the latest part of an ongoing dispute between the city's transportation department and foreign missions like the American embassy, an issue that Johnson reportedly raised directly with Obama during his visit.

London insists that embassies in the British capital city owe some £51 million ($83m) in congestion charges for driving through the city during peak hours, of which the American embassy's share is estimated at £5.3 million ($8.7m). Diplomats view the fee as a tax from which they are exempt under international law.


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      Alex
      • 3 Years Ago
      Thats not the Beast, nor was the one that broke in Ireland. Those are both the old Bush cars, still being used. I think the beast is a touch taller than a london taxi cab.
        Ario
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Alex
        agreed, the Beast has Escalade headlights!!!
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Ario
          And truck tires, as opposed to the white walls on this one.
        Wayne W
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Alex
        EXACTLY CORRECT!!! Why does Autoblog and all the major news outlets except for the BBC keep reporting that the limo which got stuck in Ireland was The Beast. It wasn't. Here people is a picture of The Beast being followed by the older secondary limos in the White House's motor pool... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Obama_Cadillac_limousine_in_2009_inaugural_parade.jpg NOW YOU KNOW!
      Hike15
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'll be one to point out the beast wasn't the one that got stuck. The beast looks more like an Escalade up front, as compared to the Deville front end on these models.
      Jeremy Pennini
      • 3 Years Ago
      Didn't we go over this in the last presidential post? The car pictured isn't "The Beast". The one they have in the UK is the last gen presidential car.
        PeriD
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Jeremy Pennini
        Thank you, driving me nuts. The "beast" was in the UK though, when he pulled up to Buckingham Palace it was in the beast, could tell from the escalade clip and higher ride height. That's probably why Obama wasn't even in it when it got stuck, wasn't his limo.
      Jake
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wow! Way to be a gracious mayor of a world capitol. We can just pay it with US bonds. LOL.
      vegasstyleguy
      • 3 Years Ago
      Diplomats get away with murder (sometimes literally) all over the world. I think it's only proper for ALL diplomats to pay ALL of their fees and fines. NYC is owed millions for unpaid parking fines that could be used for its citizens.
      Blake
      • 3 Years Ago
      The limo that got stuck isn't The Beast. THIS is The Beast: http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/media/images/45376000/jpg/_45376603_cadillac_466.jpg
        duckylety
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Blake
        Yeah. Thats the *real* Cadillac One in my mind.. the awesome truck based one.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      UpYursFella@luckymail.com
      OK Obama, you two-bit thug - PAY UP! He might be too busy to though... probably playing golf again.
        Narom
        • 3 Years Ago
        @UpYursFella@luckymail.com
        To be fair to George bush he got known as the golfing president yet Obama played more golf in his first year than Bush did in his entire tenure...
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        MastrCake
        • 3 Years Ago
        I say arrest Sea Urchin and ship him off to the ocean. Maybe while he's there, he can check on bin Laden for us. You know, make sure he's really dead for the haters out there.
      ngiotta
      • 3 Years Ago
      Well, I guess they have to pay for their free health care somehow.... On a side note, that's not Obama's Caddy in the picture. I've seen it in person and it's sitting on 24" spinners. The wheels in this photo are clearly stock.
        kwa
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ngiotta
        $20 says ngiotta has a pickup with truck nuts on it...
      • 3 Years Ago
      Typical british nonsense...annoying little pricks.
      WilderBill
      • 3 Years Ago
      Looks like Obama Bin Laden has done more damage to this country than the real Bin Laden did on9/11!
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